Terms and Conditions: Science Fiction Short Story Competition

The Rules

No entry form is needed. Entry is online.

Entries should be submitted by email attachment in MS Word, Open Office or PDF format. No responsibility is accepted for other formats which cannot be opened by the judges.

The address for entries is: wjwpublishing@gmail.com

The Closing Date is Sunday, 10th June 2012 (deadline extended). Winners will be announced in July 2012.

You may enter as many times as you wish, provided that each entry is accompanied by the entry fee of £3.50. Payment should be made by Paypal to wjwpublishing@gmail.com or by clicking the link on the site.

The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.

Entries are to be on the theme of Science Fiction in any sense. There is no restriction on style.

Maximum number of words is 3,500.

The prize for the winner will be £50. The runner-up will receive £35. This will be usually be paid via Paypal. Other winning entries will be published in the anthology. The anthology will be published in August 2012.

The winning stories must be available for the anthology and, therefore, must not have been published previously. By entering the competition, you assert that all material is your own original work.

Words Just Words holds full, exclusive worldwide publishing rights for one year after entry and non-exclusive worldwide rights in perpetuity after publication. These rights include but are not excluded to printed publications, Kindle and any other e-book, internet, digital or electronic editions.  Copyright remains with the author.

Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email.

The judges’ verdict is final.

No correspondence will be entered into once work has been submitted.

Stories cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered.

Your work may be edited for spelling, grammar or other reasons to ensure it is of a professional standard.

The short story competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.

We reserve the right to amend these Rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond our control. Any changes to the Rules will be posted on the website. We reserve the right to extend the deadline, not to award the first prize, and to cancel the publication of the anthology, where circumstances are beyond our control, or if the judges’ overall verdict is that the level of entries is not up to the required standard for publication. In the unlikely event of the competition being cancelled, entry fees will be refunded.

Entry is taken to be acceptance of these rules.

Short Story Online Entry Fees

Online Entry                    £3.50 per Entry

Critique (Optional)        £30.00 per Entry

Entry plus Critique    £33.50



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8 responses to “Terms and Conditions: Science Fiction Short Story Competition

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  4. Just waiting for you to organize a novella contest…

  5. Just a quick question: does posting the story on my blog count as ‘published?’ I know that for some competitions/anthologies it does, but for others it doesn’t. Where do you guys/gals stand?

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