Attention! Calling all writers !!!

2012 Short Story Contest for Speculative Fiction

IFWA, Calgary's Imaginative Fiction Writers Association invites you to submit your original written works of speculative fiction to our 2011 short story contest In Places Between. We have Adult and Student categories.

IFWA will hold the contest in conjunction with the new When Words Collide speculative fiction convention to promote the writing and enjoyment of popular fiction in all its forms.

Contest Rules and Requirements

  • Deadline May 3, 2012
  • No contest entry fee
  • Eligible writers are not SFWA eligible (not professional writers)
  • Two categories to enter: the Main Division and the Student Division
  • Eligible writers for the Student Division must be enrolled in a high school during the August 2010 - July 2011 school year.
  • Short stories of up to 5,000 words maximum for the Main Division; 3,000 for the Student Division
  • Story must be speculative, which may include Science Fiction, Horror, or Fantasy.
  • Two submissions per entrant maximum.
  • Competition format - for print submissions, a separate first page that includes the author's name, address, email and phone with the word count and title of the story. The actual story will have no author information included, so that we can do blind judging. The name of the story should be in the header on each page, and the pages should be numbered. For electronic submissions, please email a .txt version of the story to ipb dot contest (at) gmail dot com
  • Mail entries (with SASE) to:
    In Places Between,
    PO Box 31014,
    Bridgeland PO,
    112, 4 Street NE,
    Calgary AB T2E 0C0
  • Stories are judged on a combination of factors, including professional presentation, originality, ingenuity, entertainment factor, character, plot, spelling, grammar, and other authorial skills.

All stories will be read and rated to provide the top five stories. All remaining submissions will be returned via a SASE to the authors (electronically if possible) along with a short critique of the work with notes as to where certain improvements could be made. Mark the manuscript disposable if all you want is the critique mailed back to you (fewer stamps).

Prizes ($CDN)
Main Division:
$100.00 - First place
$75.00 - Second place
$50.00 - Third place
$25.00 - Honorable mentions (5)

The top authors should contact us about day passes to the convention if they want to attend, if they are not already going.

The top stories will be included in the annual In Places Between Short Story chapbook publication. A copy of this publication will be provided to each of the top authors.

For additional information or to advertise with In Places Between, please feel free to contact IFWA President, Michael Gillett.
michaelgillett1 (at) gmail dot com

Last update: Mon Apr 2 12:59:50 MDT 2012

In Places Between

The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Fiction Competition

The competition was named in memory of one of Calgary's brightest, up-and-coming sf stars, Robyn Meta Herrington, who, on May 03, 2004, passed away following a 2-year battle with cancer. Robyn lived a life too big to be contained by mere mortality. What better way might there be to extend her vigor, humour, and generosity than to have a science fiction and fantasy short story competition held in her name? (The contest's name is derived from one of Robyn's own stories, In Places Between.)

Prior to her passing, Robyn was very active writing (among her mentors were Mike Resnik and Robert J. Sawyer), as a member of Calgary's sf workshop group, the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association and with various on-line critting groups. She also immersed herself in the local sf convention, Con-Version. Shortly before her diagnosis, Robyn and fellow IFWit Linda Berry made a bold decision: they assumed control of the convention short story contest (which was to be discontinued) with a view to attracting entrants from around the globe. Through their efforts, the contest is now independent of the con, responsible for its own publicity and fundraising. Robyn's absence is sorely felt.

On June 3, 2004, the IFWA membership voted to take the contest under the group's wing as a means of safeguarding Robyn's legacy. It is our intention to maintain the healthy prize fund and shepherd the competition until it achieves the kind of success Robyn hoped to see. To this end, we are grateful for the generous support of our generous patrons:

  • Bruce Herrington
  • Leslie Cerny
  • Lar deSouza
  • Danita Maslankowski
  • Randy McCharles
  • Liz & Hayden Trenholm
  • K. A. Bedford
  • D. & J. Duncan
  • The Imaginative Fiction Writers Association

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