A&U Magazine is currently accepting entries for the fifth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $50
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: July 15, 2017
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.

  • Poetry: Joy Gaines-Frielder, Noah Stetzer
  • Fiction: Randy Boyd
  • Creative Nonfiction: Rachel Aydt, Victoria Noe
  • Drama: Bruce Ward

Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.

How to Submit: Email  Word (.doc or .docx files) or PDF version of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle at chaelneedle@mac.com. Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.

Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.

Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

To read last year’s winners, visit here.

A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine, a national print and online magazine now in its 26th year, regularly features interviews with writers, artists, and advocates such as Cleve Jones, Tony Kushner, E. Lynn Harris, Gore Vidal, Maria Mejia-Laing, Athol Fugard, Sapphire, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Peter Staley, John Waters, Emanuel Xavier, Andrew Holleran, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Chip Livingston, Janet Jackson, Anjelica Houston, Mondo Guerra, Michael Cunningham, Martin Duberman, Nancy Duncan, Aileen Getty, Mark Ruffalo, Alexandra Billings, and George Takei.


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One Response to “Call for Submissions: Christopher Hewitt Award”

  1. James Magruder 20 June 2017 at 8:53 PM #

    1200 words or fewer for a fiction submission? Are you INSANE? Call it a flash fiction competition.



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