Do you love reading BookTrib? Would you love writing for BookTrib even more? Here’s your chance! We are launching our inaugural memoir writing contest where emerging writers and those who want to write, can compete for a position as a BookTrib contributor for 2018!

About The Contest

The BookTrib memoir writing contest was inspired by author Kathleen Hill’s unique memoir She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels, published by Delphinium Books. In her book, Kathleen Hill explores how she connected the books she was reading to her major life events.  We want to know how books influenced your life.

An exclusive interview with Hill for BookTrib will be published Friday, December 1, 2017, the first day entries will be accepted for the contest. Hill, BookTrib’s senior editor, Aisha K. Staggers and two guest judges, Walt Gragg author of The Red Line and James R. Hannibal author of The Fourth Ruby will decide on the five finalists and pick the Grand Prize Winner from among them.  The final day for entries is January 31, 2018. No exceptions.  The winner and runners-up will be announced in February 2018.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking, specifically, for narratives in the style of Hill’s book that connect recollections of life events to a specific book that invokes a memory. This is your chance to connect your past and present to the books that made your life special!

We’re looking for clear, eloquent, creative work of no more than 2,500 words.  Writing style is up to the author, but it should be written as memoir only.  Your voice is your own and we hope you will show that in your work. Your contribution could be a chapter from a larger manuscript, a short story, or just a stand alone piece. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination, all work must be original, unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere. Winners and contestants will retain all rights to their work.

Grand Prize Winners and Runners-Up

The Top Five entries will be published on our website, and the authors will be interviewed individually for a live video chat with a member of our staff about their entries and writing experience. The Grand Prize is a 12-month engagement as a BookTrib contributor. There will be TWO Grand Prize winners.

The top five winning entries will be published on our website in addition to three original pieces a week from the two grand prize winners. These pieces can be reviews, interviews or a list of suggested reads, just like you see published on BookTrib, on a daily basis.  This is a unique opportunity to build your writing portfolio, earn bylines, and help us spread our knowledge and love for books. What a great time to begin that writing project you’ve always dreamed of and have your work read by published authors.

Contest Basics

  • Contest begins December 1, 2017 and ends January 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm.
  • Only unpublished, original works will be considered; no simultaneous submissions.
  • Contestants must be at least 18 years old.
  • All entries must submitted in English and follow the content guidelines: nothing explicit; no hate speech; all candidates are to use the same prompt of writing in memoir-style only, no fiction.
  • In lieu of a submission fee, all contestants must sign up for the BookTrib Newsletter, which will provide regular updates and information.
  • Only one entry per contestant will be considered; multiple entries will be disqualified.

Suggested Reading

Use Kathleen Hill’s Book, She Read to Us in the Late Afternoons: A Life in Novels as a guide and/or her upcoming BookTrib series on memoir writing.Entry Requirements

Each entry must have the following:

  • Title of Work
  • Writer’s Name
  • Contact Information (address, phone number, email)


Our judges will make a decision about each work considered based on:

  • Originality
  • Quality of Writing
  • Infusion of literature into the story
  • Creativity
  • Voice

Additional Rules and Information

Contributors are not offered payment or salary, but are given access to all the tools of regular BookTrib contributors, including the benefit of our social media reach to assist in establishing their writing career.

Have Questions?

Contestants can join an hour-long dialogue on Facebook with BookTrib’s senior editor, Aisha K. Staggers on December 7, 2017.  She will be offering suggestions that will help you become more competitive and improve your chances of writing a winning entry. For specific questions and inquires email: [email protected]


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