Stephanie Dray is holding the Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women. Young women between the ages of 13 and 22 are invited to submit short stories, essays, poems on a variety of themes in two age categories (13-18, 19-22). The winner in each category will receive $100 cash or a new e-reader, in addition to an award certificate, a month-long writing mentorship with Ms. Dray, a feature article in her blog and newsletter, and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates. The submission deadline is March 1.
In support of Claude Lalumière’s forthcoming The Door to Lost Pages, ChiZine is running a contest to provide names of imaginary books. Two winners will be selected, one by voters, one by Lalumière. The two grand-prize winners each get a free, signed, limited-edition hardcover copy of The Door to Lost Pages, and ten postcards featuring their winning entry. The contest is open from February 17 through March 15.
The call for nominations for the 2011 National Australia Fan Fund (NAFF) has opened. NAFF sends one fan each year to the current National Science Fiction Convention, which this year will be held in Perth at Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty. Any active fan living outside Western Australia is eligible to nominate.
DUFF administrators John Hertz and Emma Hawkes have called for candidates to stand for the 2010 GUFF race to bring a fan from Australasia to North America for the 2011 Worldcon, Renovation. Candidates need to have five nominators (3 Australians or New Zealanders, 2 North Americans), a short written platform, post a $25 bond, and a pledge to make the trip if they win.
Derryl Murphy is giving away three prizes related to his forthcoming novel Napier’s Bones. First prize will include a signed, limited edition hardcover of the book, second prize will be a signed trade paperback, and third prize will be a signed poster of the frontispiece. All entries must be received by February 22.
ChiZine Press has announced a review contest. To enter, review of ChiZine Press book and post a review on either Amazon or GoodReads. Send a copy of the review to ChiZine Press using the form on their webpage. Each review sent will enter the writer in a contest to win a free e-book.
The Aeon Award is open for submissions for their 2011 award. Once again, the judges are Ian Watson, Anne McCaffrey, Mike Resnick, and Sam Millar and the grand prize is 1,000 euros and publication in Albedo One. Second and third prize will receive lesser cash amounts as well as publication. New this year, the first place winner will have the option of having the winning story published in Storywire on Authorlink. The Aeon Award is sponsored by the magazine Albedo One.
Odyssey Con is sponsoring its fourth annual poetry/flash fiction contest. The contest has two categories: adult and youth. The adult category has a $10 entry fee and a prize of $500 to first place and an OddCon membership and books to top three finalists. The youth category has no entry fee a prize of $50 to first place and an OddCon membership and books to top three finalists. Entries should be 500 words or less of speculative (SF&F) fiction or prose poetry (paragraph form). This year’s contest is being judged by Marion Boyer. The deadline is January 15.
In honor of the launch of a new Charlaine Harris website with new forums, Penguin is holding a Charlaine Harris Sweepstakes through December 27, 2010. Five entrants will win a stocking and a copy of Dead in the Family, both autographed by Harris. Winners will be announced on January 3, 2011.
Peter F. Hamilton, David Mitchell and 15 other authors are auctioning off tuckerizations while James Sallis and four other authors are auctioning off a writing feedback session as a fundraiser for Autistica, the charity that funds research into early diagnosis, more effective treatments and the causes of autism – a condition which affects one in a hundred children. The auctions run on E-bay through November 21.