A Fan-Operated Science Fiction and Fantasy Literary and Filk Convention in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area
This is the archive page for the 2017 Short Story Contest. We'll have the details for 2017 soon.
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FenCon and the Dallas Future Society are proud to present our annual short story contest. We're looking for a science fiction or fantasy story on any topic. The only limits are your imagination and the short list of rules below.
There is a fee of $10 per entry. Final judging will be done by top industry professionals and the winners will be published in our 2017 Souvenir Program Book. Contest results will be announced at FenCon XIV in Irving, Texas, on September 22, 2017.
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Rules and Regulations:
This contest is open to all amateur writers, defined as anyone who has not sold a work of fiction of any length to any professional publication before July 10, 2017. Sale of poetry or non-fiction does not count. “Sold to a professional publication” means being paid at least 3 cents per word. Electronic publications meeting these criteria count. However, some electronic publication involves no promise to pay any definite amount by any definite time; this does not count as a professional sale of the purposes of this contest.
Entries must be science fiction or fantasy, less than 5,000 words long, and the original work of the person submitting them. No "fanfic" or shared-worlds fiction.
No person may submit more than three stories. No person may win more than one prize. Stories must be original. Stories submitted in previous years of this contest are ineligible. In all cases, the decisions of the judges are final.
Entries must conform to the Contest Submission Guidelines and General Manuscript Submission Guidelines detailed below.
Persons who have won first prize in any previous year of this contest are ineligible. Persons who have won other prizes but whose stories have not been published in our souvenir program book remain eligible. Once you’ve been published in our book, it’s time to move on to paying markets - them fame, glory, debauchery…and rehab.
Applicable contest fees must be paid through PayPal, or by check sent to:
FenCon Short Story Contest
P.O. Box 701448
Dallas, TX 75370-1448
Any entry that does not conform to these rules may not be entered into the contest, may not be returned, and may not be acknowledged.
FenCon may, at its own discretion, keep archival copies of contest submissions, but all other copies may be destroyed. For your own protection, keep a copy of your submission. No submissions will be returned. All rights will remain with the authors.
Contest Submission Guidelines:
Each story must be submitted as an RTF format document in a separate email, with its own completed official Entry Form. The official Entry Form serves as a cover sheet for your story. It must contain your story title, name, and contact information (including phone number, email address, and mailing address). You can’t win if we don’t know who you are.
On each page of your story, include only the page number and your story title with no name or contact information. These special contest procedures allow the contest administrators to anonymously circulate your story without the cover page to the judges, to avoid any appearance of bias (in case your name is known to them). Only the contest administrator will have the entry forms with your name and contact information until judging is completed.
No “fanfic” or shared-worlds fiction. All work submitted must be the original work of the submitting author.
You must not submit the same work of fiction to both the short story contest and the writer’s workshop. Any such entries may be disqualified.
Submissions must be emailed in Rich Text Format (RTF) to: email@example.com. All major word processors will allow you to save a document as an RTF file.
Submissions not meeting proper manuscript format may not be included in the contest.
General Manuscript Submission Guidelines:
If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.