FutureBook is partnering with social reading app The Pigeonhole to run a short story competition exploring the future of the book. The winning author is to be hosted at the FutureBook Conference, 30th November.
Judges will be Molly Flatt, author and associate editor of FutureBook; Anna Jean Hughes, founder of The Pigeonhole; and Tom Hunter, director of the Arthur C.Clarke Award for Science Fiction.
The winner will be invited to read an extract of their story before sitting on a panel hosted by Hughes at FutureBookLive on the 30th November. The winning story, along with four runners up, will also be published on the Pigeonhole app, and the winner will receive a full set of novels from this year’s Arthur C. Clarke shortlist.
Flatt said: “For years, the FutureBook conference has been pretty bold about where it sources its ideas and insights. From entrepreneurs to rappers, game producers to music execs, we’ve always looked beyond the obvious when it comes to identifying the opportunities and disruptions about to hit the book trade. But there’s one group we’ve somewhat neglected. The people at the very heart of this industry. The people with the biggest imaginations of all. The storytellers themselves.”
Hughes added: “The way we read has changed more in 30 years than it has in the last three hundred, so I can’t wait to see what writers of today will make of our books of the future. It’s a real treat to join forces with FutureBook, they’ve long been supporters of The Pigeonhole and there’s no better place to read and discuss stories about the future than on our app.”
Email your story (up to 5,000 words) complete with full name, email and brief biography to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for all submissions is 30th October 2018. For more details visit the FutureBook site and for more on FutureBook Live, The Bookseller's publishing conference, visit the conference site.