The Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Amateur Writing Contest will be taking entries through June 15. Full details are here.
The winner receives a $250 prize, second place, $100, and third place, $50. The top five entries also get free memberships in Balticon.
The Amateur Writing Contest is limited to those who are (1) 18 or over, (2)Maryland residents or currently students at a Maryland two- or four-year college. Disqualified from the competition are SFWA members and those who have been published in a professional science fiction/fantasy magazine.
Entries must be between a minimum of 1,000 and a maximum of 5,500 words. No reprints. Only one entry per person allowed. Formatting requirements are on the contest website. There is no entry fee.
The winner will be announced at Capclave on October 12. The winning story will be published in the Balticon convention guide and the author will be invited to do a reading at the con.
Those who are too young to enter this competition may be interested in the Jack L. Chalker Young Writer’s Contest.
And aspiring poets should check out the Balticon Poetry Contest.