Two writing opportunities for mid July

It’s Wednesday already! And you know what that means. Yup. Sadly, I could only for two interesting opportunities that fit into the SFF genre, but two is better than none. Here are the two fiction SFF writing opportunities to tempt your typing fingers and get your imagination running.


Costa Short Story Award

Most writers will have heard of this one. It’s quite a prestigious competition, open to any genre and theme and it’s freeeeee! The six shortlisted stories will be published anonymously on the Costa Book Award website for people to vote for the winner. The winner will receive a whopping £3,500, second place prize is £1,500 and third place gets £500. Considering it’s free to enter, it’s well worth a try.

Your story should be original and unpublished, up to 4,000 words and submitted by 5 August.

Steve Martin Man with two brains

Mad Scientist stories

Mad Scientist Journal (yes, that exists) has opened for submissions of short stories about mad scientists written in 1st person and with elements of the speculative genre. So it could be science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, etc. The story should be in the form of a ‘scientific paper’, so like an essay, and be loosely based on mad science.

Mad Scientist Journal is comprised of a website and quarterly e-zine. A short story is published once a week and these are put into a book every quarter.

Stories should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words and payment is $20 (approx. £12.40). They also accept flash fiction of 500 to 2,000 words for $10 (roughly £6.20).

And they’re accepting special submissions for July only! Basically exactly the same as above but they don’t have to be in 1st person. This window closes on 31 July.


Good luck and happy writing!

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