Ellis Wins Joan Aiken Prize

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 More

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Into the Black Short Story Contest

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 More

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Joan Aiken Prize Shortlist

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 More

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XPRIZE Short Fiction Contest

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 ...Read More

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Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize

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 More

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2017 Futurescapes Writing Contest

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 More

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2017 NESFA Short Story Contest

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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2017 Writers & Illustrators of the Future Awards

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 More

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2017 Baen Memorial Contest Winner

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 More

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2016 NEA Fellowships Announced

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. ...Read More

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World Fantasy Award Trophy Submissions Update

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.

They said:

Between now and September 30, ...Read More

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2016 Jim Baen Memorial Award Finalists

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 More

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Stephen King’s Short Story Finalists

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 More

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Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest Winners

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 More

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Manchester Writing Competition Shortlist

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 More

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WNDB Short Story Contest

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 More

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Baen Memorial Contest Opens

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 ...Read More

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Roswell Award and Tomorrow Prize

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 More

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2014 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winners

Winners of the first annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Awards were announced August 16, 2014, at Gen Con in Indianapolis IN.

Grand Prize:
“The Golden Knight”, K.D. Julicher

First Runnerup:
“Phoenix for the Amateur Chef”, Scott Huggins

Second Runnerup:
“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 More

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2014 Rita and Golden Heart Awards Winners

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
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Baen Memorial Contest Winners

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 ...Read More

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New Prize for Children’s Writing

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 More

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BSFS Amateur Writing Contest

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 More

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Cosmos Magazine Announces New Fiction Competition

Cosmos, an Australian “literary science magazine” that publishes science news in print and online formats, has announced that it is partnering with story-sharing website Circalit to host a short story competition for new writers. Entries will be selected for a shortlist by the magazine’s in-house readers, and then Cosmos editors will select a first-place story to be published in the print magazine, and two runners-up for online publication. Details ...Read More

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Tor.com to Give Away a Chicon Membership

Tor.com  is giving away a membership — either attending or supporting — to next year’s Worldcon in Chicago (August 30 – September 3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago). Enter to win by  visiting the sweepstakes page at Tor.com and leaving a comment. The giveaway is in part to note the completion of Jo Walton’s series of blog posts revisiting the Hugo Award winners and nominees year by year and ...Read More

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NPR’s Top 100 SF

National Public Radio has released the results of this year’s annual readers’ survey. They invited listeners to choose their favorite SF and fantasy novels (excluding YA, horror, and paranormal romances). More than 5,000 people submitted nominations to produce a list of 237 nominees, and over 60,000 votes were cast to create a list of the “Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books.” The top ten results are:

1. The Lord of ...Read More

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2011 Jim Baen Memorial Contest Winners

Winners have been announced for the 2011 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest.

  • Grand Prize: “That Undiscovered Country”, Nancy Fulda
  • 2nd Place: “Gemini XVII”, Brad Torgersen
  • 3rd Place: “Natural Selection”, Michael Simon

The winning story will be featured on the Baen Books website and paid the normal professional publication rate. The contest is sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, and honors stories which explore the promise ...Read More

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Spectrum 18 Awards

The 2011 Spectrum 18 Awards winners were announced in Kansas City MO, March 12, 2011.


  • Silver: “The Fisherman’s Wife”, Sam Weber (The Society of Illustrators)



  • Gold: “A Flight of Angels”, Rebecca Guay (Vertigo/DC Comics)
  • Silver: “Fables 96 Cover”, Joao
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