Arthritis Care in the UK has just launched its fifth annual creative writing competition. You DO need to have arthritis to enter and I guess you might have to be based in the UK, although I can’t see anything to say so.
Stories or poems must not exceed 750 words (short then!) and you need to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org before 29 July 2011. Full t’s and c’s are here. The theme is ‘If I were an Olympian’ and has to be around what being mobile means to you and your arthritis. Well I don’t think being mobile means much to my arthritis really … but I’m just being sematically picky there!
They’re obviously thinking along the lines of 2012, and suggest you might imagine yourself competing in the Olympics, amongst other things, but I have to admit my thoughts went straight to the original Olympians: would I be Zeus, so strong and powerful that my arthritis would mean nothing to me; Athena, so full of wisdom and reason that I could work my around any arthritic problems; perhaps Aphrodite, which would mean I had other things to think about … and something that the arthritis has almost put a stop to would no longer be a problem.
On balance, I’m very much afraid that, thanks in part to the arthritis and in part to a rather too strong fondness for food, I would in fact be Io (the one famous for being turned into a cow).