Glossy magazine writing contest 2014 seeks entries
Major magazine writing contests continue to draw entries and one of the top ones around is the annual Glamour magazine writing contest called “My Real-Life Essay Contest“. Once again the famous women’s magazine seeks your true-life essays. A major attraction is that there is no entry fee. Another is the prize package.
The cash prize is a big $5,000.00 cash prize plus the possibility of publication and an opportunity to meet with a literary agent. The Glamour Magazine writing contest continues to pack a triple punch.
Entries will be accepted from October 8, 2013 through February 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET. Online entries must be received by February 1, 2014 11:59 PM ET. All postmarked entries must be postmarked by February 1, 2014 and received by February 10, 2014. For more details, see the official contest rules.
What do the Glamour essay judges want?
Every woman has an inspiring true story somewhere inside her—and we want to hear yours. Is it about the time you overcame an obstacle, tested your courage, met the love of your life, or found your passion…or the day you met the love of your life? ~ Glamour official contest rules 2014
Once again the judging panel is comprised of well-known published authors including Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley. The judges will look for originality, voice, flow, and overall feeling. What they want is a “strong writing, original style and a compelling story.”
Glamour Magazine writing contest requirements
You must read all the rules provided by the magazine before you start. Here are a few of the essentials that you will need to do.
- Manuscript word count: Minimum 2,500 words and a maximum of 3,500 words.
- Manuscript should be typed and double-spaced.
- Manuscript should be formatted as a Word document.
- Story must be true.
- Written essay must be your original work.
- Essay must not contain any “defamatory, obscene or otherwise unlawful matter or depict anyone engaged in any illegal, immoral or lewd act, any violent or pornographic material or contain any other inappropriate content.”
- One entry per person and one entry per e-mail address.
- Contest is free.
- You must be 18 years old or older.
- The contest is open to legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Colombia.
- All submissions become the property of Glamour and will not be returned.
Study Glamour Magazine writing contest winning entries
It’s often good to read past winning entries so you can get a feel for the style, tone, and mood of winning entries. Here are three recent winners.
“Home from War, but Not at Peace” – Read last year’s winner which generated a note from the Glamour editor’s saying “We’ve gotten tons of feedback on this story.” Why the interest? Lauren Kay Johnson is the winning author.
“If My Bullies Could See Me Now!” – Remember your junior high years? What if you started junior high (that land of smelly boys and mean girls) barely knowing English? Read this humorous essay that is the winner of Glamour’s eighth annual essay contest. Author Angie Kim gets her revenge.
“I Want My Life Back” – How does a sarcastic, tattooed, music-obsessed, Tic Tac-popping, vodka-drinking 27-year-old feel when her cancer comes back for the third time? Angry–and determined to come out alive.
“I Drank and Drank, and Then One Day I Stopped” – For Adrienne Edenburn-MacQueen, now 26, alcohol was an escape, a party—until it wasn’t. Blackouts, lost weekends and a DUI took their toll, and suddenly she had to make a choice
Know all the details of the Glamour magazine writing contest
If you’re going to enter these major glossy magazine writing contests, it’s helpful to know as much as you can before you submit. Be sure you read all the rules.
- For online entries, use the official Glamour Magazine entry form.
- Read the complete rules for the contest.
Don’t forget: Contests are known for being sticklers when it comes to following their rules. Good luck and let me know if you plan to enter the contest. Share your thoughts on this contest and others below.
Go here for information on the Ladies Home Journal Personal Essay contest.
Go here for information on the Good Housekeeping “Every Mother Has a Story” Memoir contest.