The 2014 Christopher Doheny Award


The Christopher Doheny Award, supported by Audible, Inc. and the friends and family of Christopher Doheny, recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious physical 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.


The winning book-length manuscript must demonstrate high literary standards while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. The award includes a $10,000 prize and publication and promotion of the book in print and audio editions. The award will be presented annually for a manuscript that is in process or completed but not yet published. 


The deadline for the 2014 Christopher Doheny Award has now passed. Thank you to all of our applicants this year. The winner will be announced in Spring 2015.


Congratulations to Michelle Bailat-Jones

Winner of the 2013 Christopher Doheny Award


The winner of the first annual $10,000 Christopher Doheny Award is Michelle Bailat-Jones, for her novel Fog Island Mountains. In Fog Island Mountains, a South African expatriate living in a small town in Japan must face a terminal cancer diagnosis. His wife flees, trying to hide from the truth, and commits a grave infidelity. Narrated by the town's oldest storyteller, the novel is about the dangers of actions taken in grief, and an exploration of storytelling as a form of healing.


Michelle Bailat-Jones is a writer and translator. Her short fiction, translations and criticism have appeared in various journals including The Kenyon ReviewCerise PressTwo Serious LadiesSundog LitSpoliaHayden's Ferry ReviewPANK(online), The Rumpus and The Quarterly Conversation. She is the author of the forthcoming chapbook Elemental: Variations (Spolia, 2014) and her translation ofBeauty on Earth (La Beauté sur la Terre) by Swiss author Charles Ferdinand Ramuz (1878 - 1949) was published by Onesuch Press in 2013. She also works as the Reviews Editor for Necessary Fiction.


Michelle will be appearing at The Center on November 6th to discuss her award-winning novel. Click here to find out more and RSVP to the event. 

With the Generous Support of the Following Individuals


Melody Aberg, Janet Albrecht, Maria and Rick Albrecht, Beth Anderson, Elizabeth Aronson, Chris Avello, Sharmeen Azmudeh, Beverly B., Jennifer Bassuk, Christopher Belelieu, Rob Bentley, Ryan Bing, Erica Bohde, Daniela Botterbusch, Louise Brabston, Frederick Brantley, Dean A. & Lois C. Brianik, Chelsea Bridgewater, Kathryn Burns, The Champagne Family, Amy Chapman, Laura Colebank, the Colleagues of Bayonne Medical Care Center & CarePoint Health Plan, John & Genevieve Connaughton, Jameson & Penelope Cooper, Andrew Cox, Emily Cox, Katherine Cox, Justin Crimmins, Tracy Crimmins, Mary and Jim Cristiano, Gilbert Cruz, Amanda D'Acierno, Anna & Angelo Danza, Diana Dapito, Kathy DiTomasso, Kerry Donahue, Dana Doheny, Justin Doheny, Kevin Doheny, Timothy Doheny, John & Viola Donnelly, Lisa Edelmann, Leslie Fannon, Merritt Farren, Dianne Flagello, Donis Flagello & Kathleen Doheny-Flagello, Genevieve Flagello, Diane Fox, The Robert J. Fox Family Trust, Sarah Fox, Molly Kay Frandson, Fiona Frawley-Hawes, Marsella Fults, Katherine Furman, Vivek Garipalli, Jeanneatte & Robert Geary, Bruce Gelb, Doreen Getz, Brian & Janet Giesen, James Golan, Lorraine Golan, Lois Golan-Lorusso, Leslie Gold, Lisa Goldstein, Melody Guerra, Denis Hadjiliadis & Tara Morrison, Chris Hajduk, T.M. Hakim, Christina Harcar, Ian & Fiona Hawes, Barbara Herrera, Richard & Erin Hill, Judy Hull, Ann Hunt & Laurie Ozelius, Victor Irmiere, Dawn & Gianfranco Isaia, Amy Johnson & Dave Santopietro, Daniel Kane, Joe Kim, Marie & Anthony Kenzie, Emily Krasner, Mary Ann & John Langevin, Domini Latorraca & Jacalyn L. Sharpe, James Lawler, Jennifer Lee, Randall Lotowycz, Marlene H. Lubinger, Jenny Lui, Julie M., Makiko, Sara Margolis, Marilyn MacDonall, Nicholas Mallis, Jennifer Mandel, Sarah Master, Christopher & Jennifer Usdan McBride, Daniel McCarthy, Deborah McGovern, Marie & Anthony McKenzie, Mita Menezes, Jonathan Mesagaes, Robert Miller, Paul & Kathleen Minarik, Tom Mitchel, Paul Monfardini, Jane Moreschi, Catherine Muldowney, Richard Murphy, James Myers & Judith Thomson, Rebecca Nackson, Susan & Harvey Nagler, Christopher Nammour, Sandra & Art Nelson, John & Adeline Olivo, Laurie Ozelius & Ann Hunt, Emily Parliman, Lara Patton, Raymond & Joan Podesfinski, Chris Podesfinski, Michael Powell & Todd Sorbee, Pamela Promer, Edward Pudup, Mary H. Reed, Chris Reilly, Michael & Barbara Renaldo, Jennifer Ridgeway, Wade Rifkin, Mary Beth Roche, Matthew Rosen, Patrick Roeder, Matthew Rosen, Kenneth Roush, Carol Santi, Mark Saran, Aalap Shah, Martha Shapiro, Alex Sharp, Sheryl Silverman, Jeffrey & Lisa Silvershein, Edith Simonelli, Marissa Simonelli, Jeff Singer, Maureen Soyars, Dr. Mark Spektor, Helen & H. Karl Springob, Mike Stevens, JoAnn Suckiel, Erin Sullivan, Martha Szescila, Patricia & Anthony Testa, Christina Therrien, Judith Thomson & James Myers, Matthew Thornton, Steven Tsounis, Angela Tucciarone, Erika Tucker, Cori Turkowski, Patricia Upton, Daniel & Denise Valvano, Nina Vij, Sean Vij, William & Karen Vivino, Marilyn Walz, Dave & Denise Wasserman, Workman Publishing Company, Marion & Charles Yanovsky, Lin Zeng.


If you would like to donate to the Christopher Doheny Award, please click the link above or checks should be made out to: The Mercantile Library Association. Please make sure you put "Doheny Award Donation" on the subject line of your check. Thank you for your generosity and if you have any questions about donating, please contact Sara Batkie at 


About Christopher Doheny


Chris Doheny joined Audible, Inc. while in college as a summer intern in 2002 just a few years after the company was founded. After graduating from Georgetown University in 2003, he returned to Audible, Inc. and spent the next eight years helping to build the company. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just a baby, Chris strived to live as normal a life as possible. Chris received a double lung transplant in June 2010. He passed away on February 20, 2013.



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  • Mary Posted on February 24, 2014 18:23Congratulations to Michelle! Those of us who supported the Award might be interested in how many entries you had and whether you plan to acknowledge a short list.
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