Christopher Hewitt Awards

A&U Magazine is currently accepting entries for the ninth 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: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: July 31, 2022
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.

  • Poetry: Philip F. Clark
  • Fiction: Raymond Luczak
  • Creative Nonfiction: David Waggoner
  • 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) of your work to Editor in Chief David Waggoner by emailing mailbox [at] aumag [dot] org. 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Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished.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. Writers may submit more than one work.

Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Reasonable exceptions will be considered.

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). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.

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, click here.

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