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Monday, December 17, 2007


Lantern Books Essay Contest

Fee: None

The aim of our essay competition is to allow new thinking to emerge on the key subjects of Lantern's publishing program and to encourage new voices to step forward to shape the debate of the future.

Three topics to choose from:
How far does personal responsibility extend when it comes to the environment or other issues affecting the planet? Where do you find peace, and how can that space be extended? What "bad" experience has turned out to be "good" for you?

Deadline: December 31, 2007. Limit 1,500 words.
$1,000 first prize $500 second prize $250 third prize


SF Reader Short Story Contest

The contest opens to submissions on November 1st, 2007, and will remain open until December 31st, 2007 (last submission must be received no later than midnight, December 31st). Entries received before November 1st or after December 31st will not be considered!

Rules and Regs - READ AND HEED!

No submission fee
Story length is 1,000 to 5,000 words firm
No reprints
We will be purchasing first electronic rights only
No simultaneous submissions
Multiple submissions under separate covers are welcome, but please do not send multiple submissions in a single mailing
Email submission ONLY! Send all stories to
Email all stories as attachments in Rich Text Format (.rtf)
Include a cover letter with the title of your story and your name

Fiction guidelines:
We are interested in works that feature well developed characters along with colorful settings and fast-moving plots. There are no restrictions on sub-genres, though all stories must be firmly within the realm of Speculative Fiction. Our interests include, but are not limited to: Hard Science Fiction, Soft Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Cyberpunk, Slipstream, and Alternate History, just to name a few. The speculative element must be integral to the story.

This year I've up the prizes!

1st Place: $300.00, publication, and an author's interview
2nd Place: $150.00 and publication
3nd Place: $75.00 and publication