29/01/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Albedo One, Irelandís magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, tells us their fifth International Aeon Award short fiction contest is on the horizon. Grand prize is 1000 Euros and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place stories win 200 and 100 Euros respectively, alongside publication in Albedo One.
This year they have a bonus prize for the winning story courtesy of the Authorlink.com service. The winning story will have the option of a free one-year publication in their Storywire section where authors earn royalties from online readers of their work.
The contest is open to stories of up to 8000 words in any speculative genre, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, or anything in between or unclassifiable. The judges have a broad definition of what constitutes a genre story. The contest is also open to writers of all nationalities. The winning stories will be chosen by genre author Ian Watson, who will again act as Grand Judge for this yearís contest.
The contest is open from 1st of January 2010 until November 30th 2010, and runs in four rounds, at the end of which the judges will announce on the Albedo One website a shortlist of those entries they feel worthy of further consideration. The 1st round ends March 31st, the second round, June 30th, the third round September 30th and the final round November 30th 2010.
The aim of the contest is to promote new writers and writing in the speculative fiction genres, and previous contests have certainly shown us that speculative fiction at the shorter lengths is alive and well, despite its many detractors and those who would pronounce the decline of SF, horror, fantasy etc. or the death of the short story.
Previous winners have been announced at the World Science Fiction Convention and European SF Convention, they have been reprinted or received Honourable Mentions in the Yearís Best Science Fiction and Yearís Best Fantasy and Horror volumes.
An entry fee of 7 euro applies to all entries, and can be paid via PayPal at the Albedo One website.
Entries may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org Full details may be found at http://www.albedo1.com/html/aeon_award.html
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