Archive for July, 2013

“Talk about depression” – But what if you can’t – because institutions of power or stifling, culturally-enforced shame have made it unsafe to do so?

Walking on Thin Ice is a once-off short story competition designed to address this. The submission date is now closed and entries are being read – but the website also offers guest posts from people in the field. These are designed to talk about the REAL problems and obstacles faced by those confronted with mental health stigma, and to highlight the fact that stigma is active hatred perpetrated by the powerful upon the powerless.

Enjoy the site and I hope it is useful to you.

Short Story Contest Details

Theme: Mental illness, stigma and oppressive institutional power

Submissions open: August 24

Submissions close: October 1 NEW EXTENDED CLOSING DATE: November 15

Prizes: €500, €250 and €100. Publication in an e-anthology for the final shortlist.

Judge of final shortlist: Dave Lordan, poetry and prose writer and facilitator, author of Invitation to a Sacrifice and First Book of Frags.

UPDATE: Now fully funded as of 20 Sept!

Youtube clip (please note extended deadline!)