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12 Contest Listings
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THE AEON AWARD 2018 - Albedo One annual, all sf/f/h (fic). Words: <10k. Fee: €7.50. 3 Prizes=€1300 +pub. Reprints: no. Final judges: Ian Watson, Juliet E. McKenna, Priya Sharma, & Michael Carroll. E-subs: YES. Contact: (QS). [Top]
Last Quarter Final Deadlines: 31Mar, 30Jun, 30Sep, 30Nov Results: shortly after each DL Annual PubDate: February
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/31December Results & 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=£9/£11; 2=£15/£18; 3=£18/£22. Prize: 1st=£1000; 2nd=£500; 3rd=£250; 3 HCs=£50 each; 14 SLs=£25 each; +pub for all. Reprints: yes. Judge: Christopher Fielden. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS). [Top]
Opens: 12.00pm GMT, 1 August Annual Deadline: 11.59pm GMT, 31 July Annual Results: 30 September Annual PubDate: 1 October
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-31Dec Results: 12 weeks <DL PubDate: yearly
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: EMAIL YES. Contact: (QS). [Top]
Annual Open Date: 1 January Annual Deadline: 31 December Results: 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 EST Results: Wednesdays
2018 MONA SCHREIBER PRIZE FOR HUMOROUS FICTION & NONFICTION - 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 January Annual Deadline: postmarked by 1 December Winner(s) Announced: 24 December
2018 SFPA POETRY CONTEST - annual; all speculative genres/subgenres (poem/prose poem). Lines/Words: Dwarf Poems=1-10 lines (prose poem 1-100 words); Short Form=11-49 lines (prose poems 101-499 words); Long Form=50 lines & up (prose poem 500 words & up). Fee: $2. 3 prizes in 3 categories=$100/$50/$25 + e- & podcast pubs. Reprints: no. Judge: John W. Sexton. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS). [Top]
Deadline: 31 August 2018 Results & PubDate: 1 October 2018
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 2015 PubDate: no publication
WILDCLAW THEATRE'S DEATHSCRIBE XI - annual; h only (radio plays). Running time: 10 minutes. No fee. Prize: 1st=$100 + The Bloody Axe award; top 5 radio plays produced in Chicago. Reprints: yes. Judge: TBD. E-subs: VIA ON SITE FORM ONLY. Contact: (Q). [Top]
Deadline: 31 July 2018 Results: by 1 October 2018 Production Date: 3 December 2018
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-28Feb Annual Results: 1Feb, 1May, 1Aug, 1Nov Annual 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 December PubDate: Spring following year