Win a Chance to Share Your Memoir in Our Love & Heartbreak Contest

By Jason Boog Comment

On February 14th, Smith Magazine will sponsor a Six-Word Memoir Story Love & Heartbreak Slam. To celebrate, we are hosting a six-word memoir contest, giving one GalleyCat reader a chance to join the reading in New York City.

Simply write your six-word memoir about love and heartbreak (for example: “Married by Elvis. Divorced by Friday”).  Then submit your six-word memoir on the GalleyCat Facebook page for a chance to win a chance to tell the backstory behind your six-word memoir onstage at Love & Heartbreak reading.

Submit your memoir today. In addition, five lucky writers will receive a free copy of the Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak book. The contest ends on 11:00 p.m. on February 4th, 2011. You can buy tickets to the reading here. Complete rules and the event line-up follow below.

Here’s more the show’s line-up:
+ Deb Kogan (“Shutterbabe”)
+ Darin Strauss (“Half a Life”)
+ Rachel Sklar (Editor-at-Large,
+ Michele Carlo (“Fish Out Of Agua: My Life On Neither Side Of The (Subway) Tracks”)
+ Sara Barron (“People are Unappealing”)
+ Kimberly Kaye (“The Trouble With Poet” blog and forthcoming book, “Delicate F***ing Flower: Sweet Poems by Sour Girls”)
+ Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero will turn some Six-Word Memoirs into very short songs.

Here’s more about the interactive event: “Whether you’re spending the evening with that special someone or taking a stand against romance, come out for a night of six-word sagas that explore the complexities of the human heart. Presented by SMITH Magazine, the creators of the wildly popular Six-Word Memoir project, we’ll have a luscious line-up of writers and performers who will pour their hearts out, tell the backstories behind their Six-Word Memoirs and then invite you to share your own six words on love and heartbreak in an audience participation Six-World Slam.”

Six-Word Memoir Contest Guidelines

Entrants must be 18 years or older with an address in the United States or Canada. Employees of WebMediaBrands and its subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible to enter the giveaway. No purchase is necessary, void where prohibited.

Contest Criteria: All eligible submissions will be initially judged by Mediabistro employees (“Judges”) who shall be selected by Mediabistro, in Mediabistro’s sole discretion, to select one (1) winner and five (5) runners-up. Entries will be judged based on the following “Contest Criteria,” each of which are weighed and ranked as Mediabistro and the Judges deems appropriate, in its sole discretion: Creativity, quality, interest, and other criteria determined by Mediabistro and/or the Judges.

All submissions must be received between Monday, January 24th, 2011  and Friday, February 4th, 2011 at 11 p.m. ET. All winners will be notified via Facebook message and must have valid Facebook account.


One winner will receive an invitation to participate in the Six-Word Memoir Story Love & Heartbreak Slam. Five runners up will receive a copy of the Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak book.

Entry Method/Number of Entries:
You may enter for each book to be given away. Entries must be received on the Facebook contest link. Only one name and Facebook account per month will be accepted. Multiple entries will be disqualified. One person may not win more than one book per month, however, previous winners may enter subsequent giveaways and are eligible to win.

WebMediaBrands has the right to disqualify entrants that don’t follow these guidelines or to award the book to alternative winners if winners cannot be contacted. Books must be accepted as awarded, are not transferable, and have no cash surrender value. List of prior winners may be obtained from WebMediaBrands upon request. Winner is responsible for all costs, taxes and fees, if any, related to winning. Winner grants WebMediaBrands and Mediabistro the right to use the winners name and details in connection with this giveaway and promotion of future giveaways.