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L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest 2017

16 September 2017

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!

Writer Contest Rules

• ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS

• NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED

• ALL AWARDS ARE ADJUDICATED BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY

• PRIZES EVERY THREE MONTHS: $1,000, $750, $500

• ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5,000 ADDITIONAL!

• OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW AND AMATEUR WRITERS OF NEW SHORT STORIES OR NOVELETTES OF SF OR FANTASY

1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.

2. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules.

3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission, will result in disqualification. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.

4. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children.

5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.

6. Entries submitted in hard copy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front of the paper, double-spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author’s name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author’s name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author’s legal name, pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and approximate word count.

7. Manuscripts will be returned after judging only if the author has provided return postage on a self-addressed envelope.

8. We accept only entries that do not require a delivery signature for us to receive them.

9. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

10. The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

11. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the Contest.

12. All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted.

13. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.

14. Winners in each quarter will be individually notified of the results by phone, mail or e-mail.

15. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Enter the Writer Contest

OR SEND YOUR ENTRY BY MAIL TO:
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
7051 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Visit the website:  http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

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The Sci-Fi Novelist Contest

2 December 2016

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 The Sci-Fi Novelist Contest

Submit your finished sci-fi novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 21 – Dec. 04, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

www.inkitt.com/scifinovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

The Fantasy Novelist Contest

2 December 2016

Visit the Fantasy Novelist Contest at www.Inkitt.com

 

The Fantasy Novelist Contest

Submit your finished fantasy novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 28 – Dec. 11, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

www.inkitt.com/fantasynovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

The Sci-Fi Novelist Contest

11 November 2016

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 The Sci-Fi Novelist Contest

Submit your finished sci-fi novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 21 – Dec. 04, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

www.inkitt.com/scifinovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

The Fantasy Novelist Contest

11 November 2016

Visit the Fantasy Novelist Contest at www.Inkitt.com

 

The Fantasy Novelist Contest

Submit your finished fantasy novel

of 40,000 words or more

for the chance to win $1000.

Dates: Nov. 28 – Dec. 11, 2016

Visit the website for details on how to enter!

www.inkitt.com/fantasynovelist?utm_source=cl_writingcontests

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction

14 April 2016

Rosebud​ magazine announces the sixth biennial Shelley Award competition for imaginative fiction. Original works of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and horror are welcome, but the editor is also open to any pieces that reach beyond the boundaries of those genres, take literary and creative risks, and tell a good story. Pieces must be under 5000 words. First prize is $1,000, with four runner-up prizes of $100 each.

Entry deadline is June 15, 2016.

This year we are offering a special discount for users of this website. Just include the code PXCWC on the memo line of your check, and pay only a $10 entry fee. (That’s 1/3 off the regular fee of $15.)

Compete rules and entry instructions at: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award Announcement.

The Gertrude Warner Awards ~ Middle Grade Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2016

23 March 2016

Gertrude Warner Awards

Deadline:

Monday, May 30, 2016

Entry Fees

$55

Prizes: Chanticleer Book Reviews runs 14 genre writing competitions during the year, all together there are 78 first place category winners, who receive a Chanticleer prize package (including ribbon, book stickers and digital badge, and an editorial book review and marketing package (over $345 value), 14 grand prize genre winners, who receive $200, and 1 overall grand prize winner, who receives $1,000.

Grand prize winners announced in April 2017 at our Chanticleer Awards Gala. The gala features includes a PNW dinner buffet and is a part of our Chanticleer Authors Conference, which hosts authors from around the world and focuses on the business side of writing.

Description:

Chanticleer Book Reviews is looking for the best books featuring stories of all shapes and sizes written to an audience between the ages of about 8 to 12. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, paranormal, historical, adventure. We will put them to the test and choose the best middle grade books among them.

Eligibility: Work must be at least 40,000 words in length. Books may be published, unpublished, indie or traditional. More eligibility requirements: http://www.chantireviews.com/contests/contest-guidline/

Submissions are online, entries must be the full work as PDF or DOC file format. Fee: $55

Genre: Middle grade

Categories:
Contemporary middle grade
SFF & paranormal middle grade
Mystery middle grade
Historical middle grade
Adventure middle grade

Contact Information

editor@chantireviews.com (submissions on website only)

Visit the website:

https://chantireviews.com/services#!/Middle-Grade-Fiction-Writing-Contests-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews/p/58078131/category=5193080

Enter Caladria’s FREE fantasy short story competition

2 April 2015

The competition

You are invited to write a fantasy short story between 1,500 and 3000 words.

So how does it work?

  • Caladria provides three themes. Choose one of these for your story.
  • You can enter as many times as you want before closing date.
  • Your story must take place on the fantasy world of Caladria (www.caladria.com). Sufficient briefing about Caladria is included here, but if you register in the world you will gain access to several free publications containing information that might help you further.
  • Entry is FREE.

So what are the Prizes?

The winner will receive a £25 Amazon digital giftcard and his or her story will appear in our e-zine Fab Fables.

The stories of two runners-up will appear in Fab Fables.

Additionally, all stories published in Fab Fables receive a commission from the revenue received for that issue.

Timetable

DEADLINE: May 31st, 2015.

How to enter

  • Entry is by email.
  • Please type your entry in double-line spacing and export content into RTF, DOC or TXT format.
  • Call the attachment by your name and the number of the theme you have chosen e.g. 1 Marjorie Smith.* Do not put your name on the actual entry.
  • Include the following details in the body of your email: your name, the number of the theme, and number of words.
  • Send your entries, titled ‘Caladria Competition Entry’ to (leah@caladria.com).

