Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 23, 2010

Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction Contest

If you have written a memoir or narrative nonfiction book and it is completed you may want to enter “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest over at Guide to Literary Agents.


You can leave your entry in the Comments section of this post, or just e-mail it. Send e-mailed entries to (If using e-mail, paste everything. No attachments.)


The first 200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of memoir, femoir or narrative nonfiction (also called creative nonfiction). You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Though not mandatory, feel free to submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with your entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, I ask that you do one of two things: 1) Mention and link to this contest twice through any social media – blogs, Twitter, Facebook, forums, message boards, comments on other blog sites; or 2) just mention this contest once and also add Guide to Literary Agents Blog ( to your blogroll. Please provide link(s) so I can verify eligibility.


      1. This contest will be live for approximately twelve days – from Jan. 19 through the end of Sunday, Jan. 31, EST. Winners notified by e-mail within seven days of end of contest. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.
      2. To enter, submit the first 150-200 words of your book. Shorter or longer entries will not be considered. Keep it within word count range please.
      3. This contest is solely for completed book-length works of memoir (life stories), memoir, narrative nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Stories, naturally, must be true – not simply fiction based on truth.
      4. You can submit as many times as you wish. 
      5. The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA’s publisher, F+W Media.
      6. There are more rules (most of them dealing with legal stuff) that you can find in the comments section of this post. 
      7. By commenting on this post or e-mailing your story, you are submitting an entry for consideration in this contest and thereby agreeing to the terms written here as well as the terms added by me at the beginning of the “Comments” section of this blog post.


First place: 1) A critique of 25 pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) Two free books from Writer’s Digest Books (I will give you several choices and you pick the books your want).

Runner-ups – second and third place: 1) A critique of 10 pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) One free book from Writer’s Digest Books (several choices).


  1. Nice contest! I’m not in position to enter, but do you mind if I post about it on my blog? There might one in the few who read it that is contest ready.


    • Yousei,

      Of course, we’re trying to help as many people as we can, right? It is a niche, but it might fit perfect with one of our visitors.



      • Thanks! Will do.


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