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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 November 2014

18 Contest Listings

3 New Contests:
Friends of the Merril Contest - annual; all SpecFic (fic); CA$5 fee, 3 prizes=CDN$600
Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest - annual; sf only (fic); no fee, prizes: 1st=pro pub; 1st-3rd=NSS membership +books/etc.
Sci-Fest 2015 Roswell Award - annual; sf (fic); no fee, prizes: 1x $1000; 5x pro readings

1 Updated:
Mona Schreiber Prize - deadline 01Dec14

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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  • 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]

    NEW LISTING: 07 October 2014
  • JIM BAEN MEMORIAL WRITING CONTEST - annual; sf only (fic). Words: <8k. Fee: $0. Prizes: 1st=pro pub; NSS membership +books/etc.; 2nd/3rd=NSS memberships +books/etc. Reprints: no. Judges: Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel, & David Drake. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 1 February 2015Results: 15 March 2015PubDate: Summer 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

  • 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: 20 October 2014
  • FRIENDS OF THE MERRIL SHORT STORY CONTEST - annual; all SpecFic (fic). Words: <6k. Fee: CDN$5. 3 Prizes=CDN$600. Reprints: no. Judges: Leah Bobet, Julie Czerneda, & Caitlin Sweet. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens: 14 November 2014
    Do Not Submit Before!
    Deadline: 15 February 2015Results: 31 March 2015

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: FAMILY MATTERS - biannual; literary genres about family (fic). Words: <12k (prefers 3k-6k). Fee: $15. 3 prizes=$2300 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: Mar & Sep (with 1-week grace period)Results: 01Jun/01Dec

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: FICTION OPEN - biannual; literary genres (fic). Words: 2k-20k. Fee: $20. 3 prizes=$4100 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: 01Mar & 01Sep (with 1-week grace period)Results: 01Jun & 01Dec

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: SHORT STORY AWARD FOR NEW WRITERS - quarterly; literary genres (fic), see GLs for eligibilty. Words: <12k (prefers 1½k-6k). Fee: $15. 3 prizes=$2300 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: Feb/May/Aug/Nov (with 1-week grace period)Results: 01May, 01Aug, 01Nov, & 01Feb

  • GLIMMER TRAIN: VERY SHORT FICTION AWARD - quarterly; literary genres (fic/flash). Words: <3k. Fee: $15. 3 prizes=$2300 +copies. Reprints: no. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Reading Periods: Jan, Apr, Jul, & Oct (with 1-week grace period)Results: early Jan, 01Apr, 01Jul, & 01Oct 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

    UPDATE - 04 November 2014: this year's deadline is 1 December 2014
  • 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

    NEW LISTING: 07 October 2014
  • SCI-FEST 2015 ROSWELL AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION - annual; sf (fic), for writers over 18 only. Words: <1½k. Fee: $0. Prize: 1x $1000; 5x pro readings at Sci-Fest. Reprints: query. Judges: Michael Blaha, Lee Costello, & David Dean Bottrell. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 15 January 2015Results: 5 Finalists: 15Mar15; Final & Readings: 23May15 at Sci-Fest

  • 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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