It’s time to unveil the writing contest I promised.


A short memoir story of 1,000 words or less.  We are looking for submissions in the genre of Creative Nonfiction–stories about events which actually happened to you and which are told with artistic flair.  We don’t know whether we’ll prefer strong technique or powerful natural storytelling ability. A clean, clear-cut plotline or a slow meander through a lyrical garden of metaphor and description.  Just show us your best work in your best style. We have no preconceived ideas of what will be awarded first, second, and third place.

The story should not have been previously published anywhere online or in print–not even on your own blog.  Writer Site reserves the right to publish your story on its website. After that, rights revert to the writer.  The three award-winning stories will be published on Writer Site.

Please submit a Word document without your name or identifying information.


Email your stories to writersite.wordpress@gmail.com.


  • $25 first place
  • $15 second place
  • $10 third place

Prizes will be in the form of Amazon gift cards by email.


Email your submission by September 16, 2013.


I will be involved in the judging process, but the final decisions will be made by two guest judges, Wilma Kahn and Kimberly Keating Wohlford.


Wilma Kahn has an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, as well as a Doctor of Arts in English from SUNY-Albany. She is the published author of poems, short stories, essays, and a detective novel, Big Black Hole. Wilma has led writing classes for adults in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, since 1987. In her spare time she tends a little wildflower garden with ironweed seven feet tall.

Kimberly Keating Wohlford is a writer in Charlotte, NC where she free-lances for the arts community.  In 2011, she left an established career in newspaper advertising, to pursue a dream to write her own stories.  Kimberly is currently working on a memoir that follows her journey to Glastonbury, England where magical things happen to redirect her path in life.  She will receive a certificate in creative writing from Stanford in March 2014.


Filed under Creative Nonfiction, Essay, Memoir, Nonfiction, Writing, Writing contest, Writing prompt

19 responses to “DRUM ROLL, PLEASE!

  1. Oh, you know I am in! :>)

  2. I hope you’ll post the winning stories on your blog!

  3. I’ll think about it, Luanne. I’ve never written a memoir piece…my life isn’t that interesting. 🙂

  4. Ooh, I’ll get busy…

  5. That’s going to be fun! Thanks Luanne!

  6. Hi there, I was led to this site by Kimberley’s link in Facebook – I met her online in a memoir writing group. I have started my own blog here on WordPress too – maybe you would like to take a look at it. I will certainly think about entering your competition. It is a shame you won’t take already published writing as I had a perfect candidate but it is up on my blog.
    Good luck with this. I will take a nosey around your blog too.

    • Luanne

      Hi frogstale! I checked out your blog, and it looks good. That anecdote about what a frog does with water slowly turned up is fabulous–I’d never heard that before. I hope you’ll write something for the contest! Best, Luanne

      • Thanks for that Luanne. I would have liked to use that piece but it is ‘published’. Trying to think if a short extract from my book to send in. Will keep thinking …..

  7. Oooh, I’d love to try this…depends on how my book manuscript is going, but I’m writing down this information!

  8. Elizabeth di Grazia

    Thank you so much for liking Wordsisters. I will dive more into your blog. Looks interesting!

  9. I’d love to enter, but we’re leaving on a 10-day trip. I may have to enter next time. Thanks for posting (and sponsoring?) the contest. (It’s my first visit here.) I’ll be back.

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