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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July 2014

17 Contest Listings


This page of listings of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry contests is a service to those who enjoy them. I do not seek out contests, but will post those that are brought to my attention if they appear legitimate (have a 5-to-1 pay-out ratio; e.g.: $5 fee to a $25 average per story published) and they do not include fiction written by the publisher(s), editor(s), judges, or staff. Some require an entry fee and I take no responsibility for how those fees are used, or for the management (or lack of it) of these contests. Enter at your own risk! US ($), UK (£), or EU (€) currency are used unless otherwise noted. Addresses are US unless noted otherwise. These listings are provided in good faith with the belief the info is correct, but Ralan.com accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions in them. The fact that an entry is listed here is no guarantee that said entity will carry through with their contest, or ever publish anything. Contact with any editor or publisher is at the contributor's own risk. Ralan.com encourages all potential contributors to do a web search of the editor's and/or publisher's name before submitting to them. Each visitor assumes all risk associated with the use or misuse of the information here.

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  • AEON AWARD 2014 SHORT FICTION CONTEST - annual; f/sf/h (fic). Words: <10k. Fee: €7.50. 3 Prizes=&euro1000 +pub. Reprints: no. Grand Judges: Ian Watson, Eileen Gunn, Todd J. McCaffrey, & Michael Carroll. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (QS).   Annual Final Deadline: 30 November.   [Top]

  • CHEERREADER SHORT STORY - quarterly; humour (fic). Words: <1½k. Fee: €5. Prize: €100. Reprints: no. Judges: Brian & Elizabeth David. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Openings: 01Jan; 01Apr; 01Jul; 01Oct
    Do Not Submit Before!
    Deadlines: 15Mar; 15Jun; 15Sep; 15 DecResults & PubDates: 30Mar; 30Jun; 30Sep; 31Dec

  • DREAM QUEST ONE POETRY & WRITING CONTESTS - semiannual; all genres (fic/nonfic/poem). Words: fic/nonfic=<5 pages; poem=<30 lines. Fee: fic/nonfic=$10; poem=$5. Prizes: 3 fic/nonfic=$850; 3 poem=$425. Reprints: yes, if original. E-subs: YES. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens (summer/winter): 1 January/1 August
    Deadlines (summer/winter): 31 July/31DecemberResults & PubDates (summer/winter): 31 August/31 January

  • FLIM-FLAM GAMES - monthly (Garden Gnome Publications); all SpecFic genres, prefers satire or weird (flash), themes (not required). Words: 1234 (+/-13). Fee: $0. 1 Prize=$5; others published. Reprints: online=no; print=disclose. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Open: alwaysDeadline: WednesdayResults: 1st week of monthPubDate: Wednesday

  • GARDEN STATE HORROR WRITERS SHORT STORY CONTEST - 20th annual; sf/h/f/mys (fic), theme: HAARPing on Conspiracies. Words: <4k. Fee: $0. Prizes: 1st=$70 +Graversen Award & pub in Space & Time; 2nd=$40; 3rd=$25. Reprints: no. Final Judge: Hildy Silverman. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 31 July 2014Results: 1 November 2014PubDate: TBD

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: FAMILY MATTERS - biannual; literary genres about family (fic). Words: <20k (prefers 3k-6k). Fee: $15. 3 prizes=$2300 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: Apr/OctResults: 30Jun/31Dec

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: FICTION OPEN - quarterly; literary genres (fic). Words: <20k. Fee: $15. 3 prizes=$4100 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: Mar/Jun/Sep/DecResults: 31May/31Aug/30Nov/28-29Feb

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS - quarterly; literary genres (fic). Words: <12k. Fee: $12. 3 prizes=$2300 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: Feb/May/Aug/NovResults: 30Apr/31Jul/30Oct/31Jan

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: VERY SHORT FICTION AWARD - biannual; literary genres (fic/flash). Words: <2k. Fee: $15. 3 prizes=$2300 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: Jan/JulResults: 31Mar/30Sep posted here

  • L. RON HUBBARD'S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST - quarterly; sf/f/h/SpecFic (fic). Words: <17k. Fee: $0. 3 ¼ly Prizes=$2250 +pub; 1 annual Grand Prize=$5000. Reprints: no. E-subs: YES. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Quarterly Submission Periods: 01Jan-31Mar; 01Apr-30Jun; 01Jul-30Sep; 01Oct-31DecResults: 12 weeks <DLPubDate: yearly

  • MONA SCHREIBER PRIZE FOR HUMOROUS FICTION & NONFICTION - 15th annual; all humor (fic/nonfic/poem). Words: to 750. Fee: a paltry $5. 3 Prizes=$850. Reprints: no. E-subs: NONE. Patron: (Q).   [Top]
    Annual Deadline: postmarked by 1 December Winners Announced: 24 December

  • NATIONAL FANTASY FAN FEDERATION (N3F) AMATEUR SHORT STORY CONTEST - annual; sf/f. Words: <8½k. Fee: $5 (members $3). 3 Prizes=$100. Reprints: no. E-subs: YES. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 31 December (each year)Winners Notified: March (each year)

  • 2013 PIKES PEAK BRANCH NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN FLASH FICTION CONTEST - annual; any genre (fic). Words: <100. Fee: 1st=$10; additional=$8. 3 Prizes=$175. Reprints: yes. Judges: Margaret Brettschneider, Cynthia (Cindi) Carroll, & Brenda Speer. E-subs: YES. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 1 May 2013Results: 31 May 2013PubDate: (no publication)

  • RAMBLE UNDERGROUND SHORT FICTION CONTEST - biannual (ongoing); any genre, uses mostly lit (fic). Words: <2½k. Fee: $6. 2 Prizes=50% of fees (min $100 & $50), 1 HM=pub. Reprints: yes. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Open Periods: 16May-15Nov; 16Nov-15MayResults: 15Dec & 15JunPubDate: 21Dec & 21Jun

  • STORY QUEST SHORT STORY CONTEST - 6th annual; sf/f/h (fic). Words: 1k-3k. Fee: $0. 3 Prizes=$175 +pub for top 5 or 6. Reprints: no. Judges: Gerry Huntman, Sophie Yorkston, Esme Carpenter, Warren Goodwin, & Tonia Brown. E-subs: ON SITE FORM ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Opens: 1 August 2014
    Do Not Submit Before!
    Deadline: 31 October 2014Results: 15 November 2014PubDate: SQ Mag: 01Jan & 01Mar 2015

  • WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING QUARTERLY FLASH FICTION CONTESTS - quarterly; all genres (see judge's perferences) (flash). Words: 250-750. Fee: $10. 3 Prizes=$600 +gifts. Reprints: yes. Judge: Sarah Lapolla of Curtis Brown, Ltd. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Open to Entries: 1Mar-31May, 1Jun-31Aug , 1Sep-30Nov, 1Dec-28FebResults: 1Feb, 1May, 1Aug, 1NovPubDate: 1Aug, 1Nov, 1Feb, 1May

  • ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST - annual; all genres of literary fiction (fic). Words: <5k. Fee: $20. 3 Prizes=$1750 (& 7 HMs), lit agent consideration. Reprints: no. Guest Judge: Karen Russell. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. (Q).   [Top]
    Entry Dates: 1 July - 1 October (midnight PDT)Results: 15 DecemberPubDate: Spring following year



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