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A&U Magazine is currently accepting entries for the fourth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. An award will be given in each of four categories: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Creative Nonfiction. Past winners and runners-up have included Stephen S. Mills, Diane Seuss, Noah Stetzer, and Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko. You can read work from last year’s winners and learn more about Christopher Hewitt here.
The winner in each genre will receive a $50 prize and will have his or her work featured in A&U’s annual Summer Reading Issue. Winners will be selected by our editors. If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.
A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine, a national print and online magazine now in its 25th year, regularly features cover-story interviews with writers, artists, and advocates such as Tony Kushner, E. Lynn Harris, Gore Vidal, Athol Fugard, Sapphire, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Peter Staley, John Waters, Emanuel Xavier, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Jackson, Anjelica Houston, Mondo Guerra, Aileen Getty, Mark Ruffalo, and George Takei.
· All submissions must be related directly or indirectly to HIV/AIDS, including but not limited to personal, historical, critical, international, and political perspectives on HIV/AIDS—and in styles ranging from sonnets to science fiction.
· Poetry can be any length/style; Fiction, Drama, and Creative Nonfiction (includes essays, memoirs and reviews) should be no longer than 1,200 words. Excerpts from longer works are accepted. All entries must be previously unpublished.
· Email submissions as Word or PDF attachments to aumaglit [at] gmail [dot] com. In the subject heading of your email, include Your Name, the Genre, and the word “Award.” For example: “Chris Smith, Nonfiction, Award.” Do NOT include your name on the manuscript itself.
· Multiple submissions are accepted; please send a separate email for each submission.
The deadline is July 15, 2016. There is no entry fee.