Monday, 24 May 2010

A Writers Opportunity - Guildford Book Festival Short Story Competition

As always I get a tingle when a new writing opportunity presents itself in the form of a writing competition and it's excellent practice to keep writing for competitions when you don't have a writing group or class to keep you going. This newest one caught my eye courtsey of Kiggy Kinsella over at as he tweeted it (@ZiggyKinsella) on Twitter.
Please find below details on the competition, the great prize on offer and details on how to enter and follow this link to enter. Good luck to all who take up the challenge - I know I will.

2010 Short Story Competition
We are pleased to announce a brand new writing competition for this year's Festival, in collaboration with the Surrey-based e-publishing company, Commutabooks.
Our competition is open to both new and established authors. We are looking for short stories that inspire, uplift and inspire readers to make the most of their days and their lives.
Commutabooks specialise in producing interactive eBooks for smartphones like the Apple iPhone, Google Nexus and the many eReaders such as the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad.
Commutabooks is the brainchild of local author and author's mentor Tom Evans who is also known as The Bookwright. They are designed to be read, listened to and watched in a single commute.
The prize is to convert the winning story into an "App" so it can be downloaded worldwide from the Apple iTunes store and read on the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The App will also have a professionally recorded audio track so it can be listened to AND a video interview with the author. The prize also includes cover design, structural and copy editing and page design and layout.
As an example to inspire you, you can download one of Tom's self-penned narrated stories for the iPhone:
Get '100 Years of Ermintrude' FREE from the iTunes store here

Competition rules:
The maximum length of submissions is 7,000 words. There is no minimum length. More specifically, they must be readable in just a return train commute from Guildford to Waterloo stations - i.e. about 90 minutes.
Stories can be on any theme or subject in any genre.
The closing date for entries is 31st July 2010. Short-listed authors will be notified by 30th September 2010 and also announced on the Guildford Book Festival website.
Entrants must be over 16 years old.
Entries will only be possible online and there will be a £5 charge to enter which will go in entirety to Guildford Book Festival (less credit card fees).
There is no geographical restriction on entry. The Guildford Book Festival Commutabooks competition is open to everyone in the UK.
Authors may only enter a single submission. No corrections or updates are allowed after the initial submission. We expect that entries will be fully proof read. While we will not be judging on grammar, punctuation or spelling, entries with many errors that are difficult to read will not score highly.
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must not have been previously published or broadcast. Any entry found to have been plagiarised will be disqualified. If a simultaneous submission to another competition is published before the end of the competition, it will be disqualified.
Entries will be judged anonymously. The manuscripts should be free of all personal information about the author. This includes age and address.
The judging panel consist of professionals from the publishing industry, published authors and a selection of enthusiastic readers.
The prize will be awarded during second week of the Festival, namely the 18th to 24th October 2010. No cash alternative will be allowed.
The winning author must agree to enter into an epublishing contract with Commutabooks for a minimum term of 1 year - you can download a sample contract here
Your online submission implies an acceptance of all these Guildford Book Festival / Commutabook rules. Entries that fail to comply will be disqualified.

Guidelines for entry submission:
All submissions must be in MS Word readable format.
Once you pay your entry fee, you will be emailed a reference code and instructions on where to send your entry. We advise you don't pay the entry fee until you are ready to send your submission. No entry fees are refundable.
Make sure you have done a spelling and grammar check on your submission.
Use a consistent font (either serif or san serif) throughout and resist the temptation to do any complex formatting.
If you have any graphics or illustrations, reduce them to less than 100KB before embedding them in the document. Do not send them as separate images.
Guildford Book Festival and The Bookwright reserve the rights to use the winning and short-listed stories in entirety or in excerpts for promotional purposes. The copyright of the story will remain in with the author and, with permission, the author will be credited with the work.
By entering this competition, you details will be entered on both the databases of The Bookwright and Guildford Book Festival. Both organisations are bound by the Data Protection Act and your details will not be shared with any other third party. You will receive emails from both organisations from time to time and you may unsubscribe at any time. If you do unsubscribe, this will not disqualify you from the competition.
No correspondence will be entered into in regards to any submissions. If you have any queries prior to submission, email them to

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