Writing Contests from Moment Magazine

FOUR contests to tell you about:

New: Moment Magazine Memoir Contest: “Everyone has a story. Moment wants to hear yours. To celebrate the rich and diverse narratives of its readers, Moment is holding a memoir writing contest. We are looking for short personal essays/memoirs (no more than 3,500 words) about you or your family that have some kind of Jewish connection or content. Moment will review all submissions and award one first place award and two honorable mentions to works of outstanding writing.”
Deadline: December 31, 2010.
Reading fee: $35 (pretty steep, in my view–I’m not sure I’ve seen many fees this high for a single-piece [vs. book-length] competition, and although this fee is more than twice the price of entering the fiction contest [see below] the first prize is only half as lucrative, but Moment didn’t ask for my input when they came up with the rules).
Prizes: First prize includes $500, plus possible publication; two honorable mentions of $150 apiece.

And three annual contests to remember:

You Can Change the World Essay Contest: social action writing contest for high school students in grades 9-12.
Deadline: February 15, 2010.
No entry fee.
First prize: $500.

Publish-A-Kid(book review contest): open to anyone ages 9-13.
Deadline: February 15, 2010.
No entry fee.

Moment-Karma Short Fiction Contest: for “outstanding works of unpublished short fiction with Jewish content.”
Deadline: December 31, 2010.
Reading fee: $15.
Prizes: $1,000/$500/$250, plus possible publication. “Winners may be invited to an awards ceremony. If so, the contest covers a round trip flight or train fare and one night hotel, if necessary. All travel arrangements are to be made by Moment.”

2 thoughts on “Writing Contests from Moment Magazine

  1. Elaine Starkman says:

    Some months ago I saw a notice for Creative Non-fiction stories in Moment Magazine.
    Now I can’t find this year’s notice that would expire Dec. 31, 2011.

    What happened to it? I have a 3800 word piece of my time and experiences in Israel
    when our family lived there with our then small children. I’m ready to send it out.

    If Moment is not having this contest, then can you suggest something.

    Thanks, Elaine Starkman

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Hi, Elaine:

      This post is almost two years old. Apparently, the links have changed, but if you go to the main MOMENT site, you’ll find all of their current contests listed at http://momentmag.com/moment/contests/index.html. Scroll down the page for the memoir contest.

      You can always try general-interest and mainstream magazines and journals, but for additional possibilities, you may want to look over this page on my site. Good luck!

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