Fantasy & Science Fiction Contests

Enter Caladria’s FREE fantasy short story competition

The competition You are invited to write a fantasy short story between 1,500 and 3000 words. So how does it work? Caladria provides three themes. Choose one of these for your story. You can enter as many times as you want before closing date. Your story must take place on the fantasy world of Caladria (www.caladria.com). Sufficient briefing about Caladria is included here, but if you register in the world you will gain access to several free publications containing information that might help you further. Entry is FREE. So what are the Prizes? The winner will receive a £25 Amazon digital giftcard and his or her story will appear in our e-zine Fab Fables. The stories of two runners-up will appear in Fab Fables. Additionally, all stories published in Fab Fables receive a commission from the revenue received for that issue. Timetable DEADLINE: May 31st, 2015. How to enter Entry is by email. Please type your entry in double-line spacing and export content into RTF, DOC or TXT format. Call the attachment by your name and the number of the theme you have chosen e.g. 1 Marjorie Smith.* Do not put your name on the actual entry. Include the following details in the body of your email: your name, the number of the theme, and number of words. Send your entries, titled ‘Caladria Competition Entry’ to (leah@caladria.com). Rules: Entries must be in English and entirely your own work. You can enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must be sent on separate emails. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entries not complying with the competition rules will be disqualified. Copyright of stories published in Fab Fables belongs to www.caladria.com. While copyright of stories not published in Fab Fables remains with the author, no content can be published about Caladria without permission. Winners will be notified by email. By entering the competition you agree that from time to time www.caladria.com may mail you with news (including other competitions). The Themes for the Competition’s Stories Theme 1 Two dragons, brother and sister, have an uneasy truce with each other. They have hit on a way to gain food without effort. One dragon guards a bridge over a dry river bed upstream, the other does the same for a downstream crossing over the same dry river bed. They exact tolls (in the form of food) from the goblins who cross the river. It has always cost the same to use either crossing. An entrepreneurial goblin, using his knowledge that the two dragons do not really get on, persuades one of them to take less food for the crossing. Soon all traffic uses the...

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Spring 2015 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

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: ...

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2014 Kids Write 4 Kids – Creative Challenge

Kids Writing Contest – Open to Canadian Residents Kids Write 4 Kids is excited to launch its third annual writing contest!  This year, we are seeking out students in grades 4 to 8 share their creative stories. Selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book. Over the last two years our panel of judges have selected six authors. Each author has their ebook available on iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Click here to take a look at some of the previously published Kids Write 4 Kids ebooks. The selected story (or stories) will be published as an e-book, and proceeds from its sale will go to support the author’s school. E-books are sold for $3.99 and net proceeds for all KW4K books sold in 2015 will be donated to the school(s) of this year’s author. Entries are accepted online only. View complete contest rules and download Kids Write 4 Kids brochure. ENTRY DETAILS To be eligible, authors must be enrolled full-time in an educational institute in Canada Authors must be in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 Stories must be original and written entirely by the author Only one entry per author will be accepted; all subsequent entries will be disqualified Only single author stories qualify (no co-authored stories) Stories are accepted in English only Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry Stories will be published in their original format, so please check spelling, etc. prior to submitting There are no entry fee and no purchase is necessary WORD COUNT Story must have a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 7,500 words. The word count includes “a,” “an,” and “the,” but not the words on non-story pages such as the title page or those captions for illustrations or photography. Invented spelling is accepted. FILE FORMAT AND SUBMISSION Story must be typed and submitted as Word .doc Optional images including photography can be submitted to accompany the story but must be original images created by the author All images must be scanned and submitted in .jpg file format Please keep original copies of images, if your story is selected a representative from Ripple Digital Publishing will contact you to obtain original images SUBMISSION Submission deadline: March 31, 2015. Only entries submitted on this online form will be considered for publication. – See more at:...

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