Write 4 Austism Competition
Run by the Autism Initiatives Group, this Short Story competition is an amazing opportunity for new undiscovered writing talent to pursue their dreams of publication and contribute to a great cause.
All entrants will have their work judged by the internationally acclaimed authors Colin Bateman, Declan Burke and Lucille Redmond.
Lucille explains, “Short stories represent the most sparkling and complex form of the art of fiction, bringing the reader into a world and into the intense experience of a brief and perfect narrative in just a few words. The challenge of this competition is to do that in 1500 words or less.”
The prize fund will be determined by the amount of entries received, up to a maximum of €4,500 and the top prize will be 50% of the total prize fund. Each entry will be 7.50 Euro.
The closing date for entries is December 31st 2013.
Click here for the submission form, and please read all the terms and conditions before entering!
1. This competition is for short stories written in English.
2. The entry fee is €7.50 (approx $10 US dollars / USD) per story payable through PayPal on the submissions pages.
3. Stories can be on any theme or subject but must be original work. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant. By submitting an entry you are confirming the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.
4. Stories may be in any style, but stories written by persons under 16 years of age are not eligible.
5. Maximum length for a story (excluding the title) is 1,500 Words.
6. Entries must be submitted and entry fees paid through the submissions page. You will need a PayPal account or a credit card for payment of the entrance fee.
7. Closing date for receipt of entries is Tuesday 31st December, 2013. No entries will be accepted after Midnight GMT on that day.
8. Entries are open to everyone over the age of 16. There is no limit to the number of entries but each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee of €7.50 (approx $10 USD).
9. Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.
10. Entries will be read and judged anonymously so please do not put your name on the pages of your story. Make sure you enter your contact details (Name, Address, Tel No & Email address) together with the title of your story on the submission page.
11. No corrections or alterations will be allowed after an entry has been submitted successfully.
12. The total prize fund for the 2013 competition will be one third of the entry pool up to a maximum of €4,500 (approx $6,000 USD). The Prizes will be allocated as follows:
First Prize: 50%of the Prize Fund (€2,250 max) (approx $3,000 USD)
Second Prize: 25% of the Prize Fund (€1,125 max) (approx $1,500 USD)
Third Prize: 10% of the Prize Fund (€450 max) (approx $600 US dollars)
Commendation prizes will be awarded from the remaining portion (15%) of the Prize Fund (18 prizes max of €35 each) (approx $50 USD)
13. The results of the competition will be announced on this website. A Longlist will be published by 1st February, 2014, followed by a Shortlist.
14. The winners will be selected from the Shortlist by the panel of Judges.
15. The Prize Winners and commended stories may be published as an Ebook with proceeds going to ASDI. Otherwise, copyright of all stories will remain with the authors.
16. By entering, competitors accept that Prize Winning stories, with the authors’ names, may be published on the ASDI website and in the Ebook without additional remuneration.
17. ASDI staff and their family members are not eligible to submit short stories.
18. ASDI reserves the right to edit stories for an anthology.
19. By entering, an acceptance of all of the above rules is implied. Entries that fail to comply with the rules and requirements will be disqualified. No correspondence will be entered into and the judges’ decisions are final.
About Autism Initiatives
The UK-based organisation Autism Initiatives first started operating in Southern Ireland in November 2004 in partnership with the HSE, using the name ASDI (Autistic Spectrum Disorder Initiatives).
The service provides services for young people of school-leaving age and over, and covers the full autistic spectrum.
Our services provide a homely living environment and our focus is person-centred, which enables each client to achieve his or her highest level of potential and enhances their quality of life. As part of the person-centred plan each client and their family are involved in the decision making process in order to fulfil their complex needs and requirements as individuals.
The services we currently provide in Southern Ireland include:
A number of residential houses in Counties Wicklow and Dublin, accommodating 17 people with autism, a day service located in Wicklow town that facilitates 20 adults on the autistic spectrum, and a respite house, also in Wicklow town. In addition, ASDI runs an outreach service and drop-in centre located in County Dublin for adults with Asperger Syndrome, and a Family Initiatives project designed to provide advocacy for people with autistic spectrum disorders together with support and training for family members.