Sorry this is a bit later than normal… chaotic lifestyle at the moment what with publications, story writing and Loncon3 preparations… 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 – This competition will open on 1st October 2014 and normally closes mid-February the following year. Word count limit is 8,000. See here.
c) James White competition- this is an annual competition – it opened on 1st June this year, though I can’t yet see a closing date for this – so keep checking as this seems to be moveable because they need to announce it at Eastercon. 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.
I don’t know whether it’s me or not, but there seems to be a bias towards the fantasy end of science fiction at the moment… BORING… I wants me raygun… remember some people have claimed that they can beat the diffraction limit that leads to the dispersion of power and diminishes its effectiveness over distance… and if they can bend light the way they say then can, then breaking the diffraction limit looks really feasible… which incidentally has interesting consequences for space travel… Out with the fairies, trolls, orcs, elves, dragons, witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, steampunk, backward time travel, fluffy literary science fiction, and in with the technology – real humdinger technologies that are appearing in our world here, now, in the near future…. (OK That’s me grumblings done for now…)