Anthology Personal Memoir Competition

First prize of €500 and the winning entry published in Anthology magazine. Entries are now invited

by Ros Woodham

Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours? Authors are invited to share a unique life experience. Whether your memoir recounts a transformative journey, a poignant moment, or a life-altering event, we welcome your story.

The Anthology Personal Memoir Competition is open to original and previously unpublished memoirs in the English language by writers of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. In the spirit of authenticity, there are no constraints on themes or writing styles. Memoirs submitted must not exceed a maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish. Each submission will require a separate entry form and is subject to a separate entry fee.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.


The winner will receive a €500 and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology.

Submission deadline and entry fees

Final Deadline: 31 August 2024

  • Standard fee – €15: May – August 2024

How to enter

Click the button below to access the entry form. Fill in your details, upload your entry and complete the payment before clicking ‘submit’. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions below for competition rules.

Terms and conditions

  • To enter, submit an original, non-fictional, unpublished personal memoir, written in English with a maximum of 1,500 words.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit. Each submission will require a separate entry form and will be subject to a separate entry fee.
  • There is no age limit.
  • In order to minimise administrative costs and maintain affordable fees, please note that entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Submissions will be judged on their emotional impact, creativity, and the ability to captivate the reader. 
  • Once selected, the winner will be contacted by email or telephone.
  • Copyright remains with the author but Anthology reserves the right to be the first to publish or arrange a broadcast of selected works. 
  • The winner and finalists grant Anthology the right to use their articles in electronic form or in print for the specific purpose of promoting Anthology and its Awards without restriction in any media.
  • Submission of a written piece implies the author’s acceptance of the rules and conditions.
  • Prize money will be paid on publication of the winning article in Anthology magazine.

The Anthology Personal Memoir Competition is listed with:

Duotrope | Study, Work, Grow | CAP Arts Centre | Fine Art New Zealand | Film Freeway | Arizona Arts Commission | Florida Department of State | Regional Arts & Culture Council | North Carolina Arts Council | NAWE | New Writers | Writers College | Australian Writers’ Resource | Sisters in Crime Australia | | Christopher Fielden | Almond Press | UK Writers College | SA Writers College | Reedsy | New Pages |