Teleport is now taking submissions for a science fiction short story contest. This contest is for science fiction- next year will be fantasy. The story must be a minimum of 2000 words and no more than 25000 words. The contest opens May 20th and closes October 20th, 2018. Stories must be original work- no fan fiction.
1st prize: $500.00
2nd prize: $300.00
3rd prize: $150.00
Please, no YA, tween or children’s stories. I’m looking for stories that are adult and along the lines of Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Issac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, etc. Space operas and humorous sci-fi like Douglas Adams welcomed. The winners will be announced October 31st and I’ll use PayPal to distribute the prize money (winners can choose a check if they prefer). E-mail a Word doc of your story with word count, title and indicate that it’s for Teleport’s Science Fiction contest. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and good luck,
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I don’t understand why you paying by check and not PayPal like everyone else does. As this is problematic for international authors, unless you are excluding them from the contest?
I’m sorry; I didn’t consider the difficulty for international authors to handle/deposit a check from a U.S. bank into their personal account. I’m certainly not excluding international authors from the contest; I look forward to their submissions. If handling a check from a U.S. bank is as difficult as you say then, I’ll use PayPal as the means to distribute the prize money.
Thanks for the response and correction! Sending checks to far corners or the is always going to be more ineffecient than a PayPal transaction. As I say, that’s why most contest use this method and I don’t see why it you aren’t offering this method up front. Of course it is entirely up to you, but you will be putting off international authors this way. All the best.
Would you accept reprints, especially of stories not available on line except as e-books for sale?
Yes, as long as it’s your work and it’s original.
Thanks! And is there a limit on the number of entries from each author?
Yes, one entry per author.
Thanks for all the clarifications!
I’m interested in your contest; could you please expand on the rules a bit? In specific, I think you are saying that you will pay prizes for and publish the first, second, and third place stories, and no others. Can you confirm this?
It seems obvious, but some contests have grabbed or threatened to grab some subset of stories beyond the winners and published them without compensation, as a “benefit” of entering. Such a rights grab is of course not popular with authors.
Thus far, the people who have actually submitted stories and haven’t accused me of trying to rip them off in one way or another are in the running for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. The winners will get the prize money and have their stories published. I won’t publish those stories, which don’t win.
Thanks very much for the reply. I’m sorry if I came off as accusatory, that wasn’t my intent. I’ll work on something for the contest and see if I can have it ready by the deadline.
I look forward to your story. Cheers.
Are reprints okay or only previously unpublished?
Reprints are fine as long as it’s your work, but you may have to check if you have the rights to them.
Thank you and sorry for the repeat question. My laptop was unhappy and didn’t load the entire string of comments 🙁
We make our entries to email@example.com, right?
Is the competition still on or have I missed it?
The competition is still on. We stop accepting submissions October 20th. Winners will be announced the 31st.
Is there any chance you’d accept a PDF file? I use a Mac and don’t have office products. That said, I will make it happen it’s what you require.
Thanks in advance!
Yeah, I’ll take a PDF file this time, but normally I need a Word doc.
Thank you, I appreciate you being flexible!
how do i enter?
Send a Word document of your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate that it’s for the Teleport sic-fi contest and include the word count.