CHICAGO (PRWEB) June 28, 2017
CHICAGO, June 26, 2017 -- The Society of Professional Obituary Writers is currently accepting entries and nominations for outstanding obituary writing published in 2016-2017.
The contest offers awards, affectionately known as The Grimmys, in the following categories:
- Best short form obit (under 800 words)
- Best long form obit (over 800 words)
- Best obit of an ordinary Joe/Jane
- Obituary writer of the year
- Lifetime achievement in obituary writing
Reporters and editors from all over the world may submit entries to the contest, which will be blind-judged by a panel of society members. Trophies will be awarded to the winners at ObitCon 2017, the society's biennial conference.
ObitCon will be held Oct. 13-15 at the Legacy.com offices in Evanston, Ill. The event will feature discussions and professional development workshops for writers on the death beat.
Contest rules are posted on the society's website (http://www.societyofprofessionalobituarywriters.org). Deadline to enter is August 31, 2017.
About the organization:
The Society of Professional Obituary Writers is an organization created for folks who write about the dead for a living. Since 2007, the society has provided professional training and resources to help writers develop reporting, interviewing, writing and new media skills for creating outstanding obituaries.
Maureen O'Donnell, president
The Society of Professional Obituary Writers