I’m judging a contest, and you’re invited!
From the website Queer Sci Fi comes this announcement:
Every year, QSF holds a flash fiction contest to create an amazing new anthology of queer speculative fiction stories. We ask authors to do the nearly-impossible – to submit a sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror LGBTIQA story that has no more than 300 words.
Our 2018 contest launches on March 1st, and closes April 1st. The theme for 2018 is “Impact”.
Take that however you will – an asteroid impacting the earth; the environmental impact of climate change; two paranormal entities crashing into one another in combat; the impact an action by an individual can have as it ripples through society. Heck, even an impacted wisdom tooth can work, as long as you sell it. It’s up to you.
We’ll be accepting stories from across the queer spectrum, and would love to see more entries including lesbian, trans, bi, intersex and ace protagonists, as well as gay men. We also welcome diversity in ability and in race.
All the details and rules can be found at Queer Sci Fi: Flash Contest Rules.
As one of this year’s judges, I’m encouraging you to send in your stuff–I’d love to read it!
(I attained this illustrious position by placing third in last year’s contest. You too could be a judge next year…)
If you want a crash course in flash fiction, you might consider buying last year’s ebook, Renewal. Or, have a look at this transcript of a flash fiction seminar that Queer Sci Fi ran on its Facebook discussion group a few months ago.
You have until April 1st, so get cracking. And may the best story win!