The Midwest Writing Center's publishing arm, MWC Press, and Legacy Book Press are partnering on a book-length memoir contest. Submissions are due by October 31, 2019; a winner may be chosen (assuming we receive enough quality submissions) on or before November 15, 2019. If you're interested, please read this page in its entirety and follow the contest guidelines exactly to ensure your eligibility to win.

The winner will receive:
  • Publication package from Legacy Book Press effective for 2 years from publication or whenever author cancels, whichever occurs first
  • Fifty (50) copies of the book to sell as desired
  • Launch party (including a reading, light refreshments, and invitations emailed to the list you provide; selling your own books, keeping your profits) on a mutually agreeable date in or about July or August 2020, at Midwest Writing Center
  • Royalty split of online sales 1/3 LBP, 1/3 MWC Press, 1/3 Author
  • Discount on additional original prints or reprints equal to printing cost + 20% (estimated at $4-4.50 per book, depending on length)
  • Press release online and to local media announcing publication and launch party
Contest Guidelines:
  • Open to residents of Iowa and Illinois
  • Manuscript Length = At least 25,000 words or 100 pages 8 ½” x 11” double spaced; no more than 75,000 words or 300 pages 8 ½” x 11” double-spaced
  • Manuscript must be an original, previously unpublished memoir written by the contestant
  • Manuscript must be edited and ready to go as only light editing and proofreading will be provided
  • No unnecessary vulgarity, violence, or sexual descriptions
  • Email your entry to with the information below included in the body of the email and the entire manuscript attached as a PDF document (though the document published will need to be in Word with any/all acknowledgments, dedications, author bio, etc. included):
    • Title of Work
    • Word and/or Page Count
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone number
    • 200-350 word description
    • Less than 75-word blurb (See Wordsy Woman's YouTube video at if you need help)
    • 150-300 word author bio
    • Cover suggestion/wishes if any
    • Proof of any permissions needed
    • Acknowledgment of understanding the launch party will be held at MWC at the Rock Island Library, that you are willing to travel, and have reasonable belief your friends/family will travel to attend as those are the most likely launch party attendees

If you have any questions, please contact me.