Archive for March 31st, 2014

The Fiction Desk Ghost Story Competition 2014

31 March 2014

Closing date: 30th May 2014.


Prizes: First prize £500, plus five finalist prizes of £100 each.


Entry fee:  £7 per story.


The competition is for ghost stories from 2,000 – 5,000 words.


For more details, see: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/ghost-story-competition.php


Read last year’s in our anthology ‘New Ghost Stories’: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/anthologies/new-ghost-stories.php

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Jean Toomer Literary Prize for Short Fiction

31 March 2014

Open to new, emerging and established writers.

$300 Prize and online publication. 

No theme restriction.

Send your best unpublished work.

Blind judging.

Entry fee $5.

Full guidelines available online.

Postmark deadline: June 30, 2014.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

http://cathleenbailey.weebly.com/jean-toomer-literary-prize-for-short-fiction.html

The Suptopian Magazine – 2113: An Oral History of the Future (Fiction Contest)

31 March 2014

About

As a genre, Dystopian fiction has a remarkable track record – 1984, Brave New World, Farenheit 451, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Phillip K. Dick, Neuromancer by William Gibson, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells…the list could go on and on. These are visions of our darkest possible future as a species, but they are the vision of a single individual. Our collective fate will be decided by many, not just one, and that is why The Subtopian is innovating a collective, collaborative project to tell the story of our possible downfall as a civilization.

Competition

Authors will create short, first person narratives that tell a personal story for a particular character. These stories must paint a picture of what it was like when civilization fell, what it is like trying to survive in the aftermath, causes of the apocalypse, or how people are trying to rebuild. It is important to keep in mind that these are the stories of the survivors, told and retold so that history, in the absence of other media, will not be lost.

The stories selected will be presented in a theatrical reading in the style of an oral history. Characters in the future will tell an audience their story, their memory, or their perspective about how and why the world as we know it came to an end. Imagine a ruined city, the homeless survivors gathered around a fire, sharing with one another where they were, or where their families were, when it all happened. The different stories will be read and evaluated for quality, original thought, and for thematic elements as they will all be part of a larger narrative and must not contradict. No vision of how these events transpired will be prepared ahead of time, it is up to the writer to decide and the editors to select pieces that create one vision.

Selected stories will be performed live by Serendipity Players, a theater troupe in the Portland area, and will be filmed for those that are unable to attend. The stories will also be published in a creative anthology by The Subtopian Press and will be made available both online and at the theater event.

Awards

Twenty stories will be selected from the submissions. All of the winners will be given a copy of the printed anthology and a copy of the performance as a hard disc or digital download. The winning story will be the focal point of the show and will receive $100 as compensation. The shortlisted stories will be published on Subtopian.com.

Submission Guidelines

  • Above all, variety is key, we don’t want the performance to feel like many people talking in one voice. We want various ethnicities, ages, etc.
  • 500-1000 words, excluding the title, but closer to 500 words is best. Exceeding the word limit will result in disqualification, however, the winning story may be offered the opportunity for expansion, provided the author is interested.
  • The Deadline is May 30th, 2014.
  • Any style, voice, or genre is accepted provided it suits the topic of a Dystopian future. In other words, it can be romantic, humorous, dramatic, or action-packed, but it must weave itself into the overall narrative in a way that makes sense.
  • There is a submission fee of $10 to cover production expenses.
  • Stories can only be in English.
  • There is no limit to how many stories an author may submit.
  • Stories must be submitted in Times New Roman, 12-point font, in .doc or PDF format.
  • Submissions are accepted via Submittable or at submissions@subtopian.com
  • Publishing rights of the winning and the shortlisted stories remain with the author. Subtopian publishes First North American Serial Rights. You can use your story anywhere you like, but you have to let other publishers know that it was published with us first.
  • Please note that our editors may require small changes to be implemented in stories, in order to maintain the consistency throughout the project. We will always ask for authors’ approval in such cases.
  • Follow us on Facebook for competition tips and updates about shortlisted stories.

VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER:  https://subtopian.submittable.com/submit/28831

Salamander 2014 Fiction Prize

31 March 2014

$1,500 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judge: Jennifer Haigh

SUBMIT: Online or by mail from May 15 through June 15, 2014; on-​​line submission available at end of day on May 15th.

Reading fee: $15.00

  • All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously.
  • Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-​​spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry.
  • Please submit two separate cover sheets with each entry, one with the title of the story only, and the other with the title of the story and your name, address, phone number, and email. Your name should not appear anywhere on the story itself.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-​​refundable if the submission is withdrawn. Please notify the editors as soon as possible if a submitted story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere cannot be considered. Salamander’s definition of publishing includes electronic publication.
  • No handwritten, faxed, emailed, or poorly copied/​printed manuscripts will be considered.
  • Salamander will not consider work from anyone currently or recently (within the past 4 years) affiliated with Suffolk University or the prize judge.
  • If you wish to be notified of the arrival of your manuscript, please enclose a self-​​addressed stamped postcard. Please also include a self-​​addressed stamped business-​​sized envelope for notification of contest results. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Contest results will be posted on salamandermag​.org
  • Contest reading fee includes a one-​​year subscription. Checks should be made out to Salamander. We will send your subscription to the address on your cover sheet unless instructed otherwise. Overseas addresses, please add $10 for subscription postage ($5 for addresses in Canada). Please note that we cannot accept money orders or checks from foreign banks.
  • Online contest submissions and payment will be available starting May 15, 2014.

Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/​Hemingway Award (for debut fiction) and the PEN/L.L. Winship award (for outstanding book by a New England author), and have been published in nineteen languages. Her short stories have been published widely, in the Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories and many other places. She lives in Boston.

Visit the website for CONTEST details:  http://salamandermag.org/