Every once in a while a new writing award comes along that recognizes the importance of focusing creativity and emotion on a theme of universal dimensions. This is surely true of the Christopher Doheny Award, which is supported by Audible, Inc. and the friends and family of Christopher Doheny. Chris joined Audible just a few years after the company was founded and helped it grow and prosper. He was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a baby and received a double lung transplant, but passed away earlier this year.
The Center for Fiction and Audible have established an annual award in Christopher’s honor with the goal of recognizing “excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness, either his or her own or that of a close relative or friend.”
Writers are invited to submit book-length manuscripts that “demonstrate high literary standards while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others.” The winner will receive a $10,000 prize as well as publication and promotion of the book in both print and audio editions. Entries will be judged by a panel of three writers and an Audible representative. Eligibility requirements include:
• Only unpublished manuscripts written in English are eligible.
• Both Adult and YA manuscripts may compete for the prize.
• Writers must have previously published in literary journals or
magazines, or have published book with an independent or
traditional publisher. Self-published books are not eligible.
• Full or partial manuscripts may be submitted.
• All manuscripts must be submitted in PDF or word format
• The deadline is midnight, July 31st.
For full submission guidelines, visit: Christopher Doheny Award.
What a beautiful way to honor the memory of a young man who devoted his short career to helping Audible create a wonderful new avenue for storytelling. If you know a writer working on a manuscript exploring the theme of serious illness, please pass this information on. And write on.