This is my six monthly update on free to enter science fiction short story competitions. This seems to be the time of year when the annual competitions usually want their entries. So instead of my normal format, I’m putting them in order of the deadlines.
- James White Award – closing date January 24th 2016 (it’s earl this year because Easter and hence Eastercon when the award is announced is early). Word limit – less than 6,000. See their website for details.
- Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award – closing date February 1st 2016. Word limit – no more than 8,000 words. Subject limited to showing the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration. See their website for details.
- Writers of the Future Contest – this is a quarterly contest and their next deadline is March 31st 2016. See their website for details.
This seems to be all that are showing signs of activity at the moment. Good luck to anyone entering them.