Tis the season once again for short story contests

The weather outside is frigid, minus 13 F this morning on my back porch.  But the holidays are approaching, and that means ’tis the season for writing contests.

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Some of my favorite short story contests open for entry during or just after the holiday season, all of which pay cash prizes. I’ve entered / will be entering all of these–hope to see you there too.

  • Writers of the Future quarterly writer contest
    • Spec fiction up to 17,000 words
    • December 31st, March 31st, June 30th, September 30th of each year
    • Open to all non-professionally published writers *
    • First Prize: $1000
    • Free
  • The James White Award: BSFA’s annual contest
    • Science Fiction up to 6,000 words
    • January 20, 2017
    • Open to all non-professionally published writers *
    • First Prize: £200 plus publication in Interzone
    • Free
  • Parsec annual story contest for Confluence
    • Spec fiction up to 3,500 words
    • January 1, through March 31, 2017
    • Theme: A Hidden, Underlying Truth
    • Open to all non-professionally published writers *
    • First Prize: $200
    • Free
  • Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award
    • Near future space-based science fiction up to 8,000 words
    • January 31st, 2017
    • Grand Prize: Publication by Baen at professional rates
    • Free
  • Baen Fantasy Adventure Award
    • Fantasy up to 8000 words
    • Not yet announced for 2017 (usually announced ~January 1st)
    • Free

* In general, these publications define a professional author as one who is eligible for SFWA membership, basically three professional short story market sales or one novel sale.  But definitions vary slightly

For a list of year-round paying spec fiction markets, please see my list of Paying Spec Fiction Markets

Keep on writin’!

CR Hodges

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