WINTER FICTION CONTEST DEADLINE is 23:59 December 7th – full details below:
PAGE () POTENTIAL
1st PRIZE: FULL EDITORIAL MARK-UP PLUS CO-PILOTING ON UP TO 20,000 CHOSEN WORDS OF YOUR PORTFOLIO
2nd PRIZE: $300
3rd PRIZE: $200
4th PRIZE: CRITIQUE/COMMENTARY ON UP TO 10,000 WORDS OF YOUR PORTFOLIO
PAGE () POTENTIAL is the name of our open fiction competition. As usual, rather than holding writers to a set theme, we prefer to give a prompt which germinates an idea but does not constrain imagination. That’s our prerogative and we want to see stories take strange tangents or head towards conclusions that surprise even the writer. Best of all are stories that leave one wondering and gasping for enlightenment. Stories that leave characters to the mercy of the reader’s imagination. Therefore, to facilitate the process of writing this kind of fiction (unusual – our kind), we offer the contest prompt, limited to 5000 words:
We prefer that stories are created specifically for the contest but if you can modify an existing draft to fit (and since it will be impossible to tell the difference, if you’re any good) we’ll turn a blind eye to such shortcuts – because all your work is hard work, right? Yep, we know. However, if we suspect we’ve seen a story in print elsewhere, we will turn a blind eye to your entire entry and not refund the little fee either. So, play fair(ish).
Writers can submit two stories of up to 5000 words each to the contest, in the same or separate emails, addressed to:
An entry should contain only the story title, wordcount (upper left) and story itself. Please number pages and save your file as [story title _ surname] before sending it as a Word Doc or PDF.
In the body of the email, please tell us a little about yourself and your writing and how you heard about us or the contest.
CONTEST RULES AND CONDITIONS
▪️In case we decide to publish winning stories online (in full or as excerpts), we ask for one-time publication rights, limited only by the author’s own needs. If the author’s work is accepted for publication elsewhere, we can withdraw it from our pages at once.
▪️Although we encourage passion, imagination and free spirits, we don’t appreciate explicit content, excessive violence or profanity, prejudice or discrimination, coercive views and anything that might be perceived as harmful. Please apply common sense and good taste.
▪️Entries that don’t adhere to the rules and specifications, align with the contest prompt, that bypass the deadline, are overly lax in proofing, contain shoddy formatting (if in doubt use PDF), are over the two story limit per author, or are deemed to be borrowing heavily from published sources will be disqualified without given reason.
▪️Please use a standard 12pt font such as Arial/Courier, apply double line-spacing and avoid page breaks. Indentation is left to personal choice. Keep the look of your story simple and reserve any strangeness for the text itself.
▪️ You must be 18 years old or over to enter the contest, applicable at submission date.
▪️Staff/volunteers of SLEEK CITY PRESS are not permitted to submit to the open contest.
▪️Adjudicators’ decisions are considered final and appeals will be disregarded.
▪️Although all submissions are read blindly and treated equally, we particularly welcome writing from individuals who may be marginalized by their personal/societal circumstances. This includes but is not limited to: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, neurodivergents, disabled authors, writers in economic hardship, women writers, underrepresented groups and minorities of any kind. We are a supportive platform for all writers.
▪️Participants will be sent an entry fee request on submission of CAD $7 per story. Individuals who find the fee prohibitive should request a waiver in the body of their submission email, briefly mentioning why the fee is (personally) prohibitive. This allows us to understand the bigger picture and tailor future events towards mitigating costs or supporting specific circumstances. Fee waiver is limited to one story only.
DEADLINE 23:59 DECEMBER 7th 2021
“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – James Matthew Barrie
We feel we could devote this entire website to thanking our volunteers and singing their praises but they keep telling us that the work is rewarding! We’re happy about that because we agree and that’s why we started all of this in the first place! Practically speaking, our volunteers work at their own pace, telling us what their current interests are, how much they’d like to read and then doing their best to be of service to other writers. It’s wonderful if you have relevant qualifications but it’s even better if you have passion and want to make a difference. From our side, we can provide you with the hottest new fiction from international writers, give you feedback on your feedback, advise you on your own writing, invite you to our fun meetings and make sure you always feel welcome and appreciated.
Contact Paige via:
to introduce yourself and your ideas. Tell us why you think you might enjoy a stay at SLEEK CITY PRESS and how long you could possibly remain. If paid opportunities ever arise in the near future, it’s likely that volunteers will be given first consideration.