Science fiction and horror Writing Contests

Writers of the Future

We’re looking for a few spine-tingling horror stories! Think you are up to the challenge? Enter the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Horror Writing Category for your chance to win cash and get featured in Writer’s Digest magazine

Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • A chance to win the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize including $2, 500 and a trip to the 2014 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City.
  • A chance to win the $500 Category First Prize
  • Get your horror story promoted in Writer’s Digest and on WritersDigest.com
  • Receive a copy of the 2014 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market

Submission Guidelines:

  • Fiction Manuscript
  • 4, 000 words or less
  • Acceptable file types: doc, docx, rtf, pdf
  • 8.5×11 page size | Double-spaced throughout
  • 1-inch margins on top and bottom | 1.25-inch margins on left and right sides
  • Arial, Courier or Times font | 12 point font size

How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Early-Bird Entry fees are $20 per entry. Regular entry fees are $25 per entry.)

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Q&A

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What kind of writing is science fiction?

Originally a writing style which focused on the effects of theoretical technological advances on society and individuals, sci-fi has since extended into any fiction which incorporates currently unavailable technology as a major part of the story.