About Memoir Monday

Memoir Monday is a monthly reading series and weekly newsletter put together by Lilly Dancyger, in partnership with Catapult, Tin House, Longreads, Granta, Guernica, Narratively, and The Rumpus.

Each week, the editors of these fine publications each select their very favorite new personal essay or memoir piece, and you can find them all collected in the Memoir Monday newsletter (along with additional resources for memoir writers and enthusiasts). It’s the best way to stay up-to-date with the best first person writing from across the web, all in one place.

Memoir Monday readings are held the third Monday of each month (except during the summer hiatus and in a few special cases when we reschedule due to conflicts) at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York.

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Submitting to Memoir Monday

The newsletter does not take essay/excerpt submissions—the writing you see here has been selected by the editors at the partner publications.

But you can submit craft essays, writing classes, conferences, and other resources related to memoir writing for inclusion in the newsletter! To do so, email memoirmonday@gmail.com.

If you’re interested in reading your work at the Memoir Monday reading series, please email memoirmonday@gmail.com with your bio and the piece you’d like to read. The essay or excerpt you submit should run no longer than 8 minutes when read aloud, and should be creative nonfiction or memoir only (we love fiction and poetry, but they’re not the focus of this series!). Please include the word “Submission” in your subject line. If you have a new book coming out or there’s some other reason you would prefer to read during a specific month, please also include “Timely” in the subject line and explain the time peg in your email. And please note that we are not able to cover travel or accommodation expenses for readers based outside of NYC.

Support Memoir Monday

Memoir Monday is a labor of love. If you enjoy the weekly newsletter and monthly reading series and want to help keep both of those things going, you can make a one-time or recurring donation here! Any amount will be greatly appreciated.