The Twelfth Annual
PARSEC Science Fiction and Fantasy
Short Story Contest
Prizes and eligibility: The contest is open to non-professional
writers (those who have not met eligibility requirements for SFWA or
equivalent). Previous multiple winners and current contest
coordinators are also ineligible. The best story which relates to and
features the contest theme will be published in the Confluence 2007
program book, and the author awarded the first prize of $200. At the
discretion of the judges a second and third prize in the amounts of
$100 and $50 may be awarded, with possible publication in a PARSEC INK
publication (Triangulation 2007). Submission to the contest implies
consent for publication, but all rights revert immediately to the
authors upon publication. The coordinators will screen the entries,
and the best submissions will go on to our panel of three Judges.
Decisions of the judges and coordinators in all these matters are
final. There is NO entry fee.
Judges: Holly Lisle, author of several fantasy series, high fantasy
and contemporary (World of Korre, World Gates) and romantic suspense
novels (Midnight Rain, Last Girl Dancing); Tobias Buckell, author of
Crystal Rain, and over 30 published short stories; Jim Grimsley,
recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts
and Letters, the 2000 Lambda Literary Award for his fantasy novel
Kirith Kirin, author of published short fiction, a playwright and
Format: Stories must be Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror in genre.
Stories must be original, unpublished, unsold and no more than 3500
words in length.
Submit in standard contest format (title and page number on each
page, but author name only appears on separate cover page; otherwise
as in any professional submission). Email submissions accepted only
upon request (see below).
Include SASE for notification only, as manuscripts will not be
returned. Incorrect format will make the entry ineligible. Stories
must relate to the theme.
Theme: "Fewmets at the End of Time"
We think this theme is broad and challenging enough to give everyone
scope for new and interesting stories. Please remember, though, that
Confluence attracts many families, and the story will be printed in
the program book. A certain restraint and subtlety is called for. Too
much explicit gore will definitely count against you.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2007. The results
are generally in by the end of May and all entrants notified by June
Address: Send entries to:
PARSEC Short Story Contest
2966 Voelkel Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15216-2036
Calling all Children¢s Short Story Authors
Deadline is April 25th
Pinestein Press is looking for your best horror story that centers
around one of the most chilling haunts a kid can think of...the school
lunch room, that mysterious place where creepy creatures dwell, and
evil lurks, and mischief reigns, and things go bump in the day AND
night! Write a short story for kids (ages 7-10) centered around the
mysterious and horror-filled goings-on of a fictional school lunch
room. Tell your story in no more than 1,500 words, and include the
ookiest, yuckiest, scariest, chillingest plot lines, the most
compelling dialogue, the most memorable characters, the most humorous
tone,and the most surprising twist-and-turn ending ever! Winners will
be those that demonstrate extraordinary writing and indisputable kid
appeal! More details are on the web site at http://www.writerga
zette.com/ sendstudio/ users/link. php?UserID=