*** THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED – THANK YOU FOR ALL THE FANTASTIC ENTRIES ***
The winning short-stories will be announced on November 1, 2011 with the stories being published both here and on the Swift Publishers website the following week.
UPDATE – A longlist of 22 has just been announced. The shortlist of 9 will be published as soon as we have read each and every submission.
This year, Fantasy Book Review, in association with Swift Publishers, is delighted to be able to run a short story competition. The writer of the winning fantasy short story will receive an Apple iPad (we are working on also having the winning entry published), the two runner-ups will receive Amazon Kindle. The best news of all is that each applicable entry will receive a free copy of Frank P Ryan’s fantasy ebook THE SNOWMELT RIVER (read our review here). Everybody wins!
Full rules and conditions can be found below but in brief it is imperative that all submitted work be the author’s original work, between 2,000 and 5,000 English words with a fantasy theme woven throughout. Entries can be submitted from today (April 10, 2011) up until September 10, 2011, with the winners being announced on November 1, 2011 and published on the site exactly one week later.
Fantasy author Frank P Ryan has very kindly supplied a guide to how to write a fantasy short story especially for the Fantasy Book Review Short Story Competition 2011. Full of sound advice and tips it is an essential guide for anyone sitting down to write a fantasy short story. You can view and download the PDF by either clicking here or on the screenshot below.
So, what are you waiting for? Why not start writing today and when you are happy with your mini-masterpiece, simply email [email protected] with your entry as an attachment (please read terms and conditions below for full submission details). If your entry meets the qualification guidelines in the terms and conditions you will receive a copy of THE SNOWMELT RIVER ebook to the email address associated to your submission.
As well as attaching the short story in Word document, please answer the following questions within the body of the email:
Your full name (first name and surname):
Country of residence:
All that is left to say is good luck and happy writing and that if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Fantasy Book Review
Rules and Conditions of Entry
Please read the following points carefully before emailing your submission:
- All rights to the submitted story will remain with the author. However, by entering the competition you are agreeing – in the event of said story being a winning entry – to the publication of the submitted story on Fantasy Book Review;
- The submitted story must be the author’s own original work without copying in whole or in part from any other source. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification;
- The story must be written in readable English;
- The story must not have been published previously in any journal, compendium, book, or formal digital publication;
- Entrants may submit only one short story;
- Submissions from two or more groups of individuals will not be accepted;
- The story will consist of a minimum of 2,000 words and a maximum of 5,000 words;
- Entries must be typed in English and submitted as a Word document (.doc or .docx) attachment on an email (we cannot accept handwritten or printed entries);
- No updated or revised entries will be accepted after initial entry;
- Entries must be received on or before September 10, 2011;
- The winner and two runners-up will be announced on the websites http://www.fantasybookreview.co.uk and www.swiftpublishers.com on November 1, 2011;
- The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into;
- An iPad will be awarded to the overall winner, Amazon Kindles to two runners-up;
- Entries cannot be returned;
- The winning entry and the runners-up will be published Fantasy Book Review and Swift Publishers (www.swiftpublishers.com) on November 8, 2011;
- Swift Publishers will undertake to provide an e-book copy of the fantasy novel, THE SNOWMELT RIVER, by Frank P Ryan, to all entrants once their entries are formally accepted by Fantasy Book Review. These ebooks will be sent as e-mail attachments to the e-mail address provided by the entrant. The entrant will be contacted by e-mail and asked to nominate their choice of e-formats from pdf, e-Pub and Mobi Pocket. Only a single copy will be sent to each entrant. For these purposes, the onus to provide a functioning and reliable e-mail address will be on the entrant;
- The organisers reserve the right to disqualify entries deemed unsuitable;
- All care will be taken but no responsibility will be accepted for misplaced work. Fantasy Book Review cannot accept responsibility for lost, damaged or delayed entries. Proof of posting or digital transmission is not proof of receipt;
- Employees, contractors or persons directly or professionally associated with Fantasy Book Review or Swift Publishers may not enter this competition;
- Short-listed entrants may be asked to confirm the originality and/or authenticity of their entry;
- All entrants agree to be bound by the rules of the competition. Failure on the part of any entrant to adhere to any or all of these rules will render the entry in question invalid;
- Prize-winners may be required to participate in publicity (photographs, interview, quotations, etc.);
- The promoters reserve the right to change prize specifications subject to availability at the conclusion of this competition. No cash or alternative in whole or in part of the prizes will be offered;
- Canvassing of adjudicators will result in automatic disqualification;
- Notwithstanding that the winners may have been declared, if the organizers discover before the distribution of prizes that for any reason under these rules a winner should have been ineligible to enter the competition or if the entry should have been declared invalid, the organizers reserve the right to determine that a winning entrant is disqualified;
- The promoter does not commit to notifying unsuccessful entrants of the competition or to returning unsuccessful entries;
- Postage and all other associated costs are the responsibility of the entrant;
- The promoter reserves the right to amend any part of these terms and conditions and/or the rules of the competition as might be required without notice;
- The promoter reserves the right to change any aspect of this competition for any reason whatsoever without notice.