Category Archives: novella

Leapfrog 2014 Fiction Contest


Leapfrog 2014 Fiction Contest. Open January 15, 2014–May 1, 2014. Entry fee: $30.

Adult and Children’s manuscripts: Novels, novellas, story collections, any style
Finalist judge: Mark Brazaitis

See for details. Email:

Military sci-fi/horror novellas and short stories wanted


An anthology of military sci-fi/horror.

SNAFU will be an anthology of military sci-fi horror novellas and short stories.
Bioweapons unleashed, mutations, ancient species unearthed in lost caverns deep within the earth… and the soldiers who fight them. You get the drift?
We have solicited novellas from some of the biggest names in the business, and this is your chance to appear alongside them.
There will be approximately 60,000 words taken up with novellas by the solicited authors, so we are looking for three or four short stories via the submission process to fill the rest of the wordcount up to about 80,000.




We are looking for stories that take the standard military thriller and inject some horror, whether it be bioweapons, creatures from another planet or dimension, or anything that you can imagine.

We want action-filled, plot-driven tales that carry the reader along for the ride.
Think Jonathan Maberry, Greig Beck, Warren Fahy, and Weston Ochse (SEAL Team 666 series).
Think Dog Soldiers, Predator, or Alien.
If you haven’t read Jonathan Maberry or Greig Beck, or SEAL Team 666 or Fragment, then what are you waiting for? Get reading.

Submission period – September 1, 2013 until December 1, 2013

Payment – 3 cents/word (semi-pro)

Length – 3,000 to 7,000 words (if your story is longer or shorter, contact us first. We’re willing to look, on a case-by-case basis)

PLEASE NOTE: if your story sits outside our word limits and you haven’t contacted us first to check that this is okay, we will delete it without reading it.
Follow these guidelines when submitting to us:

  • Please put your full contact details on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Standard submission format, with minimal document formatting.
  • Courier or Times New Roman; 12pt; italics as they will appear. No underlining.
  • Double spaced.
  • DO NOT use tab or spacing to indent lines. Use ‘styles’ only.
  • Please put full contact details on the first page of the manuscript.

For a guide to standard submission format, see
The only variation to this format is that italics MUST appear as they will be used; no underlining.
Stories that fail to follow these requirements will be deleted without being read, so please don’t ruin your chances.

Submissions should be sent as an attachment via email as an RTF file.
Name your file thus: SNAFU_”name”_”submission title”, using an underscore to separate all words.
Write SNAFU: “Submission Title” in the subject line of the email.
Please include your full contact details (postal address, e-mail, phone number) as well as word count in the body of your email AND on the top of the first page of your manuscript (as per Shunn’s guide), and send your submission to:

Book contest for horror, thrillers, suspense, apocalypse and mystery


Assent Publishing’s Bad Day Books is hosting; deadline is Oct. 31, 2013; 70,000-120,000 words for novels and 40K-50K for novellas; details HERE:

FREE contest for book of short stories or novella


Drue Heinz Literature Prize; deadline June 30, 2013; $15,000 prize plus publication; send 150-300 pages of short stories or novella (130 pages max) or a combo of the two; details HERE:

Accepting submissions for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #24


Stephen Jones is now accepting submissions for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #24 (stories and novellas that were published in 2012). deadline Jan. 31, 2013; Details HERE:


The Winter Anthology writing contest


deadline Jan. 15, 2013; prize of $1,000; $10 entry fee; group of poems, single story or essay, full-length novel, novella or collection of essays or short stories; details HERE:


Evening Street Press short novel contest


$500 prize plus publication; send novel 30,000-70,000 words; deadline Dec. 1, 2012; $25 entry fee; details on the Grassic Short Novel Prize HERE:


Contest for book of short stories or novella


Snake Nation Press’ Serena McDonald Kennedy Award; deadline is August 31, 2012; novella up to 50,000 words or collection of short stories up to 200 pages long; fiction and nonfiction accepted; $25 entry fee; winner gets $1,000 prize; details HERE: