Science Fiction

Writer on the Moon: Exploring Universal Themes and High Concepts

“The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon,” Thoreau noted mournfully, “or perchance a palace or temple on the earth, and at length the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.” This seminar will help you rediscover the high concepts and universal themes (those lofty ideas) that first …

Published: April 27, 2015

Shore Thing Writing Getaway

SHORE THING WRITING GETAWAY A One Day Writing Getaway June 20, 2015, Atlantic City, NJ Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City’s famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing …

Published: April 25, 2015

The Pen Factor’s Boutique Writing Competition

The Pen Factor invites writers to enter its Boutique Writing Competition. Word limit: 1500 words (short story or first chapter). Genre: Fiction. Submissions get three pieces of feedback in return for reviewing three others as part of the entry process. From this a scoring algorithm identifies the best submissions and the top 25% are awarded …

Published: April 24, 2015

Apocalypse Chronicles Short Story Competition

The end of the world is near. Again! For centuries, doomsdayers and self-styled prophets have claimed to know about the end of the world, emphasizing that their version of the apocalypse will come true. Of course, none of the end of the days predictions so far have come true – humankind and the earth is …

Published: April 24, 2015

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference is a full weekend of workshops, panels and presentations by educators, noted speakers and industry professionals focused on the craft and business of writing. This conference differentiates itself by presenting individual program streams for what we call the 3-A’s: aspiring, active and accomplished writers. Topics are offered in progressive streams, …

Published: April 23, 2015

FenCon Young Authors Story Contest

FenCon and the Dallas Future Society present our third annual “Young Authors Division” of the FenCon short story contest. We’re looking for a science fiction or fantasy story on any topic. The only limits are your imagination and a short list of rules found on Final judging will be done by experienced educators and …

Published: April 23, 2015

The Fictuary Short Story Contest

Fictuary’s first contest will be held between April 1 and May 1, 2015. Entries must be between 1000 and 4000 words, and any genre of fiction will be accepted.

Published: April 22, 2015

Page Lambert’s 18th Annual River Writing Journey for Women

ON THE RIVER OF DISCOVER WITH WOMEN OF INFLUENCE A 6-day rafting and writing retreat for women entering the crossroads of their lives—professionally, artistically, personally—the perfect time and place to inspire creative change. Featuring Special Guest Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the Denver-based American Indian College Fund. Destination: The Majestic Canyons of Utah’s …

Published: April 8, 2015

The Killer Nashville Claymore Award

Enter your unpublished crime literature manuscript in 4 easy steps, and you could win a publishing contract! Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller, including political thriller, cozy, police procedural, private eye, romantic suspense, paranormal mystery and historical mystery. Finalists will be posted on the Killer Nashville website and on our past winners …

Published: April 3, 2015

Metamorphose Fall Kick-off Contest

Metamorphose is preparing for the Fall 2015 first issue, and your story could be published in it. We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (3,001 to 7,500 words, fantasy/science fiction) and flash fiction contest (500-3,000 words). We are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters and fresh writing styles. The top five entries in each …

Published: March 28, 2015