Write to fight Huntington’s disease
Fancy testing your writing ability and want to raise awareness of Huntingdon’s Disease (HD) in the process?
The Scottish Huntington’s Disease Association is challenging budding authors to a flash fiction competition to raise awareness of the disease.
Entrants are being asked to write about a fictional or personal experience of HD in 150 words or less and compete for a £500 prize. The charity is also offering cash prizes for runners-up and a £100 prize for youth entries.
Huntington’s Disease is a genetic disorder
HD is incurable genetic brain disorder that usually starts between the ages of 35 and 45 years. It begins with personality changes that can make those diagnosed aggressive, anxious and depressed.
The disease progresses slowly, with changes to muscle control that slowly erodes mobility and the ability to talk. As it progress those affected will need 24-hour-care. It is also hereditary with each child of those diagnosed at a 50% risk of developing the disease.
The charity has signed up authors Alan Bissett and Michael Malone to judge the competition and creative writing enthusiasts will have to show a knowledge and understanding of the devastating impact of Huntington’s disease on families in order to win the competition.
“It’s fantastic to be able to call on the expertise of two of the county’s foremost literary names. HD is a neurological condition that is still hidden in the shadows and we want to use the power of storytelling to raise awareness of the terrible toll it takes, not just on those directly affected but whole families,” said SHA chief executive, John Eden.
The SHA works with HD families providing lifeline services, including specialist nurses, the world’s only HD youth support service and a financial wellbeing team.
You can check out the competition and enter here: ENTER