Friday, October 26, 2012

Coming! StoneThread Publishing's Contest and Anthology


Stonethread Publishing's first contest and the resulting anthology was such a huge success that they’ve decided to do it again! They’re seeking speculative fiction short stories. They define speculative fiction as any story in any genre that responds to the question “What if?” in a way that depends on science or on any fantastic elements. The genres might include science fiction (hard or sociological), fantasy, magic realism, psychological horror or suspense (no slash and gash please), ghost stories, urban fantasy, paranormal romance (no erotica please), etc. They may be based in the past, present, or future. With that in mind, send them your best effort.

Contest Rules

There is no reading fee or entry fee for this contest.
Entry deadline, 30 November 2012 (may be extended if we do not receive enough entries).
Previously unpublished speculative fiction only please.
1,000 to 10,000 words.
Email submission as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment to contest@stonethreadpublishing.com.
Enter as many stories as you like, one story per email.
Name and email address must appear in upper left corner of the first page of the story.
Past tense is the natural voice of narrative; please, no present tense.
Winners will be announced by e-mail approximately one month after the contest closes.

Note: The editors and judges will endeavor to correct any inadvertent errors in a submission (e.g., email address missing from the manuscript) but we will not read entries that are under or over the word-count limits or that are presented in present tense.

 

Prizes

All winning entries including all honorable mentions will be included in an anthology to be published as an e-book by StoneThread Publishing. We reserve the right to publish the anthology in paperback as well.

First Place:   $50 plus one copy of the anthology
Second through Sixth:       $20 plus one copy of the anthology
Honorable Mentions:         $5 plus one copy of the anthology

To get on our mailing list for releases and other contests, please visit http://stonethreadpublishing.com/contests and sign up.

Our first contest resulted in an anthology, Body-Smith 401 and Twenty Other Stories, dedicated to the memory of Ray Bradbury. You can purchase it at Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/234378) in any e-book format. During checkout use the coupon code CH76A (not case sensitive) to get 25% off your order. You can also purchase it at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009991BZQ) but there's no coupon for it there.

PS: My SharingwithWriters newsletter regular runs accessible contest suggestions. Send me an e-mail with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and I'll do it for you. (-:


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Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about this blog:

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