The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) is now accepting stories for its 2017 Annual Short Story Competition for new and emerging writers.
We are seeking science fiction and fantasy short stories that represent a diverse range of topics and authors within the genre.
The purpose of this contest is to encourage amateur and semi-professional writers to reach the next level of proficiency. We will look for engaging openings, good character development, well structured plotting, powerful imagery, witty or humorous language, unique word or phrasing choices, and convincing endings. A qualifying entrant is a writer who has not previously published in a paid, professional forum, book, magazine, etc. at the time of submission, and who has received no more than $1000 for any previously published short stories (total) or other work of fiction in electronic form. Having published a novel, either in e-format or on paper automatically disqualifies you as an entrant in the contest.
All contest entrants receive a short critique of their work and finalists receive an assortment of free books.
Past judges have included award-winning authors such as Daniel Kimmel, Steven Brust and Garth Nix, among others.
The grand prize winner will receive a free membership to Boskone 56, New England’s longest running science fiction convention.
The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. All submissions must be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in flat text, rich text, or any format readable by MS Word or Open Office. For more information, including submission guidelines and deadlines, visit http://www.nesfa.org/awards/storycon.html.
NESFA welcomes all writers and topics. We look forward to reading your submission and wish all of our writers good luck in NESFA’s 2018 Annual Short Story Competition.