Closing date for this competition is coming up - 30 Jan 2012 - the Fish Short Memoir (Life Writing) Contest, with David Shields as the judge.
1st prize: €2,000, and the ten best short memoirs will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology which will be launched July 2012.
2nd prize: one week at the stunning Writers’ Retreat at Casa Ana, in the mountainous La Alpujarra region of Spain, plus €300 towards travel.
Entries must be 4,000 words or less. Entry €15 online.
Fish can also provide a critique of your Memoir for €40 and even help you brush up your memoir writing skills by joining their online memoir writing course.
Which reminds me . . .
The Guardian/Observer had supplements this weekend about Making the Most of your Memory. I got the Saturday one but forgot today's one. Anyway yesterday's supplement had an article listing Memory Myths, false belief about memory held by many people.
Some people have photographic memories. FALSE.
Forgetting occurs gradually. FALSE.
Confidence is a reliable indicator of memory accuracy. FALSE.
Traumatic memories can be repressed and "recovered" years after they occurred. FALSE.
Hypnosis can be used to retrieve forgotten memories. FALSE.