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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.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest! 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.

First place

Developing Power 

by Jess Stohlmann-Rainey







Second place 

The Sentence 

by Kristin Drouin








Third place 

Wicked Awesome Wish List 

by Tracey L. Medeiros



Click here to view all past Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest Winners


AAS would also like to acknowledge the dedicated contest judges who volunteered many hours of their own time to help shed light on these important stories. We thank you for your support and attention while helping to further the field and strengthen the voices of attempt survivors.

  • Head judge: Sue Eastgard
  • Head judge: Marny Lombard
  • Ralph Adamo
  • Brigitte Anderson
  • Charlotte Anderson
  • Karen Butler Easter
  • Dr. Marta Caminero-Santangelo
  • Marcia Epstein
  • Dr. Cheryl King
  • Sandri Kramer
  • Kristen Spexarth

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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