For the month of April, all of my "A to Z" posts are directly related to my writing: the markets where I submit my work, in particular. Today, we take a look at this prestigious quarterly writing contest: Writers of the Future. Here’s what they look for:
"All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All entries must be original works, in English. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the contest. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the contest."
Pro: publication in a renowned print volume + cash prizes ($500 to $5,000); electronic submissions
Con: form letter rejections; once you make a few pro-sales, you're ineligible
So far, I've submitted two stories to WotF, but neither of my stories placed. The first time, they notified me: "You are not a winner." I tried not to take it personally. The second time, they phrased it this way: "Your entry did not win." Much better. Will I submit again in the near future? Definitely.
Thanks for visiting; enjoy the next "W" stop on your A to Z tour!