Biketober Writing Competition 2018

Biketober 2018

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Sep 26   ●  min read

The winners of the 2018 Biketober writing competition are:

Category +18
Freedom by Jennifer Rankin
May The Road Rise Up To Greet You by Matt Melchert
Google Maps by Melanie Dixon
Forbidden Fruit by Catherine Byrne

Under 18
The Red Bike by Ted Schroeder
Ode to My Bicycle by Alex Wylie

Thank you all for participating and giving writing a go!


Will you make a bike fly on a fantastic adventure? Will you solve a mystery surrounding a bicycle on a thrilling story? Or will you make us laugh with a story about that time you took your friend’s bike thinking it was yours and things went, well, slightly wrong? In support of Biketober, we are celebrating bikes with words.

Go for a ride and find inspiration for your next short story, flash fiction, poem or essay work (up to 2500 words) on the topic of bikes and cycling. We will select all the best ones and you will be joining The Commuting Book online Stories gallery and entertaining passengers in public transport reading our Stories on the Go with the chance to get your work read by lots and lots of people. You will also join the Authors gallery with your own spot among other great storytellers.

Open to all ages and all NZ residents living anywhere in the country.
Entries close on 9th of November 2018 at 5pm.

Submit your story HERE
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“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the human race.” — H.G. Wells


The work submitted must be the work of the participant/author named on the submission form.
The participant/author guarantees that the work is original and not published anywhere else or submitted to other competitions.
The participant/author can choose how and what to write about bikes and cycling in general.
Two entries per person only of a max of 2500 words each.
Open to all New Zealand residents of all ages.
By entering the participant/author give The Commuting Book the right to reproduce the work and share it as part of our activities for two years.
By entering the participant/author agree to The Commuting Book using your name and photo (if submitted) in our website and marketing/promotional materials including social media.
The selected pieces will be featured on our online Stories gallery and will be part of the Stories on the Go, Bonus Read and other Scan&Read (QR Codes) actions implemented by The Commuting Book. Note: Due to the nature of our project, the selected pieces will feature on QR Codes at different times and intervals.
The authors of selected pieces will have their own profile on our online Authors gallery, containing the Bio information and photo (if provided). And a link to the piece selected will also be available.
There are no overall winners, we are selecting all the stories the judges believe are on topic, interesting, entertaining and well written. No money or other prizes are given.
Submission close on 9th of November 2018 at 5pm. No late submissions will be considered.
Incomplete submission forms will not be considered.
Successful participants/authors will be notified by 16th of November using the contact information provided.