Tuesday, 24 November 2009

James White Award 2009

The James White Award 2009 has been open since 11 July 2009, but there are only three months left until it closes on 28 February 2010.

"The James White Award is a short story competition open to non-professional writers and is decided by an international panel of judges made up of professional authors and editors."

First prize is £250 and publication in Interzone. Stories must be under 6,000 words, and writers must not be "professional authors" - i.e., have not made three short story sales to markets deemed as "professional" by the SFWA.

See here for the full rules.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Twelfth Planet Press open for novelettes

Twelfth Planet Press is looking for novelettes for its doubles series. Stories should be between 10,000 and 20,000 words, science fiction or fantasy ("speculative fiction"), and they "are particularly looking for works that feel fresh, different and take risks to push boundaries and ideas".

Submissions will be open from 1 December 2009 to 28 February 2010, and should be sent as RTF attachments to twelfthplanetpress@gmail.com. Payment is $100 advance and 8% royalty on subsequent print runs.

See here for full details.

Monday, 16 November 2009

No one would have believed...

Canadian "micropublisher" Northern Frights is looking for sf short stories for a new anthology, War of the Worlds: Front Lines.

"... we would like to see are stories influenced by HG Wells' The War of the Worlds and containing Aliens in some form against Humanity. They don't have to be the tripod riding, octopus-style Martians from the original novel. In fact, we would prefer seeing what your imagination can come up with. And while the title of the anthology is War of the Worlds: Front Lines, we realize that wars between man and alien could be fought on many fronts, and in many ways. Feel free to send stories that span time, space, and genres."

Stories should be no more than 8,000 words. Payment is one cent per word, up to $50.00 (plus one contributor copy). Deadline is 31st December 2009. Submissions should be sent as RTF attachments to nfpsubmissions@gmail.com.

See here for full details. Check the guidelines - the publisher is quite particular about manuscript format.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Call for submissions - Music for another world

Mark Harding is looking for stories for a science fiction and fantasy "anthology of stories on what music means to us and what it does to us, how we shape and it, and how it might shape us". The anthology will be published in paperback and as an ebook in the summer of 2010.

Submissions will be open from 6 January 2010 to 30 April 2010. Story length 2,000 to 6,000 words. Electronic submissions in RTF format to mark.musicanthology'@'gmail.com. Payment is a flat rate of £80 per author.

See here for full details.