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Write Your Memoir to Win a Book Contract

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Pen your story and you could win a book contract

Calling all writers: Could you be the next Frank McCourt, Elizabeth Gilbert or Jeanette Walls - all authors of bestselling memoirs?

Here's your chance to share your life story, win $5,000 and get a book contract.  AARP, The Huffington Post and publisher Simon & Schuster have teamed up to hold a national memoir contest.  "We're searching for the next great memoir," said Myrna Blyth, Editorial Director for AARP Media.  "We want to find a gifted writer who can tell a remarkable story of his or her life.  We believe this memoir contest could really be the chance of a lifetime."

The details:

You need to be born before Dec. 31, 1964 - when the last of the baby boomers turns 50.

Send in your synopsis of your memoir and 5,000 words by Feb. 15, 2014.  The address is  Please put MEMOIR in the subject line. (Check out for more information.

Finalists will be asked to submit completed memoirs - 20,000 to 50,000 words - by June 15, 2014.

The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and have the work published by Simon & Schuster, featured on The Huffington Post, and excerpted in AARP The Magazine, which has over 37 million readers.

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The winner will be announced in September 2014. Finalists will be judged by a panel including AARP's Myrna Blyth, The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington, an editor from Simon & Schuster, and actress and Huff Post 50 editor-at-large Rita Wilson, who introduces the contest below:


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