First Place The View From Breast Pocket Mountain by Karen Hill Anton
Second Place Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties by Suzanne Roberts
Third Place Finding the Right Words: A Story of Literature, Grief, and the Brain by Cindy Weinstein and Bruce L. Miller
They also eliminated the ‘honorable mention’ category this year and instead created 23 specific categories with which to recognize entrants. Four of those selected are currently unpublished manuscripts, providing authors with an avenue for (hopefully) finding a publishing home for their works.
Deadline: December 31, 2021
The second annual Memoir Prize awards Memoir and Creative Nonfiction book-length works of exceptional merit in the categories of traditional, self-published, and previously unpublished prose. Submit your full-length memoir on any subject matter for a chance to win cash and a feature in Memoir Magazine. The only contest of its kind dedicated exclusively to the Memoir genre accepts full-length books of memoir or narrative creative nonfiction, essay collections, or graphic narratives for consideration. No restrictions on length, type of publisher, or year of publication. ExtendedDeadline: December 31, 2021. Enter at memoirmag.com.
Memoir Magazine annually holds the Memoir Prize which awards Memoir and Creative Nonfiction book-length works of exceptional merit in three categories: traditionally published, self-published, and unpublished. The awards include a cash prize, a feature in Memoir Magazine, and a year’s worth of free advertising. This is the only prize of its kind solely focusing on memoir. The 2021 prize deadline will be announced in January.
The grand prize winner of the inaugural Memoir Prize for Books is Relief by Execution: A Visit to Mauthausen by Gint Aras.
The finalists and category winners were:
Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg
Wild Blueberries: Nuns, Rabbits & Discovery in Rural Michigan by Peter Damm
Dreams and Nightmares: I Fled Alone to the United States When I Was Fourteen by Liliana Velasquez