The 2019 Memoir Magazine #MeToo Nonfiction Essay Contest

Mary McBeth
March 26, 2019

The 2019 Memoir Magazine #MeToo Nonfiction Essay Contest. Now open for submissions! Deadline: April 30, 2019.  Judge: Tracy Strauss. The winning story receives $500 + publication. Open to all writers. Men, emerging writers and underrepresented voices are encouraged to submit! Theme: Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse.

As in, have you or someone you know survived sexual harassment, assault, rape or abuse? Perhaps you are married or related to a survivor and you’ve witnessed the emotional journey that is so rarely spoken of. If so how did it change you? How does it affect your daily life? Where has the effects of violence led you in your life? We want to know. You were strong enough to get through that, and your story matters. Why? Because Memoirs fuel movements. Sharing true stories are our way of cultivating global consciousness. And few issues today require more enlightenment than the way sexual trauma can affect us as a person, a family, a society. Sexual violence is a public health, human rights and social justice issue. So, here’s your chance to use your voice to Change the Culture. You are not alone. Memoir Magazine stands with you! Together we can shatter the silence and end sexual violence. Your essay may be humorous, sad, upsetting. It can be one paragraph long, or several pages. It’s all up to you, but most of all it should be your untold truth expressed in your unique voice.

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  • Submissions are now open until midnight on April 30, 2019

  • 7000 word max.

  • Pseudonyms are totally allowed. No judgement.

  • Open to all writers. Men, Emerging writers, and ALL underrepresented voices are encouraged to submit!

  • NonFiction only.

  • $20 to enter. One story per submission.

  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us if your story is accepted elsewhere.

  • Previously published work is allowed.

  • International submissions welcome.

  • All contest entries shall be considered for standard nonfiction publication in Memoir Magazine.


"Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light." -Helen Keller