Wild River Review Invites Submissions to “Fake Memoir” Contest

April 16, 2006

WRR 2006

April 18, 2006
Media Contact: Kim Nagy
Phone: 609-439-8667

Wild River Review invites submissions to annual “Fake Memoir” Contest

Winner will receive consultation with top literary agent

April 18, 2006 (Philadelphia, PA). Wild River Review kicked off its first annual “Fake Memoir” contest today. As memoirs are enjoying increasing popularity, the new online publication challenges contestants to show off their literary skills in this genre— with a little twist. Writers must embellish upon a true event.

From first-person accounts of surviving in the Himalayas without shoes, to surviving life as a celebrity with the inevitable stint in drug rehab, to the pitfalls of being born at all, Wild River Review is looking for someone who has a good story to tell (or who knows how to tell a good story!)

Sample Wild River Review hints for would-be fake memoirists:

  • Did you have a loving and encouraging mother as a child? If so, make her a narcissist in your story—or a stripper who worked nights while you did algebra in your bedroom.
  • When you told your father you wanted to be a rock harpist, did he throw his arms around you with pride? Nice, but not very interesting. Couldn’t you make him a chronic klepto or a cross-dresser?

The deadline for the contest is August 1, 2006. But, first there are some ground rules:

  • The event must have actually happened. Then, contestants can fabricate to their hearts’ content—or not. We’ll never know because truth, after all, is stranger than fiction.
  • Adhere to the 2000-word limit
  • Contestants can send up to two entries.
  • Contestants should follow submission guidelines at: wnt2006-contests_fakememoir.html

Entries will be judged on writing quality, originality, storytelling, and your ability to connect to readers. The winner will get a free consultation with a literary agent/editor to discuss his/her latest work and future as a writer, or a criminal, or both.


“Memoirs pose interesting challenges for writers,” says Wild River Review Executive Editor, Joy E. Stocke.  “In fiction we must choose what to leave in and what to take out, how to reign in our imaginations to create a compelling story. In the best memoirs, such as Mary Karr’s Liar’s Club, those limitations are honored and the work becomes art. My hope is that the winning entry fools the judges because it’s true.”


Wild River Review maintains a quarterly theme but updates content throughout each month. The publication continually searches for, and offers, high-quality inventive voices, experimental themes, diverse subjects, and riveting images from around the world. It is the creation of a team of professional writers and artists who form the eclectic coterie known as the Wild River Gang.