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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 October 2015

14 Contest Listings

Fresh Listed:
WYRM's Gauntlet - all SpecFic & general fic (fic/reviews); no fee, 3 prizes=$275, +in-depth critique
Friends of the Merril - annual; all SpecFic (fic); CA$5 fee, 3 prizes=CA$600
Theatre du Mississippi's Original Shorts - any genre (stage play); no fee, prizes: 4 x $50 +readings

Fresh Updated:

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]

  • CITY OF ROCKINGHAM SHORT FICTION AWARDS - annual; all genres (fic). Words: 1k-4k. Fee: free. Prizes: 3 categories of 3 prizes each=CA$1800. Reprints: no. Judge: KA Bedford. E-subs: NO, POSTAL MAIL ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Deadline: 9 October 2015Results: 8 November 2015PubDate: none

  • 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: 15 September 2015
  • 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: 11 September 2015
  • 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

    NEW LISTING: 22 September 2015
  • 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, Cathy Douglas, Sheila Beebe, & Gale Peterson. E-subs: ON SITE FORM ONLY. Contact: Steven Lugo (Q).   [Top]
    Round 1 Opens: 12 October 2015
    Do Not Submit Before!
    Deadline: 26 October 2015Results: 9 December 2015PubDate: 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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