The Swedish Academy, the body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, has announced that there will be no winner announced in 2018, with two laureates to be selected in 2019 instead. The delay is due to “the currently diminished Academy and reduced public confidence in the Academy.” The prize committee has been rocked by a series of allegations in recent months, with eight members of the committee resigning, including ...Read MoreRead more
The ServiceScape Short Story Award contest is open to submissions of original stories or non-fiction in any genre up to 5,000 words. The winning work will receive $1,000 and publication on the ServiceScape blog. The deadline for submissions is November 29, 2018. For more information, including complete rules, see the ServiceScape site.
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The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) SF/F short story contest is now open to entries from amateur and semi-professional writers. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at Boskone 56, to be held at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston MA, February 16-18, 2019. Prizes include certificates of achievement, books from NESFA Press, and free membership to future Boskone conventions.
Deadline for submissions is 11:59P.M. ...Read MoreRead more
Author Philip Pullman and Penguin Books Limited are offering UK independent bookstores two contests. In one, three winning bookstores will be visited by Pullman and receive £300 to fund the author event. In the other, three hundred stores will receive a “Philip Pullman Collection” of seven titles: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, La Belle Sauvage, Daemon Voices, Clockwork, and The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.
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The University of Liverpool announced the China Stories Writing Competition with Philip Pullman as the judge.
The University of Liverpool is an official partner of the China Dream season, which will see a host of events across the city, including the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the World Museum.
The competition has three categories: primary school students, secondary school students, and University of Liverpool students. Deadline ...Read MoreRead more
Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. have opened submissions for the Roswell Award for short SF by adults living anywhere, and for the Tomorrow Prize for short SF by Los Angeles County high school students. Two special awards are included: the Women Hold Up Half the Sky award presented by Artemis Journal and the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and the Green Feather Award presented by Los ...Read MoreRead more
Harklights by Tim Ellis is the winner of the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize for “a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction.” The competition was judged by agent Julia Churchill and Lizza Aiken, curator of the Aiken estate. Ellis will receive £1,000 and a set of The Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken.
Ellis’ entry was originally listed in the contest shortlist under the title The Awful Orphanage. ...Read MoreRead more
The Economic Security Project has launched the Into the Black short story contest to explore the impact of basic income on future society. The grand prize winner will have their story published on io9 and will receive a $12,000 “basic income” for 2018. Additionally, short list winners will each receive $1,000 and have their story published on the Economic Security Project website or io9. Deadline for submissions is November 1, ...Read MoreRead more
The shortlist for the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize for “a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction” has been announced:
- Snow Foal, Susan Bailey-Sillick
- The Awful Orphanage, Tim Ellis
- The Thief of Serendib, Nizrana Farook
- Hartboy, Sophie Kirtley
- The Truth about Chickens, Caroline Murphy
- Return to the Wild, Nicola Penfold
Entrants can be “contemporary or magical, it could have the makings of a series, or be one crystalline ...Read MoreRead more
XPRIZE, “the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges,” has announced a short science fiction contest with the aim of “envisioning a world transformed by exponential technologies and a global community of innovators.”
The contest offers a $10,000 prize package that includes round-trip airfare to Tokyo for the winner and a guest, four nights in a 4-star hotel, $1,500 in spending money, ...Read MoreRead more
The A.M. Heath literary agency and Joan Aiken’s estate are holding a competition for new middle-grade fiction. The competition will be judged by agent Julia Churchill and Lizza Aiken, curator of the Aiken estate. The winner will receive £1,000 and a set of Joan Aiken’s The Wolves Chronicles. Deadline for entries is July 31, 2017. A shortlist will be announced on August 28 and the final winner will be announced ...Read MoreRead more
The annual Futurescapes short story contest is now open to submissions from amateur and semi-professional writers. This year’s theme is “Blue Sky Cities” and the judges are “seeking stories set in a near-future city where significant strides have been made toward improving air quality, climate adaptation, or even net positive impacts on climate and air quality.”
There is a $2,000 prize for first place and $500 each for five runners-up. ...Read MoreRead more
“Fifteen Minutes Hate” by Richard Larson won the 2017 Roswell Award for Sci-Fest LA’s short story writing contest. Allison Scagliotti read the story aloud and Larson received a $500 cash prize during a ceremony on May 20, 2017 at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena CA.
For more information about the award, see Sci-Fest LA’s website. ...Read MoreRead more
The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) SF/F short story contest is now open to entries from amateur and semi-professional writers. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at Boskone 55, to be held at the Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston MA, February 16-18, 2018. Prizes include certificates of achievement, books from NESFA Press, and free membership to future Boskone conventions.
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The 2017 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award went to Jake Marley for his story “Acquisition”. The Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Michael Michera for his illustration of C.L. Kagmi’s story “The Drake Equation”.
They were honored, along with the other 2016 quarterly contest winners, at a ceremony held April 2, 2017 in Los Angeles CA at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. All winners received trophies, ...Read MoreRead more
Baen Books has announced the winner of the 2017 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:
- Grand Prize: “Feldspar”, Philip A. Kramer
- First runner-up: “Bullet Catch”, Stephen Lawson
- Second runner-up: “An Economy of Air”, M.T. Reiten
Other finalists include:
- Stewart C. Baker
- S.B. Divya
- Susan Forest
- C. Stuart Hardwick
- Bart Kemper
- Harry Lang
- Angus McIntyre
The winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a ...Read MoreRead more
Several authors of genre interest are recipients of 2016 Literature Fellowships awarded by The National Endowment for the Arts.
