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Good Housekeeping writing contest wants memoir

Good Housekeeping writing contest focuses on mothers

Good Housekeeping magazine writing contest calls for memoirs about mothers. This year the Good Housekeeping writing contest seeks stories about mothers for their memoir contest. It’s all about mom this year with Good Housekeeping’s “Every Mother Has a Story” nonfiction memoir theme.

The Good Housekeeping writing contest wants nonfiction essay manuscripts that have a mother at the center of the story. Write about yourself, your mom, your grandmother, or even someone else’s mother. The deadline is December 15, 2013.

Do you have a memoir about your mom, your life as a mom, or a mom you’ve known tucked in a drawer? Time to pull it out – Good Housekeeping ed.

Among the glossy magazine contests, the Good Housekeeping writing contest ranks  pretty high with a prize package of $2,000.00. There is also an opportunity for possible publication in Good Housekeeping magazine (March 2014 issue) and a potential e-book contact with Shebooks.

Shebooks is an e-book publisher. They publish short books by women and for women. Their content ranges from long-form journalism to short memoir, and short fiction.

What Good Housekeeping memoir judges want

Adherence to the theme, quality of writing, and originality will draw the attention of the Good Housekeeping writing contest judges. The story must be true. Your memoir should not have been published anywhere or have been a finalist in any other writing contest.

This year’s judging panel will include published writers and editors. Included are Rosemary Ellis, Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping; Laura MathewsGood Housekeeping Literary Editor; and Laura Fraser, Shebooks Editorial Director and NYT-bestselling author of the memoirs An Italian Affair and All Over the Map.

Magazine essay contest rules

In the Good Housekeeping magazine contest the wordcount for your memoir can be anywhere from 3,000 to 7,500 words. It’s rare to have an opportunity to submit a work of that length to a magazine writing contest.

There is an entry fee of $15 for most entrants (See rules for exemption details). All entrants will receive a 2-month subscription to Shebooks. You can only submit one entry. You must be 21 years or older and a resident of the US.

You’ll find the Good Housekeeping writing contest is no different than any other writing contest. Read ALL the rules and that includes the fine print. You don’t want your entry disqualified for some reason.

Magazine memoir contest submissions

Memoir submissions for the “Every Mother Has a Story” Good Housekeeping magazine writing contest should be made using the online submission form.

 Good Housekeeping writing examples

The Good Housekeeping editors have been kind enough to provide several examples of preferred stories. Your nonfiction stories should be longer. Here are the samples:

Good Housekeeping writing contest seeks memoir about mothersCook’s Heaven by Elizabeth Gilbert – Gilbert writes about her great-grandmother and food, writing, and “boundless hospitality.”

The Never Empty Nest by Michael Callahan – Callahan writes about a family’s concerns.

Life in the Slow(er) Lane by Dominique Browning – Browning writes a personal story of overcoming grief.

Mommy Wears Prada by Kyran Pittman – How one mom lived out her best-dressed fantasy.

 Magazine contest information tips

Check out these links to the Good Housekeeping official rules, online submission form, and general contest information. Don’t forget to read all the rules. Remember, this must be a true story about you, your mom, or another mother. Also, your entry must not have been published anywhere, and your entry must not have been a finalist for any writing contest.

More magazine writing contests

Go here for information on Glamour Magazine’s “My Real Life Essay Contest.”
Go here for information on the Ladies Home Journal Personal Essay contest.

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