We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Life’s WORC and The Family Center for Autism essay contest, sponsored by Life’s WORC, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and Schneps Communications.
All ninth through twelfth grade students currently enrolled at a public or private school in Queens, Nassau or Suffolk Counties were eligible to participate. More than 90 essays were submitted.
This year’s essay question was: Why do autistic and developmentally disabled people become the targets of bullies, and how can my school and community prevent it?
All of the entries were fantastic, but the three winners stood out from the rest. Please click on their names below to read their essays.
First Place and winner of $3,000: Gilda DelBianco, 9th Grade, Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, Riverhead
Second Place and winner of $2,000: Bridget Murphy, 12th Grade, Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale
Third Place and winner of $1,000: Alexandra Hildreth, 11th Grade, Garden City High School, Garden City
Judges for the 2017 essay contest:
- Peter J. Klein, President, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation
- Gene Bernstein, CEO, Northville Industries Corp.
- Kelly McMasters, Asst. Professor of English/Publishing Studies Director, Hofstra University
- Janet Koch, Executive Director, Life’s WORC
The winners were celebrated at a reception, held at The Family Center for Autism, on May 31.
Peter Klein, President The Claire Friedlander Foundation, Gild DelBianco 1st Place winner,
Life’s WORC Exec. Director Janet Koch, Dr. Gene Bernstein (judge)
Peter Klein, Alexandra Hildreth 3rd Place Winner, Janet Koch, Gene Bernstein
Kelly McMasters (judge), Gilda DelBianco 1st Place winner
Peter Klein, Lisa Murphy (parent of 2nd place winner, Bridget Murphy), Gene Bernstein, Janet Koch
Janet Koch, Peter Klein, Gilda DelBianco, Lisa Murphy, Alexandra Hildreth, Gene Bernstein
Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who participated, and congratulations to our winners!
As part of our 18 Places To Publish series, Beyond Your Blog presents 18 places to consider submitting/publishing your essays, stories, and informational posts on a niche topic.
This volume covers some places that might be a good fit for your writing on the topic of autism.
If submission guidelines do not mention payment, markets have been identified below as [UNPAID]. Those that do address payment in submission guidelines have been parked [PAID]
Autism Daily Newscast– “Autism Daily Newscast is an official Google News site. It is independently owned and operated. We report on current events of interest and importance to those on the autism spectrum and those who love them. Our main focus is on current issues around health concerns, life style, latest research and technology as it relates to autism spectrum disorder. Our goal is to provide useful and valuable information that is written in an easy to understand format.” Since they are a Google news site, their focus is current events and analysis, however they now have a column called Parent’s Corner for more personal stories that publishes something every Wednesday (including republished pieces from personal blogs). Unsung hero and opinion pieces are occasionally accepted as well. [UNPAID]
BuzzFeed Ideas – “Thought-provoking stories from inside the mind of today’s most innovative writers.”[PAID]
Autistic Spectrum Digest – “Autistic Spectrum Digest is a monthly digital magazine that reports events of interest and importance to those on the autism spectrum and those that love them. Our goal is to provide useful and valuable information that is written in an easy to understand format that inspires those who make up the Autistic Spectrum Community.”[UNPAID]
Autism Parenting Magazine – “In our publication we aim to be objective in our approach to Autism related developments, treatments and news stories. We include a variety of real-life stories to help parents make the most informed decisions pertaining to their individual children, as well as, trying to remain open-minded to therapeutic and treatment options.” [UNPAID]
Autism After 16 – “Autism After 16 is dedicated to providing information and analysis of adult autism issues, with the emphasis on analysis. Anyone can Google “autism + adults” and discover a vast array of programs, documents, and products. Our intention here is to try to help adults with ASD and their families make sense of what’s out there. Our big focus out of the gate will be Transition issues, since so many of you are struggling with Transition right now.” [UNPAID]
BlogHer Special Needs – This is a subsection of BlogHer under BlogHer family that publishes a wide variety of material about special needs, including personal stories and informational posts. As with any BlogHer post, you can submit previously published material by setting up your profile and publishing immediately. If a section editor likes your submission, they may choose to feature it for added promotion and exposure. BlogHer also offers the ability to submit something for paid syndication, which is more difficult to get from a writer’s standpoint, but a great paid option. [PAID & UNPAID] **NOTE – BlogHer Divorce is now part of SheKnows Parenting. Learn more about writing for SheKnows HERE
