Calling all writers, particularly those of short stories. Amazon has launched a Christmas writing competition, open to all adult UK residents, in search of a modern reimagining of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. The winner will receive a £2,000 Amazon gift card, and see their story published in time for Christmas!
The national writing competition is open to submissions now and is open to all adult UK residents. The story should contain up to 1,000 words and should be a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Submissions need to be written in English and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7th November.
The winning story will be professionally illustrated by award-winning artist Ian Beck, and will be published by Kindle Direct Publishing in both print and digital format in time for Christmas. The winning author will receive a £2,000 Amazon Gift Card too, and a Kindle Fire tablet.
A Christmas Carol is a wonderful Christmas story and if you like to write, for fun, or with the hope of breaking into the professional market then this could be your chance for your first published works! Get writing and get those submissions in by 7th November and you could have a Christmas bestseller under your belt by the New Year.
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