Critically acclaimed author J.Michael’s short story, The Emperor’s Daughter, has been shortlisted in the debut edition of Yahoo’s STOR14S short story writing competition.
Yahoo announced the writing competition in March 2020 and asked for entries from authors all over the world. Work must be suitable for children aged 7 and above, Yahoo said.
Meanwhile, following the close of the submission deadline, which was 14th April 2020, Yahoo has shortlisted 20 short stories from the thousands received. The shortlist was announced on Tuesday, 28 April 2020.
The 20 stories were chosen by a team of expert editors, according to the tech giant, with summaries of each story published on the Yahoo website to guide voters in making informed decisions on which short story or stories they want to vote for.
According to Yahoo, voters can vote for their favourite children’s story on the website. Thereafter, the top 14 short stories that received the highest casted votes will be turned into a podcast. The podcast will be made available for free on Apple Podcast and Spotify and anyone can listen to them.
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J.Michael’s short story, The Emperor’s Daughter, tells the story of a powerful African emperor, Emperor Hulu of Tohulu Kingdom. The emperor was on a quest to choose a husband for his only child, a daughter named Kevi.
Suitors had to meet three stringent artificial conditions if they want to be considered good enough for the princess. But guess what? The suitor, named Adamantus, who eventually won Kevi’s heart and hand in marriage did not meet any of those criteria.
He won her heart and eventually the emperor’s approval by showing that he possesses what matters most to make the princess happy even at the risk of losing his life.
The Emperor’s Daughter is a short story that reminds parents not to impose their own standard of what they think their children needs but rather should allow their children to follow their heart.
The story is also one of courage and steadfast love as demonstrated by Adamantus who was prepared to die for the love he has for the princess.
According to Yahoo, voting will close on 8th May 2020.
Do you want to listen to the Emperor’s Daughter on a free podcast, then head over to Yahoo website and vote for The Emperor’s Daughter. Your heart will be glad too for helping entertain children these uncertain times.