Writing Contest

2017 GPS Writing Contest

For science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural, and alternate history short fiction, poetry and comics

This contest provides a forum for new talent of any age and gives them a chance to learn about the publication process and its requirements. The submission requirements are not negotiable, nor should this contest be used as a required class exercise by teachers. Teachers, please encourage your students to enter our contest but don’t make it a homework assignment. Entries must be science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural and alternate history short fiction, poetry and comics.

All entries remain the intellectual property of the writers, although by entering this contest, the writer gives GPS limited rights to share a winning entry.

2015 winners are listed at the end of the page. 2016 winners will be announced at this year’s CONvergence opening ceremony.

Prizes

  • The winner of each Youth Division will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate, with a second $50 gift certificate being awarded to the winner’s school.
  • The Poetry Division winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.
  • The general winner of the Open Division will receive a $75 Amazon.com gift certificate. The Scott Imes Award winner will receive a $100 gift certificate from Uncle Hugo’s.
  • The Graphic Novel (Comics) Division winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.

Submission deadline

Entries should be emailed as attachments to writingcontest@geekpartnership.org and are due by 11:59 pm CDT on May 1, 2017.

Divisions

Please select a division to enter. You may only enter one short fiction division. You have the option to also enter a poem in the Poetry Division and/or a short comics in the Graphic Novel (Comics) Division.

  • Open: Short fiction only. Open to writers of any age. There will be TWO (2) winners chosen from this category. The Open Division winner will be chosen from all entries. An additional local writer will be chosen from contestants residing within 200 miles of Geek Partnership Society to receive the Scott Imes Award. This award proudly honors Scott Imes, a major force in the Twin Cities’ science fiction reading and writing community who passed away in December 2001. For over two decades, Scott Imes worked at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore and promoted the speculative fiction genres. His recommendations served those far beyond its doors.
  • Poetry: Poems only. Open to writers of any age.
  • Youth 1: Short fiction only. Open to writers 13 years of age or younger as of May 1, 2017.
  • Youth 2: Short fiction only. Open to writers 14-16 years of age as of May 1, 2017.
  • Graphic Novel (Comics): Short comics only. Open to writers of any age.

Contest rules

  1. All entries must be original unpublished works by nonprofessional (amateur) authors.
  2. All entries must have science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural or alternate history elements.
  3. Only one entry per person for the short fiction divisions (Open, Youth 1, and Youth 2), and you may only enter one short fiction division.
  4. Only one entry per person for the poetry and graphic novel (comics) divisions. Because these are different formats than short fiction, writers may enter these divisions in addition to one of the short fiction divisions.
  5. There is NO entry fee for any submission.
  6. Division winners from the previous year are not eligible to win in the same division the following year but are allowed to enter a different division.
  7. Entries must meet the contest rules and submission requirements or they will be refused.
  8. By entering the contest, the author of a winning entry gives permission to GPS to publish their entries both online and in print as determined by GPS and any future anthologies of winning entries. 

Submission requirements

Cover page required for each entry

A cover page is required for each entry and needs to be a separate page so it may be separated from the entry. The cover page should include the following information.

All divisions:

  • title of entry
  • division entered: if a youth division, additional information is required; please see below
  • word count for short fiction or poems OR the number of pages for short comics
  • writer’s name
  • writer’s complete mailing address (street, city, state, zip code)
  • writer’s email address

Youth divisions (writer is 16 or younger) ALSO require:

  • writer’s age
  • writer’s birth date
  • name of a parent or guardian
  • email address of a parent or guardian
  • name of school
  • city where the school is located

Short fiction and poetry entries

Entries must be an attachment to the email and in a word processing format with extensions such as .doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf. We cannot accept PDFs, .odt files or shared Google documents.

Entries must be 5,000 words or fewer.

Entries must formatted as follows:

  • 8.5″ x 11″ size
  • 1 inch margins
  • Double-spaced
  • Minimum 11 pt font
  • Black font in Arial, Verdana, or Times New Roman
  • Numbered pages
  • Entry title should appear on each page of the manuscript
  • Author’s name should only appear on the cover page

Graphic novels (comics) entries

Entries may be submitted in either digital or paper format.

Paper entries must be black and white on A4 paper and limited to 10 pages or less. They should be photocopies of original artwork. Paper entries will not be returned.

Mail paper entries to Geek Partnership Society, 1121 Jackson St Northeast, Suite 106, Minneapolis, MN 55413. They must be postmarked May 1, 2017 or earlier.

Digital entries should be scanned and submitted by emailing attachments to writingcontest@geekpartnership.org.

Judging

Two or more qualified writers or editors will evaluate each submission. All works will be screened to ensure they meet the contest rules and submission requirements stated above. The judges will NOT read any entries that do not meet these guidelines.

Questions

If you have questions, please contact the Writing Contest Coordinator at writingcontest@geekpartnership.org.


Congratulations to the 2015 writing contest winners!

Youth I: Amelia Day from Washington for “Fools”
Youth II: Tiffany Wang from Texas for “Mirrors”
Scott Imes Award: Stephanie Crawford from Minnesota for “Gethsemane”

Open Division: Monica Wenzel from Minnesota for “Mission in the Hospital”

Poetry: E. C. Ramsey from California for “Poetry Perceived”