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Last Changed: Wednesday, 20 October 2021                 12 Contest Listings

Updated in the Last Month:
Teen SF Writing Contest - closed until January 2022

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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  • 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 monthDeadline: 26th of each monthResults: 8th of each monthPubDate: 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/31DecemberResults & 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 2020Annual Deadline: 11.59pm GMT, 31 July 2021Annual Results: 30 SeptemberAnnual PubDate: 1 October

    MARKET NOTE - 02Aug21: OPEN to entries to Fall biannual contest
  • F(R)ICTION WRITING CONTESTS - biannual; all genres, push boundaries (flash/fic/poem; +creative nonfic in spring only). Words: flash=<1k; fic=10017½k; 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: 30 October 2021Fall Results: 18 March 2022PubDates: 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-31DecResults: 12 weeks <DLPubDate: yearly

  • MICRO MADNESS - monthly; cosmic h/weird/dark sf (fic/nonfic/poem/art). Words: <500. Fee: $0. Prizes: 1st=$100, 2nd=$50, 3rd=$25. Reprints: no. Judges: Charles Tyra & Carson Winter. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Opens: 1st of every month
    Deadline: 7th of every monthResults: 1st of following monthPubDates: monthly

  • 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

    UPDATE - 12 October 2021: closed until new contest starts in January 2022    Reggie Kwok
  • WEIRD CHRISTMAS FLASH FICTION CONTEST 2021 - annual; SpecFic/sf/f/h/humor/weird (flash). Words: <350. Fee: free. Prizes: $1st prize=$75; 3 category prizes=$50 each; 10 HMs=$5 each; +pub/podcast. Reprints: query. Judge: Craig "Kringle" Brewer. E-subs: EMAIL ONLY. Contact: (QS).   [Top]
    Deadline: 15 November 2021Results/PubDate: 15 December 2021

  • 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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