In fact, the Fantasy Faction 2012 Anthology short story competition, open to unpublished writers, and offering a chance to win not only publication alongside some of the coolest names in fantasy, but also a cash prize and a pretty nifty trophy, opened yesterday. That’s right: entries are now being accepted.
Now, don’t worry if you haven’t even thought about writing a story (or three) to enter, because neither have a lot of other people–and you have plenty of time. The competition runs for a stellar 150 days, so there’s plenty of time left to get your story written, perfected, and entered into the running.
The full breakdown of rules are naturally waiting patiently for your perusal over on the main anthology site, but here’s a brief nod to them:
- Stories must be fantasy–but the definition of that it up for grabs. Sci-fi and horror with fantasy elements still cuts it as fantasy.
- No more than 8,000 words.
- Unpublished fantasy writers only.
- Stories must be original and unpublished.
- Entries must be in English.
I think this is the best thing to happen in the fantasy community in a long time, and it’s definitely a fantastic way to kick off the year. 2012 is set to be a good year for fantasy, and Fantasy Faction will definitely be one of the reasons for this. There’s even a snazzy extra bitbob called “Entry Plus“, where writers seeking critique on their entered stories might pay a nominal fee (because to receive critique on your work from the judges–have you seen the authors named?!–and only pay £7, is a nominal fee) per story entered (s’only fair) and receive detailed feedback. I know which entry type I’ll be going for… well, on one of my entries at least!
Yep, I’ll be entering. I would be absolutely mad not to. I’m going to be very coy and not talk about what I’m going to write, because I’m one of those writers that will happily yabber on about his work in the dark, but will get all self-conscious when I have to do it with the light on. A poetry teacher I once had referenced a character in a play (not sure if it was old Shakey), who was a writer, and would spend so much time on preamble and explanation and justification of his work, that he never actually read anything aloud throughout the duration of the plot. I’m that guy.
Hopefully entering a competition like this, and focussing on submissions this year–to some of the excellent SFF magazines and ezines out there–will build up my outer confidence, so that it resembles my inner confidence somewhat. But I’ll blog about that another time, when I’m not specifically plugging Fantasy Faction.
Either way; check out the site, go forth, and enter! And don’t forget to pre-order the anthology itself, too. For all the latest news about the contest, keep checking out the site, or follow @FantasyContest on Twitter.