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Last Updated: Friday, 20 November 2015

13 Contest Listings

Fresh Listed:
Round Table's Joke Writing Competition #3 - 1-time; humor; $5 fee (members=$0), 3 prizes=$175 +HMs/reviews/gifts

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 2015 SHORT FICTION CONTEST - annual; f/sf/h (fic). Words: <10k. Fee: €7.50. 3 prizes=€1300 +pub. Reprints: no. Grand Judges: Ian Watson, Eileen Gunn, Todd McCaffrey, & Michael Carroll. E-subs: PREFERS E-MAIL. Contact: (QS).   2015 Quarterly Round Deadlines: 30Nov.   [Top]

  • APEX'S CHRISTMAS INVASION - 1-time; dark sf/f/h (fic). Words: <250. Fee: $0. Prize: Apex pub with pro pay +3 books. Reprints: no. Judges: Jason Sizemore & Lesley Conner. E-subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 16 November 2015Results & PubDate: 1 December 2015

  • 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

  • FRIENDS OF THE MERRIL SHORT STORY CONTEST - annual; all SpecFic (fic). Words: <6k. Fee: CA$5. 1st prize=CA$500, 2 HMs=CA$50 each. Reprints: no. Judges: Hiromi Goto, Tanya Huff, & Silvia Moreno-Garcia. E-subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 20 December 2015Results: 28 January 2016PubDate: No Publication

  • 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).   [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]
    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

  • ODDCONTEST - annual; sf/f/h (flash/prose poem). Words: <500. Fee: $5 until 31Oct, then $10 (youth free). 1st Prize: $500 (youth=$50); 1st-3rd prizes=books/free membership . Reprints: no. Judge: Beth Cato. E-subs: ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 15 January 2016Results: 15 March 2016PubDate: 9 April 2016

    NEW LISTING: 30 October 2015
  • ROUND TABLE'S JOKE WRITING COMPETITION #3: Mom & Dad - 1-time; humor (jokes). Length: no limits. Fee: $5 (waived for members). 3 Prizes=$175, +5 HMs of $10 gift cert; 1 random $10 gift cert (all entries get review/small gift). Reprints: no. E-subs: YES. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 25 March 2016Results: 2 May 2016PubDate: April 2016

  • THEATRE DU MISSISSIPPI'S ORIGINAL SHORTS CONTEST - 5th annual, 3 staged readings; any genre (stage play). Length: 45 minute run time. Fee: $0. Prizes: 4 x $50 + readings. Unproduced scripts only. E-subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 1 December 2015Results: 15 February 2016Readings: 15-17 April 2016

  • 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

  • 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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