Competition deadline: 31st July 2021
Fabula Press are delighted to announce our return after a fairly long hiatus, with our first short story contest of 2021! We thank all our readers and writers for their patience – it has been a very long couple of years for us, starting with our website getting hijacked (hence the new address), forcing us to sit on the sidelines for a while. In the meantime, we took delight in watching some of our authors going on to achieve higher things, being signed on for representation by reputed agents. Extremely pleasing as it was, though, it only made our hunger to return more intense, to live our mission statement of ‘Towards a Literary World’.
And to celebrate our return, we have a host of exciting announcements to make over the coming months. As before, Fabula Press will continue to host two competitions every year; the summer submission window running from May to July and the winter edition from November to February (apologies to the friends in the southern hemisphere for the naming of the seasons – we do welcome your submissions!). And the first bit of exciting news is the increase in the prize purse, with the first prize winner to take home a cash amount of US$500. The second and third prize awards have also been increased, and all authors published in our contest anthology will be paid a minimum of US$75. There are more plans on the anvil, and we are really excited to think of the future. But first things first, so read on below to learn about the key guidelines of Fabula Press Aestas 2021 Short Story Contest.
Word Count: Minimum 2000, maximum 6000 words. Slightly longer stories may be considered on merit.
Format: Stories must be in English, in a readable (Times New Roman, Arial, Garamond, etc.), 12 point font. Format should be as .doc, .docx, or .pdf document. The contest will be blind judged, so the submitted document should only contain the name of the story, and no other information about the author.
Key Dates: The summer contest window opens on 01May21, and will close on 31Jul21. Reading period will will be between 01Aug21 to 31Oct21, with final results announced in November ’21.
Simultaneous submission: Allowed, but authors must let us know if the story is accepted elsewhere before our results are announced.
Prior publishing: Submitted stories must not have been previously published either online or offline. However, stories published in published in local journals, book club publications etc. with circulation of no more than 1000 will be exempted from this requirement.
Entry fee: US$ 10. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit, but every entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.
Please read the detailed terms and conditions before submitting.
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Terms and Conditions
Sponsor: This short story contest (“the Contest”) is sponsored by Fabula Press (www.pressfabula.com – “the website”), referred to as the ‘sponsor’ hereafter.
Eligibility: The Contest is open to all writers 18 years old or above. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, but this is not bingo, and more submissions do not necessarily translate into higher chances of winning.
Contest Prizes: Apart from publication of long listed authors in an anthology, a total of three prizes will be awarded as below.
First Prize: US$500
Second Prize: US$250
Third Prize: US$150
All other longlisted authors selected for publication in the short story contest anthology shall be paid an honorarium of US$75 each
Simultaneous submissions: Allowed, but authors must let us know if the story is accepted elsewhere before our results are announced.
Entry fee: US$10. Multiple submissions are allowed, but every entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.
Contest and Judging Criteria:
Entries for the summer (Aestas anthology) competition are being accepted now, upto 11:59 p.m. (GMT) of 31 July 2021. Submissions should be through the Duosuma Submissions Manager tool on the website. Submission dates for the winter (Nivalis anthology) competition will be announced around October 2021.
Stories must be written in English, original and unpublished up to the time the winners are declared on or about October 15, 2021. The contest will be blind judged, so the submitted document should only contain the name of the story and the word count, and no information about the author.
Stories must be double-spaced, in a readable font (Times New Roman, Arial, Garamond, etc.), font size 12 and not less than 2000 words. Upper word limit is 6000, but longer stories of exceptional merit may be considered at the discretion of the judges.
Pseudonyms are not permitted.
All submissions are final. No changes or substitutions to a story are allowed once your entry is received.
Queries before submission are welcome but must relate to the contest rules or if there are difficulties in submission.
By entering the Contest, entrants agree to allow Fabula Press to publish their stories, names and biographical information in all media, including but not limited to newspapers and websites, without any compensation save the contest awards as detailed under ‘prizes’ to the notified winners. However, the above clause shall be null and void for a non-shortlisted entry and all rights will revert to the authors.
Do not send photographs with entries. Winners will be contacted about a photograph at a later date and must agree to publication of his/her photograph.
In connection with the submission, the contest entrant affirms, represents and/or warrants that she/he owns or has the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to use and authorize Sponsors to use all copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights in and to the submission to enable inclusion and use of the submission in the manner contemplated by these Contest rules.
Sponsor reserves the right to reject and disqualify any submissions that could be offensive or inappropriate or that do not meet the terms and conditions of these rules.
In case of any dispute, the sponsors’ liability is limited to refund of the contest entry fee.
Judging and notification: The Fabula Press team will complete the first round of judging. The finalists’ entries (‘the shortlist) will then be judged by the 2021 Fabula Press Short Story Contest judges’ panel, who will select the First, Second and Third prize winners based on a 9 point scoring matrix on Plot and / or Character build up, quality of narrative, and relevance of the plot vis-a-vis the theme. Final decisions will be based on the sum total of the scores from the judges. Decisions of the contest judges will be final in respect of any matter relating to this Contest.
Winners of the short story contest will be contacted by email by the Sponsors, and must reply within two working weeks to maintain eligibility. If the winner(s) cannot be contacted within this time period or fail(s) to respond to any attempted contact, such winner(s) will be disqualified, his/her entry will be declared null and void and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select another winner based on the judging criteria, in which event these provisions shall apply to such other eligible entry.
All payments will be through PayPal. While other modes of payment can be considered for countries where PayPal does not operate, it is the entrants’ responsibility to check that there is a viable payment method from Hong Kong to their country of residence.
Ownership/Use Rights: Entrants retain the copyright to their stories.
Indemnity: By participating in this Contest, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsors, and their office bearers from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of action, or losses of any kind (including but not limited to lawyers’ fees) arising from your participation in the Contest, your violation of any term of these Contest rules, your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or any claim that your submission caused damage to a third party.
Banning: The Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, prohibit any person from entering the Contest whom it believes to be abusing the rules. Such abuse includes but is not limited to falsification of information and/or identity, plagiarism, racial discrimination and bigotry.
Force Majuere clause: The Sponsors are not liable for failure to perform their obligations under these rules if such failure is as a result of Acts of God (including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane or other natural disaster), war, invasion, act of foreign enemies, hostilities (regardless of whether war is declared), civil war, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military or usurped power or confiscation, terrorist activities, nationalisation, government sanction, blockage, embargo, or interruption or failure of massive and sustained failure of electricity, internet or telephone service.
Any extension / contraction of short story contest window will be at the sole discretion of the organisers, and will be notified on the website.
See here for full details and to apply.