Winners Announced: The Memoir Prize For Books

Grand Prize Winner:

Relief by Execution: A Visit to Mauthausen, by Gint Aras. Homebound Publications, Little Bound Books, October 2019. 94 pages.


Finalists/Category Prizes:

True Crime:

Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, by Emma Copley Eisenberg. Hachette Books, January 21, 2020.

Humor Coming of Age:

Wild Blueberries: Nuns, Rabbits & Discovery in Rural Michigan by Peter Damm, O’Brien & Whitaker Publishers, 2019

Refugee Memoir Escape:

Dreams and Nightmares: I Fled Alone to the United States When I Was Fourteen by Liliana Velasquez, Edited by Mark Lyons Parlor Press, 2019


Honorable Mention

Write This Second: A Poetic Memoir, by Kira Lynne Allen. Nothing But The Truth Publishing, LLC 2019

Our Family Walks, by Nick R. Robinson. (Unpublished Manuscript)

Lost and Found: How I Got from There to Here by Judith Kalman  (Unpublished Manuscript)

Nearly Fifty, A collection of Essays, by Paloma A. Capanna. 2018 Page Publishing, Inc.

Sacred Groves: Or, How a Cemetery Saved My Soul, Kathleen Davies Bedazzled Ink Publishing, 2019

Dressed for Dancing: My Soujourn with the Findhorn Foundation, by Leslie Hill, INCITE Press

I Am Not Your Slave: A Memoir, by Tupa Tjipombo with Chris Lockhart

The Annual Memoir Prize awards Memoir and Creative Nonfiction book-length works of exceptional merit in the categories of traditional, self-published, and previously unpublished prose.

  • Categories: traditionally published, self-published works, and unpublished manuscripts
  • On any subject matter
  • Deadline: To be announced in January 2021
  • Total prizes: $5,000
  • Enter via Submittable

Submit your full-length memoir for the Memoir Prize and a chance to win cash, a feature in Memoir Magazine, and a year’s worth of free advertising. The only contest of its kind dedicated exclusively to the Memoir genre. This is a real opportunity for outstanding independently and self-published memoir authors to get the recognition they deserve. Unpublished manuscripts will have the remarkable chance to present a prize-winning manuscript for consideration by agents and publishers.

You may submit a full-length book of memoir or creative nonfiction, a collection of essays, or graphic narrative as a single entry. There is no restriction on length, age of the author, type of publisher, or on the year of publication.

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