Last Changed: Tuesday, 8 September 2020 14 Contest Listings
Updated in the Last Month:
The Kepler Award - new judge added
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 1-to-20 payout ratio (e.g.: a 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.
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MARKET NOTE - 21Feb20: closed for this year (2020); refunds given to anyone who has entered
THE AEON AWARD 2019 - Albedo One annual, all sf/f/h (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: 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
HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE / Tales from the Moonlit Path - 1-time; SpecFic/h (flash/fic). Words: <2k. Fee: $0. 1st Prize: $50 +pub; HMs=pub. Reprints: yes. Judges: Tricia Urlaub & Carlos Savourni. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS). [Top]
Deadline: 8 October 2020 Results & PubDate: 29 October 2020
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
UPDATE - 08 September 2020: new judge added, Prof. Virginia L. Trimble
THE KEPLER AWARD 2020 - annual; plausible sf, *a science extrapolated fantasy element allowed (fic/audio/visual). Words: 1k-unlimited (prefers shorter). Fee: $20 (less in dire need cases, see GLs). Prizes: 1st=$300, 2nd*=$200, 3rd*=$100, HMs*=$50 (plus other prizes-see GLs). Reprints: yes. Judges: Andrew Burt, Douglas Dluzen, Joe Stech, & Prof. Virginia L. Trimble. E-subs: ON SITE FORM ONLY. Contact: or . (Q). [Top]
Open: the 1st & 2nd day of every month
DO NOT SUBMIT on any other day!
Deadline: 02Dec20 Results: by 04Feb21 Awards Alotted: 07Mar21 PubDate: TBA
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
2020 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: EMAIL ONLY. Patron: (Q). [Top]
Opens: 1 January yearly Annual Deadline: postmarked by 1 December yearly Winner(s) Announced: no winners in 2019, but open for 2020
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 2019 Results: 1 November 2019 PubDate: 1 January 2020
WEIRD CHRISTMAS Flash Fiction Contest - 3rd annual; SpecFic/sf/f/h/humor/weird (flash). Words: <350. Fee: $0. Prizes: 1st=$50; 2nd=$25 10+ HMs=$5; + pub & podcast. Reprints: query. Judge: Craig "Kringle" Brewer. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS). [Top]
Deadline: 1 November 2020 Results & PubDate:: 7 December 2020
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