‘But al thyng which that shineth as the gold Nis nat gold, as that I have herd it told’ – Chaucer’s Yeoman As 2021 draws to a close, we want to
‘But al thyng which that shineth as the gold Nis nat gold, as that I have herd it told’ – Chaucer’s Yeoman As 2021 draws to a close, we want to round it off with a good old fashioned writing contest. Thanks to author Michael O’Hanlon who kindly donated the prize of AUD $500, we are definitely in a position to do so. The contest is open to anyone over 18 years on deadline day which is the 19th of November Writers create or adapt a tale up to 1000 words in length which is set somewhere between 500 CE and 1500 CE The story must be told in the first person (so the narrator speaks as a witness or storyteller). Alternatively, it can be delivered more like an address to a single person or group (negating the need for the use of ‘I’) The tale must be rounded off with some type of closing remark from the narrator, which imparts judgement, wisdom or a moral to the story. Wit is highly desirable The period we’re most interested in is the millennium between 500 CE and 1500 CE, when the world’s population doubled in size. We will however consider fiction set outside this period if it is somehow linked to events therein and contains relevant information. We will also consider fiction set wholly outside this period if it is well written and aids understanding of human history. We do not accept scholarly articles, essays or research papers.