A Merry Little Apex Christmas Flash Fiction Contest

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 24 comments

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Whether we’re ready to admit it or not – and I’m definitely not ready to admit it yet – Christmas is right around the corner. This means all the lights, the music, the festivities, and the cheer. To help brighten up the holiday Apex style, we’ve decided to run a flash fiction contest.

How to enter:

  • All entries must have to do with Christmas, but have a distinctly Apex slant – dark science fiction, fantasy, or horror
  • You can submit anytime between now until December 16th
  • 250 word limit
  • Email entries to apexwritingcontest@gmail.com with the title and author name in the subject line
  • Limit 3 entries per person
  • Story should be in the body of the email

Submissions will be read by Jason Sizemore and me (Lesley Conner) with the winning story being published on the Apex blog on December 23rd. Besides getting their flash fiction published on the Apex blog, the winner also receives the following fantastic prize pack: a short story (up to 5,000 words long) critiqued by Apex owner/publisher Jason Sizemore, payment of 5 cents a word, and a one year subscription to Apex Magazine.

To make sure that everyone has a merry Christmas, all entrants will receive a free issue of Apex Magazine. All you have to do is let us know in your submission email which issue of Apex Magazine you would like and we will send it out to you. Search our back issues to see which one you’d like to own.

 

 

 

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24 Comments

  1. If I’m submitting more than one entry should I send separate e-mails for each entry or just one?

    • Yes, please do send them in separate emails. That will help Jason and I keep them straight.

  2. Should folks who submit expect an auto-response?

    • Sorry, but no. We didn’t set up an auto-reply.

  3. Im living in Guyana can I enter?

    • Sure. There’s no location restrictions.

      • I’m brewing up a dastardly Christmas potion right now… :)! I hope it’s enough to make you cringe… at least, for a while. :)!

        • I can’t wait to read it. I’m reading all the entries in the order which I receive them, so I haven’t gotten to it yet.

  4. I have two questions:

    1) Would the winner have to send a story for critique right away?
    2) Would the short story sent for critique by the winner be considered for publication like any submitted story, if it meets Apex’s standards?

    Thank you.

  5. I have two questions:
    1) Would the winner have to send a story for critique right away?
    2) Would the short story sent for critique by the winner be considered for publication like any submitted story, if it meets Apex’s standards?

    • 1) No, the winner doesn’t have to send a story for critique right away. No rush.
      2) After receiving the critique, the winner is free to submit the story to Apex through our standard submission processes.

      Hope that helps. :)

  6. Hello,

    I was wondering if the story’s title would/should be considered as part of the total word count?

    Thank you.

    • The story title does not count toward the total word count.

  7. Hi, I was just wondering if the winner would be announced before the 23rd or if the announcement will come with the posting of the winner? Thanks, this was a lot of fun.

    • The winner will be contacted beforehand so we can get a bio and such, but the announcement won’t be made until the 23rd.

  8. Hi,
    Do all entrants, including the winner, receive the free issue of Apex Magazine? Or does receiving the free issue mean you’ve lost?

    • All entrants, including the winner, will receive a free issue of Apex Magazine if they asked for one in their submission email. I’m sending them out as I have time. It is in no way an indication of whether or not you won or not.

  9. So… I’ll assume that the winner have been contacted?

    I’m merely asking because I can use the story for another Christmas event, if it didn’t win here, but it’s getting awfully close to the deadline :)

    Michael

    • Not yet, but soon, promise.

    • I was thinking the same thing.

  10. We have announced the winner and runner up stories. Congrats and thanks!

    http://www.apexbookcompany.com/2013/12/winners-a-merry-little-apex-christmas-flash-fiction-contest/

    • Did you send out rejections to all the other submissions? I’m okay with not winning (the top story was definitely better than mine), but I’d like to know my story was at least received!

      • If your story was titled “First Frost” then I can confirm we received your story.

        • That’d be the one; thanks!

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