This fall, EVENT Magazine has a smashing new contest for writers who like to experiment:
LET DOWN YOUR HAIR: A Speculative Writing Contest
Are you tired of magazines telling you they just don’t print science fiction? Are you worried your poem has too many goblins to be eligible for such-and-such contest? Fret no more, because here is a contest where the only limit (other than the word limit) is your wicked imagination. Here’s your chance to write work featuring time travel, alchemy, super powers, ghosts, dystopian societies, teleportation, robots with human emotions, humans with robot emotions, talking dogs, talking dolls, mutants, cruel wizards, very old men with enormous wings…
Amber Dawn is a writer living on unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver). Her memoir How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir won the 2013 Vancouver Book Award. She is the author of the Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa, and editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Women: Fear and Queer Desire and With A Rough Tongue. Her poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins was shortlisted for a 2016 BC Book Prize. Her second speculative fiction novel “Sodom Road Exit” is forthcoming in Spring of 2018.
Genre: Any! Fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and anything in between is welcome. We just ask that you keep your piece under 1,800 words.
Prize: $1000 grand prize! Second prize will receive $150. Both winning entries will be published in an upcoming issue of EVENT. All entries will be considered for publication.
Cost: $32.95 per entry; includes a one-year subscription to EVENT and all applicable taxes and shipping—a great deal!
Deadline: November 20, 2017 (submitted online)
To enter: Submissions are now closed. Stay tuned for updates on our future contests.
Full Contest Rules:
- 1,800 word limit on entries.
- Entries must not have been previously published, either in print or online, been accepted for publication elsewhere.
- No simultaneous submissions.
- Do not identify yourself on the entry
- Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by its own $32.95 entry fee.
- If already subscribed to EVENT, you will receive a one-year extension.
- If entrants wish feedback and commentary on manuscripts, please check out our Reading Service for Writers.
- Preliminary judging is done by the Editor and editorial assistants at EVENT.
- Douglas College students, employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Douglas College students may enter two years after completing courses.
- Entries must be submitted online by November 20, 2017.
- Contest results will be posted on our website and through social media in April. The winning entries will appear in the September 2018 issue of EVENT.
- For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-527-5293.
- Don’t forget to put the title of your piece at the top of the first page.
- Manuscripts should be double-spaced.
- Pages should be numbered.