Frank McCourt Memoir Prize Guidelines

McCourt Memoir imageSubmissions open February 15 and close March 15.

There is a submission fee of $15 per entry.

1st prize: $1000

2nd prize: $500

Entries should be no longer than 6,000 words.

We want your best personal memoirs. In honor of Frank McCourt’s writing, we’re looking for prose that reveals the humor in even the bleakest of situations. We want raw honesty. We want to be unsure whether to laugh or cry. Dazzle us with your insight into the human experience. We’re excited to read your work!

This is a blind submission process. Please do not include any identifying information on the pages of your entry. Cover letters may include your name, contact information, and a short bio.

Submit your entries here.

TSR publishes work from established authors and newcomers, but only the best of the best. Please submit only once per reading period, and in only one category.

Our fee per submission is $3.00. We waive the submission fee in the following instances:
if you are currently enrolled in, or are an alumnus of Stony Brook Southampton,
if you purchase an issue of TSR: The Southampton Review at the time of your submission,
if you already subscribe to TSR: The Southampton Review.

We urge all of those who submit work to read copies of TSR in order to have a better idea of our editorial range. The Southampton Review is published twice each year. Annual subscriptions are $35. Individual copies are $18.50. Please contact the department for subscription information, or PURCHASE THE SOUTHAMPTON REVIEW.

Internet submission is preferred. Click here to submit.

Deadlines: There are two reading periods each year. We are open for submissions from August 15 to October 15 and from February 1 to April 1.

Fiction: We accept short stories and novel excerpts. No longer than 7,500 words.

Poetry: No more than five poems per submission, please.

Nonfiction: Our pages feature memoirs, personal essays and craft lectures. No longer than 7,500 words.

Plays and Screenplays: A style guide for drama submissions is available on our website.

We publish a wide variety of art, including fine art, photography, cartoons and illustrations. Artwork should conform to the following specifications: Raster based images (photos/scans) must be 300dpi at 7″ wide at least (larger is OK). All files should be in CMYK color mode.

Your cover letter should include your name, telephone number, address and email address.

Regarding usage and spelling, consult The New York Times Manual of Style and UsageMerriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th editionWebster’s Third New International Dictionary.

The Southampton Review retains the right to reproduce the work in TSR’s electronic, print and website publications, and, in the original format, as part of an anthology or compilation. We also retain the right to authorize third parties to reprint TSR materials in databases, or to reproduce the work.

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