Terry Pratchett has announced the winners of the first Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now writing contest. Two works, David Logan’s Half Sick of Shadow and Michael Logan’s Apocalypse Cow will receive a publishing contract from Transworld and will split the £20,000 prize. The two winners are not related.
The Mariposa Writers’ Group is holding a writing contest in conjunction with the Lake County Literary Lapses. Entrants should not have been commercially published and pieces (no longer than 2,000 words) may be fiction or non-fiction. There is a Can$15 entry fee for each submission and the deadline is July 15.
David Cake and Paula McGrath have been announced as the nominees for this year’s DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) race. The winner of the race will travel to North America to attend Renovation and also tour North America. Anyone who were active in fandom before January 1, 2011 may vote. The voting deadline is March 31.
The short list for Terry Pratchett’s Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize has been announced. The winner will receive a £20,000 advance on a publishing contract. The winner will be announced on May 31.
- Postponing Armageddon, by Adele Abbott
- The Platinum Ticket, by Dave Beynon
- Half Sick of Shadows, by David Logan
- Apocalypse Cow, by Michael Logan
- Lun, by Andrew Salomon
- The Coven at Callington, by Shereen Vedam
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The winners of the 2011 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest, sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, have been announced. The contest looks for stories which explore the promise of space exploration. The winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional stories and receive an award, membership to the 2011 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.
- Grand Prize: “That Undiscovered Country,” by Nancy Fulda
- 2nd Place: “Gemini XVII,” by Brad Torgersen
- 3rd Place: “Natural Selection,” by Michael Simon
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.