Sunday, April 15, 2007

ChiZine's 13th Story Contest Info Now Up

Snarky Chris got honorable mention last time round. Maybe he can win it this year. Whaddya say, Chris?

I don't write dark enough for them, but if YOU do, this is a good contest. The magazine pays pro rates, and the judges usually include a well-known name. (Last year they had Ellen Datlow as one, and Neil Gaiman the tie-breaking judge, if needed.) This year, two-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, Elizabeth Massie, is on the roster.

Here's the info:

THE 13TH CHIAROSCURO SHORT STORY CONTEST


PLEASE NOTE: The contest runs from June 1st to June 30th, 2007.


JUDGES:

Robert Boyczuk
Brent Hayward
Tim Lebbon
Elizabeth Massie
Douglas Smith
Michael Marshall Smith (tie-breaking judge)

PRIZES:

1st prize: Publication in ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words at five (7) cents per word (USD), plus the winner's choice of six (8) selected Leisure horror titles.

2nd prize: Publication in ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words at five (7) cents per word (USD), plus the winner's choice of four (6) selected Leisure horror titles.

3rd prize: Publication in ChiZine: Treatments of Light and Shade in Words at five (7) cents per word (USD), plus the winner's choice of two (4) selected Leisure horror titles.

There will also be three honourable mentions.

GUIDELINES:

• Dark.
• Well-written.
• 4,000 words or less.
• Rich Text Format or Microsoft Word attachment.
• No reprints.
• No simultaneous submissions.
• No multiple submissions.
• Send to ONLY this address:

(Submissions sent to any other address will be deleted unread.)

All submissions will be stripped of author identification and sent to the judges via a third party.

Winners and honourable mentions will be announced by July 31st, 2007. The top three placers will be published in ChiZine issue #34 (October–December, 2007).

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Mir,

Yeah, I got short-listed. But they turned down the story for the mag. So no $. Teir pro rates are on the low end I think. Neil Gaiman is just an icon or figurehead. Adds nothing to the competition IMO.

But it's still a great contest. And it's free! Thanks for the reminder. Have to see if I've got anything suitable.

I also saw my 1st poem in print in that little DKA mag! They'd save a fortune just mailing them as letters I think. Lulus is gouging you on the mailing by stuffing it into some big cardboard monstrosity.


Chris

Mirtika said...

I actually was the lone voice against the print issue. Then I relented, cause the consensus was that writers felt GOOD getting a hardcopy they could keep on their shelves or show relatives. A more permanent feeling thing than ezines could be. So, yeah, I get that. I like having my stuff on hardcopy, too. I just think it's pricey right now.

Hey, I liked your poem!

If you get something nice and dark for the Chi Contest, drop me a comment. Oh, and yeah, they are on the shorter end of pro, but hey, a couple hundred bucks is a couple hundred bucks. (Plus you get a bunch of free books. Probaby 60 to 80 bucks worth.)

Mir