Friday, August 04, 2006

Got a Story? Got a Poem?

It's summer, and we've got our submission doldrums as most places do. So, a heads up for those of you who write Christian fantasy or science fiction, and for you who pen Christian speculative poetry:

1. If you have a story that fits the DKA vision, please consider submitting to Dragons, Knights & Angels. (And no, it's not just about those elements. In fact, we're hungry for good Christian science fiction.) We pay quite, quite, QUITE modestly, so don't have visions of a shopping spree if accepted. Maybe two lattes at Starbucks and a tip.

2. We've just announced our first poetry contest. This one pays better than our regular rates ($5.00 per speculative poem is the norm at DKA). Though you should read the whole announcement if you plan to enter, as it has other stuff you need to know and links to the forum where you ask questions about specifics, I offer here excerpts of highlights:

THEME: Revelation

Be creative. Avoid clich├ęs. Explore your associations of this wide-open theme. Surprise us. Move us. Enlighten us. Wow us.

While DKA is a "Magazine of Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy," we do not require overt Christian terms or metaphors, and in fact, we get bored of shallow and predictable treatment of spiritual and moral concepts and characters. Be fresh.


PRIZES:

All winning poems and honorable mentions (if any) will be published in DKA magazine. In addition, these cash prizes apply:

First. . . . . . $75.00
Second. . . . $40.00
Third. . . . . .$20.00


Honorable Mention(s): If the quality and number of the poems received allow for one or more honorable mentions, each would receive only the usual $5.00 regular publication payment.


GUIDELINES:

Entries must be original, unpublished works: no reprints. Poems may be in any form and up to 25 lines. Poems longer than the line limit will be automatically disqualified. Each poet may enter up to 3 poems, but each poem must be submitted separately. Poems must contain a science fiction or fantasy element.

DEADLINE:

All entries must be received before midnight September 30th (Eastern US Time).

We plan to announce winners at the end of October and publish them in November’s issue.


JUDGES:
RV Saunders
Mirta Ana Schultz
Keesa Renee Dupre





If you write SF/F and have no been "professionally published," and you have a story of up to 17,000 words that you think is really special, why not enter it into the WRITERS OF THE FUTURE CONTEST? You've missed all but one of this year's quarterly deadlines, but one is looming: October 1.

The prizes are nice and meaty:

8. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in U.S. dollars or the recipient's locally equivalent amount. In addition, at the end of the year the four First Place winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies or certificates.




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