For their contests, speculative fiction is defined as any story in any genre that responds to the question "What if?" in a way that depends on science or on any fantastic elements. The genres might include science fiction (hard or sociological), fantasy, magic realism, psychological horror or suspense (no slash and gash please), ghost stories, urban fantasy, paranormal romance (no erotica please), etc. They may be based in the past, present or future.
There is no reading fee or entry fee for this contest.
Entry deadline, 30 November 2012 (may be extended if we do not receive enough entries).
Previously unpublished speculative fiction only please.
1,000 to 10,000 words.
Email submission as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment to contest @ stonethreadpublishing.com
Enter as many stories as you like, one story per email.
Name and email address must appear in upper left corner of the first page of the story.
Past tense is the natural voice of narrative; please, no present tense.
They will announce the winners by email to all entrants approximately one month after the contest closes.
All winning entries and all honorable mentions will be included in an anthology to be published as an ebook by StoneThread Publishing.
They reserve the right to publish the anthology in paperback as well.
First Place: $50 plus a copy of the anthology
Second through Sixth: $20 plus a copy of the anthology
Honorable Mentions: $5 plus a copy of the anthology
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