Archive for January, 2013


31 January 2013

NCW Short Fiction Competition

Stories can be in any style or genre, though they should have a broad appeal.

Max 5,000 words.

Prizes are 1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100.


Winners and honorable mentions will be published in and receive a free copy of the winners’ anthology,

Pooled Ink: Celebrating the 2013 NCW Contest Winners, due out in December.

The final judge for this category is Ms. Alyson Hagy.

See the website for full submission guidelines.

Deadline March 31, 2013.


Eighth International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2013

31 January 2013
Albedo One, Ireland’s magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, proudly announces the launch of the Eighth International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, 2013. The Aeon Award is a writing competition, and its goals are to promote writers and writing in the speculative fiction genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror or anything unclassifiable or in-between.
The contest is open to writers from all nationalities for stories of up to 10,000 words long, that are previously unpublished in English. Grand Prize is €1000 and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place prizes are €200 and €100 and publication in Albedo One.
The contest is open from January 1st 2013 to the end of November 2013,
after which the winning stories are chosen by our Grand Judges, Ian Watson, Mike Resnick, Todd J. McCaffrey and Michael Carroll.
Since 2004, the Aeon Award contest has promoted exceptional work of authors in speculative fiction. Aside from winning the cash prizes and publication in Albedo One, winning and shortlisted stories have been given Honourable Mentions or been reprinted in prestigious volumes such as the Year’s Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois, and the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. Other winning stories have been translated and published in prestigious European magazines, including Phase X (Germany), edited by Ulrich Blode, and Galaxies SF (France), edited by Pierre M. Gevart.
A modest entry fee of 7.50 euro applies, which can be paid easily and securely online via PayPal on our website.
See full guidelines: (

Second Writing Contest

31 January 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Entry Fee

Fiction, Non-fiction (Creative or Essay)

In each category: $300/$150/$50

We are looking for works of up to 5000 words in each category. Previously published work are accepted so long as can legally obtain free, one time, one site, permanent web publication rights.


  • All entries must be submitted via email sent to, one entry per email. NO SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED VIA MAIL.
  • NO PDF FILES please. We need to be able to work with your submission. Best format is Microsoft Word or plain text.
  • In the body of your email submission include author name, real name (if different from author name) and email address.
  • In the body of your email submission include information about any previous publication.
  • Only submissions written in English are considered at this time.
  • Entries with pornographic theme, hate speech, and those that may be classified as personal or institutional “rant” are disqualified. No other theme restrictions are imposed.
  • Unless explicitly requested in the body of your email, all qualified submissions will be posted on upon receipt and an initial assessment of quality.
  • You may submit to both categories.
  • The contest may be extended at discretion until a minimum of 500 entries have been submitted.
  • Winners are chosen based on a combination of pixelhose readers’ vote (“like” and/or comments) and pixelhose editorial staff decision.
  • Winners are selected at the sole discretion of pixelhose staff. All decisions are final.

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Creative Writing Institute’s Spring Fling Anthology Contest – No Entry Fee!

31 January 2013

This is a themed contest.  Stories must be between 1000 and 1750 words and may be any genre, but the following sentence must appear in the story: Tonight we re-write the rules… ”

CASH PRIZES!  Three cash winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories will receive publication in our first anthology and Ebook, entitledOVERRULED!We will endeavor to sell the anthology for ninety-nine cents. Proceeds will benefit Creative Writing Institute, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that sponsors cancer patients in writing courses.
Accepting submissions from February 1, 2013 through February 28, 2013.
Entries must be received by midnight, February 28, 2013, USA Eastern Standard Time.  

Learn more at Hurry! CASH prizes. No entry fee. See your story in an anthology! Ends Feb. 28, 2013.

Limnisa Bluethumbnail Short Story Competition 2013

31 January 2013

This international contest is open worldwide and is for short stories on any subject up to 3,000 words.

Deadline: April 1st, 2013.

1st Prize:  One week Writers’ Retreat or Workshop in 2013 or 2014 at Limnisa, our seaside location near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece:    All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room,  optional daily yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc. OR five online sessions of personal tutoring.

2nd and 3rd Prize: 50 % discount on the Writers’ Retreat or Workshop (see above). OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work.

7 Runners up: 30% discount on the Writers’ Retreat or Workshop (see above).

All winners and runners up get a year free membership to Bluethumbnail.