Rules:

  • Entries must be in English and entirely your own work.
  • You can enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must be sent on separate emails.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries not complying with the competition rules will be disqualified.
  • Copyright of stories published in Fab Fables belongs to www.caladria.com. While copyright of stories not published in Fab Fables remains with the author, no content can be published about Caladria without permission.
  • Winners will be notified by email.
  • By entering the competition you agree that from time to time www.caladria.com may mail you with news (including other competitions).

The Themes for the Competition’s Stories

Theme 1

Two dragons, brother and sister, have an uneasy truce with each other. They have hit on a way to gain food without effort. One dragon guards a bridge over a dry river bed upstream, the other does the same for a downstream crossing over the same dry river bed. They exact tolls (in the form of food) from the goblins who cross the river. It has always cost the same to use either crossing. An entrepreneurial goblin, using his knowledge that the two dragons do not really get on, persuades one of them to take less food for the crossing. Soon all traffic uses the cheaper bridge. The other dragon is not amused (and hungry).

Theme 2

The goblin matriarchy has decided that a mate for their most attractive female should come from outside the village. They despatch a party to find a candidate and await their return with much excitement and anticipation. The party arrives bringing a goblin whose physical characteristics differ significantly from those in the village. Consternation! To accept him would add an unwanted difference to their society, but they cannot return him because they would lose face.

Theme 3

For years a dragon has ruled the island, but he has grown old and tired. A hard, tough young female dragon has arrived and laid down a challenge for his domain. Tomorrow, a fight to the death will occur. The old dragon does not feel confident. As he dozes, a deputation arrives from the goblins that he has allowed to settle in the island. They show him a liquid which they suggest will cause the young female to accept him as a mate, not a rival. While remembering that he should not always trust goblins, the dragon considers which of the two fates would suit him better.

Learn more about the setting of the island of Molai here and a bunch of maps here

Visit the website:  http://blog.caladria.com/post/115197583382/enter-caladrias-free-fantasy-short-story

Spring 2015 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

2 March 2015

Fiction Contest

Welcome to the 2015 Leapfrog Fiction Contest page!

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Adult, YA, and middle grade novels, novellas and story collections; minimum length 22,000 words. 

Finalist: $150 plus manuscript critique by this year’s finalist judge, author Mark Brazaitis.

First prize: Finalist awards plus publication contract with $1,000 royalty advance.

Past Winners: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

the entry fee is $30.

What to Enter

Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “:unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed.

We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our attention, we don’t care what the genre is.

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted by email to fictioncontest@leapfrogpress.com . Subject line: “Contest entry Book Title–adult novel.” Use your actual manuscript title or part of it, and indicate whether it is a novel, story collection, novella, YA novel, or MG novel. If you are unsure whether it is for adults or young adults, or should be called a novel or a novella, just take a guess. We are not picky about category.

In the body of your email message, please include your name, complete manuscript title, mailing address, and email address. Please do not include any biographical information. Indicate whether your entry fee will be coming by check or via PayPal/credit card. This helps us match PayPal payments to manuscripts.

Attach your complete manuscript to your message as a Word or PDF file. Please REMOVE any identifying information from the file before sending: no author name or address should be included. This includes information in page headers/footers, title pages, and so forth. If you forget, don’t worry: we’ll remove the information before the manuscript reaches the judges.

We ask that you do not attach a file greater than bout 1.5 MB. If this is a problem, please contact us. You may send larger files by Hightail or some other file-sharing system, but we need to know in advance if you are doing so. However, there is no reason for any manuscript file to exceed a couple of MB at the most. If yours does, it has illustrations that need to be removed or made smaller (lower resolution).

Finally, use the PayPal link below for your entry fee of $30, or send a check to Leapfrog Press 2015 Fiction Contest, PO Box 505, Fredonia, NY 14063.

Visit the website for complete guidelines:  http://leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm

2014 Kids Write 4 Kids – Creative Challenge

31 December 2014

Kids Writing Contest – Open to Canadian Residents

Kids Write 4 Kids is excited to launch its third annual writing contest!  This year, we are seeking out students in grades 4 to 8 share their creative stories. Selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book.

Over the last two years our panel of judges have selected six authors. Each author has their ebook available on iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Click here to take a look at some of the previously published Kids Write 4 Kids ebooks. The selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book, and proceeds from its sale will go to support the author’s school. E-books are sold for $3.99 and net proceeds for all KW4K books sold in 2015 will be donated to the school(s) of this year’s author. Entries are accepted online only. View complete contest rules and download Kids Write 4 Kids brochure.

ENTRY DETAILS
  • To be eligible, authors must be enrolled full-time in an educational institute in Canada
  • Authors must be in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8
  • Stories must be original and written entirely by the author
  • Only one entry per author will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified
  • Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories)
  • Stories are accepted in English only
  • Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry
  • Stories will be published in their original format, so please check spelling, etc. prior to submitting
  • There are no entry fee and no purchase is necessary
WORD COUNT
  • Story must have a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 7,500 words.
  • The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those captions for illustrations or photography.
  • Invented spelling is accepted.
FILE FORMAT AND SUBMISSION
  • Story must be typed and submitted as Word .doc
  • Optional images including photography can be submitted to accompany the story but must be original images created by the author
  • All images must be scanned and submitted in .jpg file format
  • Please keep original copies of images, if your story is selected a representative from Ripple Digital Publishing will contact you to obtain original images
SUBMISSION

Submission deadline: March 31, 2015.
Only entries submitted on this online form will be considered for publication.

– See more at: http://www.ripplepublishing.ca/kids-write-4-kids/#sthash.fZ8hLa0x.dpuf