The Other Side of Yet by Michelle Hord (Atria Books) A powerful memoir that explores the profound depths of loss while illuminating the path toward healing and rediscovery. Hord shares the tragic tale of her daughter’s murder, with a voice that resonates with love and resilience. Her ability to convey both heartbreak and hope is remarkable, leaving readers inspired by her unwavering spirit. Her words carry the weight of wisdom earned through unimaginable pain, creating a narrative that is both emotionally charged and deeply moving. “The Other Side of Yet” is a testament to the enduring power of love and the indomitable human spirit.
The Best Memoirs in Categories:
Years in a Pigsty by Sue Tong (An Unpublished Manuscript)
Bloodstone by Emily Richards (An Unpublished Manuscript)
Inktown : A Memoir of a Black Community, a White Family, and the Boy Who Grew Up in Both by Robert Turley (An Unpublished Manuscript)
MORAL CONFLICT, L egacy of Slave Ownership:
Unloose My H eart: A Personal Reckoning with the Twisted Roots of my Southern Family Tree by Marcia Edwina Herman-Giddens | Website : Amazon ( ) University Alabama Press
COOKING, INNOVATIVE STORYTELLING:
The Kitchen and the Studio: A Memoir of Food & Art by Mallory M. and John A. O’Connor | Website : Amazon ( ) Atmosphere Press
IDENTITY, M ulticultural, Coming of Age
Ballet Is Not For Muslim Girls by Mariam S. Pal | Amazon ( ) Renaissance Press
Love Affair in the Garden of Milton by Susannah B. Mintz | Website : Amazon ( ) LSU Press
A Cheerleader’s Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment: A Memoir in Essays by MB Caschetta | Website : Amazon ( ) Engine Books
Allegiance to Winds and Waters: Bicycling the Political Divides of the United States by Anne Winkler-Morey | Website : Amazon ( Wise Ink )
Growing Up Harris by Brooke Harris Wolfe, Geoff Harris, James Harris, and Jonathan Harris | Amazon (Independently Published)
The Happiness of Misery by Boas Fernando | Amazon (Independently Published)
The More You Hate Me by Andy Smart | Amazon ( ) Unsolicited Press
Poppy & other poems of grief and celebration by Julian Nangle
That Time I Got Cancer: A Love Story by Jim Zervanos | Website : Amazon
Destiny Deems by Beverly Alexander Martin | Website
The Long Surrender: A Memoir About Losing My Religion by Brian Rush McDonald
( Chasing Tarzan by Catherine Forster | Website : Amazon ) WiDo Publishing
Living with 12 Men…a Mother in Training by Betty Auchard
We are so grateful to everyone who entered this year’s contest. You have enriched our lives with your stories of personal growth, struggles and transformations, as well as the courageous work of activists and leaders fighting for social justice.
We continue to be amazed by the exciting ways writers are continually expanding the Memoir genre to express their life stories and emotional truths: such as memoirs in essays, co-authored memoirs, illustrated graphic memoirs, and memoirs that weave together recipes and art!
We look forward to next year’s 2024 Memoir Prize!