The Queen’s Cryptographer Award: Part 2

Part 2 of this fedual serial is due Sunday 12th of Feb 2017.



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Of Blood And Shadows | Sam Aro

Misty Mountains Part 2 | Morgan Wood

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Writing Prompt

Having begun your medieval serial wherein you stoked your readers’ curiosity and created the appropriate mysterious atmosphere before plunging them into suspense at the end of part 1, it’s time now to up the ante with part 2. This is where things start to get really interesting…

Write the second part of your medieval mystery about a secret code, love and music. Each part must contain an embedded music video. The music may come from any period you choose but must relate to or be part of your story. The first three parts must contain a cliffhanger of some sort.

Things to include in Part 2:

  1. A piece of jewelry
  2. A cat
  3. A letter


Anything is ok, but actual history rather than fantasy would be best.

Word Count

Up to 900 words. No minimum.

Due Date

Part 2 is due Sunday 12th February 2017. There is no time zone restrictions. As long as it is Sunday somewhere then you can enter.


First prize receives 5000 words feedback from NiTH team on a story or manuscript of your choosing.
All entries receive feedback from judges by request.

Entry Format



A cover image is no longer a prerequisite, but we still love them. All cover images must be in 4:3 format landscape (not portrait). Most photo editing programs give you that option. If you’re using your phone, try the Snapseed app, it has lots of cool features as well. Another recommendation is Pixlr.

If including a cover image, ensure that you own the rights to that image or that you have permission, or that the image carries a free license. Make the filename of the image the name of your story and include a backlink to the source in the body text at the bottom of your story.

Also include:


Author name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

The Queen's Cryptographer Award - Part One