ASLI Managing Director Charlotte Farhan has been selected as one of the Judges for the Able in This Diverse Universe writing competition alongside Karrie Higgins, Professor Dr. Kwame Brown and Jacqueline Cioffa.
Winning essays will be featured in ASLI magazine following first prize winner’s publication on A True Testimony and 2nd and 3rd prize winners will be featured too, alongside over a 100 of our ASLI artists from around the world.
Find out about the other judges of this very important competition by clicking the link: Meet the Judges for Able in This Diverse Universe
So how and what is this all about?
“Established essayist and word-mage Karrie Higgins invites you to participate in a nonfiction writing competition on the themes of ableism, disability, access and overcoming. All submissions fees benefit the training and care of Noah Ainslie’s future Autism service dog, Appa. This competition will also serve to raise awareness of invisible illness and ableist bias.
Noah’s neurodiversity often manifests as sensory overwhelm. He has been learning coping mechanisms for six years, but still visibly struggles when it comes to conforming to neurotypical standards. He is high function on the spectrum which means he doesn’t “look like” he’s disabled. He is subjected to ableist expectations, often very aggressively and in public.
With Appa’s help, Noah will have access to the public spaces his anxiety prevents him from entering. More importantly, Noah will have a companion who loves him for who he is and does not judge his inability to conform to ableist public standards. To learn more about Noah, visit his GoFundMe page.”
Follow this link to enter the competition:
To enter this competition, please use the following guidelines for all submissions.Your work should be:
- no more than 2,000 words
- in PDF or docx format
- without identifying information in your document as judging will be blind
This competition is open worldwide!
All entries are require a $15 submission fee which will directly benefit Noah and Appa. You are welcome to enter as many times as you want.
This competition will run from December , 2015 – February 29, 2016. Winners will be notified March 31, 2016.
The winning essayists will receive $250 cash, and publication on Karrie’s website, A True Testimony. Winning essays will also be featured in ASLI magazine following first prize winner’s publication on A True Testimony and 2nd and 3rd prize winners will have a full featured articles.
We at ASLI urge you all to get involved, in whatever way you can.
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This is such an important cause and the issues we are asking you to address, affect so many, including Charlotte Farhan.
Who is also in the process of getting a service dog for her agoraphobia and PTSD.
Charlotte Farhan says
“I live in an able world where I too have been rejected and expected to “fit in” or expected to accept defeat, so please for people such as myself and Noah, support this with an open heart and mind.”