The #METOO Trigger Warning Nonfiction Essay Contest \\ $500 + Publication – Judge Chelsey Clammer

We love Truth and we are damned serious.

To prove it, we are launching our first ever

#MeToo Trigger Warning Non-Fiction Essay Contest!”

Closed for submissions!

Winners will been announced! You may view the results here. Thank you! See you at the next one this fall!

What’s more, our judge is the incredible Chelsey Clammer!

Chelsey Clammer, is the author of the BodyHome and Circadian, winner of the 2015 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Manuscript Award. Her work has appeared in The Normal School, Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, Hobart, Essay Daily, and The Water~Stone Review, among more than one hundred other publications. She is the Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown, a reader for Creative Nonfiction magazine, and an online creative writing instructor and columnist for WOW! Women On Writing. Chelsey received her MFA in Creative Writing from Rainier Writing Workshop. 

The theme for the #MeToo Trigger Warning Nonfiction Essay Contest is Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse. As in, have you or someone you know survived sexual harassment, assault, rape or abuse? Perhaps you are married or related to a survivor and you’ve witnessed the emotional journey that is so rarely spoken of. If so how did it change you? How does it affect your daily life? You were strong enough to get through that, and your story matters. Why? Because Memoir is a movement. Our jam. Our way of cultivating global consciousness. And few issues today require more enlightenment than the way the pain of abuse can affect us as a person, a family, a society. Sexual violence is a public health, human rights and social justice issue. So, here’s your chance to use your voice to Change the Culture. You are not alone. Memoir Magazine stands with you! Together we can shatter the silence and end sexual violence. Your essay may be humorous, sad, upsetting. It can be one paragraph long, or several pages. It’s all up to you, but most of all it should be your untold truth expressed in your unique voice.

Pseudonyms are allowed.

The winning story receives $500 + publication in Memoir Magazine, and a note from our judge on why the story was chosen. Short and Long listed applicants will receive publication.

We look forward to reading your work!


  • Submissions are now open until midnight on February 28, 2018
  • 100 word min. 7000 word max.
  • NonFiction only
  • Open to all writers. Emerging writers and underrepresented voices are encouraged to submit!
  • $12 to enter
  • Previously published work is allowed
  • One story per submission
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere
  • International submissions welcome
  • All contest entries shall be considered for standard nonfiction publication in Memoir Magazine


* The inspiration for our contest, in 2006, Tarana Burke founded The #Me Too Movement to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing. Using the idea of “empowerment through empathy,” the me too movement was ultimately created to ensure survivors know they’re not alone in their journey. Find out how you can directly support The Me Too Movement here:

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