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Monday, March 30, 2020

24th Annual Parsec SF/Fantasy/Horror Short Story Contest

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

The theme for the 2020 contest is: Forging! Any interpretation of the word is acceptable, but must be integral to the story in some manner!

Contest Open: January 1st 2020 and closes April 15th 2020. 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, of Horror genres

How to submit

Electronic submissions will be acceptable through Submittable (Opens January 1st 2020)

Stories must be original, unpublished, and unsold to any other market. Manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format, double-spaced, and written in either Courier or Times New Roman font. Acceptable formats include .doc, .docx, and .rtf. For an example of standard manuscript format, see:

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 (

Previous first-place winners and current contest coordinators are ineligible to enter.

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 2019 Confluence program book ( 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 seven best submissions are then read by the judges. Decisions of the judges and coordinators are final.

A maximum of 2 submissions is allowed. Submit each one separately.