Is it me or does the world feel like it’s more messed up than ever?
There was a time when all we had to fret over was nuclear annihilation and whether Wagon Wheels are smaller now than they were when we were kids (Yes they are.)
Now the NHS is on its knees, we’re threatened with medicine and food shortages if we leave Europe, civil disobedience if we don’t.
We’re in the middle of a man made Mass Extinction event, global warming is causing erratic weather patterns that threaten much of life on Earth and we’re liable to choke on our own plastic waste in the coming decades.
The question is, where do you channel the quite justified anxiety caused by these concerns?
A: go full Rambo-style survivalist, build a bunker in your flowerbeds and wait for the coming end armed with a cricket bat and some ancient tins of fruit cocktail to throw at oncoming hordes (I’m in the UK – holding them off with an assault rifle is not an option)?
B: pretend nothing’s happening, keep the worries inside until they form an ulcer the size of a dinner plate?
Hmm. If only there was some useful way to work through these anxieties …
Storgy Magazine has the answer.
They’re running a competition called Annihilation Radiation. There’s an End of the World theme, but here’s the twist that got me excited.
You enter the comp through Storgy’s Submittable page. Within 24 hours, you’ll be sent a link telling you whether you’ve been allotted a Beginning, Middle or End story.
Will you get to write a tale about patient 0 in a global a virus pandemic? Or one that records the catastrophe as it transpires? Or tell what life could be like after the mushroom cloud has settled?
And they’re not purely looking for grim outcomes – humorous stories are encouraged.
If you fancy a go, follow the link and if you do enter let me know – I might just be tempted to hold your hand through the End of Days.