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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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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.

Knoxville Writers’ Guild Now Seeking Submissions for Contest

2 April 2015

The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is thrilled to announce submissions are being accepted now through midnight, Tuesday, June 30 for its 2015 writing contest.

More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction, the KWG Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction.

“Every year the contest receives many submissions from out-of-state writers, which enhance the prestige of and esteem for our contest and the fine writers of Knoxville and East Tennessee,” 2015 KWG president, Donna Kapa, said.

“This year’s contest chair, Jeff Shoffner, has reached out to the membership with a survey, as well as personal emails and phone calls to ensure the interests the Knoxville Writers’ Guild are represented by the contest categories and organization.”

Judges will be announced shortly. Please see the below General Contest Guidelines, followed by Specific Contest Guidelines.

Questions should be sent to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org.

For more information, please visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest.

 

General Contest Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all KWG contests. See specific guidelines under each contest heading for individual exceptions or additions. Contestants may submit work through midnight, June 30, 2015.

Note: Failure to adhere to any rule renders your entry subject to rejection with forfeiture of contest entry fee. Please read the rules carefully; they help us process entries more efficiently and fairly.

  1. Contests are open to all individuals above the age of 18 with the following exceptions: Members of the KWG board of directors and contests committee may not submit entries to KWG competitions. Previous first prizewinners are barred from the contest they won for one year. Also, see Specific Guidelines under Young Writers Prize for exceptions to that contest.
  2. Use black type on a white page with 12 point Times New Roman or Courier fonts. Set your margins to one inch, and do not justify.
  3. Contestants may enter more than one contest simultaneously. Additionally, contestants may enter a single contest more than once, with the exclusion of the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction. A separate entry fee is required for each submission.
  4. All submissions must be emailed before midnight Eastern Standard Time on June 30, 2015. No printed copies will be accepted this year. Electronic versions only.
  5. You can submit entries in two ways.

Fill out the form at knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest/entry, once for each entry.

OR

Send a separate email for each entry to contest@knoxvillewritersguild.org, with the subject line formatted as follows:

Category, Entry Title (as it appears below)

The email body should also indicate which contest you are entering and should include the following:

-Author name

-Mailing address

-Phone number

-Payment method and reference (check number or PayPal confirmation number).

-Word count, poem count, or estimated length as dictated by category-specific guidelines below.

We are accepting only electronic submissions in order to process entries in a more efficient and standardized manner. Your local library or copy center should be able to help you convert your printed document to an electronic format for emailing.

  1. Entries must be submitted through the entry form on www.knoxvillewritersguild.org or as email attachments in any reasonable electronic format. Likely candidates include rtf, plain text, pdf, and various flavors of Word or OpenOffice. The title of your attachment should match the title of your submission. You should receive an automated email confirmation that we’ve received your entry. Please send a follow-up inquiry if you don’t.
  2. Do not put your name, pen name or any other identifying information on the entries themselves. Failure to follow this rule will result in rejection of your entry and forfeiture of your entry fee.
  3. Do not submit previously published works.
  4. See below for descriptions of individual contests, deadlines, and any specific rules for a particular contest.
  5. Except for the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction and the Young Writers category, contests charge a $20 entry fee for nonmembers and $10 for Guild members. The Young Writers category charges a reduced fee of $5 per entry.

Guild membership is $30 per year; $15 for students. To join, make checks payable to KWG or pay by credit card at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.

  1. Note: You can pay entry fees in two ways: either by personal check to the address below or by credit card via PayPal at www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.

If you opt to pay by check, include the title of your entry in the memo line and the check number in your entry email.

Payments by check should be sent to:

(Name of Contest)
Awards Office
The Knoxville Writers’ Guild
P.O. Box 10326
Knoxville, TN 37939

  1. The following prizes will be awarded for each category: First Prize – $100, Second Prize – $50, Third Prize – $25.
  2. KWG reserves the right to award only one prize if there are insufficient entries in a given category.
  3. No one person may win multiple prizes in a single category.
  4. KWG reserves publishing rights and electronic rights for one year from the date winners are announced. Afterwards, all rights revert to the author.
  5. Winners and runners-up will be announced on the KWG website.
  6. A collection of winning contest entries will be published later in the year.

Specific Contest Guidelines

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The Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction

In memory of the late Knoxville author, Leslie Garrett.
Fee: There is no fee for entering this contest.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words, double spaced.
  2. Only one entry per contestant.
  3. See General Guidelines

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The KWG Award for Novel Excerpt

Send us something that makes us want to read more.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.
  2. Please include the word count on the cover sheet. See General Guidelines.

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The Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry

In memory of Libba Moore Gray, noted local author, actress and educator.

Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.
  2. There are no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.
  3. See General Guidelines.

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The KWG Award for Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction is the truth as you know it; the telling of a true story using the tools of fiction. However, names of people and places can be changed.
Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.
  2. See General Guidelines.

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The KWG Award for Genre Fiction

Fee: $10 for KWG members; $20 for nonmembers.
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of one short story in genre style (e.g. romance, mystery, science fiction, etc.) totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.
  2. See General Guidelines.

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The Young Writers Prize

Fee: $5
Specific Guidelines:

  1. Entry consists of:

– one short story or stand-alone novel excerpt totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.

OR

-no more than three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer with no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing.  Poems will be judged as a collection.

  1. Open to all high school students, grades 9 through 12, of the Greater Knoxville area of East Tennessee. No identifying information on stories themselves.
  2. If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to the information required by the General Guidelines):

-School name

-School address

-School phone number

  1. Please contact KWG President Donna Kapa if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes.

For more information, contact:

Adria Amos

Publicist

Knoxville Writers’ Guild

865-214-7650

AdriaAmosKWG@gmail.com

For more information, please visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org/contest.

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

L. RON HUBBARD’S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST

29 March 2013

WRITERS OF THE FUTURE
CONTEST RULES

“A culture is as rich and as capable of surviving as
it has imaginative artists. The artist is looked upon to start things.
The artist injects the spirit of life
into a culture. And through his creative endeavors,
the writer works continually to give tomorrow a new form.”—L. Ron Hubbard

    >>  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, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.

6. Entries submitted hardcopy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front 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, email 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, email 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 for which no delivery signature is required by 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 U.S. dollars or the recipient’s locally equivalent amount. In addition, at the end of the year the four First Place winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners  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 email.

15. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

READ THE CONTEST HISTORY >>

 SEND YOUR ENTRY BY MAIL TO:
 L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
 PO Box 1630
 Los Angeles, CA 90078

VISIT THE WEBSITE:

http://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules