Narratively’s Spring 2022 Memoir Prize


Monday, June 27, 2022


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Entry Fees

US$20 per entry


Grand Prize: US$3,000
Finalist: US$1,000
Finalist: US$1,000

We’ll also support our Grand Prize Winner and Finalists by working to adapt their stories into larger projects. Beyond this, our Grand Prize Winner will join Narratively for a series of three exclusive and collaborative video conversations, one with each of our guest judges, to discuss exciting ways to build on their story — from books to graphic novels, podcasts, television series and films.


Narratively is a storytelling platform and production company that supports indie journalists and storytellers and celebrates humanity through true, authentic and diverse character-driven content. We publish our original stories on (one of TIME’s “50 Best Websites”) and often with top publishing partners across the globe, and we adapt our favorites into TV, film and podcasts with leading partners from Amazon Studios to Warner Bros. Television. Our Spring 2022 Memoir Prize not only continues this tradition, but elevates it: We’re offering our top three writers cash prizes, publication, heavy promotion and the chance to explore how their stories might expand into other mediums with the Narratively team and our guest judges from the pinnacles of books, TV, film and podcasts.

Stories must be original and previously unpublished in written form, in English (translations accepted), in the 2,000- to 7,000-word range and ready to publish — no pitches. We will accept simultaneous submissions, but writers must notify us if their piece is accepted elsewhere; multiple submissions from a single author, but each story must be submitted and paid for individually; and adaptations from other media (podcasts, scripts, etc.) with disclosure. This competition is open to anyone, including past and current Narratively contributors. (Current and former Narratively editors, however, are ineligible.) The Grand Prize Winner and Finalists will be required to sign our standard Contributor Agreement, an overview of which can be found on our website.

Guest Judges:
Ashley C. Ford, New York Times–bestselling memoirist of Somebody’s Daughter
Nicole Rocklin, Oscar-winning film and TV producer behind the movie Spotlight
Glynn Washington, host, creator and executive producer of the podcast/radio show Snap Judgment

Contact Information

For submitters: [email protected]


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