Win a Holiday in Provence

Thank you to all participants in this year’s competition – 121 entries – a magnificent response! The results are here.

The 2017 Book a Break Short Story Competition.

First prize: A long weekend for two (4 night stay) in Provence (see below for details).

2 runners-up will receive a signed copy of One Green Bottle or the sequel, Perfume Island.

A selection of the best stories will be published in the 2017 Book a Break Short Story Anthology, proceeds of which will go to charity.



Maximum 2000 words on The Journey (you can change the title but the story must deal with the topic), with this last sentence from Perfume Island as a prompt:

They had a long journey ahead of them.

(NB: To take part, it is not necessary to buy, read or write a review of Perfume Island – the story can be written using just the prompt provided here.)

Deadline: 6 pm GMT, February 19th 2017

There is no entry fee.

Entries to be sent to curtis.bausse(at), in the body of the email (not as an attachment) with Short Story in the subject line.

The winner will be announced: March 19th 2017.

The entries will be judged by Ingrid Jendrzejewski, winner of the 2016 competition, who kindly agreed to judge this year’s contest. I’ll forward the entries to her after making them anonymous.

Entries must be in English, and previously unpublished (except on the writer’s personal website).

Writers may submit more than one entry if they wish.

First Prize Details

The prize includes:

4 nights bed and breakfast for two (dates to be negotiated), in en suite accommodation 3 kms from the centre of Aix en Provence, equipped with king-size bed, adjoining bathroom, micro-wave, coffee machine and wi-fi connection.

Free access to swimming pool and garden.

Transport (arrival and departure) between the  accommodation provided and either Aix-Marseille airport or the Aix-TGV train station (NB: the prize does not include travel to or from Provence).

Dinner (if desired) for two of the four nights.

Talking shop with Curtis, who will happily converse for hours, but will also shut up and go away when you tell him to.

If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch: curtis.bausse(at)

For further information, see a brief explanation of the reasoning behind the competition, the announcement of the winner from last year’s judge, Atthys Gage, and an account of Ingrid’s visit to Provence. Bearing in mind that each writer has their own unique style, you may nonetheless also want to look at examples of Ingrid’s own writing.

Cat Tales, an anthology of entries to the 2016 competition, will give you an idea of the variety of great entries received last year. It is available for kindle here, in print here, or as a PDF by clicking on the Paypal button below. Alternatively, you can donate directly to one or other of the two charities supported by the anthology, Cats Protection and the Against Malaria Foundation. Forward their thank you email to me (curtis.bausse(at) and I will send you the PDF file straightaway.

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My thanks are due to Almond Press for listing this competition along with many others on their website.