Here is a message from Autumn House where I submitted Shattered by the Wars, a story of my family during WWII under Japan and during the Korean War:
I’m writing to let you know that your manuscript, in addition to thirteen others, has been selected as a finalist in the Autumn House Non-Fiction Contest by Mike Simms and sent to Phillip Lopate who will select a winner by September. We received over three hundred non-fiction submissions this year, and the fact that your manuscript was selected shows our high opinion of your writing. I want to tell you personally how much I enjoyed reading your work this summer.
From Heather Cazad, non-fiction screener at Autumn House Press, July, 2013