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9th Annual SFReader Short Story Contest
Author: Big Fat Prize
Category: Writers > Short Story
Date: 12/31/2010 05:00
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Location: United States, Online, Online
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Prizes :
1 place: 300 USD
2 place: 150 USD
3 place: 75 USD

The Rules

  • No submission fee
  • Story length: 1,000 to 5,000 words firm
  • No reprints
  • SFReader will be purchasing first electronic rights only
  • No simultaneous submissions
  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but please do not send multiple submissions in a single mailing
  • Email submissions ONLY! Send all stories to
  • Email all stories as attachments in Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Make sure you include your name and email address on your story

Fiction guidelines

We are interested in works that feature well developed characters along with colorful settings and fast-moving plots. There are no restrictions on sub-genres, though all stories must be firmly within the realm of Speculative Fiction. Our interests include, but are not limited to: Hard Science Fiction, Soft Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Slipstream, and Alternate History, just to name a few. The speculative element must be integral to the story.


1st Place: $300.00 and publication on SFReader
2nd Place: $150.00 and publication on SFReader
3nd Place: $75.00 and publication on SFReader

Notification and Posting

Finalists will be notified no later than March 1st, 2011. We anticipate working with the finalists to select the final three winners by April 1st, 2011. IF YOU ARE NOT CONTACTED BY MARCH 1ST 2011, YOUR WERE NOT A FINALIST OR WINNER IN THE CONTEST!

Contracts will be completed, payments tendered, and the winning stories published on by the end of April 2011.


  • Contest Opens December 1st, 2010
  • Contest Closes Midnight (US Eastern Standard Time) December 31st, 2010
  • Email to (as Rich Text Format (.rtf)) to
  • Submissions must be as Rich Text Format (.rtf) documents. Other formats will be deleted unread!


All stories will be judged and the winners/honorable mentions (if any) selected by Pete Allen, judged by Pete S Allen, editor-in-chief at
Creative Guy Publishing, the company that delights in bringing you such happy and weird titles as Stays Crunchy in Milk, Installing Linux on a Dead Badger and Starkweather Dreams. Tie-breaking votes (if required) will be cast by me, Dave Felts,'s webmaster.

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