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Adventure Scifi/Fantasy Short Story Contest!

*3/17/18 The ASF Short Story contest is now closed for entries.

WELCOME! It’s time for the

Adventure Scifi and Fantasy Short Story Contest

It’s important to have an awfully long title for a short story contest, I think.

Entries for this Short Story Contest are now closed. Thank you to those who submitted!

You can submit your short story entry between 12:01 AM PST (PDT) February 26th to March 16th, 2018 at 9:00 PM PST (PDT).

This means you still have time!

I’m looking for talented, inspired writers to take a stab at this FREE contest to win some prizes and have their short stories included in an anthology (all proceeds from sales will be donated to a charity. In this case, I’ve chosen Compassion International) and bragging rights to all your friends and grumpy neighbors…and not grumpy neighbors…or maybe just your dog…unless you’re a cat person…fish don’t count. Ahem! Let’s get to it, shall we?

The Basics

Enter your short story (1,000 – 5,000 words) using this photo as initial inspiration

Contest Ebook Cover.jpg

Use the contact form at the bottom of this post or the “contact” option in the menu to get started on submitting your entry.

  • I’ll email you back after I receive your initial email. (This should happen w/in 24 hours. If not, leave a comment below to let me know so I can check spam!) In my return email, I’ll send you a number that I’d like you to add to the cover page of your story. Please don’t add your name to the Word doc. Just the title and your number. This assigned number will help keep the judging a little more anonymous. Further instructions will be in the email, and your reply should include your Word doc. The rest of the details are below.

  • Basic formatting: page size of 8.5″ x 11″, 1 inch margins, 12 pt Times New Roman font, double-spaced, indented paragraphs.

Important things to keep in mind: 

  • The image above is ONLY a jumping point for tone/theme inspiration and doesn’t have to represent your characters or specific setting (although using this setting appropriately somewhere in the story would be a good idea if you can shake it).
  • Genres for the contest are Contemporary or Future: Adventure, Scifi, and/or Fantasy
  • Stories should contain no sex, gratuitous violence, or excessive swearing (If I can’t feel comfortable posting it to my blog, it probably won’t pass the judging, so keep this in mind and use your awesome writer skills!)

There are some great prizes, but I’m super excited about the guest judges.

Please welcome Morgan Wylie and Claire M. Banschbach!


Morgan Wylie – An award-winning author with several genres published from YA fantasy to adult paranormal romance and other things in between. Morgan published her first novel, Silent Orchids, one year after moving across the country with her family on a journey of new discovery. After an amazing three years in Nashville, TN and the release of two more books, Morgan and her family found their way back to the Northwest where they now reside. Still working everyday with great optimism, Morgan continues to embrace all things: “Mama”, wife, teacher, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head… where it gets pretty loud!


Claire Banschbach – A published author of YA fantasy fiction. Her titles include The Rise of Aredor, Wildcat of Braeton, and Adela’s Curse. Claire is from west Texas and graduated from Texas Tech HSC with a degree in physical therapy. She’s a pediatric physical therapist, and when not consumed with her gainful employment, she’s spending time with her awesome big family, dreaming up new worlds, or writing her heart out.

