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Last Changed: Wednesday, 21 August 2019                 14 Contest Listings

Listed in the Last Month:
Special Edition Halloween Challenge - 1-time; SpecFic/h (fic); no fee, 1st prize=$50; HMs=pub

Listings on this page contain fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry contests and are a service to those who enjoy competitions. I do not seek out contests, but will post those that are brought to my attention if they appear legitimate (have a minimum 20-to-1 payout ratio; e.g.: US $5 fee to a US $100 average prize) and do not include fiction written by the publisher(s), editor(s), judge(s), 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!

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  • THE AEON AWARD 2019 - Albedo One annual, all sf/f/h (fic). Words: <10k. Fee: €8.50. 3 Prizes=€1300 +pub. Reprints: no. Final judges: Ian Watson, Juliet E. McKenna, Priya Sharma, & Michael Carroll. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Last Quarter Final Deadlines: 31Mar, 30Jun, 30Sep, 30Nov yearlyResults: shortly after each DL Annual PubDate: February yearly

  • BUGS CONTEST - 1-time (Tales from the Moonlit Path); SpecFic/h (fic). Words: <2k. Fee: $0. Prize: Main=$50, HMs=pub (no pay). Reprints: yes. Judges: Tricia Urlaub & Carlos Savournin. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact/Subs: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 31 July 2019Results & PubDate: 15 August 2019, in summer issue

  • 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: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens (summer/winter): 1 January/1 August
    Deadlines (summer/winter): 31 July/31DecemberResults & PubDates (summer/winter): 31 August/31 January

  • THE END OF OUR WORLD 2.0 - annual (aftermath); speculative/lit/sf/h (no f) (fic). Words: 1½k-5k. Fee: $0. Prizes: 1st=$1,000, 2nd=$300, 3rd=$100; HMs=pub at $25. Reprints: yes. Judges: Jan Bee Landman, Heleen van der Vegt, & various jr. editors. E-subs: ON SITE FORM & EMAIL. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens: 1 September 2019
    Do Not Submit Before!
    Deadline: 31 October 2019Results: late 2019/early 2020PubDate: January 2020

  • CHRISTOPHER FIELDEN'S TO HULL & BACK - biennial; any style or genre with humor (fic). Words: <2½k. Fees: 1 entry=£11/£13; 2=£18/£21; 3=£22/£26. Prizes (total=£2,750): 1st=£1000; 2nd=£500; 3rd=£250; 3 HCs=£100 each; 14 SLs=£50 each; +pub for all. Reprints: yes. Judge: Christopher Fielden. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens: 12.00pm GMT, 31 August 2020Annual Deadline: 11.59pm GMT, 31 July 2021Annual Results: 30 SeptemberAnnual 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: ON SITE FORM ONLY. Contact: (Q).   SFWA   [Top]
    Quarterly Submission Periods: 01Jan-31Mar; 01Apr-30Jun; 01Jul-30Sep; 01Oct-31DecResults: 12 weeks <DLPubDate: yearly

  • N3F AMATEUR SHORT STORY CONTEST - annual; sf/f/h (fic). Words: <8½k. Fee: $0. 3 prizes=$100 & 1 HM ($0). Reprints: no. Name of Judge: Jefferson P. Swycaffer. E-subs: 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. Annual Prize: $1000. Weekly Prizes: 1st=$50; occasional HM=$20. Reprints: yes. Judges: Editorial Staff. E-subs: ON SITE FORM ONLY. Contact: (Q).   [Top]
    Opens & Closes: Sundays at midnight ESTResults: Wednesdays

    MARKET NOTE - 05Apr19: NOTE: no prize was awarded in 2018, due to the number and quality of entries, but it is still going
  • 2019 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 yearlyAnnual Deadline: postmarked by 1 December yearly Winner(s) Announced: 24 December yearly

  • 2019 SFPA POETRY CONTEST - annual; all spec genres & sub-genres (poem). Lines/words: Dwarf=1-10 lines, or prose poem=1-100 words; Short=11-49 lines, or prose poem=101-499 words; Long=50 lines & up, or prose poem=500 words & up. Fee: $2. Prizes: 1st=$100, 2nd=$50, 3rd=$25, +pub in each of 3 categories. Reprints: no. Judge: Nicole Oquendo. E-subs: EMAIL OR ON SITE FORM. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 31 August 2019Results & PubDate: 1 October 2019

    NEW LISTING: 21 August 2019
  • SPECIAL EDITION HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE - 1-time; SpecFic/h (fic). Words: <2k. Fee: none. 1st Prize=$50; HMs=pub. Reprints: yes. Judges: Tricia Urlaub & Carlos Savournin. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 2 October 2019Results & PubDate: 15 October 2019

  • TEEN SCIENCE FICTION WRITING CONTEST - annual; YA sf & f (fic), for 13-19 year-old authors only. Words: <30k. Fee: $0. 3 Prizes: 1st=$60, 2nd=$50, 3rd=$35. Reprints: yes. Judge: Rebecca Inch-Partridge. E-subs: PREFERS EMAIL. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 30 September 2019Results: 1 November 2019PubDate: 1 January 2020

  • WEIRD CHRISTMAS Flash Fiction Contest - annual; SpecFic/sf/f/h/humor/weird (flash). Words: <350. Fee: $0. Prize: 1st=$50; 2nd=$25 10+ HMs=pub, if desired. Reprints: query. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 2 November 2019Results & PubDate: 9 November 2019

  • WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING QUARTERLY FLASH FICTION CONTESTS - quarterly; all genres (see judge's perferences) (flash). Words: 250-750. Fee: $10 (with critique=$20). Prizes: 1st ten get split of $900 + $25 Amazon GC, pub, & perks; 10 HMs get $20Amazon GCs. 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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