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Writers of the Future Contest 2018

1 May 2018

WELCOME TO THE WRITERS OF THE FUTURE

The most enduring and influential contest in the history of SF and Fantasy

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new writers of science fiction and fantasy to have their work judged by some of the masters in the field and discovered by a wide audience.

CURRENT CONTEST DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2018

No entry fee is required and entrants retain all publication rights.

Entries in the Writers of the Future Contest are adjudicated only by professional writers. Prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 are awarded every three months. From the four quarterly 1st Place winners each year, a panel of judges select one story as the grand prize winner. The writer of the grand-prize-winning story receives the L. Ron Hubbard Golden Pen Award and an additional $5000 cash prize.

  • PRIZES EACH QUARTER: $1000, $750, $500
  • QUARTERLY 1st PLACE WINNERS COMPETE FOR $5000 ADDITIONAL ANNUAL PRIZE
  • OPEN TO NEW AND AMATEUR SCI-FI & FANTASY WRITERS
  • ALL JUDGING DONE BY PROFESSIONAL WRITERS ONLY
  • NO ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED
  • ENTRANTS RETAIN ALL PUBLICATION RIGHTS
  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 by the entrant, 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 first place winners will have their entries judged by a panel of judges, 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 and binding.
  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.
  16. To send your entry electronically, go to: writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest and follow the instructions.

To send your entry in hard copy, mail it to:
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
7051 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90028

Visit the website for details: https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

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Anomalous Press: Speculative Writing Folio

16 June 2016

Deadline June 30, 2016 (must be received by this date). Anomalous Press, an imprint of the literary journal Drunken Boat, seeks speculative works by women writers for a folio that will appear in DB24. As an experimental sandbox of Drunken Boat, Anomalous wants to showcase science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and/or supernatural writing. The editors are especially interested in work by women and non-binary writers of color. Poetry, prose, and translation submissions welcome. Prose submissions should be under 5,000 words. To submit, email your submission as a doc, docx, or pdf attachment to sarah@anomalouspress.org with the subject line: Folio Submission. Please include a short bio in the body of the email. Check their Facebook or Twitter feeds for the dates when the regular $3 submission fee will be waived.

Source: https://drunkenboat.submittable.com/submit

The Dante Rossetti Awards ~ Young Adult Fiction Novel Writing Contest ~2016

23 March 2016

The search for 2016’s best Young Adult Fiction Books

Deadline: May 30th, 2016

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 twelve to eighteen. Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery, Paranormal, Historical, Romance, Literary, we will put them to the test and choose the best Young Adult Books among them.

Prizes to be won:

  • All First in Category Winning Titles will be placed in a queue to receive a coveted Chanticleer Book Review Package (value $345) and go on to compete for the Dante Rossetti Grand Prize
  • The Dante Rossetti Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Young Adult Fiction Book of the Year, awarded a$200 prize, and goes on to compete for the Chanticleer Overall Grand Prize Best Book of the Year
  • The Overall Grand Prize Winner is named Chanticleer Reviews Best Book of the Year, and awarded the $1000 prize
  • All Winners receive a Chanticleer Prize Package which includes a digital badge, a ribbon and a whole assortment of goodies detailed below (winners outside the US pay a shipping & handling fee)

That’s more than $30,000.00 worth of cash and prizes! The Fine Print.

~$1000 for one lucky Overall Grand Prize Winner
~$2800 in Genre Grand Prizes
~$28,980 in reviews, prizes, and promotional opportunities awarded to Category Winners

Currently accepting entries. Deadline: May 30th, 2016.

What are you waiting for? Enter today!