Official Rules and Information

    1. Opens Monday, February 26th, 2018 at 12:01 AM PST (PDT)
    2. Ends Friday, March 16th, 2018 at 9:00 PM PST (PDT)
    1. Action/Adventure and/or Scifi/Fantasy, inspired (at least in part) by the contest’s theme picture/book cover.
    2. No sex, gratuitous violence, or excessive swearing
      1. Think PG (or PG-13 at most) movie
      2. When it comes to swearing, a bare minimum is acceptable, but I’m partial to more creative ways to express a character’s emotional outbursts wherever possible.
    1. Top 15 Stories (Finalists) will be included in an anthology book. All proceeds from the anthology book sales will be donated to Compassion International.
    2. 1st place receives
      1. One custom book cover designed by Rachael for both print and ebook
      2. Winning story on Rachael’s website
      3. An interview or author profile on Rachael’s website w/social media shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram 2 times a week for 2 months
      4. Winning story included first in the book w/special recognition
      5. 2 print copies of the Anthology (or ebook if outside the US)
        1. (1st place prize valued at approximately $100 USD)
    3. 2nd place receives
      1. One custom ebook cover designed by Rachael
      2. An interview or author profile on Rachael’s website w/social media shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram twice a week for a month
      3. 2nd place story included in the anthology w/special recognition
      4. A Print Copy of the Anthology (or ebook if outside the US)
        1. (2nd place prize valued at approximately $60 USD)
    4. 3rd place receives
      1. An interview or author profile on Rachael’s website w/social media shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram once a week for a month
      2. 3rd place story included in anthology w/special recognition
      3. A Print copy of the Anthology (or ebook if outside the US)
        1. (3rd place prize valued at approximately $20 USD)
    1. Must be 18 years of age or older if you are from a country outside USA
    2. In United States, must be at least 14 years of age as of start date of the Contest (Feb 26th, 2018) to participate
      1. If under 18 years of age and your story qualifies for the anthology, you will need parental consent to have your story included within the book.
    3. I hate to restrict the contest too much, but only residents from USA, United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada (excluding Quebec), Chile, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden,  and Thailand can enter
      1. (if you live outside these countries and are able to provide me with information that shows you are legally allowed to participate in this contest, please contact me!)
    4. Family Members of the contest holder and other judges are excluded from participation
    5. Void where Prohibited by Law
    1. Use the CONTACT form on this website
      1. Type “Anthology Contest” first
      2. Include Name and Email Address
      3. If US Resident under 18, please specify.
    2. Rachael will reply
      1. She will then require you respond with an attached Word .doc/.docx of the story entry
        1. If you don’t have Word, some other programs such as Scrivener let you save in Word .doc/.docx file format.
        2. If you use Google Docs, that would work in place of a Word .doc, or
        3. There is also Open Office, which would be an acceptable form of file entry
        4. If you don’t receive a response within 24 hours of contacting her, please leave a comment on her website to let her know! Hopefully nobody’s messages go to spam.
    1. The contest holder will judge the first round, narrowing entries to the ranked top 20 based on the following criteria
      1. Fits the genre(s)
      2. Meets length criteria (1,000 – 5,000 words)
      3. Premise/Concept (hook), Presentation, Structure/Plot & Pacing, Characters & Dialogue, Conflict & Resolution, Reader Engagement
      4. In the possible case of a tie, the overall accuracy of grammar, spelling, and punctuation will be used as the determining factors
    2. In the 2nd round, an impartial qualified author judge (or two) will read and rate the top TEN stories based on the same criteria.
    3. 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place entries will be chosen from the top ten based on the combined score of the second and first round scores.
    1. Top Ten Finalists Announced
      1. Monday, April 9th, 2018
        1. Subject to change depending on amount of entries (notification will be made in a post at if this is the case)
        2. Announced in a post at and each entrant placing in the top 20 will receive an email notification of their position
    2. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners Announced
      1. Monday, May 7th, 2018
        1. Subject to change depending on amount of entries (notification will be made in a post at if this is the case)
        2. Announced in a post at and each entrant placing 1, 2, or 3 will receive an email notification of their position
    3. Winners have one year from the public announcement to claim their prizes. If a winner resides within the United States, they must agree to share their address with the contest holder to receive a print copy of the anthology book. The anthology book will be shipped to the winner once it has been published. An ebook will be provided in place of a print version if living outside the US or if requested.
  10. All stories remain the intellectual property of their respective authors.
  11. ONLY submit your own work.
  12. Do not submit material that has already been published. Only submit previously unpublished work to this contest.
  13. If chosen as up to the Top 20 Overall Finalist and your story is included in the anthology book, you will retain copyright to your story, but by entering this contest you give the contest holder permission and license to include your submitted entry story in the anthology. You will be given full credit for your work within.
  14. If chosen as a Top 20 Finalist, if requested, you agree to make minor changes and corrections—including but not limited to spelling or grammar—to your work as prescribed by the contest holder before publication in the anthology book.
  15. Contest open to published and unpublished writers!
  16. Phew! That should be all the legal stuff out of the way. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me via CONTACT on the menu!

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25 thoughts on “Adventure Scifi/Fantasy Short Story Contest!”

  1. Sorry to be a bother but I haven’t received a response to the email I sent earlier this week. Could you check your spam please


    1. Oh no! No bother at all. I’m so sorry, Deb. Try emailing me directly (writingraci AT gmail DOT com). My spam folder doesn’t have anything in it from you. Thanks for your patience and for letting me know!


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