Overview of Contest:
The stories of those who have attempted suicide or experienced persistent suicidal ideation have, for too long, remained untold. Due to stigma and taboo, the world has been denied important educational narratives. The purpose of the Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Prize is to encourage the publication of these stories of survival, hope, recovery, and renewal.
All entries must be related to the 1st person experience of suicidal ideation or a suicide attempt. Entries may be co-authored. Word limit is 2,500.
Writers must hold the personal copyright of the submission. At the time of the submission, a one-time copyright transmission to the American Association of Suicidology will need to be signed.
The inaugural deadline of this annual contest will be February 28, 2015. Only the first 100 submissions will be considered.
The judges for this contest shall consist of professional writers and members of the American Association of Suicidology as determined by the Association. Entries will be blinded so that judges will not be aware of the names of the writer during the judging process.
The contest winners will be announced at the annual conference of the American Association of Suicidology each April.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Honorable mentions may also be awarded at the judges' discretion.
- 1st: $1,500 + plaque
- 2nd: $1,000 + certificate
- 3rd: $500 + certificate
- Honorable mentions: Certificate only
All submissions, especially winners, may be utilized by AAS in print or web-based media.
- All entries must be related to the personal experience of suicidal thoughts, feelings or attempts.
- All entries - prose or poetry shall be submitted as PDF or Microsoft Word files, accompanied by the entry form on the AAS website.
- Must be written in English
- Co-authored creations may be entered only once. The prize will be split among the co-authors and one certificate will be awarded with all co-authors' names on it.
- Entry constitutes a waiver of copyright restrictions on reprinting or reproducing entries by the American Association of Suicidology or others in its newsletters, blog site, publications, or online courses for the purpose of circulating entries to interested parties and the world. The intention is to share these stories as widely as possible.
- Award certificates and checks are made out to the individuals, not organizations or publishers.