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Open short story markets – revised!

A couple of new markets added! Listed in order of closing date – some closing very soon…

1. Twelfth Planet Press is seeking original, unpublished fantasy stories of between 2,500 wds and 7,500 wds, set in the 1920s and fun, for Speakeasy. Details here. Closes September 30, 2010. Twelfth Planet Press also has open reading for the novella and novelette doubles series’.

2. FableCroft Publishing is calling for (Australian only) submissions to After the Rain, a speculative fiction anthology for stories between 2,000-10,000 words. Details here. Closes October 31, 2010.

3. Liz Gryzb is editing More Scary Kisses for Ticonderoga Publications. Paranormal romance stories of between 1,000 and 8,500 words are wanted. Details here. Closes November 1, 2010.

4. Submissions of 1,000 to 7,500 words from Australian and overseas contributors are encouraged to the Aussie vampire anthology Dead Red Heart from Ticonderoga Publications. Closes December 1, 2010. Details here.

5. Although the CSFG website hasn’t been updated to reflect this, submissions for the next CSFG Publishing anthology, Winds of Change, are welcome from 15 September 2010 and 31 January 2011.

Winds of Change will be edited by Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Stories may be any length up to 5,000 words. All approaches to the theme are welcome, as long as they are by nature speculative.

Payment will be contributors’ copies plus $10 for stories under 1,500 words and $25 for all others based on published word count.

Submissions are encouraged from Australian writers of all levels of experience, with special encouragement given to CSFG members.

Submissions should be sent (as .rtf attachments only) to windsofchange.csfg@gmail.com. Please make sure that the following information is in the email proper:

Name
Address
Email address
Name of Story
Word Count
Other contact information

If you wish to contribute to the interior artwork, please contact to windsofchange.csfg@gmail.com.

6. Editor Keith Stevenson is reading for the forthcoming Couer de Lion anthology, Anywhere But Earth. Original and unpublished science fiction stories of between 3,000 and 15,000 words on the theme are welcomed. Extensive details here. Closes February 28, 2011.

7. Midnight Echo 6 is now open for submissions and the editors are seeking science fictional horror stories (or "creepy alien fiction" as one editor puts it!) up to 5000 words – unsure of closing date as the website hasn’t yet been updated, but the guidelines for the issue are available here, and I’m sure closing dates will appear soon.

8. Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine is almost always open to global submissions of up to 10,000 words (20,000 for Aust & NZ writers). Comprehensive guidelines here.

9. Aurealis is also an open market for Australian speculative fiction between 2,000 and 8,000 words – submissions from overseas by query. Guidelines here.

ETA: Thanks to Ben for reminding me – there are also some online markets (paying and unpaid) open.

a) Moonlight Tuber edited by Ben Payne (surreal, absurdist or otherwise non-realist material).
b) AntipodeanSF edited by Ion Newcombe (flash fiction, unpaid).

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Short Story Competitions

A couple of short story competitions with fairly substantial prize pools have come through my reader recently, so I’m passing them on to you :)

ABR SHORT STORY COMPETITION 

To complement our suite of literary competitions, ABR is reviving the Short Story Competition, with a first prize valued at $2000. There are two other prizes. All three place-getters will be published in the magazine. Stories in English of between 1000 and 3000 words are eligible, as long as they have not been published previously or are not on offer elsewhere. Multiple entries are acceptable. The closing date is May 10

CLICK HERE for the entry form, or ring (03) 9429 6700.

ABR now publishes short fiction. We welcome submissions from authors.


Katharine Susannah Prichard
Speculative Fiction Award 2010

Closing date: Friday, May 28, 2010
2 CATEGORIES:
· Katharine Susannah Prichard Open Awards
· Mundaring National Young Writers Awards (20 years and under)
Both sections are open to all Australian residents.
WORDS:
Minimum 1500 Maximum 3500
ENTRY FEES:
· Katharine Susannah Prichard Open Awards – $7.00 per story, to be paid by cheque or money order only, payable to: KSP Foundation Inc.
· Shire of Mundaring National Young Writers Awards – no entry fee.
PRIZES:
· Katharine Susannah Prichard Open Awards: 1st $600 2nd $300 3rd $175 Commended 5 of $10
· Mundaring National Young Writers Awards: 1st $75 2nd $25 Commended 5 of $10
· Under-13′s: $25
Highly Commended and Commended Certificates will also be awarded.
Every form of Speculative Fiction such as science fiction, fantasy , horror, mystery and supernatural/superhero fiction are welcome.
The Awards will be announced and presented at the Awards Ceremony at KSP Writers’ Centre on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Katharine Susannah Prichard
Short Fiction Award

Closing date: Friday September 24, 2010
2 CATEGORIES:
• Katharine Susannah Prichard Open Awards
• Mundaring National Young Writers Awards (20 years and under)
Both sections are open to all Australian residents.
WORDS:
Minimum 1000 Maximum 3000
ENTRY FEES:
• Katharine Susannah Prichard Open Awards ‐ $7.00 per story, to be paid by cheque or money order only, payable to: KSP Foundation Inc.
• Shire of Mundaring National Young Writers Awards – no entry fee.
PRIZES:
• Katharine Susannah Prichard Open Awards: 1st $600 2nd $300 3rd $175 Commended 5 of $10
• Mundaring National Young Writers Awards: 1st $75 2nd $25 Commended 5 of $10
• Under‐13′s: $25
The Awards will be announced and presented at the Celebration of Katharine’s Birthday at KSP Writers’ Centre on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

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KSP Writer’s Competition CLOSING REAL SOON!

Entries are closing soon for the 2009 Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction competition. This prestigious competition has run since 1998, with some winners going on to successful careers as science fiction and fantasy authors.

Entries close on 29 May 2009, and writers of all ages are invited to apply. Cash prizes are awarded, and winners are invited to read at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday 16 August 2009.

The Speculative Fiction Awards are popular with school groups, and to encourage young writers, there is no entry fee for those aged 20 and under. A fee of $7.50 applies to entries in the Open category.

Stories must be between 1500 and 3500 words, with all forms of speculative fiction welcomed. Further information can be found on the Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation website.

Competitions Secretary Fay Dease has observed increasing numbers of writers from other states interested in the KSP Speculative Fiction Awards.

“The competition has attracted entries from all over Australia, and we look forward to hearing from more interstate authors accessing this information through the website,” she said.

Previous winners include WA author Lee Battersby, who has also won the Australian Shadows Award, the Aurealis Award, and the Ditmar Award.

Source: KSP Writers Centre

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Advice for writers

johnjosephadamsof The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has some VERY good advice for authors making manuscript submissions. While many of the points relate to paper submissions, a process which is being phased out by email submissions, especially for short fiction, this list is definitely worthwhile reading!

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Here’s a story tap for you…

 We may all be space aliens…

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/14/2274877.htm

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