Snapshot of a Writing Contest at Memoir (And) Literary Journal

Here’s a writing contest that I should have posted yesterday, but I ended up going to the International Photography Museum instead.  Elliot Erwitt is now officially my favorite photographer of all time.  The narrative in many of his pictures was just so funny.  My friend and I kept laughing at each new framed photograph we looked at, which seemed to bother the pensive photography students milling around us.  [shrug] Who’s your favorite photographer, or photograph?

The Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 exhibit was well laid out and extremely haunting.  I’ve read in historical fiction about how nothing was left of many people except for carbon shadows, but actually seeing their footprints on a bridge was unsettling.  I wonder if those shadows are still there or if they’ve been scrubbed or washed away.  Which would be the most respectful and healthiest course of action, leaving them or making them disappear?  I think America is a culture dedicating to preserving everything, so I don’t know if I can give a culturally unbiased answer.

I realized earlier this week that I’ve been living in New York city for a month and haven’t seen or really appreciated any of the culture (which is probably why I’ve been so miserable…and the fact that I haven’t had time to appreciate any of those things, which is another story).  So, as I’m sure you’ve all realized by now, I went a little crazy trying to pack things in this weekend.  However, I don’t think 4th of July in the city is one of those things I’m really itching to do in my lifetime, so I’m heading home tomorrow morning.  Fireworks are meant to be watched while lounging on a picnic blanket, not standing like a packed sardine in a crowd.

Memoir (and) has a writing contest every round of submissions.

Type of Journal: print and online

What They Want: memoir only; can be in prose, poetry, or graphic form

Deadline for When They Want It:  August 16, 2011

How They Want It: online or snail mail.  See further submission guidelines.

Entry Fee:  none

Prize:  $100-$500

Official Response Time:  within 20 weeks after the close of the submission period

My Personal Response Time:  3 months, 2 days (rejection letter)


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