Saturday, December 20, 2008

Win 1,001 Nights with 1,001 Words

Preeta spotted this competition at Abebooks and reckons some of you will probably want to give it a go. (Please note though it is only open to UK Residents - a fact I overlooked when I posted this up yesterday.) :
Penguin has worked their magic on The Arabian Nights, and AbeBooks.co.uk has a very special competition prize for one lucky booklover - one of the just-released 3,000 special limited edition box-sets of The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights - to give away.

To stand a chance of winning, simply write us a short story. Anyone can enter, child or adult. All you have to do is let your imagination flow and you could win. It can be about anything - fiction or non-fiction - but must be exactly 1,001 words in length (not including title). Oh yeah... don't be boring. Scheherazade kept herself alive with 1,001 entertaining tales and we're looking for short stories that share the same adventurous spirit as The Arabian Nights. The most entertaining 1,001 word story will win.
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst in the Telegraph says of this new edition :
For anyone who wishes to enter the labyrinth of the original stories, however, there is no better gateway than Malcolm Lyons’s new translation. It may take up three fat volumes, but hardly a word is wasted in this outstanding combination of storytelling and scholarship.

7 comments:

durianbuluh said...

aiyya.
only open to UK residents la.
potong stim!

Anonymous said...

Oh no, I'm sorry, I didn't realise that! I didn't really look into it because I wasn't planning to submit anything anyway -- should've taken a closer look at the rules, I suppose. Still, maybe some readers of this blog are UK residents....

-- Preeta

Yusuf Martin said...

Eligibility

7. This contest is open to legal residents of the United Kingdom who have reached the age of 18 and are residing in the United Kingdom during the Contest Period. Legal residents of the United Kingdom who are under 18 may enter with the permission of a parent or guardian.

shame that!

Chet said...

Most American competitions, too, have that eligibility clause. That's why I was so happy to find the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award which extends eligibility to other countries besides the States, including Malaysia.

bibliobibuli said...

aiyoh, i'm so sorry too. i was thinking all night of my story ...

didn't read through the rules last night because too sleepy

Chet said...

I actually pulled out an old story that I thought fitted the category but found that it was only 445 words, so needed to be "padded". But now, no need, lah.

Anonymous said...

Now that's something I would love to read. Unfortunately... :P