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

2019 marks the first year of the prize and whilst it’s still in the crib this prize can wrestle two snakes with its Herculean strength because the Perito Writing Prize celebrates something that we are passionate about and should and will be at the core of all our lives... accessibility! For some this conjures up thoughts of wheelchairs, hearing aids, and guide dogs, but we see it as 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 2019 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 on the Perito website for 2nd and 3rd places. 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 your 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 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 is meant to be holistic and that, fundamentally, accessibility’s something that can benefit everyone. With that in mind, this competition is open to everyone. 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:

  • 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 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 £250 and the story will be uploaded to the Perito Prize section of the Perito Ltd website.

Second and Third Prize is a special mention and the pieces uploaded to the Perito Prize section of the Perito Ltd website.

The 2019 Perito Prize opens for entries from 09:00 on the 1st September 2019. 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 or after this time will not be accepted. Please let us know if your story does get published elsewhere.

To enter please email your entry to peritoprize@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 and social media sites for a period of [12] months.
  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. The Company will make available the name and county of the winner to anyone who requests this information by writing to the following address: Perito Ltd, 282 Leigh Road, Leigh on Sea, SS91BW
  7. 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.
  8. By entering the competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  9. This competition is being organised by Perito Ltd.
  10. 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.