By Rita Wilson
We are pleased to announce the 10 finalists in our AARP & Huff/Post50 Memoir Contest. We received thousands of wonderful entries. For those who did not make the cut, we hope to reach out to at least some of you in the coming months to see how we might be able to help tell your stories as well.
These 10 finalists have until Dec. 15 to complete their memoirs. Soon after, a winner will be announced. Good luck and thanks for participating everyone!
William Bonham, 65, San Francisco
Michael Bryan, 50, New York
Isaac Herschkopf, 64, New York
Frances Hofman, 79, Missoula, Mont.
Alan Horowitz, 56, East Norwich, N.Y.
Mary Jumbelic, 58, Fayetteville, N.Y.
Karen Albright Lin, 52, Longmont, Colo.
Edward Moran, 67, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kathleen Murray, 66, Centerport, N.Y.
Elaine Vigne, 58, New Orleans
Since Huff/Post50 launched Featured Fifty Fiction in April 2013, we have had enormous success uncovering abundantly talented people who write beautifully and who have shared their work with us. That initiative led us to launch Featured Fifty Fine Arts and Featured Fifty Poetry. As we suspected, there are a lot of creative people out there. So we took these projects a step further.
We invited you to share the stories of your lives with us as part of the Memoir Contest that Huff/Post 50 and AARP are doing together. We looked for amateur, budding writers to tell us their stories. The winner will receive $5,000 and have their work considered for publication by Simon & Schuster, excerpted in AARP The Magazine and featured on The Huffington Post.
Thanks again everyone and congratulations to our finalists. It’s been a long – but wonderful – road.
Rita Wilson is an actor, singer, producer and Huff/Post50′s editor at large.