The Chanticleer Prize Package includes:

  • A Prize Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals
  • Digital Badges for display on your website or incorporation into book covers
  • Book stickers to identify your print books to book store shoppers as they browse

In addition to all the ribbons and badges and cash awards we will be showering you with, you will also receive a powerful promotional boostfrom Chanticleer Reviews, with:

  • Your name and book title announced on our high traffic website at the finalist stage, the category winner stage, the genre grand prize stage, and the overall grand prize stage, depending on how far you go in the competition
  • Corresponding social media announcements of your contest advancements
  • Corresponding newsletter announcements to our sizable email list
  • Your winning title’s review published in our Chanticleer Reviews Magazine
  • Your book may also receive trade show representation as we show off our winners at conferences and trade shows across the US and Internationally. We like to show off our winners in as many ways as we can.
  • Your book may also be seen and noticed by agents, publishers, Hollywood producers, and others within the publishing and entertainment industry who see our contests as a way to spot new and upcoming talent and original story ideas

The Dante Rossetti Awards Categories are:

  • Contemporary Young Adult
  • SFF & Paranormal
  • Dystopian/Edgy/Urban
  • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
  • Historical Young Adult
  • YA Adventure/Romance

Each work submitted will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Is the story compelling?
  • Professionalism of editing and formatting
  • Characterization
  • Continuity of storyline
  • Satisfying ending (not necessarily “happy”)
  • Intriguing opening
  • Uniqueness of story
  • Writing craft
  • World construct
  • Premise

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published.
  • E-pub accepted.
  • All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission.
  • Entries must be in the English language.
  • No erotica. No graphic violence, please.
  • Copyrighted works before Dec. 31, 2013 will not be accepted.
  • Novels must be 40,000 plus words.
  • You may enter in more than one category. However, each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.
  • You may enter more than one novel into a given contest.
  • Default winners will not be declared. Contests are based on merit and writing craft.
  • Digital Files must be submitted in PDF or Word DOC format.
  • Fees and Digital File must be received before May 30th, 2016 midnight.
  • Please read our Terms and Conditions page aka The Fine Print. Prizes and Award Packages may change without notice.

Helpful Links

Announcement Schedule

Previous Winners:

2014 Grand Prize & Best Book Winners

2013 Grand Prize & Best Book Winners

2012 Grand Prize & Best Book Winners

How The Contests Work

The Fine Print

If you have any questions or concerns, please email: info@ChantiReviews.com

Note: You will receive a confirmation email after you have uploaded your work and paid entrance fees through PayPal. PayPal also sends us your contact information. If we have any questions or concerns, we will contact you within 72 business hours of receiving entry(ies).

You should receive a confirmation emails from PayPal and from Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media. If you have any questions or concerns about your submission, please contact us at admin@ChantiReviews.com.

Visit the website:  https://www.chantireviews.com/services#!/Young-Adult-Novels-Writing-Contest/p/21521206/category=5193080

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

Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

23 March 2016

Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

Deadline:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Entry Fees

$30

Prizes

First Prize: publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards (see below).

Finalists: $150 and one or two critiques of the manuscript from contest judges; permanent listing on the Leapfrog Press contest page as a contest finalist, along with short author bio and description of the book

Description

Unpublished novels, novellas and short story collections over 22,000 words. Novels may be adult, young adult (YA) or middle grade (MG).

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.

See http://leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm for further information.

Contact Information

fictioncontest@leapfrogpress.com

Visit the website:

http://leapfrogpress.com/index.html

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award

23 March 2016

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award

Deadline:

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Entry Fees

Claymore Entry Fee – $30;
Claymore Entry Fee with Critique – $50

Prizes

Over $3,000 in prizes, plus possible book advance, agent, and movie deal.

The winner will receive an engraved replica of a Claymore Dagger, free admission to the current year’s Killer Nashville and more. The top ten finalists also receive prizes.

Any manuscript of exceptional merit deemed ready for submission will be recommended by Killer Nashville to agents, editors and publishers regardless of placement in the contest.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony during the guest of honor dinner & awards banquet on the Saturday evening of the conference.

Description

Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime literature manuscript in the contest.

Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller. Enter the first 50 pages of any unpublished literature in the following genres:

Action – Adventure – Children’s – Comedy – Cozy – Crime – CSI – Dark Fantasy – Detective – Drama – Dystopian – Erotica – Faith Based – Fantasy – Gangster – Historical – Horror – Legal – Literary – Middle Grade – Mystery – Paranormal – Police procedural – Political thriller – Private eye – Romantic Suspense – Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) – Spy – Steampunk – Suspense – Thriller – Urban Fantasy – Western – Women’s Fiction – Young Adult (YA)

The story must have a mystery, thriller or suspense element: a crime must have been committed that needs detecting, a crime is about to be (or threatened to be) committed or foreboding danger must be in place.

