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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: having a minimum 1-to-10 payout ratio (e.g.: a US $5 fee needs to award a US $50 average prize per winner, including publication only prize winners, so a $5 fee with 10 winners of anything requires a $500 total payout), and do not include fiction written by the publisher(s), editor(s), judge(s), or staff.
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APEX MICROFICTION CONTEST (search page for "Apex Micro") - monthly; sf/h/f; theme (micro). Words: <250. Fee: $0. Prize: 2¢/word, or free e-book. Reprints: no. Judge: McKenzie Johnston. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS). [Top]
Open Date: 19th of each month Deadline: 26th of each month Results: 8th of each month PubDate: 10th of each month
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/31December Results & PubDates (summer/winter): 31 August/31 January
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 2020 Annual Deadline: 11.59pm GMT, 31 July 2021 Annual Results: 30 September Annual PubDate: 1 October
MARKET NOTE - 01Jan22: OPEN to entries for the Spring contest
F(R)ICTION WRITING CONTESTS - biannual; all genres, push boundaries (flash/fic/poem; +creative nonfic in spring only). Words: flash=<1k; fic=1001–7½k; poem=<3 pages; creative nonfic=<6k. Fee: $10-$15. Prizes: $300-$1,000; pro edits, +pub with art. Reprints: no. Judges: Stephen Graham Jones, Damhnait Monaghan, Emma Bolden, & Hannah Grieco. E-subs: OFF SITE FORM ONLY. Contact: Judge for each category (Q). [Top]
Fall Deadline: 28 April 2022 Fall Results: 18 September 2022 PubDates: vary
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). [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: <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 December Results: 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 EST Results: Wednesdays
SOLARPUNK MAGAZINE'S MONTHLY MICRO FICTION CONTEST - monthly contest; sf/f/h with a solarpunk aesthetic (micro fic), some themes. Words: <250. Fee: $0. 1 Monthly Prize: $25 +pub. Reprints: no. Judges: various Solarpunk Mag team members. E-subs: OFF SITE (Moksha) FORM ONLY. Contact: (Q). [Top]
Reading Periods & Themes: 2022: 21-27 Jan, Afro-Solarpunk Futures (black authors only); 18-24 Feb, Climate Fiction; 18-24 Mar; 15-21 Apr; 20-26 May, Queer Futures (LGBTQIA2S+ authors only); 17-23 Jun; 15-21 Jul; 19-25 Aug; 16-22 Sep, Indigenous Solarpunk Futures (Indigenous authors only); 21-27 Oct; 18-24 Nov; 16-22 Dec
PubDate: each month in 2022 Results: following month
MARKET NOTE - 12Oct21: closed until new contest starts in January 2022
TEEN SCIENCE FICTION WRITING CONTEST - CLOSED until January 2022
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-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