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Crystal Peake Publisher


After the success of our first writer's competition 'Tales of the Forgotten World' last year, we are holding another competition for 'Folklore Retellings'. We are looking for your own retake on folklore from around the world. If you think you can retell one of your favourite folklore's, for the entire world to see, we would love to make that a possibility.

For a chance to have your own short story published in our next anthology, all you have to do is:

  • Write a short story based on a folklore.
  • Have a word count containing between 2,000 and 8,000 words.
  • Aim your story at young adults, not children.
  • Ensure that your story is an original, meaning it is not published anywhere else online or in print. (All pieces will run through a plagiarism check.)
  • Pay a £5 entry fee.

The competition closes midnight on April 12th 2019, winners will be announced during May 2019. (We have extended the announcement date due to more entries than expected.)

Enter Now

If your manuscript is ready you can submit your entry online straight away. Registration should take no more than 10 minutes.

Before you begin...

  • Make sure you’ve read the Competition Terms & Conditions
  • Have your synopsis and manuscript ready to upload
  • Have a credit or debit card and/or your PayPal account details to hand

What do you win?

  • Winners will each receive a signed contract to have their short story published within the anthology, with guaranteed royalties from each sale (40% net sale split between the authors).
  • Two free paperback copies of the anthology and one hardback copy.
  • Ten free digital download codes for the Apple Bookstore.

We look forward to reading your story. Good luck everyone!

Anyone who does not win will receive a free digital edition of the finished project.

How to Enter

You will need to create a single Word document containing the following submission materials:

  • A single spaced synopsis of your story. Please include all the main points of your plot in your synopsis, including ‘spoilers’!
  • The full manuscript, double spaced and in size 12pt font, with numbered pages.

If you have any questions regarding entry to the competition, please see our Competition FAQs or, if you can’t find your answer, please contact us here.


My online entry has failed, what should I do?

In this instance, please ensure you contact us here.

What counts under the Folklore Retellings?

We have seen a large amount of questions relating to this. The Folklore Retellings is to get readers reinvested in old tales. So, we would like to see retellings of folklores, folktales, mythology, urban legends, etc. If it is based on a part of storytelling history, we are interested in reading your version. And, even though we as a publisher are based in the UK, we want to see stories from around the world. So, if you have a tale you want to tell about Japanese tress spirits or a Hindu Golem we want to see them.

What file format can I submit?

Our upload server will accept office files, such as doc, docx, odt, rtf, txt.

What does the £5 entry fee cover?

All the fee does is cover the external judges reviewing the stories. We feel we a small team we cannot like everything everyone else does which is why we are using an external team.

Can I set my story in modern times?

Yes, the folklore retellings can be set in any era.

Can I enter two or more stories into the competition?

Yes, we are happy to accept multiple entries per person. 

I have a literary agent. Can I still enter?

Yes, authors who have agents are eligible to enter.

I am under 18. Can I enter?

Yes. If you are under 18 and would like to enter, you will need your parent’s permission as they will need to countersign the contract. 

Is the competition open to international entrants?


I’m not sure how to write a good synopsis. Can you offer me some advice?

Your synopsis should not exceed a page (single spaced). It should be a factual explanation of the events in your book: include all the major events, including the ending– no cliff-hangers, please!

Who will read my manuscript, and can they offer me some feedback?

To start off with, your manuscript will be randomly allocated to one of our external team of readers – these professionals work in children’s publishing and are experts at spotting literary talent. This team will select a long list of stories, for Kevin Peake and the Crystal Peake editorial team to review, who will then select approximately several titles for the folklore collection. We offer a reader’s report for all long listees but unfortunately, because of the large number of submissions received, we cannot offer feedback for everybody else. However, we do the best we can to ensure support is provided. 

When will I hear whether I have been longlisted or shortlisted?

We aim to announce the winners on our website in May. You can follow us on Twitter (@crystalpeakepub) to keep up with all the latest news.

Will I be informed if I am not successful in reaching the longlist?

Due to the number of submissions we receive, we will only get in touch with you if you have been chosen to be in the collection. If you have not heard from us by the time the winners are announced, you have unfortunately been unsuccessful on this occasion. However, you are welcome to enter any future competitions.

Should I include my name in the submission, or are submissions anonymous?

Submissions are not anonymous. Please do include your name and contact details with your submission. If you wish to include a header on each page with the entry title and your name, please feel free to do so.