Biographile’s Short Memoir Contest — FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When is the contest deadline?
The contest will begin on April 9, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. (EST) and will end on April 23, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). All entries must be received by midnight on Monday April 23, 2012.
Q. When are the winners announced?
The finalists will be announced on May 1, 2012. All finalists' entries will be posted for two weeks on Biographile to allow readers to vote using Facebook likes as votes. On May 16, 2012, the winners will be announced.
Q. Who is eligible to enter?
This contest is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are age 18 years or older as of April 9, 2012
Q. Why 1,000 words? What happens if I go over?
One thousand words is long enough to dive into a subject, but easy enough to read online. You may write as short as you like, but anything over 1000 words may be disqualified from the competition
Q. Can I send my entry through snail mail?
No. Because of the time constraints of the contest, we wouldn't be able to receive through the mail and post it in time to allow readers to vote.
Q. Can you confirm that you received my entry?
Each entrant will receive an email confirming that his or her essay was received.
Q. How will I know if I've won?
Winners will be notified by email on May 16, 2012. Biographile will announce the winners on the site the same day. For the names of the Winners, available after May 16, 2012, you can also a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Random House, Inc, attn: Lilly Kim, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.
Q. Can I submit work I've published elsewhere?
No. Submissions need to be unpublished work.
Q. Can I submit my essay to other publications?
Yes. You retain most rights to your essay. The top ten submissions will remain live on Biographile after the contest. However, you may publish them elsewhere after the contest is over.
Q. My essay is very, very personal. Can I publish under a pseudonym?
Yes. We can publish your essay under a screen-name if you choose. However, we will need to know your real name when you enter, in case you win the contest.
Q. Can I send photos to support my essay?
No. This is a writing contest and the writing must stand on its own.
Q. How are you evaluating the writing? What are your judging criteria?
We're primarily looking for good writing and heartfelt stories. Essays that are too long or are not about overcoming loss may be disqualified.