Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest
The OddContest is an annual competition for speculative (science fiction, fantasy, or horror) stories or prose poems no longer than 500 words. The contest has been sponsored since 2008 by Odyssey Con. The contest offers cash prizes, convention memberships, and books in both Adult and Youth divisions.
The entry deadline is January 15 this year and results are announced by March 15. An awards ceremony and reading of the 2016 winning entries will be held at Odyssey Con on April 8-10, 2016; they will also be published in the Odyssey Con program and on this website.
Printable Writing Contest Flier
Find all the listed finalist and the winning entries on the 2015 Winners Page.
2016 Contest Judge - Beth Cato
Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham.
She's the author of THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER (a 2015 finalist for the Locus First Novel Award) and THE CLOCKWORK CROWN from Harper Voyager.
Follow her at BethCato.com and on Twitter at @BethCato.
Adult Division: 18 and over, $5 until October 31st/$10 thereafter entry fee per story/poem; multiple entries allowed
Prizes: $500 to first place; Odyssey Con membership and books to top 3
Youth Division: under 18 as of Jan. 1, 2016, NO entry fee, one entry per writer
Prizes: $50 to first place; Odyssey Con membership and books to top 3
All works of SF/fantasy/horror flash fiction or prose poetry 500 words and under will be accepted from any entrants: membership in the convention is not required. We do not accept previously published works, but welcome simultaneous submissions.
All submissions must be in .doc or .rtf or format for acceptance. Youth may send only one entry. Mutliple Adult submissions need to be sent as separate documents with a $10 fee for each submission. Include mailing address in body of e-mail.
For more helpful definitions and the FAQ page, click here.
For writing and submission guidelines, click here here.
How to Enter
Click the button below to pay for your entry through PayPal. Check or money order payments should be made out to Odyssey Con and mailed to:
Odyssey Con - OddContest
P.O. Box 7114
Madison, WI 53707-7114
Email attached documents to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of "Last Name, First Name, Contest Youth OR Adult" based on the type of entry. Multiple adult submissions can be attached to a single email.
Youth Entries: Please Include name as well as month/year of birth in the body of the email.
Adult Entries: Include the name and email under which payment was made in the body of the email.
Postal Entries: At this time we are only accepting payments through postal mail, not submissions.