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Our 201 Memoir Competition opens Sep 1 and closes Oct 31, 11:59 pm AEST


How to Submit and Other Details:

  • Pay the AUD$20 entry fee via PayPal, or with a debit or credit card, using the PayPal button at the bottom of this page.
  • Attach your story as a word document to an email and put ‘Memoir Competition’ in the subject line. If you wish to order a critique (this costs extra), please mention this in the body of your email. Send your entries to:
  • Field of Words will send email confirmation that we have received your entry and PayPal payment.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish, but each entry requires payment of a separate entry fee.
  • Entries are to be between 1000 – 2000 words (not including the title).
  • Field of Words will publish the names and works of finalists around the end of each month. The work of finalists will be promoted via boosted posts across social media channels. Selection of finalists is subject to the judges’ discretion. We reserve the right not to post any finalists if we feel entries fail to demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of writing.
  • The names and works of the winner and runner up will be published on the Field of Words website. However, copyright remains with the author.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately should the entry be published elsewhere, or if it is acknowledged as a winning, runner up, or highly commended entry by another writing competition.
  • The winner of the competition will be awarded AUD$400. The runner up will be awarded AUD$125. The works of the winner and runner up will be promoted via boosted posts across social media channels.
  • The prizes will be sent to successful entrants via PayPal.
  • All stories must be written in English.
  • In terms of deadlines, we work by Australian Eastern Standard Time.
  • No refunds can be made.
  • Family members and employees of Field of Words are not eligible for entry.
  • All works submitted must be original. Payment of the entry fee constitutes acknowledgement of your entitlement to claim copyright. Any entries found to be infringing copyright will be removed from the site.
  • We do not accept responsibility for any breach of copyright that may be committed, accidentally or otherwise, by contestants entering the competition. In this regard, legal liability rests entirely with each entrant.
  • The judges’ decisions are final.
  • By sending in your entry you are agreeing to abide by these rules and legal responsibilities.


Field of Words Competition Judges

Our memoir judges are: Fernanda Dahlstrom, who  holds a Bachelor of Arts (Literary Studies), a Bachelor of Laws, and a Masters in Writing and Literature, focusing on memoir; and Shastra Deo, who holds a Masters in Writing, Editing and Publishing, is a published writer of fiction and an award-winning poet. Fernanda and Shastra will at times be assisted with the reading load by Laura Pettenuzzo, who holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science and has worked as an intern and Assistant Editor with Busybird Publishing.


Payment & Submission for Memoir Competition

  1. Pay via PayPal. The Memoir competition entry fee is AUD$20.00 per story.
  2. Email your entry to: 
  3. We will acknowledge your entry and payment via email within 24 hours.

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Memoir Competition Submission plus Critique/Edit

Field of Words can provide a detailed critique of memoir entries, which includes detailed editing notes. The cost is AUD$50 per memoir entry (a total of $70 including entry fee). As part of this service, Field of Words offers general advice as to where writers may be able to send their work for prospective publication.  

Using our critiquing service does not guarantee publication on the Field of Words site, or elsewhere. Note that if you enter the competition and request a critique simultaneously, you may also re-submit a ‘re-worked’ piece at no extra cost (provided we receive it before the closing date). 

  1. Pay via PayPal. The memoir competition entry plus a critique is AUD$70.00 total.
  2. Email your entry to: 
  3. In the body of the email include your PayPal Transaction ID number, name and email address. Please also state that you would like a critique.
  4. We will acknowledge your entry and payment via email within 24 hours.

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If you would like us to provide a critique of your memoir piece but don’t wish to enter our competition, see our Editing Services page.