Free short story competition to raise awareness for those suffering from depression

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Circalit, the UK-based writer network, has teamed up with publisher Little Episodes for a free short story competition centered on the theme “Broken Identities.”

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The goal? To put mental health issues on the table and raise awareness with writing. Little Episodes regularly makes it a mission to do so beyond the page, too, by putting on public events featuring art, music, readings and even stand-up comedy.

Entries submitted via the peer-review network can be read and ranked by anyone, and author Kasia Boddy (The American Short Story Since 1950) is set to pick the top winner, which will be published in Little Episodes’ second anthology, An Expression of Depression.

As Lucie Barât, Little Episodes’ founder, said in a release, “It’s not just about having a single winner, it’s about getting the public involved by reading submissions and voting for their favorites. Circalit and Little Episodes have the same ethos: We want to give talented artists who haven’t had the break that they deserve a platform from which to make themselves heard and get some exposure. We both hope that this will be a good opportunity to raise awareness for mental health issues through art.”

The word limit is 2,500, and the deadline is Sept. 15. For more on the competition, check out Circalit here. A regular (unrelated) Promptly prompt follows. Happy Wednesday!

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