Contact Information

Killer Nashville
P.O. Box 680759
Franklin, Tennessee 37068-0759
(p) 615-599-4032

contact@killernashville.com

Visit the website:

http://www.claymoreaward.com

Last call! The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award

23 March 2016

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award

Deadline:

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Entry Fees

No cost to enter.

Prizes

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award. The winners will be given the right to use the Silver Falchion Award logo on their book covers and websites as well as other promotional material.

Description

The purpose of the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award™ is to honor the best books readily available to a North American audience in any format within the past year. The categories include both fiction and nonfiction.

Contact Information

Killer Nashville
P.O. Box 680759
Franklin, TN 37068-0759
(615) 599-4032

contact@killernashville.com

Website:  http://www.killernashville.com/awards/silver-falchion-award/

CLAYTON MEMORIAL MEDICAL FUND

23 March 2016

CLAYTON MEMORIAL MEDICAL FUND

The fund helps professional science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska deal with the financial burden of medical expenses.

Visit the website for details:  http://www.osfci.org/clayton/index.html

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award

22 January 2016

Deadline

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Entry Fees

Claymore Entry Fee – $30;
Claymore Entry Fee with Critique – $50

Prizes

Over $3,000 in prizes, plus possible book advance, agent, and movie deal.

The winner will receive an engraved replica of a Claymore Dagger, free admission to the current year’s Killer Nashville and more. The top ten finalists also receive prizes.

Any manuscript of exceptional merit deemed ready for submission will be recommended by Killer Nashville to agents, editors and publishers regardless of placement in the contest.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony during the guest of honor dinner & awards banquet on the Saturday evening of the conference.

Description

Enter the first 50 pages of your unpublished crime literature manuscript in the contest.

Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller. Enter the first 50 pages of any unpublished literature in the following genres:

Action – Adventure – Children’s – Comedy – Cozy – Crime – CSI – Dark Fantasy – Detective – Drama – Dystopian – Erotica – Faith Based – Fantasy – Gangster – Historical – Horror – Legal – Literary – Middle Grade – Mystery – Paranormal – Police procedural – Political thriller – Private eye – Romantic Suspense – Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) – Spy – Steampunk – Suspense – Thriller – Urban Fantasy – Western – Women’s Fiction – Young Adult (YA)

The story must have a mystery, thriller or suspense element: a crime must have been committed that needs detecting, a crime is about to be (or threatened to be) committed or foreboding danger must be in place.

Contact Information

Killer Nashville
P.O. Box 680759
Franklin, Tennessee 37068-0759
(p) 615-599-4032
contact@killernashville.com

Website

http://www.claymoreaward.com

The Fresher Writing Prize 2016

12 January 2016

Please read the rules carefully before entering. By submitting an entry you are agreeing to be bound by these rules.

