Writing contests

Thanks to all participants in the 10th Muse 2020 Interactive Fiction Writing contest!

A big thanks to all the great submissions! The contest is now officially closed. We are going through submissions to pick the winners. Winners will be announced on the 3rd of March 2020. All winners will be contacted personally.

Sana: Interactive Stories is now available on the App Store. Winning stories will be published on the app after winners have been announced and notified.

New contest with a new theme opening soon!

New contest opening soon!

We are 10 Muse Ltd, a mobile startup based in Helsinki, Finland. We are developing a new platform to read and write interactive fiction on, called Sana: Interactive Stories. You can download Sana on the App Store for your Apple device. Read more on 10th Muse Ltd.

The theme of the coming contest is Jane Austen. Get inspired by Austen's works and write your own regency era story, transport Mr. Darcy into the modern world, or make a whole new version of Pride & Prejudice, written the way you think the story should have unfolded.

Submit original interactive fiction stories with a supernatural romance theme. Stories should be at least 6000-10000 words long in total and must be written in English. Submit your work using the "Submit" button below. The contest is open internationally.

If we wish to publish a non-winning story, author will be personally contacted to discuss the details.

Authors may be contacted later for paid work opportunities. We will pick our favourite authors to contact and discuss further paid work.

Winners will be announced on two weeks after the contest has closed. All winners will be contacted personally.

Prizes for winners

1st place

  • 500 euros
  • Publication in the app
  • Custom cover done by a professional artist (authors may request cover themes and have the final right to accept the cover)

2nd place

  • 200 euros
  • Publication in the app
  • Custom cover done by a professional artist (authors may request cover themes and have the final right to accept the cover)

3rd place

  • 100 euros
  • Publication in the app
  • Custom cover done by a professional artist (authors may request cover themes and have the final right to accept the cover)

How to submit a story

Format

Please submit your story as a .docx, .doc, or .rtf file. Illustrate interactivity through branching the story. Each choice should present readers with only two options. Please refer to the Design Guide for more detailed information and the example story for formatting. You can leave notes for the person programming the interactivity.

Cover letter

Please include a cover letter with the following

  • your name
  • address
  • phone number
  • email address
  • story title
  • story description

Your name should appear only on the cover letter and nowhere else on the manuscript. Mention in your cover letter if you do not wish to receive inquiries for further paid work.

Story formatting must follow the example given in the Design Guide.

You can submit as many stories as you wish. Please include a separate cover letter for each entry.

Our jury of professionals, including an editor, will choose the winners.

Resources

Reddit forum

Do you have a question?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! You can find us on the Reddit forum, on Facebook, and on Instagram, or contact us via email: company@10thmuse.net.

Contest rules

10th Muse may consider all submitted stories for publication. If we wish to publish a non-winning entry, we will contact the author and offer them a publishing deal.

Authors must hold all rights to the stories which they enter into the contest..

Fan fiction submissions are not permitted.

Employees of 10th Muse are excluded from the contest.

Prize money will be paid trough wire transfer.

See detailed contest rules

Past contests

The 10th Muse 2020 Interactive Fiction Writing Contest (Closed)

Submit original interactive fiction stories with a supernatural romance theme. Stories should be at least 6000-10000 words long in total and must be written in English. Submit your work by the 16th of February, 2020. The contest is open internationally.

If we wish to publish a non-winning story, author will be personally contacted to discuss the details.

Authors may be contacted later for paid work opportunities. We will pick our favourite authors to contact and discuss further paid work.

Winners will be announced on the 3rd of March. All winners will be contacted personally.

Prizes for winners

1st place

  • 600 euro
  • Publication in the app
  • Custom cover done by a professional artist (authors may request cover themes and have the final right to accept the cover)

2nd place

  • 200 euro
  • Publication in the app
  • Custom cover done by a professional artist (authors may request cover themes and have the final right to accept the cover)

3rd place

  • 100 euro
  • Publication in the app
  • Custom cover done by a professional artist (authors may request cover themes and have the final right to accept the cover)