07 May 2011

The $1,000 Momoir Project/ Parents Canada Magazine Writing Contest

Post date: 07 May 2011
Deadline: 30 June 2011

ParentsCanada Magazine and The Momoir Project have teamed up to create a great writing contest for aspiring mom writers – just in time for Mother’s Day. When we become mothers, our relationship with our own mothers changes significantly. We would like you to explore that relationship in a story for our contest. Please note: this contest is only open to Canadians. Please see below for more details.

There’s lots of fine print to read before you launch into writing for the contest. Please take a few minutes to scroll through it all. And remember, only polished writing that is well-thought out will be considered. So take your time!

For the topic, please consider the following questions:

• How has becoming a mother changed your perspective on how you were mothered?

• How has it changed your relationship with your mother?

• How has your childhood affected your decisions on raising your own children?

• And what you have learned about generations of mothering by becoming a mother yourself?

We encourage you to explore these questions in a compelling, honest and poetic story. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and have their story published in ParentsCanada magazine’s October issue. Three finalists will each receive $50, as well as having their stories published online at parentscanada.com and The Momoir Project.

ParentsCanada magazine is published six times a year by Family Communications. The publication strives to give parents the tools they need to raise happy, healthy children in a friendly and informative way. Never preaching, always enlightening.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Word count: 1,500 words

2. Deadline: June 30, 2011

3. To submit your story, please email cori@themomoirproject.com. No cover letter required. Just cut and paste your story into an email, otherwise it will not be accepted. In subject line, please write: ParentsCanada Contest Submission.

4. You must be a subscriber to The Momoir Project to enter. Click here to subscribe and you’ll see the subscribe button on the top right of the website.

5. Contest winners will be announced on September 1st on both TheMomoirProject.com and ParentsCanada.com.

Rules and Regulations

Contest begins at 9:30 am EST on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011 and ends on June 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST.

1. To enter and qualify, visit themomoirproject.com and subscribe to the Momoir Blog. You must be a Momoir subscriber to be eligible to win. Subscriptions are free. Click here to subscribe.

2. Submissions must be between 1,200-1,500 words and must be related to the topic. Submissions over the allotted word count will be disqualified.

3. Submissions that are slanderous or offensive to any person or group will be disqualified. Swearing is fine where appropriate for emphasis and effect.

4. Submissions must be original, unpublished material, not under consideration elsewhere.

5. Once a submission is received, no revisions will be allowed.
Limit one entry per Momoir Project subscriber.

6. The contest is open to all legal residents of Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), who have reached the age of majority in their province/territory of residence, and who are subscribers of The Momoir Project.

7. Employees of The Momoir Project, Parents Canada, Family Communications and their affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies, or parties engaged in the development, production and distribution of materials related to this contest, and members of their immediate families and/or persons living in the same household are NOT ELIGIBLE to participate.

PRIZING: There will be one (1) Grand Prize awarded. This prize consists of $1,000 CDN. They will be announced as the winner and their story will be published in the October edition of Parents Canada magazine, and online with both the magazine and The Momoir Blog in the weeks following.

There will be three (3) finalists awarded $50 CDN each. Finalists will be announced September 1st on the Momoir website and on Parents Canada website, and their stories will be published online at Parents Canada, as well as on The Momoir blog between October and December, 2011.


1. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Selected entrants will be contacted by email on or before August 15, 2011. Winners must respond to the email within five days or be disqualified. An alternate winner will then be selected from among all remaining eligible entries.

2. Selected entrants consent to the announcement of their name and the use of their story exclusively by The Momoir Project and ParentsCanada.

3. ParentsCanada reserves the right to edit and make necessary changes to submissions to fit with the magazine’s style. The final copy will be sent back to the writer for her/his records.

4. No correspondence pertaining to this contest will be entered into except with potential winners. The sponsors accept no liability for printing errors on material distributed for this contest.

5. Failure on the part of a selected entrant to comply with contest rules or whose prize notification is undeliverable may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected from among all remaining eligible entries.

6. All entries become the property of ParentsCanada magazine and Family Communications, which permits the online publication of the three runners-up on The Momoir Project website. Neither ParentsCanada magazine/Family Communications or The Momoir Project assume any responsibility for lost, delayed, destroyed or misdirected entries, or for technical hardware, software or telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, fraud, incomplete, failed or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by the sponsor, users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the promotion or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions which may damage a user’s system or limit a user’s ability to participate in the contest. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this promotion should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized human intervention or other cause beyond sponsor’s control, corrupt the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the contest. In the event of early termination of the contest, a notice will be posted online and judging will be conducted from among all eligible entries received prior to the time of termination. Sponsor reserves the right to modify this contest or disqualify entrant if fraud, misconduct or technical failures destroy the integrity of the contest as determined by the sponsor, in its sole discretion. In the event of a dispute regarding any entry, the entry will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry (i.e. the person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domains associated with the submitted e-mail address).

7. By entering this contest, winners agree to be governed by these rules, and consent to the use of their name and address (city only) in a winners’ list. Winners further agree to allow the contest sponsors to use their name, address (city only), and photograph, without compensation, for advertising purposes related to this contest.

8. This contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, municipal and local laws and regulations.

9. Winners list will be published online at www.themomoirproject.com and on www.parentscanada.com once available.

· No purchase necessary. Limit of one entry per member. Open only to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), Must be age of majority. Contest closes June 30, 2011. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Total value of Grand Prize is $1,000 CDN.

Contact Information:

For inquiries: cori@themomoirproject.com

For submissions: cori@themomoirproject.com

Website: http://www.themomoirproject.com
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