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Last Updated: Friday, 17 April 2015

16 Contest Listings

3 New Contests:
BFS Short Story Competition '15 - annual; f/sf/h/slipstream/fabulism (fic); £5 fee, 3 prizes=£170 +2 memberships
The International Write Fight - annual; most genres (fic/flash); $27.37 fee, 3 prizes=$1750 +copies
Garden State SpecFic Writers Contest #21 - annual; sf/f (fic), theme; no fee, 3 prizes=$135 +Graversen Award/pub

1 Updated:
Cheerreader Short Story - closed

Robert Laughlin's Annual Updates:
Aeon Award, Glimmer Train: Family Matters, Glimmer Train: Fiction Open, Glimmer Train: New Writers, Glimmer Train: Very Short Fiction, Writers of the Future, WOW!

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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RL ANNUAL UPDATE - 24 March 2015: annual update; pay/sub-info changes    Robert Laughlin
  • 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: 30Jun, 30Sep, 30Nov.   [Top]

    NEW LISTING: 17 April 2015
  • BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015 - annual; f/sf/h/slipstream/fabulism (fic). Words: <5k. Fee: £5 (or $ equivalent). Prizes: 1st=£100; 2nd=£50; 3rd=£20 (1 & 2 +1-yr membership). Reprints: no. Judge: Allen Ashley. E-subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 30 June 2015Results: October 2015PubDate: early 2016

    UPDATE - 25 March 2015: contests closed, web site down for good    Robert Laughlin
  • CHEERREADER SHORT STORY - quarterly; humour (fic). Contact: (Q).   [Top]

  • 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

    NEW LISTING: 23 March 2015
  • GARDEN STATE SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS SHORT STORY CONTEST - 21st annual; sf/f (fic), theme: Adventures in a Personal Utopia. Words: <4k. Fee: $0. Prizes: 1st=$70 +Graversen Award & pub in Space & Time; 2nd=$40; 3rd=$25. Reprints: no. Judges: 1st round=Neil Morris; final=Hildy Silverman. E-subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens: 1 April 2015
    Do Not Submit Before!
    Deadline: 31 July 2015Results: 12 September 2015PubDate: TBD by Space and Time Editor

    RL ANNUAL UPDATE - 24 March 2015: annual update; sub-info change    Robert Laughlin
  • 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

    RL ANNUAL UPDATE - 24 March 2015: annual update; readings/results/sub-info changes    Robert Laughlin
  • 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: Jun & Dec (with 1-week grace period)Results: 01Mar & 01Sep

    RL ANNUAL UPDATE - 24 March 2015: annual update; sub-info change    Robert Laughlin
  • 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

    RL ANNUAL UPDATE - 25 March 2015: annual update; sub-info change    Robert Laughlin
  • 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

    RL ANNUAL UPDATE - 25 March 2015: annual update; contact's name/sub-info changes    Robert Laughlin
  • 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

    NEW LISTING: 17 April 2015
  • THE INTERNATIONAL WRITE FIGHT - annual; most genres (see GLs) (fic/flash). Words: <1½k. Fee: $27.37 3 prizes=$1750 +copies. Reprints: no. Judges: Christina Escamilla, Jessica Nichole, & Jennifer Wilmont. E-subs: E-MAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 31 May 2015Results: 5 August 2015PubDate: Fall 2015

  • 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

  • TUSCANY PRIZE FOR CATHOLIC FICTION - annual for un-/self- published or YA novels/short stories, any genre Catholic fiction (fic). Words: no limits. Fee: $10. Prizes: 3 First & 3 Runner-Ups=$13k total. Reprints: yes. Judges: Peter Mongeau & Joseph O'Brien. E-subs: YES. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 30 June 2015Results: July/August 2015PubDate: 1 January 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

    RL ANNUAL UPDATE - 25 March 2015: annual update; judge/sub-info changes    Robert Laughlin
  • 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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