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Monday, June 26, 2017
ANNOUNCING: The Grimmys 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.
Deadline to enter is August 31, 2017.
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