The Fourteenth Annual
PARSEC Science Fiction and Fantasy
Short Story Contest

Prizes and eligibility: The contest is open to non-professional writers (those who have not met membership requirements for SFWA or equivalent). Previous multiple winners and current contest coordinators are also ineligible. The best story which relates to and features the contest theme will be published in the Confluence 2009 program book, and the author awarded the first prize of $200. At the discretion of the judges a second and third prize in the amounts of $100 and $50 may be awarded, with possible publication in a PARSEC INK publication. Submission to the contest implies consent for publication, but all rights revert immediately to the authors upon publication. The coordinators will screen the entries, and the best submissions will go on to our panel of three Judges. Decisions of the judges and coordinators in all these matters are final. There is NO entry fee.

Judges: Walter Hunt, author of The Dark Wing series, four space adventure books from Tor; Sarah Beth Durst, author of YA fantasies Into the Wind and Out of the Wild; and S.C.Butler, author of Reiffen's Choice, Queen Ferris, and the upcoming The Magician's Daughter. .

Format: Stories must be Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror in genre. Stories must be original, unpublished, unsold and no more than 3500 words in length. Submit in standard contest format (title and page number on each page, but author name only appears on separate cover page; otherwise as in any professional submission). Email submissions accepted only upon request (see below). Include SASE for notification only, as manuscripts will not be returned. Incorrect format will make the entry ineligible. Stories must Relate To The Theme.


"Dark Glass"

This can be used as a metaphor, literally or anything in between. Please remember, though, Confluence attracts many families and the story will be printed in the program book. A certain restraint and subtlty is called for. Too much explicitness will definately count against you.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2009. The results are generally in by the end of May and all entrants notified by June 15th.

Address: Send entries to:

Ann Cecil
PARSEC Short Story Contest
2966 Voelkel Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15216-2036

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Last time’s winners (for the theme of "Metallic Feathers") were:

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