Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Enter Your Memoir in a Contest

Enter your memoir in the San Francisco Writers Conference writing competition.
Enter Your Memoir in a Contest
Having trouble staying on task with your memoir? A writing competition can be motivating for a couple of reasons. First, contests come with a deadline. That in itself keeps you working toward a goal. Then, of course, there’s the reason you’re entering—to win. Competing makes you try harder to produce the best product you can.
If you’re interested, the San Francisco Writers Conference is sponsoring an Indie Publishing Contest that specifically includes a category for non-fiction and memoirs. The other three categories are fiction, children’s lit and poetry. After narrowing the field to 25 entries in each category, the judges will name one winner and one runner-up in each category. The grand winner will receive a publishing contract, but all winners and runners-up will receive prize money or publishing help.
To be eligible to enter, you must:
Live in the United States or Canada.
Fill out a required form.
Submit up to the first 5,000 words of work that has never been traditionally published, although it’s okay if you’ve self-published the work.
Pay an entry fee of $35 for all categories except poetry, which has a fee of $25.
The deadline is January 5, 2011. Winners will be announced in February. For details, go to www.sfwriters.org. Good luck to all Write My Memoirs members!

Having trouble staying on task with your memoir? A writing competition can be motivating for a couple of reasons. First, contests come with a deadline. That in itself keeps you working toward a goal. Then, of course, there’s the reason you’re entering—to win. Competing makes you try harder to produce the best product you can.

If you’re interested, the San Francisco Writers Conference is sponsoring an Indie Publishing Contest that specifically includes a category for non-fiction and memoirs. The other three categories are fiction, children’s lit and poetry. After narrowing the field to 25 entries in each category, the judges will name one winner and one runner-up in each category. The grand winner will receive a publishing contract, but all winners and runners-up will receive some prize money or publishing help.

To be eligible to enter, you must:

  • Live in the United States or Canada.
  • Fill out a required form.
  • Submit up to the first 5,000 words of work that has never been traditionally published, although it’s okay if you’ve self-published the work.
  • Pay an entry fee of $35 for any category except poetry, which carries a fee of $25.

The deadline is January 5, 2011. Winners will be announced in February. For details, go to www.sfwriters.org. Good luck to all Write My Memoirs members!

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Then just set up a chapter and start writing your memoir. Don’t worry about rules. There are no rules to writing your memoir; there are only trends. These trends are based on techniques and features identified in current top-selling memoirs. At best, they’re the flavor of the month. If you’re capturing your life in print for your family, for your own gratification or to inspire readers, rather than aiming to set off Hollywood screenplay bidding wars, these trends don’t even apply to you. You’ll write the memoir that suits you best, and it will be timeless, not trend-driven.There are no rules, but there are four steps:

1. Theme/framework
2. Writing
3. Editing/polishing
4. Self-publishing

You’ve researched this, too, and you’ve been shocked at the price for getting help with any one of those steps, much less all four. That’s because most memoir sites promise to commercialize your work. They’ll follow a formula based on current memoir trends, because they want to convince you that they can turn your memoir into a best-seller. These sites overwhelm you with unnecessary information not to help you, the memoir author, but to address Search Engine Optimization (SEO) algorithms so they can sell more.

That’s not what we do at Write My Memoirs. Our small community of coaches, writers and editors are every bit as skilled as any you’ll find, and we charge appropriately for their expertise and the time they’ll spend helping you craft a compelling, enjoyable read. But you won’t pay an upcharge for other websites’ commercialization, the marketing that follows, and the pages of intimidating “advice.” You can sell your book if you like—we have ISBNs available for you—but our organic process of capturing your story takes a noncommercial path.

If you want help with any or all of the four steps above, choose from our services or save money by selecting one of our packages. If you’d like to talk about what’s right for you, schedule a call. One year from now, you can be holding your published memoir in your hand. And at that point, it will be a big deal!