Monday, July 16, 2012

Twilight Times

Twilight Times, a magazine of science fiction and fantasy (including dark fantasy), reopened to submissions yesterday through August 5th.  The editors are looking for stories and poems for the Halloween issue as well as the upcoming winter issue.  Payment is $5.00 for unpublished work or $2.50 for reprints.  (If chosen for the print version rather than the e-zine, payment is one contributor's copy instead.)  For the e-zine, they'll also include a link to your website.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WRITERS' Journal Poetry Contest

If the Writer's Digest contests have too steep of an entry fee, check out the WRITERS' Journal Poetry Contest.  The entry fee is much more reasonable at $3 per poem, but you won't get any books to sweeten the deal.  There are three prizes: $50, $25, and $15.  The winners and honorable mentions will be published in WRITERS' Journal.  Unpublished poems up to 25 lines long can be entered, with no restrictions on form, style, or theme.  This contest is run quarterly, and the next deadline is August 30th.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Space and Time, OTP Contest #18

Space and Time has recently reopened to fiction submissions (though they are still closed to poetry subs).  They will be reading until August 5th, for stories up to 10,000 words.  No simultaneous submissions, and payment for accepted stories is made at 1 cent per word.

On the Premises has just launched their 18th contest.  The theme for this one is "Time."  Stories between 1000 and 5000 words can be entered up until the deadline of September 28th.  The three top prizes are $180, $140, and $100, with up to three honorable mentions receiving $40.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Writer's Digest annual competitions

If you're looking for speculative writing contests to enter, here are a few hosted by Writer's Digest:

- WD Science Fiction Competition
- WD Thriller Suspense Competition
- WD Crime Writing Competition
- WD Horror Writing Competition

All four contests have the same guidelines and rules.  They want short stories no more than 4000 words long, and the guidelines don't say anything about the stories having to be unpublished.  First prize for each contest includes $500 cash, $100 off your next purchase at WritersDigestShop.com, and promotion in Writer's Digest.  You'll also get a shot at the $2500 grand prize.  The deadline for each contest is September 14th.

All of these contests have a $20 entry fee, which is very steep for a short story contest, but if you can win at least Honorable Mention in any of the contests, you'll receive a copy of the 2013 edition of Novel & Short Story Writer's Market ($29.99 list price).

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Mainichi Haiku Contest

The 16th Mainichi Haiku Contest is going on now.  There is an International Section for haiku submitted in English, and a maximum of two unpublished haiku, not being submitted anywhere else, can be entered.  The contest does not offer a monetary prize for English language haiku, but the first and second place winners will receive a certificate (and plenty of prestige).  Entries must be submitted using the online form, and the contest deadline is August 31st.