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Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest

Sponsored by the QPR Institute for the American Association of Suicidology

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 Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest is to encourage the publication of these stories of survival, hope, recovery, and revival.

We are excited to announce the opening of the 2018 Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest on September 10th, 2017. Opening the contest on World Suicide Prevention Day will make a statement that there is significant support for suicide attempt survivors and their stories of living will be celebrated. 

Contest sponsor Paul Quinnett describes the importance hearing all voices, and answers the main question "Why a Writing Contest?" Read his own words here

All writings must be a first person account of suicidal ideation and/or attempt(s). The winning entry will focus on the progression from before the attempt, or the time of the attempt, until the current time.  The writing will describe impact on the writer, and will tell this story in a way that is accessible and understandable to the greater community.

Cash Prizes:
First place: $1500
Second place: $1000
Third place: $500

Submissions must be electronically submitted as .pdf, .doc, or .docx format through the MyAAS portal on the AAS website, on or before 11:59pm EST on November 27, 2017.

Word limit: 2,500 words

Application fee: A $10.00 application fee must accompany each writing submitted.

Winners will be announced in February 2018 and celebrated in an awards ceremony during the 51st Annual Conference in Washington, DC. 

Please review the Participant Guidelines and Judging Criteria in full before submitting to the contest.

Click here to begin your submission

AAS is very proud to share the winning submissions with everyone to promote the message of hope, healing, and recovery for attempt survivors and those with lived experiences. Click here to view all past Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest Winners.

Please find the Self Care Guide for tips and information on strategies for mental well-being as some of the first-hand accounts of attempt survivors listed on this website may be triggering.

Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide is also a helpful resource for the safe media coverage of suicide and suicide-related topics. 
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