From time to time I've talked about the WOTF contest. I think it is one of the best around for new and aspiring SF/F authors, including those who write SFR. There are those of us who won't be eligible for this contest because we have too many published works already. But for others, this is a fantastic opportunity!

Here are the rules.


No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, (includes SFR) fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.  By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules. All entries must be original works, in English. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification.

To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children. 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.

Entries submitted hardcopy must be in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front paper, double spaced, with numbered pages. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author's legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, email address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author's name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author's name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author's legal name, pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, email address and approximate word count. Manuscripts will be returned after judging only if the author has provided return postage on a self addressed envelope. We accept only entries for which no delivery signature is required by us to receive them.

There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in U.S. dollars or the recipient's locally equivalent amount. In addition, at the end of the year the four First Place winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners also receive trophies.

The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the contest  All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final. Winners in each quarter will be individually notified of the results by phone, mail or email. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Send Your Entry By Mail To:
Writers of the Future Contest
PO Box 1630
Los Angeles, CA 90078

To submit electronically: Go Here

Good luck to all who choose to enter!



Amber Skyze said...

It does sound like a good opportunity. :)

Debs Carr said...

This competition sounds amazing.

Melisse Aires said...

Great to have you back online. Sounds like a great contest.

Laurie A. Green said...

The contest sounds great, Kaye, except I don't think I've ever written anything that short. Really need to try my hand at that someday. :)

Suzanne Brandyn said...

I'd love to enter a competition, but don't know of any for published authors. Such a shame. :)