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Published Fantasy Authors Poetry/Song Competition

Are you a published fantasy author whose works include original song lyrics? Submit up to two of your published works to this unique competition for a chance to win:

  • A cash prize of $250
  • A 1% royalty arrangement in an upcoming album project
  • The chance to hear your work brought to life by a published composer and recorded by professional musicians


Full details:

Immersed in medieval music and fantasy literature since his teenage years, composer David Yardley creates music inspired by authentic medieval sounds for modern audiences. His second album is due for release in late 2020. This competition is a unique opportunity to have your literary work set to music and released on a professional album, including a cash prize and a royalty arrangement.

To hear samples of David’s previous compositions, find his first album New Carols and Songs for Chaucer’s Pilgrims at

Competition details:

  • Free entry
  • Entries close 20 December 2019
  • Each author may submit up to two works


  • Submit a poem/song lyrics from one of your own published fantasy literature works (can be from a novel or a fantasy poetry anthology)
    • Include the reference (book title, publication date, page number, web link etc)
    • Only English language entries are eligible.
    • There are no restrictions in terms of nationality or residency in a particular country.
    • Entrants must be 18 years or older as at 20 December 2019.
    • Poems/song lyrics must be at least 6 lines long and no more than 40 lines long. Extracts of 40 lines or fewer taken from longer works are permitted.
    • Please submit your entry as a Word document, attached to your email, containing all your contact information as well as your competition entry.
    • Unpublished works will not be considered
  • Decisions are final and no correspondence or feedback will be entered into.
  • The panel of judges will be chaired by composer David Yardley and made up of published authors and musicians working in fantasy/medieval genres.
  • The judges of the competition reserve the right to award no prize.
  • Submit works in an email to, using the subject line “Published Fantasy Authors, Competition Entry – <your name>”
  • Only published works will be considered
    • Self-published authors are eligible to enter
  • Include a link to your website or other online presence, if you have one.


  • The winning work will be set to music by David Yardley and the musical setting will be included in his upcoming album, scheduled for release by the end of 2020.
  • The author of the winning work will receive a prize of $US 250.
  • The author of the winning work will be invited to enter into a time-limited 1% royalty arrangement – with 1% of album proceeds going to the winning author for the first two years of sales after release.
  • The author of the winning work agrees to undertake free cross-promotion of the album in the lead up to release and once released, through platforms such as social media.
  • Submission of an entry indicates that the winning author gives permission to have their work set to music, recorded, released and broadcast, including for the purposes of marketing the album.
  • The winning author retains all other rights to the work submitted. Unsuccessful authors retain all rights to works submitted to the contest.
  • Entrants must own the relevant rights to the works they submit.
  • The panel of judges accept no liability for cases of failure to comply with the terms and conditions set out above.



1. Talisman Medieval: Breathing Life into Icons

Join David Yardley (countertenor, harp), Christopher Preston Thompson (tenor, harp) and Peter Walker (bass, pipes, hurdy gurdy) to journey to a different time and place. Built around surviving images of musicians from medieval manuscripts, we’ll be performing evocative and rarely heard music from the 12th to the 15th centuries, as well as medieval and fantasy-inspired compositions by David Yardley.

The free concert is part of the “Midtown Concert Series” and in the New York Early Music Celebration.

Thursday 17 October, 1.15-2.00 p.m.

The Chapel at St Bartholomew’s Church
50th Street and Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York

Tickets: Free

Enquiries: David Yardley on +1 917 847 0776 or to

2. UN Chamber Music Society

I’ll be singing one piece by Dowland in this wonderful and varied concert alongside the musicians of the UN Chamber Music Society.

Tuesday October 8, 8 pm
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall

57th Street and 7th Avenue, Manhattan, New York

Tickets start at $50 from


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Some of the great musicians I currently work with or have worked with in the past – visit their websites and see what they’re about:

Southwark Cathedral, London

Incredible historic cathedral in the UK with a stellar choir

Besalu Medieval Music Course, with Mauricio Molina

World-wide medieval musicians descend every year on Besalu for these exceptional music courses

St Thomas 5th Avenue, New York City

One of the most famous Episcopalian churches in New York, with one of the best choirs in the world

Church of the Transfiguration, New York City

Beautiful, historic church and a hub of early musicians in the city

UN Chamber Music Society

Ensemble of musicians committed to high-quality classical performance and the values of the United Nations

The Pocket Score Company

Canberra-based professional quartet

The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge

Superb choir at the University of Cambridge, UK

The Sydney Chamber Choir

One of Sydney’s foremost choirs

The Renaissance Players

World-renowned medieval ensemble based in Sydney, Australia

Luminescence Chamber Singers

Ensemble of young professional singers in Canberra, Australia

Emma Griffiths

Soprano in Canberra, Australia


Edinburgh-based medieval music duo

Tobias Cole

One of Australia’s foremost countertenors

Winsome Evans

The inspiration for a generation of medieval musicians in Australia and beyond

David Drury

Leading organist and conductor/director

Daniel Hyde

Formerly director of the Choir of Jesus College Cambridge

Edward Wickham

Director of the Clerks’ Group, I had the privilege to sing in the Cambridge Medieval Music Group, led by Edward

Ian Blake

Canberra-based musician/recording artist/all-round great musician!

Harold Gretton

Outstanding guitarist, we’ve performed English lute songs together