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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.

Cash prizes include: 

  • $1,500 for first place
  • $1,000 for second place 
  • $500 for third place

Honorable mentions may also be given to outstanding stories of courage, and those winners will be given a certificate to commemorate the entry.

All entries must be related to the first person experience of suicidal ideation or a suicide attempt, but entries may be co-authored. Please see the guidelines and judging criteria below for full details.

If you have lived through the dark night of a suicidal journey and lived to tell us about it, we want your story.

We want to share your personal experience with the world and with those who may be about to embark on a similar possible life-threatening path.

Click here to submit an entry
Entries will be accepted online from January 9, 2017 to February 28, 2017.

Click here to view all past contest winners.

Note: A small entry fee is charged to each contestant upon final application. These fees make it possible to offer higher cash prizes to contest winners. The prizes will be announced in the Spring of 2017 prior to the 50th Annual Conference.

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