The Perito Writing Prize is an annual international fiction writing competition run by Perito Ltd

2019 marked the first year of the prize and it generated a lot of, very emotive and high quality stories from authors based all around the world. Despite its infancy, the Perito Prize can wrestle two snakes with its Herculean strength because the we are celebrating something that we are passionate about and should and will be at the core of all our lives... accessibility, inclusion and inclusive design! For some this conjures up thoughts of wheelchairs, hearing aids, and guide dogs, but we see the simple concept that all people should be able to enjoy and have access to opportunity in the world we live in. Issues with access to spaces, opportunities and experiences can happen to anyone at any time. Whether physical, mobility impairment or injury, mental health, or less visible neurocognitive conditions. We think there are so many great stories out there to celebrate the diverse world we live in. We want to hear them and share them!

The Perito Prize will be awarded to outstanding new writing in short story fiction of between 1000 and up to 2000 words. The cash prize goes to the 1st place but there will be special mentions and the option for various fun interviews, readings, with or without musical accompaniment, on the Perito website for 2nd and 3rd places. The finalists and a selection of the best stories from the year will also be published in that year’s Perito Prize Anthology which will be available to buy with all profits going to a selected charity which will change year by year. The Perito team will be the judges and their decisions are final.

What do I have to do to enter?

Firstly, don’t start worrying about whether what you're going to do is right or good enough. Save that sort of stuff for later. What we are primarily interested in is understanding what accessibility and inclusive design means to you and your going to tell us by writing it down or perhaps making an audio recording (a mini audio book). It has to be of your own creation and make sure it hasn’t been published anywhere before.

At Perito we think accessibility and inclusive design are meant to be holistic and that, fundamentally, these themes are something that can benefit everyone. With that in mind, this competition is open to everyone, that includes international writers too! The Perito Prize 2019 demonstrated that there are some brilliant writers from right around the world.

You just have to make sure the story is centred around the theme of accessibility. Also make sure it is able to be printed on the website so please don’t swear or write anything with potentially offensive content. This means no Fifty Shades of Access Auditing...

Here are some ideas to get you thinking but also check out some of the previous entries on the website for a look at what people have done in the past:

  • Distant future technology
  • Near future technology and innovation
  • What accessibility might have been like in your favourite historical time period
  • A story about an event that impacted on your story’s protagonist
  • How you feel about accessibility at this moment in time

This is meant to be fun so make sure you incorporate that into your journey. If you are a great technical writer, then that’ll shine through but the spirit of the prize is who can best put their impressions of accessibility and inclusive design into a story format. Overall readability is important to us, grammar errors are not.

Any fine print I should know about?

First Prize is a cash prize of £500 and the story will be uploaded to the Perito Prize section of the Perito Ltd website. You should be OK with participating in the Anthology and ideally with the podcasting and other items on the Perito website and social media.

Second and Third Prize is a special mention and the pieces uploaded to the Perito Prize section of the Perito Ltd website as well as inclusion into the Anthology and the option to participate in the podcast/readings and other social media.

The Perito Prize Anthology is a printed and published collection of the best stories from each year. The book will be available to buy from Amazon (published via KDP at the moment) and all profits will be donated to an access and inclusion charity highlighted on the blog section of the website each year. If you would not like to be published in the Anthology please let us know when you submit your story. We do not require exclusive publishing rights - this book is meant to be fun and rewarding for all not a hassle!

The Perito Prize opens for entries from 09:00 on the 1st of January each year. With the competition closing on the 1st of October at 23:59. Get creative now so you’ll have a great piece of work to send into us!!! Entries received before this time won’t be accepted but if its afterward then we will hold your story for the following year’s Perito Prize.

Please let us know if your story does get published elsewhere.

To enter please email your entry to enquiries@weareperito.com

I’m interested, any thing else I need to know?

Check out the Full Terms and Conditions below:

By submitting your entry, you agree and warrant that (i) your entry has not been published before; (ii) your entry is entirely your own original work; and (iii) nothing in your entry is defamatory, private or an infringement of copyright or other intellectual property right or in any way a breach of another’s rights. Any entry in breach of this clause will be disqualified from participating in and winning the competition.

  1. One winner will be selected from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions based on the following criteria: originality, relevance to theme, writing skill and strength of character depiction.
  2. All entrants retain copyright in their entry. The winner of the competition grants the Company a non-exclusive licence to publish their entry, in whole or in part, on the Company’s website, podcasting and social media sites.
  3. Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted in bulk or on behalf of someone else. Joint submissions will not be accepted.
  4. The Company is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.
  5. The Company reserves the right to alter the prizes, these terms and conditions or cancel the competition.
  6. Any international winner will have the cost of sending the prize money abroad, via a compliant, safe and secure method, deducted from the prize total.
  7. The Company will make available the name and country of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address: Perito Ltd, 282 Leigh Road, Leigh on Sea, SS91BW.
  8. The email addresses of entrants will only be used for the purpose of contacting the winner and administering the competition. It will not be possible for the Company to contact unsuccessful entrants, give advice or feedback on unsuccessful entries or to enter into correspondence.
  9. By entering the competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  10. This competition is being organised by Perito Ltd.
  11. These terms and conditions and any disputes or claims (including noncontractual disputes or claims) arising out of these terms and conditions shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

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