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If you can write short . . .

I saw an announcement on the Pikes Peak Writers list serve that Bantam Spectra is running a contest for unpublished writers (their website calls it their "first annual" short fiction contest). If you can write a good spec fic story that's 2,000 words or under, you have until January 31, 2009 to submit it to them. Go here for the complete rules, but they are paying $100 to the winner (that's 5¢ a word, professional rates) and publication in Pulse, their short fiction magazine that's distributed at conventions.

It's free, which a lot of contests aren't, so if you can write short (and 2,000 words is short!) and your story is fantasy, science fiction, horror, or pretty much anything speculative, and you live in the US (sorry, UK friends!) send it along!

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Nov. 9th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
As far as I'm concerned, 2,000 words is almost flash fiction!

It's been a long time since I've written anything that short. Most of my stories tend to be in the 5,000-8,000 range. Which turns out to be a pain when it comes to marketing horror these days, since lately many horror magazines seem to have 2,500 words as their maximum.
Nov. 9th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well most of mine tend to be more the 75,000 to 120,000 range, so there! You're right about 2,000 words being almost flash fiction, I think. It's difficult to develop characters in that length. The shortest thing I have written was 4,000 words. I applaud those who can right that short, though. It's funny because when I worked in visual arts, it was the other way around; my best works were the small intimate pieces rather than large-scale.

Besides, you don't need to worry about this contest because it's for unpublished writers, and you've had a ton of sales this year alone!
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