UPDATE: Winner Picked In The AARP & Huff/Post50 Memoir Contest

Actress Rita Wilson arrives at "An Unforgettable Evening" benefiting EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund at The Beverly Wilshi
Actress Rita Wilson arrives at "An Unforgettable Evening" benefiting EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund at The Beverly Wilshire on Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

MEMOIR CONTEST UPDATE: We are pleased to announce the winner in our AARP & Huff/Post50 Memoir Contest. We received thousands of wonderful entries. But after careful review, we've chosen William Bonham of San Francisco as the winner. Soon we will be sharing his outstanding submission with you.

For those who didn't win, we hope to reach out to at least some of you in the coming months to see how we might be able to help tell your stories as well. Thanks so much for sharing your work. We received many excellent memoirs.

Just as a reminder... here are the 10 finalists again:

Bill Bonham Michael Bryan Isaac Herschkopf Frances Hofman Alan Horowitz Mary Jumbelic Karen Albright Lin Edward Moran Kathleen Murray Elaine Vigne

Thanks again everyone and congratulations to our finalists. Below is the original callout we put out for submissions. It's been a long -- but wonderful -- road.

Dear Readers,

Since we launched Featured Fifty Fiction in April 2013 we have had enormous success uncovering abundantly talented people who write beautifully and who have shared their work with us. That initiative led us to launch Featured Fifty Fine Arts and Featured Fifty Poetry. As we suspected, there are a lot of creative people out there. Now we'd like to take these projects a step further.

We believe storytelling is a powerful art form and tool for self-expression. Therefore, we invite you to share the stories of your lives with us as part of an exciting new Memoir Contest that Huff/Post 50 and AARP are doing together. We're looking for amateur, budding writers to tell us their stories. You could win $5,000 and have your work considered for publication by Simon & Schuster, excerpted in AARP The Magazine and featured on The Huffington Post. To find out how to enter and to read the contest rules, go here. When you email your submission to -- an email address that will be activated by Dec. 1, 2013 -- don't forget to put "memoir" in the subject line.

The Memoir Contest, open to those born before Dec. 31, 1964, is a logical next step for us. Since October 2011, Huff/Post50 has provided a unique platform for bloggers to explore the issues and ideas that matter most to Post 50s. Now we'd like nothing more than to hear your life stories.

We can't wait to read them! Rita Wilson is an actor, singer, producer and Huff/Post50's editor at large.