The Queen’s Cryptographer Award: Part 4

The final part of this symphonic serial is due Sunday 26 February 2017



Of Blood And Shadow 4 | Sam Aro

Misty Mountains 4 | Morgan Wood

A Riddle Solved | Jessica Seymour

Part 1Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Writing Prompt

And now it’s time for the grand ending to your serial. Here you want to leave the reader not only mesmerized at the unexpected ending to your tale but also wanting more. Of your stories. The serial in the 18th and 19th century was very much a marketing tool that the author successfully exploited to bring in more readers for his next enterprise, hence the suspense and the cliffhangers. Bear in mind that readers who have been following your stories so far will be looking for your next piece too. Now you need to wrap up your story, bring all the threads together and leave the reader breathless and wanting more. The way you end this is critical.

Write the last part of your medieval mystery about a secret code, love and music. Each part must contain an embedded music video (if you don’t know how to do this let us know). The music may come from any period you choose but must relate to or be part of your story.

There are two things to include in Part 4:

  • A death.
  • A sunrise.


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

Word Count

900 words. No minimum.

Due Date

Write the due date and include the following text after: There is no time zone restrictions. As long as it is Sunday somewhere then you can enter.

Can I still enter if I did not write parts 1 to 3?

Yes, just include a separate submission for those parts.


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