Post #55 – Women’s Memoirs, News – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler
MEMOIR WRITING CONTEST
Quick Reminder: For 11 months in 2011, Women’s Memoirs is offering you the opportunity to write a vignette about your life, polish it until it shines, and then submit it as a memoir contest entry. Each month, there is a different theme and the winning entries are published the following month after Kendra and I have read through them and chosen the best ones.
Our May memoir writing contest, with the theme of “Junes of the Past,” ends May 31. All entries should be sent in an email to: matilda (at) womensmemoirs (dot) com
What might you write about for our memoir contest? If you do journaling, you might look back into some of your older journals for ideas. June is a month full of memories. What about a special Father’s Day celebration for your father or for your husband? Maybe you have a June birthday. Maybe a June graduation. Maybe you went to summer camp in June.
When I look back to Junes past, camp is a part of the images and emotions of my reflection. I was probably too young to go to camp at the age of 10, although I thought I wanted to go. My older sister went so I assumed it was a cool thing to do. (Although I didn’t use the word cool back then.) When I look back, I recall many wonderful aspects of the experience. Yet, the next year, I remember telling my mother, “I’ll run away from home if you make me to go camp again.” So, I became a one-term camper.
Yet, I could definitely write 1000 words about surviving the Texas heat that summer by swallowing the salt tables put by our plates each day, learning to move a horse from a trot to a canter — a lesson taught by Connie Reeves who continued teaching and riding horses until she was 102 when she was thrown (yet again) by her favorite horse Dr. Pepper, mastering lasso rope tracks taught by Johnnie the English trick rope artist, hitting the bulls eye on the archery range and later persuading my father to let me have a bow and arrow set, becoming an entrepreneur with my scarf laundry service, and much more.
So what special memories do you have of a June? Go to www.WomensMemoirs.com/contests for more details. If possible, we hope you’ll include a photograph or two, and, if appropriate, a recipe. You still have time to write and polish your memoir vignette. Think about the opening and closing sentences. Make sure they are powerful and engaging. Consider the details of the story including dialogue, the five senses, etc.
We look forward to getting your entries. Winners to our memoir writing contest will be announced in June.