UPDATE! I've extended the deadline for the writing competition for one week, so the new deadline is now the 28th of August. Hopefully that will give some of you a bit more time! =D

In case you have heard, and in case you haven't heard, the rumours are true:

BushMaid is holding a writing competition!

Disclaimer: BushMaid has never run a writing competition before, so please bear with her if she makes mistakes on how writing competitions should be run, rules written, and prizes presented, etc. etc. etc. Disclaimer is now over.

Now before you get all excited and start thinking plane tickets to the Sydney Opera House or a holiday in Scottish castle, I regret to inform you the prizes are meager. So if you are not inclined to win a book and a bookmark, you need not feel obliged to enter! Before I detail the exciting (or, not-so-exciting) prospect of what prizes are in store, let's get down to the fun part: The Rules!

The competition is to write a 1,000 word short story that is inspired by a song. Which song? This song. "The Mystery" by Tommy Emmanuel. 

This song has so many facets, twists, turns, and intricacies that it was at the top of my list of song choices for this competition. It's title alone evokes a million story ideas. I'm sure it is more than enough to get all your writerly creative juices flowing!

The two basic rules for this competition are:

1. It must be no more than 1,000 words long, yet it can't be as short as a drabble. (100 words) i.e. longishly short!

2. It must be inspired by this song.

Other than that, you have a free rein for writing; this includes any genre, sub-genre, fantasy elements, etc. Practically anything is allowed, but please keep it G to PG rated. (a needless warning: no bad language or vulgar themes) I would love to see loads of entries, so I have an extra rule:

3. You can submit up to three short stories!

Please email your entries to: bushmaidATgmailDOTcom, putting "Submission: {Title of Story}" in the subject line. (This would be very helpful!)

Now onto the even more fun stuff! Prizes!

First Prize:

The winning story will be published on my blog. Along with that, you will also receive a copy of "A Little Bush Maid" by Mary Grant Bruce. I'm super excited about this one, because if you hadn't noticed, it's my namesake, so you will learn all about the origins of my name! If you've already read it, well yahoo! You have your own copy now! And if you already have your own copy... hold a writing competition! * winks *

You also win a kangaroo leather bookmark signed by me. 

Second Prize:

The first runner up will have their story published on my blog as well. Also a book mark - I think this is normal leather - signed by me, and a postcard. (no picture of)

Third Prize:

Third prize will be published on my blog, and will win a small photomanipulation of their choice made by yours truly.

Note! You may submit up to three stories, but each person who enters is only eligible for one prize.

So that's about it! Be inspired, be creative, and start writing! I'd love to see what y'all come up with! The competition is open for entries now and the deadline for entries is the 20th of August so you have plenty of time! My very good friend Bek is going to be judging with me, and we both love to read. So we are eagerly looking forward to your entries! 

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  1. Awesome! I'm really looking forward to this. Can't wait to start writing :)

    I didn't know that your username was inspired by a book-- to be honest, I never quite understood how it came about. So that's really neat!

  2. Wonderful! :D I'm so excited that you're participating, Aloha! *grins delightedly*

    Yes, my username is based on the main character of that book. :D I am much like her, and the fact that it's Australian seemed to fit very well. Thus my identity.

  3. *squeals* I'm in! :D I can hardly wait. . . by the way, is there a deadline or anything?

    What a pretty song! :D

  4. Oops. . . *blushes* I didn't see August 20th. I guess I was too excited about the competition. ;)

  5. Sweet! Sounds like a lot of fun!

    And I must admit that's an interesting tidbit about your username I didn't know before.

    I'm definitely going to have to listen to the song. After that... who knows. You might be receiving a short story from me. :D

  6. I might have to combine this with Team PYP. Otherwise, I'd be drowning in short stories.

  7. Awesomeness! This is so exciting, I can't wait to see your entries! :D

  8. What fun! Oh, I wish I was a writer! *sighs*
    But thank you for letting me help with the judging, Jas! It will be so much fun!

  9. *squeals* Bek, your comment worked!! *hugs* If you'd like to Bek, give it a go! I'm sure you'd go really well with it! :D

  10. So it did! Wonderful! And maybe I wil give it a go- just for the fun of it. :)

  11. *should not be contemplating, but is *

  12. *should not encourage Airi-who-should-not-be-contemplating... but...*

    Please do!! :D

  13. :P


    So, Am I suppose to write to the music, or write about what the music envokes in me?

  14. :D

    Either. The idea I had in mind was that the song could be the soundtrack of your story. So basically what you said. :D

  15. Hmmmmm.... *has never written to music before * *is not sure she will be good at it *

    I shall try, I suppose....

  16. Does it have to be under 1,000 words? You know you are killing the verbose Airianna, right? I finally figure out what I'm writing, and I'm over the word limit. :P *must try to find... somthing to cut... *

  17. *squeals excitedly that Airi is trying it*

    Yes, 1,000 words was painfully cruel of me, wasn't it? I wanted a word count that would be easy to achieve so that I'd (hopefully) get more entries. I may have to rectify that if I ever hold another one.

  18. Well, I am refining it now, dear. I cut 356 words in order to achieve your horrid goal, but I have done it at last, love. ;)

  19. *hugs Airianna the unfathomably incredible* You're such a sweetie! I can't wait to read it! I shall be kinder on you next time since you have so kindly bestowed your creativity on me this time. :D

  20. You may not thank me, after you read it. :P

  21. But you wrote something! That counts! :D

  22. And the submission is sent. :D

  23. Hope you like. As I said... it is not a typical short story.

  24. I liked it, Airi. It's sad, but it's well done. :D Thanks so much for submitting it!

  25. Yeah, like I said, it wasn't going to be a typical Airi story.


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