NPR is running a flash fiction contest for the summer. The maximum length is 600 words — a story that can be read aloud in at most three minutes. You do sign over perpetual (non-exclusive) rights to your work, which I know will be a deal-killer for some. Must be 18 or over to enter.
The challenge: send in an original short story “that can be read in three minutes or less”
Entry fee: none
Prize: check the website for details, but the prize includes an autographed copy of James Wood’s How Fiction Works and major writing cred
If you’re not familiar with the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, you obviously read only cereal boxes and TV Guide, so why am I bothering with you? They accept entries year-round, but it’s getting close to the deadline for the 2009 contest. (All quotes below taken from their website.)
The challenge: “compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.”
Entry fee: none
Maximum number of entries: unlimited
Prize: “a pittance,” and eternal glory
Deadline: “The official deadline is April 15 (a date that Americans associate with painful submissions and making up bad stories). The actual deadline may be as late as May 30.”
Disclaimer: I do no vetting of contests, markets or calls for submissions posted here; enter at your own risk.
I enjoy not only literary fiction and poetry, but also science fiction, fantasy, horror and related genres. Expect to see links for all, as I come across them.
NOTE: I do no vetting of publishers listed in this blog. Submit at your own risk.
Title: Destination: Future
Publisher: Hadley Rille Books
Description: Science fiction anthology seeks stories of 3000 to 6000 words
Timeframe: Submissions accepted 3/1/2009 – 6/30/2009; publication expected early 2010
Rights: not specified
Pay: 3 cents/word by PayPal, possible royalties
For more info: http://www.hadleyrillebooks.com/DestinationFutureSubs.html