The women behind She Writes Press and Serendipity Literary Agency are excited to offer an opportunity to win a partnership publishing contract for your memoir. Read more about partnership publishing here.
Serendipity Literary Agency CEO and author Regina Brooks was inspired by She Writes Press’s mission to support the efforts of women who write. She contacted Brooke Warner and Kamy Wicoff of She Writes Press to partner around a shared passion to promote and publish women’s voices. We’re mutually grateful for this collaboration and we look forward to awarding one of you a contract with She Writes Press, for publication in 2015.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a publishing deal with She Writes Press, which will include the full services of the She Writes Press Publishing Package (value $3900).
- Custom interior design for up to 120,000 words
- Custom cover design
- Print-on-demand setup with Lightning Source (LSI)
- e-book file preparation and upload to Amazon, B&N, and iBookstore
- She Markets Plan
- Distribution to the trade via Ingram Publisher Services
- Proofreading of your final laid-out manuscript
- Copyright filing and obtaining your Library of Congress control number
- Warehousing of short-run printed books
- Preordering and fulfillment of all orders
- Telephone and email support from your She Writes Press project manager
The winner will also receive a copy of You Should Really Write A Book: How to Write Sell and Market Your Memoir, by Regina Brooks.
The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one consultation session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents.
FEE: There is a $25 fee to submit to this contest. Each entrant will receive a short written assessment of their submission. This assessment is similar to the assessments offered by She Writes Press for authors submitting to publish with the press. We hope that providing you with these assessments will help you by giving you some concrete feedback as to our feeling about the status of your project, and that you will have some guidance about what your next editorial steps (beyond the contest) might be for your memoir. (For more on the assessment process, read here.)
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: The rules of the contest are simple and entering is easy. The winner will be selected on the basis of the merit of her entry, which consists of a query letter and at least two full chapters of the work. You can also submit a query letter and afull-length nonfiction book proposal. For guidance, Both Brooke and Regina have books that can assist you. Check out Brooke’s How to Sell Your Memoir:12 Steps to a Perfect Book Proposal, or Regina’sYou Should Really Write a Book: How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir.
Submit entries via the contest website at http://bit.ly/1z2HoB0.
WHO CAN ENTER: One entry per person. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the Memoir Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) July 21st, 2014 until 11:59pm August 31, 2014 (ET).
- Anyone over the age of eighteen.
- woman-identified—whatever that means to you.
- You may be agented or unagented to enter this contest.
JUDGING PROCESS: She Writes Press Publisher Brooke Warner and Serendipity Literary Agency founder and CEO Regina Brooks will be enrolling industry professionals to review and vet the submissions. Our team will assign the tracks. Our team will assign the tracks and entrants will be emailed an assessment of their project. Track 1 authors will automatically qualify to move forward to the final round. Brooke and Regina will then personally review the Track 1 selections and select the top five entrants. The winner will be announced on November 3, 2014.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
1) You will be disqualified if you submit past the due date.
2) Your project MUST be a memoir. If you are writing a fictionalized account of your own story, you cannot apply. It is perfectly legit and okay by industry standards, however, to change identifying details of the real-life characters in your story to protect yourself and them. Dear novelists, poets, and playwrights, we are on the search for other contests geared to you!
3) Rewrites are not accepted. In other words, please be sure you are happy with your submission before you click “send” because we will not accept rewrites, follow-up emails, additional material, etc.
4) Only one entry per person.
5) We only accept material that is unpublished. We will not accept revised or new editions of previously published work.
6) You agree to have your entry (exclusive of your contact information) shared with the She Writes (on SheWrites.com) and Serendipity Literary Agency communities, and to let us use it for promotional purposes.
7) You must be at least eighteen years old to enter.
8) You must be woman-identified—whatever that means to you. This is an inclusive contest, open to trans women, genderqueer writers, and non-binary identifying writers, but specifically not to male-identified writers.
- The contest will not cover the cost of a print run. SWP authors print their books in one of two ways—either as offset print runs or as print-on-demand (POD). POD allows for books to be printed on demand so the author does not have to front any funds for printing. SWP and the winner will discuss the author’s options as the publication date approaches. We want to make it clear that the winner will not be expected to front ANY costs unless they so choose.
- The contest will not cover the cost of an outside publicist. The contest winner will receive SWP’s Marketing and Publicity Boosterand can decide if they want to allocate additional funds to publicity beyond what the booster offers.
- By entering the contest, you agree to our terms and conditions.