Tuesday, 8 June 2010

There’s an App for That - Guildford Book Festival Short Story Competition

Is this the future of the short story? The Guildford Book Festival has launched a short story writing competition in which the winning entry will be turned into an app.

The app could then 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.

The competition, run in collaboration with the Surrey-based e-publishing company, Commutabooks, is open to both new and established authors. The organisers are looking for short stories that’ inspire and uplift readers to make the most of their days and their lives’.

Stories can be on any theme or subject in any genre. 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.

The closing date for entries is 31st July 2010.

Full details on the festival website.

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