The theme for the 2017 contest is: A HIDDEN, UNDERLYING TRUTH. This may be used literally, metaphorically, etc. Your interpretation of the theme must be integral to the story and not just mentioned in passing.
Contest opens: January 1, 2017 and closes March 31, 2017. There is no fee to enter and all entrants will be notified of the results by June 15th.
Word count for all entries: No minimum, no more than 3500 words.
Genre: All stories must be of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror genres.
Publication status: Stories must be original, unpublished, and unsold to any other market. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and written in Courier or Times New Roman font. Acceptable formats include .doc, .docx, and .rtf.
Prizes and Eligibility: The contest is open to non-professional writers (those who have not met eligibility requirements for SFWA or equivalent: sale of a novel or sale of 3 stories to a large-circulation publication (http://www.sfwa.org/about/join-us/sfwa-membership-requirements/). Previous first-place winners and current contest coordinators are ineligible to enter.
Requirements: The winning story will be the one that most effectively uses the contest theme as a key element. First-place receives $200 and publication in the 2017 Confluence program book (http://parsec-sff.org/confluence/). Second-place receives $100 and third-place receives $50.
Submission to the contest implies consent for publication, but all rights revert immediately to the author upon publication. Coordinators/Readers screen the entries and the ten best submissions are then read by the judges. Decisions of the judges and coordinators are final.
Number: A maximum of 2 submissions is allowed. Submit each one separately.
Judges for the 2017 Contest:
Joshua Bellin – Author of the YA SF duology, Survival Colony Nine and Scavenger of Souls.
Michelle Markey-Butler – Author of the historical fantasy, Homegoing.
Thomas Sweterlitsch – Author of the near-future SF thriller, Tomorrow and Tomorrow.
How to Submit:
Electronic submissions will be accepted through Submittable: (Opens January 1, 2017)
If this is your first time using Submittable, you will need to create a FREE account with them. Instructions for this will appear after you hit the submit link. It’s easy and quick.
Send snail mail entries to:
Confluence Short Story Contest Coordinator
2035 Ewings Mill Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108
Any questions, email Larry at firstname.lastname@example.org.