The Queen’s Cryptographer Award: Part 3

Part 3 of this award is due Sunday 19 February 2017



Misty Mountains Part 3 | Morgan Wood

Of Blood And Shadows Part 3 | Sam Aro

A Glittering Spear | Jessica Seymour

Part 1Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Writing Prompt

Part three of our serial takes us deeper into the mystery, drawing together the threads of the story and perhaps laying the trail of breadcrumbs that and sets up the reader for the powerful denouement wherein the mystery is solved. Or is it?

Write the third part of your medieval mystery about a secret code, love and music. Each part must contain an embedded music video (if you are not sure how to do this please let us know). 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 3:

  • An overheard conversation
  • A religious artifact or place


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

Word Count

Up to 900 words. No minimum.

Can I still enter if I did not write parts 1 and two?

Yes, just include separate submissions for Parts 1 and 2.

Due Date

Due Sunday 19th 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

Award Name

(Optional) Intro – 150 characters

You can submit your story here

The Queen's Cryptographer Award - Part One