Words Unlimited Short Story Competition

Hi there everyone, Paul here today. I am very excited to share a bit of information with you. My friend, fellow author, and Sher A. Hart guest Julia Hughes is running a short story competition on her site Words Unlimited. I have reviewed Julia’s YA book A Raucous Time here and you can read her guest post on the differences in American and British English here.

In case you haven’t visited Words Unlimited (why not?) let me fill you in on what you’ve been missing. It is a great resource for writers. There are short stories, guest posts, tips, wise words, and author resources. So, what are you waiting for? Stop on by and check it out!

 photo award1_zps85e81665.jpgOkay, back to the Short Story competition. In short, a book cover created by another friend of mine and Sher A. Hart guest Laura Wright LaRoche will be posted on 25 May. At that point you will have 72 hours to submit a short story to go along with the cover.

 Laura is an accomplished photographer and has created countless book covers (including my very own Lionel’s Christmas Adventure). She was kind enough to be interviewed in my post about book covers which you can read here. She also creates book trailers, once again including the trailer for Lionel’s Christmas Adventure which you can view here. Here is the competition info straight from Words Unlimited:

The story so far: Inspired by a post by Sean Campbell, the webmasters (and mistresses) of Words Unlimited have announced a short story competition with a difference! Entries must be composed, written and polished within 72 hours.

 photo award2_zps7614a45a.jpgTo ensure everyone starts off at the same time, the talented Laura Wright LaRoche has agreed to design a pre-made book cover, which will be posted on this site at 00.00 hours on this site on May 25th. Entries must be received within 72 hours, and entries will close at midnight, May 27th.

Full terms and conditions will be announced by the end of this week, in the meantime, please register your interest. The judges are giving up their own time to read through entries, and it seems only courteous that we’re able to give them some idea of the volume of entries.

Pre-registration does not commit you to entering – however, it will ensure that all entries receive the attention you all deserve in the preliminary first round judging.
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So there you have it. Sounds like a great opportunity to me and I hope you take a moment to head over to check it out and register. Best of luck to all who enter! This I can assure you, Julia and Laura a first class people and you can’t go wrong working with them.



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Don’t forget to check out all the other great events going on here. Click on any of the links which will open a new window and take you to the contest. Stop by the Trail of Bones Blast (ends 5/24), the Book Reviewers Blast (ends 5/31), the Tale of Mally Biddle Book Blast (ends 6/2), The Storm Bottle Blog Tour (ends 5/26), The Circle Blog Tour (ends 5/31), and the Fern YA Giveaway  (ends 5/30). Make sure to leave me a comment. Have you ever entered a writing competition?

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  1. Hi Paul, the short story competition sounds interesting: writing a story based on its cover is something I haven’t done before. If I’m not buried in my revisionwoods (which I most likely will be), I’ll be sure to drop by.

    • Hi Claudine,
      Great to hear from you. I love the idea. I’d also like to co-author with another writer and each of us write a section of the story, picking up where the other left off. How fun would that be. I hope you get a chance to check it out and enter. Good luck with your revisions and I hope all is well with you.


  2. Very intriguing contest. Talk about writing on the fly. I guess there’s nothing like it, nothing to test one’s literary skills more. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. The short story contest sounds like an interesting idea. I can’t wait to see the cover. What a challenge!

    • Hi Vashti,
      Thanks for stopping by. I’m excited to see the cover as well. I think it sounds very fun and challenging. I hope you get a chance to enter and if you do good luck. Have a great day!


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