The Indy will be kicking off 2008 right by publishing the winners of a memoir contest in next year’s first issue. That means we need Santa Barbarans to start sending us their memoirs immediately.

Here are the contest’s details:

Submissions must be:

* 700-1,000 words

* Either autobiographical or about a person, place, event, idea, animal, etc. that’s tied to Santa Barbara

* Written in the first-person (biographical pieces about other people must include some personal reflection)

* Entirely factual; we don’t want fiction

* Turned in by November 15

* Writers must also be prepared to provide a photograph or other visual

We will select the Top 3 to be published in the printed Independent on January 3 as well as one memoir from someone under the age of 25. We will also publish a number of runners-up online at

To enter, send your submissions to


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