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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. 

Writing 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.

Congratulations to the winning authors for 2019! 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.

 

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1st place: Olya Nakonechny, "Beautiful Swan"

2nd place: Daniel Garcia, "Something Like Happy"

3rd place: Ursula Delgadillo, "Insignificant Moments"

 

Contest winners will be recognized at the 52nd Annual Conference at the Reception on Thursday April 25th.

AAS would like to thank Paul G. Quinnett for his dedication to the field of suicide prevention and writing, and for making this contest possible.

We also want to thank all of the applicants who shared their amazing journeys with us, and each of the judges for their hours of dedication and support this year:

Head Judge: Sue Eastgard

Ralph Adamo

Sue Ade

Brigitte Anderson

Charlotte Anderson

Troy Bush-DiDonato

Karen Butler Easter

Meghan Crane

Kristin Drouin

Clara Fajardo

Dennis Gillan

Lloyd Hale

Lynn Hennighausen

Sandri Kramer

Zach Kluckman

Marny Lombard

Donn Marshall

Nancy McGlasson

Shelby Rowe

Wendy Sefci

Jess Stohlmann-Rainey

Deb Stone

Rick Strait

Whitcomb Terpening

 

 

 

If you have lived through the dark night of a suicidal journey and lived to tell about it, we want your story to be shared with the world, and with those who may be about to embark on a similar, possibly life-threatening, path. AAS is very proud to share the winning submissions 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.

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

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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