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Spocon writing contest

 

SpoCon is excited to announce the resurrection of our annual writing contest for 2017!

Good feedback is invaluable to writers, so all entrants will receive comment sheets from at least two judges and an opportunity to have a one-on-one feedback session with a professional writer at SpoCon.

Finalists will be announced prior to the convention. Winners will be announced at Opening Ceremonies on Aug. 11.

Categories are:

  • Flash Fiction: 1,500 or fewer words
  • Short Story: between 1,501 and 5,000 words

You may submit one entry to each category.

 Prizes

We'll be awarding first and second place in each category.

First-place winners in each category will receive:

  • a first-place badge ribbon
  • an invitation to the Writers Reception following Opening Ceremonies
  • a signed book from our writing Guest of Honor
  • a certificate for free copy editing and proof reading to help get your story submission-ready

Second-place winners in each category will receive:

  • a second-place badge ribbon
  • an invitation to the Writers Reception
  • a signed book from our writing Guest of Honor

We want you to be able to submit your stories to other contests and professional publications. Therefore, we will not be publishing your stories anywhere, as that can greatly limit your future options. You retain full rights.

Fee

No entry fee, but proof of registration to SpoCon 2017 is required.

Deadline

June 15, 11:59 pm (Pacific time zone)

Method of Entry

Email to writingcontest@spocon.org

Attach the submission to your email as an rtf or Word doc. Other formats will not be accepted. If you are submitting to both categories, please attach each submission to a separate email.

Eligibility

Any SpoCon attendee 14 or older can enter.*

The stories must not be professionally published or for sale anywhere. (It's acceptable for it to appear on your personal blog, but please do not share it on social media between when it's submitted and the announcement of winners.)

Formatting

Stories must be:

  • double-spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman
  • Your title should be at the top of the first page. DO NOT include a title page.
  • DO NOT include your name or other identifying information in headers, footers, or anywhere else on your submission.

Your email must include:

  • your name
  • story title
  • which category your submission is for
  • your SpoCon registration number.

Judges will not have access to this information.

*Employees of SpoCon and the Fan Foundation and their first-degree relatives are not eligible for prizes. They may enter to receive judges' comments/one-on-one sessions. (People who volunteer at the convention are not considered employees for the purposes of this contest.) Writing pros/Guest are not eligible.