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Stories are powerful tools 

In 750 words or less, use your storytelling skills to profile a loved living with Alzheimer's or another dementia. You can also profile a loved one who has passed away from one of these devastating diseases. 

We want to know: Who was your loved one before the devastating effects of Alzheimer's or dementia took hold? This is your chance to TELL their story. In telling it, you will be joining a movement of people who are bringing light and awareness to this space. Together, we can shine a light on dementia!

Read below to learn more about contest eligibility, guidelines, and prizes.

To submit your story:

  1. Carefully read the Eligibility Requirements, Storytelling Guidelines, and Prizes below
  2. At the bottom of this page, click "create account." 
  3. After you setup your account, you will be brought to the full story submission form.

Eligibility - you must: 

  • Currently be enrolled in high school or college in the U.S. or Canada
  • Feature someone currently living with or who has passed away from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia
  • Submit no more than one entry
  • Keep your submissions to no more than 750 words

Storytelling Guidelines:

This contest focuses on intergenerational storytelling: talking to a person or people, exchanging memories and swapping anecdotes all before writing your story.

To the extent possible, we encourage entrants to interview the person living with Alzheimer's or dementia. If this is not possible, then we encourage you to talk to and interview family members and/or friends of your loved one. Interviews will be integral to your storytelling as they provide you different perspectives, insight, anecdotes, as well as quotes, all of which will greatly enrich your story and paint a better picture of who your loved was. Use the voice recorder app on your phone to capture the conversations about your loved one!

Consider The Following Questions to Prompt Your Storytelling

  • How would you describe your loved one? What was their personality like?
  • Who were they? What did they do or like to do? Where were they born and where did they live?
  • What is your favorite memory of your loved one?
  • Is there a particular lesson you learned from your loved one?
  • What is a particular time you recall your loved one particularly joyful?
  • What is your earliest memory of your loved one?
  • What was your loved one's favorite color, favorite thing to do, favorite food eat or cook, favorite type of music, etc?
  • What do you think your loved one would want included in this story?

Submissions will be reviewed using the following measures:

Dignity and Depth - Portray the individual with depth and nuance. Articulate the individuals' unique essence and avoid generalizations.

Strength of Narrative - Weave together a compelling life story that flows naturally, and goes far beyond creating a chronological list of events and facts about the person’s life. 

Detail and Research - Strive to include strong anecdotes, cover meaningful events in the individual’s life with detail, include precise naming for important locations, events, and people if relevant to the story.

Creativity - Bring a unique and creative approach to telling the individual’s life story that enriches the quality of the piece.

Syntax and Grammar - Be sure to carefully edit for clarity and correctness and avoid typos and grammatical errors.   

Take your time with the storytelling process! 

  • Carve out time while you're home over Fall or Winter break to conduct an interview or 2
  • Record the conversations you have! This will allow you to more easily recall quotes and anecdotes --  just be sure to inform people that you're doing so!
  • Don't be afraid to write more than 1 draft. Maybe even have a friend or family member read your essay before submitting it!

Prizes:

High School Students

  • First Place - $500 Cash prize, WHOOP Band + lifetime membership, mentoring session with a professional writer, + all expenses (flight, lodging, meals) TBD
  • Second Place - $250 Cash prize + mentoring session with a professional writer
  • Third Place - $100 Cash prize + mentoring session with a professional writer

College Students

  • First Place - $500 cash prize, WHOOP Band and lifetime membership, + all expenses (flight, lodging, meals) TBD
  • Second Place - $250 Cash prize + mentoring session with a professional writer
  • Third Place - $100 Cash prize + mentoring session with a professional writer





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