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  • Annual SFReader.com Story Contest

    The SFReader.com contest is an annual contest for writers of speculative fiction. Reading period runs from 1 December - 31 December annually. Stories submitted outside that reading period will be deleted unread. The reading period for the 2016 contest will open December 1st, 2016.

    Make sure to read the guidelines below before you submit your story.

    The Rules

    • No submission fee
    • Story length: 1,000 to 5,000 words firm
    • No reprints
    • SFReader will be purchasing first electronic rights only and one-time reprint rights for an annual e-anthology
    • No simultaneous submissions
    • Multiple submissions are welcome, but please do not send multiple submissions in a single mailing
    • Email submissions ONLY! Send all stories to StoryContest@sfreader.com
    • Email all stories as attachments in Rich Text Format (.rtf)
    • Make sure you include your name and email address on your story
    Fiction guidelines

    We are interested in works that feature well-developed characters along with colorful settings and fast-moving plots. There are no restrictions on sub-genres, though all stories must be firmly within the realm of Speculative Fiction. Our interests include, but are not limited to: Hard Science Fiction, Soft Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Slipstream, and Alternate History, just to name a few. The speculative element must be integral to the story.

    Prizes

    1st Place: $100.00 and publication on SFReader and in the annual anthology
    2nd Place: $50.00 and publication on SFReader and in the annual anthology
    3nd Place: $25.00 and publication on SFReader and in the annual anthology
    Potential for 1 or more honorable mentions for $15 and publication on SFReader.com

    Notification and Posting

    Winners will be notified no later than March 1st. IF YOU AREN'T CONTACTED BY MARCH 1ST, YOU WEREN'T A WINNER IN THE CONTEST! PLEASE DON'T EMAIL ASKING IF YOU WON!

    Contracts will be completed, payments tendered, and the winning stories published on SFReader.com by the end of April.

    Submitting

    • EMAIL SUBMISSIONS ONLY!
    • Contest Opens December 1st
    • Contest Closes Midnight (US Eastern Standard Time) December 31st
    • Email to StoryContest@sfreader.com
    • Submissions outside the submission window (1 December - 31 December) will be discarded!
    Judging

    All stories will be judged and the winners/honorable mentions (if any) selected by me, Dave Felts, SFReader.com's owner and webmaster.

    Odds 'n' Ends

    Direct questions about the contest by email to Dave at webmaster@sfreader.com.

    Good Luck!!