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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 October 2016

12 Contest Listings

Fresh Listed:
WYRM's Gauntlet - annual; all SpecFic/general (fic/reviews); no fee, 3 prizes=$275 + critique

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 10-to-1 pay-out ratio; e.g.: $5 fee to a $50 average prize) and they do not include fiction written by the publisher(s), editor(s), judges, or staff. Some require an entry fee and I take no responsibility for how those fees are used, or for the management (or lack of it) of these contests. Enter at your own risk! US ($), 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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  • THE AEON AWARD 2016 - Albedo One annual, all sf/f/h (fic). Words: <10k. Fee: €7.50. 3 Prizes=€1300 +pub. Reprints: no. Final judges: Ian Watson, Eileen Gunn, Todd McCaffrey, & Michael Carroll. E-subs: YES. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Quarter Final Deadlines: 30Sep, 30NovResults: shortly after each DL PubDate: February 2017

  • 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

  • CHRISTOPHER FIELDEN'S TO HULL & BACK - annual, year round open; any style or genre with humor (fic). Words: <4k. Fees (01Aug-30Apr/01May-31Jul): 1 entry=£7/£8; 2=£12/£14; 3=£15/£18. Prize: 1st=£1000; 2nd=£200; 3rd=£100; 3 HCs=£50 each; 14 SLs=£25 each; +pub for all. Reprints: yes. Judge: Christopher Fielden. E-subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens: 12.00pm GMT, 1 AugustAnnual Deadline: 11.59pm GMT, 31 JulyAnnual Results: 30 SeptemberAnnual PubDate: 1 October

  • GARDEN STATE SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS SHORT STORY CONTEST - 22nd annual; sf/f (fic), theme: From the Depths of Jersey. All genres (fic). Words: <5k (firm). Fee: $0. Prizes: 1st=$75 +Graversen Award & pub in Fantasy Scroll Magazine; 2nd=$40; 3rd=$25. Reprints: no. Judges: Neil Morris, Frederick Doot, & Iulian Ionescu. E-subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 23 October 2016Results: 5 November 2016PubDate: TBD (<1 year)

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

  • MONA SCHREIBER PRIZE FOR HUMOROUS FICTION & NONFICTION - 16th annual; all humor (fic/nonfic/poem). Words: to 750. Fee: a paltry $5. 3 Prizes=$850. Reprints: no. E-subs: NONE. Patron: (Q).   [Top]
    Opens: 1 JanuaryAnnual Deadline: postmarked by 1 December Winners Announced: 24 December

  • N3F AMATEUR SHORT STORY CONTEST - annual; sf/f/h (fic). Words: <10k. Fee: $0. 3 prizes=$100 & 1 HM ($0). Reprints: no. Name of Judge: Jefferson P. Swycaffer. E-subs: E-MAIL YES. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Annual Open Date: 1 January
    Annual Deadline: 31 DecemberResults: 15 February (or earlier)Publication: negotiated

  • POETRY NOOK WEEKLY CONTEST - weekly; any and all genres (poem). Words: no limits. Fee: $0. Prizes: 1st=$100; HM=$10. Reprints: yes. Judges: Frank Watson, Boris Komatina, & John Reinhart. E-subs: ON SITE FORM ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Opens & Closes: Sundays at midnight ESTResults: Wednesdays

  • WEST VIRGINIA WRITERS WRITING CONTEST: Genre Fantasy Category - annual; f only (fic). Words: <5k. Fee: WV residents=$10; others=$30. Prizes: 1st=$250; 2nd=$125; 3rd=$75. Reprints: no. Judge: Brian Keene. E-subs: NONE!. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 15 March 2015
    +$2 fee=30 March 2015
    Results: 13 June 2015PubDate: no publication

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

    NEW LISTING: 26 September 2016
  • WYRM'S GAUNTLET - annual; all SpecFic & general fic with prompts for each of 4 rounds (fic/reviews). Words: no limits. Fee: $0. Prizes: 1st=$150; 2nd=$75; 3rd=$50, +in-depth critique for all 3. Reprints: no. Judges: Steven Lugo, Chy Burch, Gale Peterson, & Beth Sadler. E-subs: ON SITE FORM ONLY. Contact: Steven Lugo (Q).   [Top]
    Round 1 Deadline: 29 October 2016
    3-days between next 3 rounds
    Results: 12 December 2016PubDate: none

  • 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. E-subs: ONLINE FORM. (Q).   [Top]
    Entry Dates: 1 July - 1 October (midnight PDT)Results: 15 DecemberPubDate: Spring following year

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