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Last Updated: Friday, 11 April 2014

21 Contest Listings

2 New Contests:
BFS Short Story Competition 2014 - annual; most genres (fic); £5 fee, 3 prizes=£170 +2BSF-mem +3pub
Garden State Horror Contest - 20th annual; sf/h/f/mys (fic), theme; no fee, 3 prizes=$135 +Graversen Award & pub

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 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. 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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  • BALTIMORE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY AMATUER WRITING CONTEST - annual; sf/f (fic), MD residents/students ONLY. Words: 1k-5½k. Fee: $0. 3 Prizes=$400 +perks. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Opens: 1 April 2014
    Do Not Submit Before!
    Deadline: 15 June 2014Results: 15 September 2014PubDate: 29 May 2015 (at Balticon)

    NEW LISTING: 04 April 2014
  • BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2014 - annual; f/sf/slipstrm/h/mainstrm with fantastic elements/fabulation/etc. (fic). Words: <5k. Fee: £5 (or=$). Prizes: pub; 1st=£100 +year BSF membership; 2nd=£50 +year BSF membership; 3rd=£20. Reprints: no. Judge: Allen Ashley. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 30 June 2014Results: early September 2014 at BFS Fantasy ConPubDate: 2015

  • 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

  • ENCHANTED CONVERSATION'S FAIRY-TALE-INSPIRED WRITING CONTEST - monthly; classic fairy tale inspired (fic/poem). Words: prefers ½k-3k. Fee: $0. Prizes: 2 x $25 e-card gift cert. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens: 12 am EST, 1st of each monthPeriod: 1st 2-weeks each monthResults: mid-monthPubDate: monthly

  • 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

    NEW LISTING: 24 March 2014
  • 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

  • MONSTER CORRAL MONTHLY CONTEST - monthly; any genre (flash); themed to illustration (see GLs). Words: <1k. Fee: $0. 2 Prizes=$60. Reprints: query. Judges: Jess Harris, Jaye Lawrence, Pat Sullivan, Nancy Harris, Sharon Barton. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens: 1st month dayDeadline: last month dayResults: 11 of monthPubDate: 2nd place=14; 1st place=17 of month

  • 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

  • SCIENCE & FANTASY FICTION ART INSPIRATION CONTEST - 1-time; sf/f (art only). Fee: $0. Prizes: 1st=$400, 2nd=$100, Popular=$100; 1 of these will inspire/be cover for new Jane Lindskold short story (to be free here). Reprints: yes. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 31 May 2014Results & Cash Award: 9 June 2014Inspired Story PubDate: TBA

  • VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY 2014 - annual; any theme or subject (poem). Lines: <60. Fee: $25. 1st Prize=$750; 2nd Prize=$250. Reprints: no. Judge: George Elliot Clarke. E-subs: YES. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 15 July 2014Results: September 2014PubDate: Fall/Winter 2015 Issue

  • 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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