Post #53 – Women’s Memoirs, News – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler
Two Memoir Writing Contest Announcements
Two items for today’s news.
First, are you looking for a great contest to enter? Lynn Goodwin just sent us a notice about her memoir (and fiction) contest. She wrote: “WRITER ADVICE announces its Sixth Annual Flash Prose Contest. Mesmerize us with your best short fiction or memoir up to 750 words. Deadline: April 15. First prize: $150. Fee: $10 for processing only or $20 for detailed evaluation. US dollars please. Visit www.writeradvice.com for complete guidelines. E-mail questions but not submissions to Lgood67334@comcast.net. Writers can never have enough opportunities to share their work. We look forward to reading your best prose.”
You have just more than a month to enter — plenty of time to write a new piece or to polish a vignette you’ve been working on.
Second, Kendra and I want to remind you about our March memoir writing contest with entries due March 31. This year, each of our contests features something about the coming month — the month in which we announce the winner(s). That means our March contest is featuring April — anything about April that you’d like to write. It might be April Fools Day or Easter or spring showers, or your birthday or…
For example, I remember April Fools Day when I was a child. My father always fixed coffee in the morning. It was part of his ritual. He then took a cup to my mother who soon afterwards launched into the day’s activities. But for that little bit of time, I could join him in the kitchen and have him all to myself. One April 1, I thought up the clever idea to say to my father: “Daddy, Daddy. There’s a spider in your coffee.” The first time, he looked at the brewing coffee, and said, “Where?” I jumped up and down saying, “April Fools Day.” Lacking imagination, the next year, I did the same trick. He once again looked around expressing concern as if I had him totally fooled. His willingness to reenact this scene for several years (probably more than I want to acknowledge) was pure Daddy. He loved people and gave me unconditional love not just on April 1 but every day.
Perhaps you have a special memory of a day in April from your past. You’ll find all the contest rules on: http://womensmemoirs.com/contest. Be sure to submit your entry by March 31.
Then you’ll still have time to submit to the Sixth Annual Flash Prose Contest.
BY THE WAY, we’ll announce our winner(s) of our February contests on March 21. Be sure to visit our website that day. We have lots of great entries and are still trying to decide.