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Short Memoir Prize

David Shields

David Shields,
judge for the
Short Memoir Prize 2020

Summary:

Open

Judge: David Shields

Word Limit: 4,000

Closes: 31 January 2020

Results: 1 April 2020

Entry Fees: €17 (€11 subsequent entries). Postal entries: €19 (€13 subsequent entries).

Prizes:

The best 10 memoirs will be published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2020.
1st: €1,000.
2nd: Week on a writers’ retreat at Casa Ana, La Alpujarra, Spain, + €300.
3rd: €200


 

Fish Short Memoir Prize

 

 Prizes    –   Rules   –   Entry Fees   –   How to Enter 

Everyone must have a memoir. Go for it! Write a piece of your life, send it to Fish. This contest is an opportunity to have your memoir published. David Shields, author of the hugely influential “Reality Hunger”, will select 10 short memoirs to be published in the Fish Anthology 2020, which will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival, July ’20.

 

Publication in the annual Fish Anthology (Fish Books) has, for many authors, been a stepping-stone to a successful writing career. (See Alumni)

If you would like to refine your Memoir writing skills, take advantage of the Memoir Writing Course.

Critique Service provides an appraisal of your work prior to entering a writing contest, or at any time.

David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty-two books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller), Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), and Other People: Takes & Mistakes (NYTBR Editors’ Choice). The film adaptation of I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel was released by First Pond Entertainment in 2017. Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention was published in 2018; The Trouble With Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power is forthcoming in March 2019. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and a senior contributing editor of Conjunctions, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, Salon, Slate, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into two dozen languages.

 

 

Prizes: Short Memoir Prize

Ten memoirs will be published in the Fish Anthology 2020.

First – €1,000

Second – Week on a writers’ retreat at Casa Ana, La Alpujarra, Spain, plus €300 travel.

Third – €200

The ten published authors will each receive five copies of the Anthology and will be invited to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July 2020.

 

 

Rules: Short Memoir Prize

  • No entry form is needed.
  • Entry is online, or by post if required.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish.
  • The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.
  • There is no restriction on theme or style.
  • Maximum number of words is 4,000.
  • The winning memoirs must be available for the anthology and, therefore, must not have been published previously.
  • Fish holds publishing rights for one year after publication, after which publishing rights revert to the author.
  • Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email.
  • The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Memoirs cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
  • Judging is anonymous. Name and contact details must not appear on the memoirs, (in the box provided if entering online, on separate sheet if entering by post).
  • In order to give opportunities to emerging writers: (a) Writers who have had two memoirs published in Fish Anthologies may not enter for three years after their second publication. They may enter other Fish competitions. (b) Previous first prize winners may enter again, but will not be eligible for the first prize.
  • Entry is taken to be acceptance of these rules

 

 

Entry Fees: Short Memoir Prize

  First Entry
 Subsequent
ONLINE 17.00 11.00
Critique (Optional) 45.00 45.00
Entry & Critique 62.00   
     
POST 19.00 13.00
 Critique (Optional) 47.00 47.00  

 

 

How to Enter: Short Memoir Prize

You can enter online or by post. The cheaper option is to enter online.


– How to Enter ONLINE

To enter online, click:

and follow the instructions.
MAKE SURE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS ARE NOT ON THE MEMOIR. (Judging is done anonymously.) Your memoir and name are linked automatically when you enter.

– How to Enter by POST 
Post to: Fish Short Memoir Prize, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland, P75 VK72.
Please use normal postal service (not couriers as this service is unreliable in our rural area).
Best not to use registered post as this slows receipt. (We will email you to confirm that your entry has arrived.) 
Make cheques payable to Fish Publishing, using your country’s currency.
Do not sent postal orders (outside Ireland).
Print on one side of the page only in reasonable sized type.
The Short Memoir Prize is judged anonymously, so please do not put your name or contact details on any of the memoir pages.
Include all contact details on a separate sheet.
Receipt of entry will be by email.
Memoirs will not be returned.

 

 

 

Time left to Enter:
76Days 23Hours 42 28

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