Prizes: The contest carries the following prizes:
First Prize: US$250
Second Prize: US$150
Third Prize: US$100
Theme: None. There is no restriction on genre either, and we are happy to read historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. However, for consistency of presentation we cannot accept children’s stories, fantasy, young adult or chick lit; likewise hardcore science fiction is not something we are looking for, but are open to science based / alternative history based literary works. In case of doubt, it is best to query the editorial team.
Word count: Minimum 1500, maximum 7000.
Entry fee: US$10.
Judges: The panel of judges comprises:
- Clare Wallace, Literary Agent with Darley Anderson
- Sandra Sawicka, Literary Agent and Foreign Rights Manager with Marjacq Scripts
- Brett Alan Sanders, Author, Translator and Essayist
- Anisha Bhaduri, Author and award winning journalist
For more details on the contest and to submit, click here.
2016 Contest Results
You’ll see quite a lot of Irish names on this list!
The judging panel comprised the Fabula Press Team, Literary Agents Clare Wallace and Sandra Sawicka, and Authors Brett Alan Sanders and Joanna Ezekiel.
They say “Firstly the list of stories deserving a special mention – these are the tales that were great reads but narrowly missed out on being selected for the final long-list. The competition remained stiff, with our cut-off score for the initial round of screening at eight and a half on a scale of ten. To put this in perspective, the maximum score notched up was below nine.
So without further ado, the Special Mention stories list:
And They Carried On ~ Andrew Cotten
Jerry Find his Place ~ Kevin Moriarty
The Sleepwalkers ~ Peter Newall
We Roll with the Lord ~ Anne McGouran
The Cutting ~ Patrick Gardiner
Sonny’s Last Day – Richard Philip
Homeless Gary Busey ~ Tim O’Leary
The Vigil of Evergreen ~ Niamh MacCabe
Charmed ~ Janet Olearski
Belle’s Baubles ~ Claire Murray
Annalyn Seeks the Sky ~ Heather Marshall
Golgotha ~ Samuel Medley
The Aftermath ~ Clive West
A Swing ~ Edouard Loigerot
The Spaces in Between ~ Sarah Evans
Silver Harvest ~ Ali Bacon
Uncle Piet ~ Brenda Eisenberg
The final sixteen stories that were long-listed comprise a mix of genres ranging from literary fiction to horror to comedy. Apart from the winning entries and the Editors’ Pick awardees, there were ten honourable mention stories which will be published in the Aestas 2016 anthology and will be paid US$50 each. These are:
Knitting to Oblivion by Katy Wimhurst
Running Toward the Sun from Jen Knox
Patrick Martin with My Son to Count
The Interests of Science by Mark Fabiano
Rebecca Lloyd’s The Ringers
The Duchess of Windsor’s Dog by Jeffrey Manton
Keya Guimaraes with Spells the Phantom
The Last Communist by Elena Croitoru
Elvis Hadzic’s Man of God
Dark Sky by Eric Van Meter
Editor’s Pick Awards of US$75 are given to tales that finished in the top ten and had a perfect score from at least one of the judges. The Editor’s Picks for Aestas 2016 are:
In Dogpoo Park by Andrew Peters
Andrew Mayne’s Vinegar Hill
Like our last contest, we have decided to award two joint third place winners this time as well for our Grand Prizes:
At joint third place, winning US$100 are
Haydon Rochester Jr. for Departure and Pia Ghosh-Roy for Nesting Dolls
The second prize of US$150 goes to Jeffrey J. Cravens, for How to Survive Bedtime
And the winner, with cash prize of US$250 is Katherine Pringle for “Athry Lake”. This is her first short story to be published.
Congratulations to the winners and a heartfelt thanks from Fabula Press to all who participated, and to the judges. We hope to see you again with our winter edition in January 2017.