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) 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.
b) James Patrick Baen Memorial Writing Contest that looks for hard, near future, space-based science fiction – deadline normally 1st February each year and this is the case for 2014. Word count limit is 8,000. See here.
c) 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’ll need to get your skates on if you want to enter this. See here. Word count limit 6,000.
d) 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.
The observant amongst you will realise two entries have been dropped from my previous post, ARC and Zharmae. The latter shows no sign of a competition on its website as far as I can see. ARC says it will open for submissions during this year, but gives no indication of when or for what type.
Good luck to anyone entering any one of these and a Happy New Year for 2014!
There is a submissions tracker site that 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.