Questions regarding entries should be directed to:

Entry Fee: £6 one story or £10 for two stories

Comp Page:

Wag’s Revue Writing Contest

31 January 2013

The editors are excited to announce that beginning with Issue 11, the magazine compensates $100 per piece (poem or group of poems, essay, or short story).

Wag’s Revue holds two contests annually, the Winter Writers Contest from December through March and the Summer Writers Contest from June through August. The contests are open to all three genres and are judged by the editors. For each, first prize is $1000 and guaranteed publication, second prize $500 and third $100. All pieces are considered for publication. There is a $20 reading fee per piece.

Open reading periods are held from early March through May and from September through November. Submissions are currently open.

This year, we switched over to Submittable (the service formerly known as Submishmash). There you’ll find all guidelines and can upload your submission. While we allow for simultaneous submissions, if your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the piece on Submittable, rather than emailing us about it.

Take Me to Submittable!

If you submitted during the open period this Spring, the editors are still reading those submissions and you will hear from us in the coming months. Thanks to those who submitted to the Summer Writers Contest. Winners will be announced in the new year.

If you are at all concerned about your submission, please email the editors at

If you’re interested in writing for our blog, The Wag, please shoot an email to blog sultan Ray Sultan at  ,including your resume, clips, and pitches of columns to write.

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Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest

30 January 2013
We are pleased to announce the fourth annual Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest.
The Grand Prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and there will also be three honorable mentions at $25 each.
No restrictions on content, style, genre or length—just send your best. All five finalists will be published online in the June 2013 issue of Gemini.
Entry fee: $4 (almost free!). Deadline: April 1, 2013. Enter by email or snail mail.
Also check out our nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.


Rubery Book Award

30 January 2013

First Prize £1000 (approx 1599 US$, 1233€ )
The winning book will also be read by a top literary agent from MBA

2nd prize £200 (approx 320 US $, 246€)

3rd prize £75 (approx 120 US$, 92€)

Closing date is 30th April 2013.

Visit for more details.

How to enter:

The London School of Liberal Arts – Stories For Our Time – Writing Comp

30 January 2013

Words have the potential to shape and change the way we think about the world.

If you could single out one thing that needs to change, what would it be?

All sorts of people constantly decide what we should be talking about. But what is it that we’re not talking about? Real change requires that we step outside the circle drawn by those whose interests are served by the status quo.

There are no limits to the themes that may be explored. Freedom, Politics, Parents, Religion, Sex, Nature, Race, Education, Beauty. Anything at all.

Enter the competition. Tell your story. Start changing the world.

Entry fee: Free

Closing Date: 28 February 2013

Prizes: First prize: £200; Second prize: £100; The best contributions will be exhibited in a public space in London; We will also publish the best work in a serialised format on our website.

Visit the website for details:

2013 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize — Submissions now open

30 January 2013

2013 Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

With Guest Judge Jim Shepard

The winning submission, selected by Jim Shepard, will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on June 12, 2013. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will also receive $1000 and a 10-week class from Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Story requirements

  • Submit a single short story that fits the theme “Complicated Families.”
  • Your story must have a title.
  • Your story must be no more than 750 words (Times New Roman, 12pt font).
  • Your story must be unpublished.

The Prize
The winner will receive: $1000; two tickets to the June 12, 2013 Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, when the prize winning story will be read and recorded for possible broadcast; 10-week creative writing class with Gotham Writers’ Workshop offered in NYC or online. (Prize does not include transportation to or from NYC or the event.)

Entry Fee
Every submission must include a $25 entry fee (payable by credit card, check or money order). To enter, click on “Enter the Contest” below. Instructions for submitting your entry via postal service are provided in the Official Rules.
All submissions must be received by 5pm, March 15, 2013, Eastern Standard Time. To be specific, online submissions must be submitted by 5pm Eastern Standard Time. Mailed submissions must arrive with the days mail. (Entries postmarked on March 15 will NOT be accepted.)

About this year’s guest judge
Jim Shepard
is the author of six novels and four story collections. His stories are published regularly in such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, McSweeneys, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, Playboy, and Vice. His most recent story collection is the multiple award-winning You Think Thats Bad.

Contestants who submit online or provide their email address will be added to Gotham Writers’ Workshop’s and Selected Shorts’ email lists – please let us know if you do not wish to receive email about upcoming programs.

Frequently Asked QuestionOfficial Rules