Call For Brevity Submissions: One-Minute Memoir
November 13, 2017 § 28 Comments
We’re trying something new.
The Brevity Podcast is seeking submissions for our One-Minute Memoir episode. We’re looking for ultra-flash nonfiction of 100-150 words (on paper) and up to one minute (recording time). Accepted pieces will be broadcast in our February episode and receive a $25 honorarium.
Deadline for submission is January 6, 2018.
You may submit in one of two ways:
1) Text only. Submit a .doc. We will record accepted pieces in the Brevity studio.
2) Audio file. Submit an MP3 or WAV of your own recording PLUS a .doc with the text. Read our blog post about recording your own work for basic sound guidelines. We will master accepted pieces. Recordings should be a maximum of 60 seconds.
Please start your recording with your name and the title of your piece; this doesn’t count as part of the 60 seconds.
Brevity publishes well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form. We have featured work from two Pulitzer prize finalists, many NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, Qatar, and Japan. We have also featured numerous previously-unpublished authors, and take a special joy in helping to launch a new literary career. Over the past year Brevity has averaged 10,000 unique visitors per month. The Brevity Podcast launched in 2016, and has featured interviews with Andre Dubus III, Dani Shapiro, Rick Moody, and other nonfiction notables.
Please use the Submittable button below to submit your work, choosing the category One-Minute Memoir.
We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.
Allison K Williams is Brevity’s Social Media Editor and the author of Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book. Want writing news, events, and upcoming webinars? Join the A-List!
I can’t wait to submit. This is an amazing opportunity. Thank you.
Great idea! Looking forward to entering AND to seeing the submissions you receive!
Fabulous! Is it like voting, one person one submission?
Try to stop at 2 🙂
I just love the idea of a one-minute memoir. I’m sure it would be easy
for anyone to write a million different versions of this.
Is there a limit? Can we submit more than one piece?
See above 🙂
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If you like it short and sweet and/or the sound of your own voice, this may be the contest for you.
I’m so excited – this will be my first real honest-to-goodness submission. What a great idea!
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If I submitted something for another category but felt it might be suitable here (with a little reworking), is that acceptable?
Thanks so much!
Is it possible for my AP language students to make submissions?
Absolutely! And if they identify themselves as your AP students, I can make a point of giving them each a line of feedback whether their piece is accepted or not.
I’ve organized a generative workshop for graduate students at VCFA to answer this submission call. Would you be willing/able to offer a line of feedback to these students (approx. 10) who submit as well?
Yes, Rosanna, happy to 🙂
Amazing, thank you!
I have a Q for you – are you on FB with your profile pic holding a baby? If so, I’ll friend and message you 🙂
Yes, that is me with the baby on FB 😊.
For those of doing our own recording, can the piece be “produced,” as in, contain sounds other than our own voice? Can the voice be layered?
Not that I will necessarily do that, just curious about the guidelines from an audio standpoint!
You can send in whatever you think best represents the piece – looking forward to listening!
Submit two pieces in one document/one sound file, or separately?
Ah! Was just about to submit but I see that I have to pay… Bummer.
Sorry about that – we explain the thinking behind a $3 fee for submissions here: https://brevity.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/should-brevity-charge/
And we do pay our contributors.
Thank you for your reply, Allison. I didn’t expect it since it was not mentioned in the first call. I don’t have the paying channel available, but luckily tested the submit button in the early stage of writing my memoir, which is when I found out about the payment. Afterwards I still finished it and posted it in my most recent blog post.