The Christopher Doheny Award

The Christopher Doheny Award 2017

 

Guidelines

 

The Center for Fiction and Audible, Inc. are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the fifth annual Christopher Doheny Award. The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The winner of the award must demonstrate both high literary standards and a broad audience appeal while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. With generous support from Audible, Inc. and the Doheny family and friends, the award includes a $10,000 prize and production and promotion of the book in an audio edition, with the option to pursue print publication with the assistance of Audible, Inc.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Writers must have previously published in literary journals or magazines, or have published a book with an independent or traditional publisher. Self-publication does not meet this guideline.

 

Only unpublished manuscripts written in English are eligible. Manuscripts should be at least 30,000 words. Both adult and YA manuscripts are eligible for the prize. If submitting a story collection, all pieces must relate in some way to the topic of serious illness. Works in progress and proposals are not eligible for consideration, nor are books currently under contract with a publisher.

 

In the event of a dispute as to eligibility, The Center for Fiction and Audible will decide whether a book is eligible, and their decision will be binding.

 

SUBMISSION PROCESS

Writers should include in their submission:

 

  • A bibliography of previously published books, articles or stories (with URLs whenever possible)

     

  • A paragraph-long bio, and contact information. If the author has a personal connection to a disease or illness, please mention it in the bio. This information is supplemental and will not be revealed to the judging panel during the consideration process
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  • A synopsis not to exceed two pages
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  • The full manuscript
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  • Submissions will only be accepted online via our Submission Manager 
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    All documents must be submitted together in a single Word doc/docx file. The deadline is midnight EST January 2nd, 2018.

     

    SELECTION PROCESS

    A panel of three distinguished writers and two representatives of Audible, Inc. will judge the submissions.

     

    ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF THE AWARDS

    The author of the winning submission must agree to participate in related publicity, including posting audio and/or video or selections from the winning manuscript on the websites of The Center for Fiction and/or Audible, Inc.

     

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