About Memoirist

Welcome to Memoirist!

Thanks for dropping by.

After twenty odd years working as teachers all over the world, we decided to hang up our chalkboards and devote more time to our writing.

We created memoirist.org in Autumn 2019 because we felt there was a gap in the market for the kind of memoir writing we favoured, see explanation below. We're very proud of what we've created and clearly many people are enjoying it with some pieces getting as many as 700 readers!

Holed up during the pandemic, we wrote our extended memoirs, A Young Lady's Miscellany and In Search of the Blue Duck, now available on Amazon. Have you written a longer memoir? We are happy to publish a 'stand alone' extract here :)

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Editors James and Auriel out and about in Jerez

The spiral staircase is the symbol of Memoirist.org
duck tail feather photo by Auriel Roe
The spiral staircase is the symbol of Memoirist.org

Memoirist is the online magazine for literary autobiographical writing, including translations. Though a piece we post may happen to involve psychological trauma or address socio-political injustice, this emphatically isn't the site's primary purpose. If your piece has a strong religious leaning, it isn't for us. Instead, Memoirist's aim is simply to put engaging, polished personal writing out there, though we admit that we do have a slight preference for pieces with a comedic element. Please, before submitting, read the other posts to see if your piece is a good fit for this website.

The novel in English began by masquerading as memoir (e.g. Oronooko, Moll Flanders, Gulliver's Travels) and well written book length memoirs, including graphical ones, continue to outshine and outsell the best of contemporary fiction. While there are scores of sites on the web dedicated to experiential writing expressed as short fiction or lyric poetry, there's hardly a spot set apart specifically for memoir. Exclude sites the focus of which is poignant sincerity with an eye on getting into print, selling writing courses and offering paid editorial tutelage and there's effectively nowhere else. So, take a look at our submission guidelines and bring on the literary personal writing for which you could hitherto find no suitable home. Let brief memoir now take its place under the virtual sun.

The material posted remains the copyright of the author and does not reflect the opinions of the editors or the site managers.

All other photographs and text is copyright of the editors.