Writing app Ulysses for Mac, iPad and iPhone launches a writing contest that starts February 19, the day the original Flora & Ulysses movie starts streaming, and lasts until March 12, 2021.
The Disney+ original movie Flora & Ulysses is based on best-selling author Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning children’s book and features an unexpected superhero: Ulysses, a poetry-writing squirrel. “As Ulysses the squirrel and Ulysses the writing app don’t just share a name, but also a passion for letters and words, we’re excited to join forces with Disney to share this opportunity
with our users,” said Rebekka Honeit, head of communications and marketing at Ulysses.
The contest accepts writers to participate with either a poem or a short story. The prompts will be available on the Ulysses website once the contest starts. Writers from the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) are welcome to participate. All submissions must be in English, unpublished, and meet the entry requirements.
Book author Kate DiCamillo and screenwriter Brad Copeland will read the entries pre-selected by the Ulysses jury and handpick the winners of each category. Winners will be announced on April 7.
There are attractive prizes for the winners: Each category’s ﬁrst-place winner will receive US$ 500, while the runners-up can look forward to US$ 250. Ulysses has teamed up with Disney to provide an amazing experience for Ulysses’ contest ﬁnalists. The ten best poems and the ten best stories will be published on the Ulysses blog, their writers are invited to listen in when Kate DiCamillo and Brad Copeland discuss the movie in an exclusive video talk, and will receive one year of free usage of Ulysses.
For writers who are not yet familiar with the writing app, the contest is the perfect occasion to discover Ulysses’ features. When they download Ulysses from the App Store and/or the Mac App Store during the contest period, they can get an exclusive trial and explore all of the app’s features for two months. Writing with Ulysses, however, is not a requirement for participating in the contest.