Thinking Person’s Guide To Autism – “We want to make accurate information about autism causation and therapies visible, accessible, and centralized. We also want to help new autism community members develop a positive yet realistic attitude, to appreciate the strengths while supporting the struggles of our loved ones with autism. Our attitude is cautionary yet loving — we are interested in strong opinions, but not in negativity. Our families need their energies for evidence-based optimism!” [UNPAID]
The Mighty – “We find strength, joy and beauty in disability and disease.” [UNPAID]
You&Me – America’s Medical Magazine – “…seeks non-fiction articles, preferably from a first-person perspective, about the human aspects of dealing with all medical issues, from the life threatening to the chronic to the so-called “trivial.” We do not want all happy endings or all sad endings.” [PAID]
Autism Asberger’s Digest– “The Autism Asperger’s Digest, a division of Future Horizons, Inc. was created to meet the needs of teachers, therapists, and family members who face the challenge of autism.” [UNPAID]
Autism Spectrum News – “Autism Spectrum News is a quarterly publication dedicated to providing parents, professionals, and individuals on the spectrum with a trusted source of science-based education, vital information and a roadmap to quality resources in autism community.” [UNPAID – authors receive free print subscription for the year]
Zoom Magazine – “Zoom- autism through many lenses magazine was founded by three women who had a desire to change the way the world views autism. Our mission is to inspire, answer questions, ease minds, focus on positive solutions and recognize autistic individuals and the family members who support them on their journeys. Our content is respectful to the autistic community, realistic, hopeful and zooms in on every milestone, every accomplishment, for none are too small or insignificant.” [UNPAID]
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Our Stories Of Strength – Anthologies from this publisher cover a range of conditions. “Living with a chronic, often invisible, illness is hard. At Our Stories of Strength, we bring positive, good-news accounts into focus to inspire.” Autism is currently listed as a future title open for submissions. “Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. We know that many have worked diligently to overcome many of the challenges associated to Autism and want to share those stories of hope!” [PAID]
Awe In Autism – “The mission of Awe in Autism is to provide inspiration and encouragement to those impacted by autism, including individuals who are on the spectrum as well as those who care for/work with people (children or adults) who have autism.” [UNPAID]
specialEdpost – “Specialedpost is a “passion-project” that was created by teachers and parents who want to stay abreast of current trends in special education. Our contributors all have primary careers as teachers, administrators, parents and advocates, and we created this web source because we found that when we attended IEPs we often had questions about new therapies, the latest science on autism or new laws that might change the way we taught.”[UNPAID]
Exceptional Parent – “EP (Exceptional Parent) is a 44-year-old, award-winning publishing and communications company. ep provides practical advice, emotional support and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs as well as to the physicians, allied health care professionals, and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development.” [UNPAID]
Parenting Special Needs – “Parenting Special Needs Magazine help parents navigate the uncharted waters of raising a child with special needs. Providing practical tips, sharing life’s lessons, tackling the challenges and celebrating the joys of one of life’s greatest gifts. Covering all ages and stages of guiding children/Individuals with special needs. Empowering parents, caregivers, teachers & friends of special needs children by providing resources, information and inspiration.” [UNPAID]
Autism Around The Globe – “The primary objectives of the Autism around the Globe project are to: raise global public awareness of autism, increase understanding of how cultural variations affect how autism is viewed and experienced, share information about innovative community efforts and projects in autism being developed in different parts of the world, provide a directory of international autism resources, develop supportive networks of families and professionals in autism communities around the world, and encourage international research collaboration in autism-related fields.” [UNPAID]
Where have YOU published pieces with a focus on autism? Are you a publication looking for submissions on this topic and not on the list above? Leave a comment!