Writing Competition: Mental Health & Me

Deadline: Friday 18 September 2015 (Extended)

‘Mental Health & Me’ Competition
Liverpool’s Mental Health Consortium & Writing on the Wall are delighted to announce that the ‘Mental Health & Me’ writing competition is back for its second year!

As part of Liverpool’s World Mental Health Day celebrations on Saturday 10th October 2015, we are inviting you to send us an original response to the expression ‘Mental Health & Me.’ Last year’s competition was one of the highlights of the World Mental Health Day programme & attracted a wide selection of creative work across 6 categories – poetry, short stories, diary pieces or blog posts, letters, a piece of journalism, or even a tweet. This year, we’re adding a brand new category – Spoken Word – which we hope will appeal to the creative flair of even more people.

We would encourage entries from anyone with an interest in Mental Health & Wellbeing. If mental distress has affected you or someone close to you, if you have experience as a carer or a professional, or if you have a particular interest in the subject of mental health for any reason, we want to hear from you. Critical voices are also welcome!
This year’s competition is open to anyone living within Merseyside (Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens) & to all age groups.

Our local ambassador, Councillor Clare Glare says:
‘Last year I loved the quality and honesty of writing in the Mental Health and Me competition from such a wide range of personal experiences. People were clearly passionate about sharing their story; the highs and the lows, and the results were incredibly moving.’
Last year’s overall competition winner, Gemma Rogers says:
‘’I am incredibly lucky to be at a stage in my recovery where I can use my experience to help others, and my entry for ‘Mental Health and Me’ was an honest insight into depression and its side effects. It was an eye opening experience to read other people’s work and see how mental illness has such a wide spread effect and how many lives it effects.’

Mental Health & Me Competition Rules
The competition is based around the theme ‘Mental Health & Me’, & will be judged around 7 categories:
· Poetry

· Short stories

· Diary/Blog

· Letters

· Journalism

· Tweets

· Spoken Word

For each category, there will be a judging panel comprising of professional writers, booksellers, librarians, & people with personal experience of mental distress. The winners of each category will form the shortlist from which the overall winner will be selected. For specific guidelines on each category, please see the Submission Details.

So what will I win?
The overall champion of all 7 categories will win the special WoW & LMHC trophy, & book tokens from our independent book store, News from Nowhere! AND – The winners & runners-up from each category (including the Top 10 Tweets) will be included in an anthology, published by Liverpool Mental Health Consortium & Writing on the Wall. Once the winner has been announced, free hard copies will be available to everyone included in the anthology, with free copies available online.

On the evening of World Mental Health Day on 10th October, all shortlisted entrants will be invited to a celebratory event at Liverpool Central Library & will be given the opportunity to read their work to the public. And between you & me … a special guest will be announced to judge the winner. Last year we were delighted to receive support from Ruby Wax… watch this space!

When is the deadline?
The competition is now open – from 1st August 2015, & closes at Friday 18th September 2015. No entries will be accepted after this date, so make sure you don’t miss out!

More Information

For more information and for details on competition rules and how to submit your entry, please see Writing on the Wall’s website here.