Diane Cook, Lucy Corin, and Aaron Their are among the writers who received grants of $25,000 each. The grants are meant to give “writers the time and space to create, revise, conduct research, and connect with readers.” A total of 37 grants were given, for a total $925,000. Writing fellowships alternate ...Read MoreRead more
The World Fantasy Awards administration has updated their call for new trophy designs, which was originally announced in November 2015, adding compensation for the winning design: two complimentary memberships to World Fantasy Conventions for ten years; two banquet tickets for the 2016 World Fantasy Convention and complimentary space in the Columbus art room; and discounted art space for ten years after 2016.
Between now and September 30, 2016 ...Read MoreRead more
Baen Books has released the list of ten finalists for the 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:
- Jennifer Brozek
- J. Lily Corbie
- Ron Ferguson
- C. Stuart Hardwick
- Bart Kemper
- Steve Last
- Thomas A. Mays
- Aimee Ogden
- Al Onia
- Eric Picholle
The winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a trophy, paid “normal paying rates for professional story submittals,” and receive free admission ...Read MoreRead more
The six finalists for Stephen King’s short story competition were announced on January 21, 2016:
- “The Spots”, Paul Bassett Davies
- “The Unpicking”, Michael Button
- “Wild Swimming”, Elodie Harper
- “The Bear Trap”, Neil Hudson
- “La Mort De L’Amant”, Stuart Johnstone
- “Eau de Eric”, Manuela Saragosa
With more than 800 entries into the competition, the six finalists were eventually selected from a longlist of 20 by judges Claire Armitstead (Books Editor at ...Read MoreRead more
The Masters Review announced the winners of their Fall Fiction contest on December 1, 2015.
- Winner: “Linger Longer”, Vincent Masterson
- Second Place: “Pool People”, Jen Neale
- Third Place: “Animalizing”, Marisela Navarro
“The Lion and the Beauty Queen” by Brenda Peynado and “Linnet’s Gifts” by Zoe Gilbert received honorable mentions, placing 4th and 5th respectively.
Winning stories will be published on the site this winter, and the top three authors will ...Read MoreRead more
SF writer Richard W. Strachan’s “Zero Moment Point” is one of five shortlisted stories for the 2015 Manchester Writing Competition.
The competition, “designed to encourage new work and seek out the best creative writing from across the world,” includes £10,000 prizes and has both poetry and fiction categories. The winners will be honored in a ceremony on November 27, 2015 in Manchester. For the full shortlist, and to read the ...Read MoreRead more
“Freedom” by Ashley Anderson from Port of Los Angeles High School won the inaugural Tomorrow Prize for Short Fiction. Anna Maria Horsford read the story aloud and Anderson will receive a prize of $250. The ceremony was held May 25, 2015 at Sci-Fest LA, the Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival.
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“Grandma’s Sex Robot” by William Hawkins won the inaugural Roswell Award short story writing contest. Gates McFadden read the story aloud and Hawkins will receive a prize of $1,000. The ceremony was held May 25, 2015 at Sci-Fest LA, the Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival.
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We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), an organization that addresses “the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature,” has announced a short story contest for “a previously unpublished diverse author.” The winning story will appear in forthcoming middle-grade anthology Stories for All of Us (Crown), edited by WNDB president Ellen Oh. The winner will receive a $1,000 payment.
The organization “recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, ...Read MoreRead more
Baen Books has opened the 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest. Co-sponsored by the National Space Society, the contest focuses on stories of near-future space exploration. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015.
The grand prize includes publication on the Baen website at professional rates, an engraved award, an assortment of Baen books, free admission to the 2015 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the ...Read MoreRead more
Sci-Fest LA, the Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, has announced a new SF short story contest called the Roswell Award, open to writers 18 and over worldwide. A $1,000 prize will be granted to the best short science fiction story of 1,500 words or fewer. Submission deadline is January 15, 2015.
The festival is also starting the Tomorrow Prize, open to LA county high school students. The submission ...Read MoreRead more
Winners of the first annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Awards were announced August 16, 2014, at Gen Con in Indianapolis IN.
“The Golden Knight”, K.D. Julicher
“Phoenix for the Amateur Chef”, Scott Huggins
“The Girl with No Name”, Travis Heermann
The contest focused on adventure fantasy short stories of 8,000 words or fewer. Baen editors judged the entries, with final entries also judged by Larry ...Read MoreRead more
The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America at their annual convention in San Antonio. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest include:
RITA for Paranormal Romance:
- The Firebird, Susanna Kearsley (Sourcebooks Landmark)
Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance:
- Beyond the Fire, Marni Folsom
Winners have been announced for the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest.
- Grand Prize: “Low Arc”, Sean Monaghan
- 2nd Place: “Balance”, Marina J. Lostetter
- 3rd Place: “Wind Shear”, Angus McIntyre
The winning story will be featured on the Baen Books website and paid professional publication rates. The contest is sponsored by Baen and the National Space Society, and honors stories which explore the promise of space exploration. The winner receives ...Read MoreRead more
Scholastic UK and “luxury writing instruments” company Montegrappa have partnered to create the Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children’s Writing. The contest is open to any unpublished author 18 from the UK or Ireland who has a novel aimed at ages 7-12. Entrants should submit the first 5,000 words of their novel, along with a one-page synopsis and author biography, by June 2, 2014. The winner will receive a publishing ...Read MoreRead more
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) announced their BSFS Amateur Writing Contest is open to entries through June 15, 2013. The contest is open to Maryland residents or students at Maryland colleges, and there is no entry fee. First place winner will receive $250, be published in BSFSFan (the Balticon convention guide), and will be invited to read at the con. There are also prizes for 2nd and 3rd place, ...Read MoreRead more