Woman and Home magazine are running a ‘Life Story’ writing competition. They say:
“If your life has ever felt like it could be a novel, then we want to hear from you….perhaps you grew up in unusual circumstances…or maybe your job threw you into extraordinary situations…this is your chance to share your personal journey.”
First prize is an advance of £10,000 and publication by Hodder and Stoughton. There are also 3 Kindles and an introduction to a literary agent for the runners-up.
Send a full synopsis of your life story in a maximum of 1,500 words plus 2 sample chapters of 10,000 words maximum.
Your entry must be accompanied by an entry form, which is available in the October issue of the magazine (in the shops now!). I can’t find the entry form or details of the competition on-line, so you’re going to have to buy Woman and Home in order to enter. There’s also some tips in there about how to go about writing your memoirs.
Closing date is 31st October 2012.
#1 by Patsy Collins on September 13, 2012 - 6:51 pm
Keep your £10,000 I’m admitting to nothing!
#2 by Sally Jenkins on September 13, 2012 - 7:06 pm
Patsy – I wish I had something to admit to!
#3 by Tracy Fells on September 14, 2012 - 8:27 am
Thanks for highlighting this one Sally, but I write fiction because my life is pretty uneventful. I would have to make most of it up!
#4 by Sally Jenkins on September 14, 2012 - 12:04 pm
Me too, Tracy!
#5 by Anne Harvey on September 27, 2012 - 6:35 pm
As usual, I’m way behind on my blog but I did pick up on this, Sally. Thanks! As it happens, during this so-called non-productive (writing) summer, I have been polishing up a memoir of my life up to 1969 so I’m going to have a bash at this one. Been working on a synopsis for the last couple of days – not easy when one is talking about oneself!
#6 by Sally Jenkins on September 27, 2012 - 7:01 pm
Anne – very best of luck with it. I can understand it being difficult when it’s a synopsis of your life that you have to write.
#7 by Dave White on October 4, 2012 - 2:46 pm
I’ve got the story just need to do the synopsis. Is this going to be by postal entry only though coz I’ll have to get a printer too otherwise lol
#8 by Sally Jenkins on October 4, 2012 - 7:11 pm
I think it is postal entry, Dave. Maybe you can print your stuff at the library for a small fee? Good Luck!
#9 by j a woolgar on January 11, 2013 - 8:10 pm
just wondered when we would know who wrote the winning memoir,
#10 by Sally Jenkins on January 11, 2013 - 8:40 pm
I don’t know when the results will be out – but I suggest you keep an eye on their website http://www.womanandhome.com/.
Fingers crossed for you!