'How treating my arthritis or related condition has influenced my hopes for the future'

The EULAR Edgar Stene Prize essay competition is an international writing competition with the aim to increase awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.

The prize is awarded every year to the best essay contribution submitted by a person with arthritis or other rheumatic or musculoskeletal disorder (RMD) describing their individual experience of living with an RMD. You are invited to consider the following questions and issues in your essay:

  • What were the biggest challenges and what motivated you along your journey?
  • What were your hopes then (in the past) and today?
  • Who accompanied you on your journey – family, doctors and/or friends?
  • Taking the opportunity as well to express expectations, hopes and even visions into the future.

Participants are requested to submit their entries to Arthritis Ireland by 30 November 2021 (further details are below). The Irish winner will be announced on 17 December and that entry proceeds to the European competition. The overall winners will be selected by the 2022 Edgar Stene Prize Jury, to be announced by 15 March 2022, then awarded at the opening plenary session taking place at the EULAR European Congress of Rheumatology on 1 June.

The competition has a first prize money of €1,000, including a travel bursary (to attend the opening plenary session) and an invitation to the EULAR Congress dinner*. Second and third prizes are awarded with prize money of €700 and €300 respectively.

Read the 2021 winning essay by Stine Bjørk Brøndum Jefsen from Denmark.

Submission guidelines

  1. Essays may be submitted by any person (over 18) living with a rheumatic disease. Entries are to be submitted to Arthritis Ireland by email to [email protected] on or before 30 November 2021. 
  2. Essays should not exceed 2 pages (typewritten, Arial 12-point, single line space). All entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx format). PDF files will not be accepted.
  3. Essays must be:
    • original and unpublished. Plagiarised entries will be rejected.
    • written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
  4. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organiser.

Value and awarding of the prizes

  • 1st prize: The competition has a first prize money of €1,000, including a travel bursary (to attend the opening plenary session) and an invitation to the EULAR Congress dinner*.
  • 2nd and 3rd prizes: Second and third prizes are awarded with prize money of €700 and €300 respectively.

* Should the EULAR Congress 2022 be still impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic or be held as a virtual event for any other reason, all Congress destination-related activities to come with the Stene Prize (travel to the EULAR Congress 2022, accommodation, participation in the on-site Congress and the opening plenary session, EULAR Congress networking dinners) will be cancelled. There is no right to receive any of these related activities as monetary refund nor will they be moved to a later point in time.

Please note: the Stene Prize money will still be awarded and not be impacted.

Composition of the EULAR jury

The EULAR jury shall comprise five voting members, of whom not more than two shall be doctors, appointed by the EULAR Standing Committee of PARE. The EULAR Vice-President representing national PARE organisations and the Chair of the Standing Committee of PARE shall be ex-officio members of the jury. The ex-officio members have no voting rights. A jury shall be appointed for each prize and no member may sit more than twice in succession.

The Stene Prize shall be awarded by an absolute majority decision. If no entry is judged worthy of the prize then it shall not be awarded. The winning contribution and the other entries may be published after the presentation of the prize in whatever form the author, the national organisation or EULAR may decide.

No legal or other objection to the majority decision of the jury is possible. Any discussions or correspondence concerning the decision are excluded.