When I was young I used to enter writing competitions (they used to be a thing) dreaming of being the next Ernest Hemingway; by which I mean a good writer, not a macho twonk. I've got the macho twonk nailed down, I think you'll agree.
But I digress. The point is today on The Armchair Mountaineer we are launching a writing competition because it feels like a sort of nostalgic thing to do.
I always enjoyed the idea of someone getting a modicum of enjoyment by reading my words, particularly in the pre-internet age when words were, to a degree scarcer. I even won a competition once. Oh dear, I've digressed again. That's the trouble with words, you see.
In launching this #WildWriting Competition doing so I have been lucky enough to receive some great support from some great people, which it turns out seems to be one of the strong points of the outdoor community - something I have been delighted and fortunate to discover over the last year or so of scribbling on this blog.
LOADS OF FANTASTIC PRIZES TO BE WON!
We have loads of goodies to give away, including a tent from Coleman, A year of Trail Magazine, Wildlife Trusts goodie bag, Inspirational Signed Books, from Alex Staniforth, Cathy O'Dowd, Ash Dykes, Chris Townsend and a £250 cash prize to be split between the winner and an Environmental Charity. Sweet!
The theme of the competition is: Wilderness & Wellbeing - How has an adventure or an experience in nature helped to change your life? And it doesn't have to be a world first, it just needs to be personal and important to you. I have changed the way I live my life to ensure I spend more time doing stuff in the outdoors precisely because it increases my happiness, and I have managed to do this without losing all my fingers and having to drink my own urine. Go figure!
RULES IS RULES
The maximum number of words is 500.
The Competition is open until the end of October 2017, which I think might be too long, but I haven't done this before.
If you want to enter the competition head on over to the Wild Writing Competition page right here. Please spread the word using the hashtag #WildWriting so I have lots of short things to read over the coming weeks because my attention span is...