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Submissions now open for 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Award

in association with Au Contraire 3, New Zealand’s 37th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention


Phillip Mann

Arthur C. Clarke-nominated author of the world-building classic The Disestablishment of Paradise.

Pre-judging by award-winning editing team, Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray.


NZ$100, story publication, and a selection of print books

to be awarded at Au Contraire 3


  1. Entry is free, but entrants should be current members of SFFANZ, or registered to attend the 2016 national conference Au Contraire 3. A link to SFFANZ can be found here. A link to the Au Contraire 3 membership page can be found here.
  2. Submitted stories can address any theme providing it is speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror or any sub-genre is acceptable), and should have a word count of 3000 words or less.
  3. Original stories only, no reprints or simultaneous submissions, please.
  4. Writers are welcome to submit more than one story.
  5. Standard formatting:  Ariel or Times New Roman, 12pt, 1.5 spaced, indenting for paragraphs, with the story title and numbering included as page header. Submissions are blind, so your name should only appear in your cover email and NOT on the manuscript.
  6. Stories for an adult audience are fine, but those with gratuitous sex, gore and violence are unlikely to be shortlisted.
  7. Please send your stories as a .doc or .rtf attachment to: ac2016storyaward@gmail.com with Submission: Your Story Title in the subject line. (Remember to ensure that your name or email address DO NOT appear on the manuscript).
  8. Competition closes at midnight 31 March 2016. Entries received after this date will not be read. All participants will be notified of the results by late April, 2016.


**Please note that entry to the award automatically assumes that the winning entrant will allow first print publication of their story by Au Contraire 3 in its Convention Programme to be distributed to convention members (all other rights to be retained by the author).



Call for submissions for Short Story anthology, to honour the late Sir Terry Pratchett.

Proceeds from the anthology will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK. The premise is short stories about loss and/or memory. The editors of the anthology are open to stories from authors from anywhere in the world, not just Europe.
Full information is at the following link.

Calling all Speculative Poets

Tim Jones is putting out an open call to New Zealand and Australian poets for submissions to Issue 2 of “Eye to the Telescope”, the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s new online journal, to be published in July/August 2011.

If you are interested, you can find out more, including submission guidelines, over at Tim’s blog “Books in the Trees”.

Enchanted Conversation: Submission Requirements

Do you write Fantasy?

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine is putting out a call for submissions.

The second Issue Theme is ‘Snow White’ and submissions open on May 11th and close May 14th. This issue is Poetry only. Enchanted Conversations has also kindly provided details for their next deadline too, which is Issue Three, Poetry and stories, and “Cinderella”

Enchanted Conversation: Submission Requirements

SpecFicNZ Short Story Contest


In conjunction with the Wily Writers Website for Down-loadable Speculative Fiction, SpecFicNZ is going to conduct its very first Short Story Contest.

This contest is only open to SpecFicNZ members, and will run from March 1st, 2011 to March 31st, 2011. If you are not a member of SpecFicNZ, it is not too late to join.

Editor of the Wily site, Angel Leigh McCoy, has generously agreed to publish the two winning stories in the June 2011 issue of Wily Writers, an issue featuring SpecFicNZ as the New Zealand national speculative fiction writers association.

She is doing this because she believes strongly “that writers organizations play a primary role in the support and success of up-and-coming writers. They provide networking and knowledge, the two most valuable treasures a writer can receive. If you’re not a member of a writers organization, then you may want to consider joining one, both so you can submit to Wily Writers this year and so that you have access to all the wonderful writing resources these organizations provide.”

Wily Writers is a significant market and was listed one of the 75 Best Online Markets by Writers Digest (Nov/Dec Issue 2010).

In addition to publication, the Wily Website will be paying the top two winning stories, and SpeFicNZ will be pitching in prize money as well. First place will be awarded $75 US. Second place will be $50 US.

Submission Guidelines can be found HERE, but please do not submit anything until March 1st.

No member of SpecFicNZ or its core committee will be judging the contest entries. They will be judged by an outside party (chosen by Angel McCoy).

Stories will not be edited, so send only your best, polished work.

Not a short story writer? If you only write novels, consider harvesting a short story or self-sustained excerpt out of your latest project to submit and promote your novel.

So, get writing and make NZ proud!

b0t fanzine now available

Grant Stone’s fanzine b0t is now available at: http://b0tzine.com/

Issue #1 includes articles by John Klima, Fábio Fernandes, Jeremiah Tolbert, Mark Deniz and Kit O’Connell, along with fiction by Matthew Sanborn Smith.

b0t is designed to be read on phones and other mobile devices and is ePub format only.

We’re always looking for contributors. Check out the submissions page for more details.

Fantasy and Horror stories published in 2010 wanted

Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror will be the first of an ongoing, annual
series collecting the best fantasy and horror stories from the Antipodes put out by Ticonderoga Publications.

Submitted stories should have been published between 1 Jan. and 31 Dec. 2010 and have a listed author who is a citizen, resident or otherwise be recognised as having significant ties to Australia and/or New Zealand.

Details at