  1. Closing date for receipt of entries is 31st January at midnight BST. All entries received after this deadline will be automatically disqualified.
  2. Entrants must be over 16 years old on the closing date.
  3. The maximum length of submissions is 3,000 words (does not include title), there is no minimum length. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc).
  4. The Fresher Writing Prize is open to all writers who do not currently have representation by an agent/publisher. Entries can be made online or by post.  All entries should be in English. Postal entries will only be accepted as printed typescripts. There are no specific formatting requirements – font type, font size, line spacing etc. Writers may format their work in the way they feel is most appropriate. Please send postal entry/entries to: Fresher Writing Prize, Bournemouth University, Weymouth House, Fern Barrow BH12 5BB
  5. Authors may enter as many stories as they like. Stories must be entered separately; there is an entry fee of £6 for each story submitted. Payment for online entries should be made via the website https://fresherwritingprize2016.eventbrite.co.uk
  6. Payment for postal entries should be made by cheque. Cheque payments must be in pounds sterling and cheques should be made payable to ‘Bournemouth University’.
  7. Entries will not be returned. Please keep a copy. No corrections or alterations can be made after receipt of an entry.
  8. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, in print or online (including self-published, magazines, journals, websites, blogs, social network sites), or broadcast or won a prize in another writing competition.  Any entry found to have been plagiarised will be disqualified. Simultaneous submissions are welcome – but please let us know as soon as possible if a story is to be published elsewhere or has won a prize in another writing competition.
  9. Entries will be read and judged anonymously by the Panel; entrants names and contact details should only appear on the entry form and not anywhere on their stories/manuscripts. The stories/manuscripts must be free of all personal information about the author. This includes age and address.
  10. If you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry then please enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘Acknowledgment’. Online entries will be acknowledged by email. If an entrant does not receive an email acknowledgement for an online entry they are very welcome to contact Fresher to confirm their entry has been received. Contact via email to competitions@fresherpublishing.co.uk
  11. By submitting an entry, entrants agree to have their work published in the Fresher Writing Prize Anthology 2016, in both print and ebook formats, should they be the author of one of the 20 shortlisted stories. Authors will retain worldwide copyright on their work (including film and dramatic rights) but Fresher Writing Prize has first publication rights to publish the shortlisted stories in The Fresher Writing Prize anthology, in both print and ebook formats.
  12. Each of the shortlisted authors will receive 2 free copies of the paperback version of The Fresher Writing Prize Anthology and will be able to purchase further copies at a discount of 50%. All shortlisted writers will be able to purchase any number of copies of any volume of The Fresher Writing Prize Anthology at a discount of 50%. Any profit from the sale of the The Fresher Writing Prize Anthology will go towards future events to support new writers.
  13. No competitor may win more than one prize. Entries will be read by a panel of writers/lecturers. They will select a longlist for judging panel. The judging panel will select the stories to be published in the Fresher Writing Prize Anthology 2016 and the top prize winning stories. The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence will be entered into.Judges or readers will not comment on individual storiesor give feedback on individual stories.
  14. Prizes are allocated at the discretion of the judges.
  15. Prizes will be awarded at the Fresher Writing Prize 2016 Awards Ceremony on May 19th 2016 and will be sent to any of the finalists who are unable to attend the awards ceremony. Prizes, including free copies of the anthology are not dependent on winners attending the Awards Ceremony. Entrants will not be contacted individually about the competition results unless they are selected for the shortlist. The shortlist will be announced on the website by April 15th. The top prize-winners will be displayed on the BU website within one week after the awards ceremony.
  16. Any entrant wishing to withdraw a story from the competition before the closing date will receive a full refund. Please contact us on competitions@fresherpublishing.co.uk We will not be able to refund any withdrawn stories after the closing date; however, stories may still be withdrawn after this date upon an entrant’s request.
  17. Fresher and Bournemouth University reserve the right to use photographs and video of entrants in their publicity materials.
  18. Entry implies an acceptance of all the Fresher Writing Prize 2016 rules. Entries that fail to comply with the entry rules and requirements may be disqualified.
  19. Bournemouth University reserves the right to suspend, cancel or amend the rules of the competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

Visit the website: http://www.fresherpublishing.co.uk/

Call for submissions: TulipTree Review

1 February 2015

Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015

Entry Fees:

$20 per entry

Prizes:

$1,000 in each category: short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry

Description:

TulipTree Review is looking for submissions for its inaugural issue! $1,000 will be awarded in each category, and the suggested theme for this round of contests is “Begin.”

Contact Information:

jennifer@tuliptreepub.com

Website:

www.tuliptreepub.com/contests.html

L. RON HUBBARD’S WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST

3 June 2013

DEADLINE: June 30, 2013
GENRE: Short stories
OPEN TO: Those who have not had 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 for online publication.
DETAILS:  Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Horror: All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements, are welcome. 17,000 words max.
PRIZES:  $1,000 first prize awarded each quarter, 2nd Prize $750, 3rd Prize $500. One of the quarter winners also receives the $5,000 annual “Gold Award” grand prize.
URL:  http://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules

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: (http://www.albedo1.com/?page_id=723)