Here’s my 6-monthly list of free to enter competitions in alphabetical order – well I don’t want to be accused of favouritism, do I?
a) ARC – says on their website they will be announcing a new competition shortly – so do keep your eyes open here. Word count over 5,000. More details here.
b) Baen’s Bar – still going as strong as ever – see here. The editor goes through the subs and if you’re lucky enough to catch his eye it will get published with fee being paid. Be warned, he has very few slots available. But you do get critiques of what you submit from fellow writers.
c) James Patrick Baen Memorial Writing Contest that looks for hard, near future, space-based science fiction – deadline normally 1st February each year. Word count limit is 8,000. See here.
d) James White competition- this is an annual competition – it opened on 1st June this year and it’s closing date is 31st Jan 2014 – so you’ve got plenty of time. See here. Word count limit 6,000.
e) Writers of the Future contest – up to 17,000 words and many budding science fiction writers have worked their through their echelons Open for one story per quarter – unless of course you are successful! Their year ends 30th September. Its forum can be found here.
f) Zharmae publishing press are about to start their next annual competition – 5th of Feb (usually closes May 5th – but best to check when the competion is open). Word count between 5,000 and 20,000. Check it out here. They have a very quick turnaround after the competiton closes on May 5th… they announce winners on June 5th!
Good luck to anyone entering any one of these.
As you know Duotrope has gone subscription only. For those of you not, for one reason or another, able to pay their fees, there is a new site that is very similar to Duotrope. It is free and ask only for donations It’s here. Please note it is still at beta version i.e. at a late stage in the development of the app.
And of course there’s the long standing Ralan – which is here.