I’m passing along news of the CrossTIME Short Science Fiction Contest held each year by Crossquarter Publishing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here is the information I have:
The deadline is February 15, 2010.
Crossquarter Publishing wants your original short (up to 7,500 words) science fiction stories that demonstrate the best of the human spirit. Stories may be science fiction, fantasy, or urban fantasy. No horror. No dystopia. The down-side of life is entirely too easy to imagine. They want to see writing where the author dares to envision a better world, however strange, & demonstrate the ability to make it real for the reader.
Your entry must be original, unpublished & unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. However, stories previously printed for copies only or for less than $10 are acceptable, provided all copyrights have reverted to you. Examples would be school newspapers, zines, & blogs. (You must, though, include information on where & when previously printed. They occasionally run segments through Internet search engines….)
The Official Entry Form is required, along with $15 readers fee for the first submission and $10 for each additional submission (check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, or American Express). The Entry Form on line is an old one, but I imagine you can get an updated one by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are entering more than one manuscript, you may mail all entries in the same envelope & write one check for the total entry fee.
Everyone who submits will receive one copy of the anthology, limited to one copy (regardless of the number of stories entered). Extra copies will be available at a reduced price.
Please submit electronic files in RTF format. Your name, address, phone number, and word count must appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page. Files may be emailed as attachments to email@example.com or mailed on CD (not DVD)
Team writing is acceptable, but only one copy of the anthology will be sent. The “team leader” should complete the Official Entry Form.
Awards: 1st place $250 plus publication, 2nd place $125 plus publication, 3rd place $75 plus publication, 4th place $50 plus publication, 5th through15th honorable mention plus publication. Byline given. Crossquarter Publishing buys all rights for five years (an early buy-out is negotiable, should you make the big time).
Every entry will be read by the judges. Judges’ decisions are final. Judges reserve the right to award more than one entry per placement (which is a fancy way of saying that entries might tie for a given place among the winners).
To receive notification of the receipt of your manuscript, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard along with entry.