Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Contest

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Dr. Paul G. Quinnett, a mental health and suicide-prevention expert.

This February the QPR Institute for the American Association of Suicidology is proudly sponsoring the inaugural Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Prize, giving survivors of attempted suicide and ideation a chance to have their story of survival, hope, recovery and renewal published for others to read and learn from.

Those who share their stories can be creative with their style of writing, as poetry or prose are both welcomed. The goal of the contest is to get people talking about mental health that is not commonly addressed, and to call attention to the fact that people can and do get better through speaking up and reaching out.

Not only will the contest give voice to those who are ready to share their stories, but prizes will also be awarded for the top three entries. First place will win $1,500, second will receive $1,000 and third will be awarded $500. 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, limited to 2,500 words, must be related to the first person experience of suicidal ideation or a suicide attempt, but entries may be co-authored. Be sure to submit your entries sooner rather than later and encourage others to do the same because only the first 100 submissions will be considered. The deadline is Feb. 28, 2015, so find your voice and tell your story of hope and courage. By speaking up, we can conquer stigma and help others experiencing the same difficulties overcome their struggle.

Click here to learn more about the Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Prize, and to submit your story.