You must be someone with Sickle Cell Disease or have some strong connection with SCD through kinship, friendship or caring responsibility.
Your story – which must be true and should include some aspect of the importance of blood in the narrative – must be between 200–2,000 words.
We expect most entries to come from Africa, but where you live is less important than the story you have to share.
Stories must be submitted by the contest deadline of 30 September 2016.
Photographs and other media can be included and are very much encouraged.
First, second and third place winners will be awarded a monetary prize of $500/$350/$250 respectively. There will also be two special $125 prizes for standout young contestant (under 16) and standout health care professional, if not represented among the overall winners.