Speculative Fiction Contests

New Call for Cross-Genre Travel Writing!

Here is a little blurb about our journal: This is not so much a journal as a collaborative literary geography of the places we’ve read about, and subsequently visited. We live thousands of lives through the pages of our beloved books, and sometimes we are blessed with the luck of being able to physically visit the spaces occupied by our fictional friends (or foes). This is a place to discover those spaces; and perhaps find a new one or two near you. If you know of a destination or landmark that can be found in a book, or you have a sneaking suspicion of one, please, submit to us your encounter. Give us your thoughts, feelings, even pictures. The strange, funny, sad, and silly are all welcome here. And here is a description of what we are looking for specifically: Any piece published on this site must contain two things: 1. It must contain a physical place. 2. It must contain a specific geographical point from an actual book, author, genre, or period of writing. I am looking for engaging, touching, funny, soulful, sad, silly, enchanting, and interesting pieces about the interactions between the fictional books we love (and the people that wrote them) and the places they wrote about, the places they wrote in, or the places they wished existed which now exist. The only exception to this is literary landmarks that stand on their own such as libraries. Preferably posts would come with pictures, but it is not necessary. Visit our website for details:...

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Call for submissions: GeminiMagazine

We have no guidelines or restrictions on writing style or content—nada, zilch, keine. As Charlie “Bird” Parker pointed out, “There’s no boundary line to art.” We don’t want to set any boundaries so we use a clean, simple selection process: if it strikes a chord with us we print it. Payment: $10 per published piece TO SUBMIT BY EMAIL (except contest entries): Paste previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, short plays or other interesting work into body of email and send to: submissions@gemini-magazine.com No attachments except JPEG images for art and photography. Don’t send contest entries to this email address. See box at top for contest info. TO SUBMIT BY SNAIL MAIL: Gemini Magazine P.O. Box 1485 Onset, MA 02558 USA (include SASE/email address for reply) ***** Submission period: 365 days per year Response time: We have a large backlog and are making every effort to catch up. After 60 days please feel free to inquire about your submission. We will respond to all submissions. Rights: All rights revert to author upon publication in Gemini Magazine. Visit the website: ...

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Chanticleer Book Review Blue Ribbon Awards

Deadline: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Entry Fees $40 Prizes First Place Category award winners will compete for the Overall Best Book CBR Grand Prize of a $1,000 and 1st Place Genre Awards for $250. Award winning books will have the opportunity to be placed on the Chanticleer Book Shelves (which sell and promote the winning titles). Our CBR Book Shelves are located in participating Independent Book Stores across the U.S. A Chanticleer Book Review A CBR Blue Ribbon embossed with the Contest Name, Author Name, and Book Title to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals Digital award stickers for on-line promotion Adhesive book stickers Shelf-talkers and other promotional items Promotion in print and on-line media Review of book distributed to on-line sites and printed media publications Review, cover art, and author synopsis listed in CBR’s newsletter Description The Chanticleer Book Review (CBR) is looking for published novels and unpublished manuscripts in the following categories: Fantasy and Science Fiction (deadline Jan. 31) Narrative Nonfiction (deadline Feb. 28) Cozy Mystery (deadline March 31) Young Adult (deadline April 30) Romance (deadline May 31) Historical Fiction (deadline June 30) Western, Pioneer, Civil War Historical Fiction, Pre-1900s (deadline July 31, 2014) Mystery/Thriller/Suspense (deadline Sept. 30, 2014) Paranormal/Speculative Fiction (deadline Oct. 31, 2014) Stories will be judged based on effective use of characterization, an intriguing opening, continuity, a unique story, writing craft, professionalism of editing and formatting throughout the piece, and a satisfying (not necessarily happy) ending. No erotica or graphic violence, please. Novels may be self-published, indie published or traditionally published. E-pub novels with ISBN or ASIN designations will be accepted in the published division. All novels must have an ISBN or ASIN designation. Entries must be in the English language (please note if British Standard English –BSE – is used instead of ASE). Novels must be 30,000 plus words. Accepts work in two divisions: Published (Legacy, Indie, Self-Pub, Small Press, E-pub) and Manuscripts. Contact Information: info@ChantiReviews.com Website:...

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Call for submissions: NOVELLE – Magazine for Experimentalism #3 (June 2014):

The enthusiastic response and the amount of submissions for the first and second issue of our new magazine NOVELLE were quite overwhelming. Now it’s time to gather some great material for issue #3 to be released in June 2014. Submission guidelines: •          The submitted work may be unpublished or published – in the latter case please make sure there is no third-party infringement involved. •          We are interested in all sorts of fictional and non-fictional texts, regardless of genre and form (poems, essays, flash fiction, reviews, comics, drawings, paintings, interviews, ads, investigative reports, etc.). We are especially looking forward to receiving submissions that transcend the purely textual … •          The submissions should be experimental in nature. •          Topic for #3: Dead Places •          Max. 5 pages per submission, 1 submission per author •          File formats: doc / docx / odt / rtf / tiff / jpeg / bmp / png (graphics: b/w, minimum resolution: 300 dpi) •          All published authors will receive one free copy of the NOVELLE (unfortunately, we are not able to offer payment yet, but this may change in the future …) •          Please send us your work until May 31th, 2014, with the reference subject “NOVELLE #3” via email to autorenbonn@gmail.com, and don’t forget to add a short CV, including name, address, email, and a list of publications (if available) http://dienovelle.blogspot.de/2014/03/call-for-submissions-novelle-magazine.html We are looking forward to your creative/eccentric/idiosyncratic awesomeness! Experimentally yours,...

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Art Publication Call For Submissions

Art School Horror Stories wants your funny, sad, horrific, art related stories for a book that will be released in December! Submissions can be fact or fiction and in any format. Poems, Haiku, short stories, etc. are all welcome. Any stories that are art related may be submitted.  It does not have to specifically be about school experience! We are also accepting drawings and photography. Details on website and Facebook (Art School Horror Stories).  October 31st, 2013 is the deadline for Volume One. For details on how to enter, visit: http://br0250.wix.com/artschoolhorror For Official Rules visit:...

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction

Rosebud magazine is proud to announce the fifth biannual Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley competition for original works of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, or horror. Ideal length is 1500 to 3500 words. Grand prize: $1,000, 4 runners-up receive $100. All winning pieces published in ROSEBUD. Entry fee: $10/story. Rosebud acquires first rights for the five winning entries. Deadline: September 15, 2013. For details visit: ...

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