Memoir Contest News: April Contest Winners, May Contest Ongoing

by Matilda Butler on May 7, 2010

catnav-news-active-3Post #33 – Women’s Memoirs, News – Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

memoir-writing-contest-winnersThe entries are in. Thank you to everyone who submitted a story, recipe, and photos to our April Women’s Memoir Writing Contest. Kendra and I were delighted with the large number of entries. We’ve now read all of them and had a telephone conference to compare our scores, rankings, and comments. We may work from the two coasts, but we were of a single mind. One story was clearly the winner with all the elements of a good story, powerfully written. We think you’ll agree when you read it. In addition, we have chosen six honorable mentions, each with interesting strengths.

Kendra and I were impressed with all the entries, even those that did not win and want to offer our congratulations. Keep writing. And equally important, whether you won this time or not, keep submitting your work to our website and other contests. Didn’t enter this contest? We intend to run different contests each month. We invite you to submit your entry. It just might be the winning one. You’ll never know unless you participate.

“What a minute,” you’re saying. “So who won?”

That’s coming soon. For now, we just want you to know that winners have been chosen and will be announced next Thursday, May 13, the usual day for our KitchenScraps series. We will also publish the winner’s story at the same time. Be sure to visit our site then to read the award-winning entry. As always, we invite your comments to this and all the wonderful stories we publish.

The six honorable mention stories, although announced May 13, will be published later in the summer after we complete publication of the March honorable mention stories.

Our May contest, by the way, is quite different. We already have two entries and urge you to consider submitting yours. Go to May Contest Rules to see how to enter. We’ve found a fun (and I really mean fun) and easy way to let Google search help you create a 35 second video of your mini-memoir. Just think of a vignette you’d like to tell — create seven search phrases that let you tell your story, and Google search creates the video for you. It’s creative and helps you to focus on the message. I’ve created one. Kendra’s created two, and we have two formal entries into our May Mini-Memoir contest. Because the resulting video is on YouTube to share with family and friends, we can also share them here.

I’ll start with the two contest entries below and then show you the ones that Kendra and I created.

Janet Riehl was the first to submit. She calls her Google Search Story “Yet Lost for Other Causes.” It’s about love found, lost, but never forgotten:

Barbara has submitted our second entry, “The Dream Year.” She writes: “Take A Year Off? Leave work and home and go traveling in small vehicles around the country. We did. A Dream Year.”

Here’s the one Kendra created.

And, finally, the one I created.

memoir-contest-prize-rosie-the-riveter-bandanaHave fun and remember that the best Mini-Memoir Movie will win one of our great Rosie the Riveter Legacy bandanas. It’s easy and fun to enter. But if you have any problems, just let us know and we’ll help you technically. (The plot, of course, belongs to you.)

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Janet Riehl May 8, 2010 at

Watching my Google Search mimi-memoir again told in images I clicked PAUSE on each page of pictures.

I’m impressed with the uncanny precision and expansion of the feeling tone of my story.

Try it! Fun and useful.

Janet Riehl

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