Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Blade Red Press anthology open for submissions

Blade Red Press's first anthology is now open for submissions. Blade Red Dark Pages - Volume 1 will be a dark speculative fiction anthology, available in early 2010 (before June). Only submissions sent between 17 September and 30 November 2009 will be considered.

Stories must be up to 7,500 words, and have "some element of a speculative nature" and "must also have a dark and gritty edge". Send stories as .rtf attached to an email to contact@blade-red.com. The subject of the email must read, "SUBMISSION: Story Title". The body of the email must include: story title, author's name, address, contact email, and wordcount of the submission.

Payment is AUD$25 per story, plus a contributor's copy of the anthology. Payment by PayPal only.

See here for full details.

Sunday Times Short Story Competition

The Sunday Times has created a new literary short story award, with the largest prize of any short sotry competition - £25,000 to the winner. There are also five runner-up prizes of £500.

The competition is open to anyone who has been previously published in the UK or Ireland (does not include self-published works, or on-line publication). Stories must be no more than 7,000 words, and seven copies must be provided.

Deadline is 30 November 2009. The winner will be announced at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival in March 2010.

See here for full details.

Friday, 18 September 2009

EUSci Science Fiction Short Story Competition

The Edinburgh University Science Magazine is holding a science fiction short story competition on the topic of: What does the future hold for Edinburgh? The competition will be judged by Ken MacLeod.

Anyone can enter, they don't need "a personal connection to Edinburgh". Length is 1,300 to 1,500 words. Deadline in 5 p.m. 1st February 2010. The winning entry will be published in EUSci, and receive Blackwell's gift card to the value of £50.

See here for full details.

New Scientist Flash Fiction Competition

This week's New Scientist is a science fiction special, and so they are running a science fiction "(very) short story" competition.

Stories must be set one hundred years from now, and no more than 350 words in length. Closing date is 15 October 2009. Winning entries will be published in the magazine.

See here for full details.