Dream Foundry 2019 Contest

CONTESTS

Our 2019 contests are closed to submissions. Winners will be announced by November 15th.

Thank you for your entries!

Short Story Contest
Art Contest


SHORT STORY CONTEST RULES

Only speculative fiction stories will be considered (which includes fantasy, science fiction, horror, alt history, slipstream, magical realism, etc.)

Word Limit: 10,000 words maximum

No entry fee.

Entrants retain all publication rights.

All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.

No multiple submissions (do not send more than one story.)

Entries can be from any country.

All entries must be original prose works in English. Plagiarism, poetry, song lyrics, or stories that utilize characters or settings from another person’s works will not be considered.

The manuscript should be in standard manuscript format and should be titled and numbered on every page, but the author’s name MUST BE DELETED from the manuscript file to facilitate fair judging.

E-mail submissions only. Send to: writer.contest@dreamfoundry.org

Send entries as .DOC or .RTF attachments (do not send .DOCX attachments or Google Drive links. Not all of our first readers/judges have the ability to open these files.)

Please put the word SUBMISSION in the subject line when sending a contest entry and QUESTION in the subject line for questions to the contest administrator.

Cover letters are not needed, but please include the following in the body of your email:

  • The title of the work
  • The author’s name, address, email address and telephone number
  • An approximate word-count

Members of the Dream Foundry staff are not eligible.

Contest opens for submissions on August 12, 2019 at 12:01am EDT. (Entries sent before that date will be deleted unread.)

Deadline – 12:01am, U.S. Pacific Time, October 13, 2019.

The ten finalists will be individually notified by e-mail and will be publicly announced no later than October 27, 2019.

The First, Second and Third place winners will be individually notified by e-mail and will be publicly announced no later than November 18, 2019.

ELIGIBILITY

In general:

A beginner is somebody who has not yet demonstrated professional-level
proficiency as determined by the market wherein they work.

We use SFWA’s “ASSOCIATE” membership requirements as our definition of professional. So essentially if you qualify for associate membership in SFWA, then you do not qualify as a beginner and would not be eligible for this contest. If the writer has ever had a work of fiction nominated for a Hugo, Nebula or Locus award, then your fiction would be considered of a professional level and would not qualify.

In order to uphold the spirit of this contest’s goals of supporting and encouraging beginning writers, the determination of eligibility is decided by the Dream Foundry and is not open to debate or argument.

PLEASE DON’T SEND:

Don’t send stories without a speculative element (mainstream, contemporary, romance, westerns, historical fiction etc.)

Sexual and adult themed stories are allowed, but don’t send erotica or stories including any kind of sexual violence (as defined by our readers/judges)

Don’t send novels or non-standalone novel excerpts, screenplays, poetry, non-fiction or works written for children.

JUDGES

Judging of the ten finalist stories will be by C. C. Finlay, editor at the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Lisa Rodgers, literary agent with JABberwocky Literary Agency.

PRIZES

The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive $500 USD and three written critiques of their winning story from professional writers selected by the Dream Foundry.

SECOND and THIRD place winners will receive two written critiques each of their winning stories from professional writers selected by the Dream Foundry.


ART CONTEST RULES

Multi/mixed medium fantastical art accepted (which includes fantasy, science fiction, horror, alt history, slipstream, magical realism, etc.)

No entry fee.

Entrants retain all rights.

All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted.

No simultaneous submissions. (do not send piece to multiple locations.)

Entries can be up to five pieces from your portfolio. We would like to see a body of work showing your style of art rather than a single piece.

Entries can be from any country.

E-mail submissions only. Send to: artist.contest@dreamfoundry.org

Send entries as .JPG attachments or links to the files. The files should be 1000 px wide. We also can accept dropbox or other file sharing links.

Please put the word SUBMISSION in the subject line when sending a contest entry and QUESTION in the subject line for questions to the contest administrator.

Please include the following in the body of your email:

  • The title of the work
  • The artist’s name, address, email address and telephone number
  • Medium

Dream Foundry staff are not eligible.

Contest opens for submissions on August 12, 2019 at 12:01am EDT. (Entries sent before that date will be deleted unread.)

Deadline – 12:01am, U.S. Pacific Time, October 21, 2019.

The ten finalists will be individually notified by e-mail and will be publicly announced no later than November 15, 2019.

The First, Second and Third place winners will be individually notified by e-mail and will be publicly announced no later than November 15, 2019.

ELIGIBILITY

In general: “A beginner is somebody who has not yet demonstrated professional-level proficiency as determined by the market wherein they work.”

The Contest is open to new artists who have not been professionally published and paid for more than three black-and-white story illustrations, or more than one process-color painting, in media distributed broadly to the general public. A published artists is someone who has been published in books, magazines, or other media. Printing your own work is not considered published. If you have had art in an art annual that you paid entrance to, that is not traditionally published. In order to uphold the spirit of this contest’s goals of supporting and encouraging beginning artists, the determination of eligibility is decided by the Dream Foundry and if you have questions about your eligibility please send us an email.

PLEASE DON’T SEND:

Nudity is allowed, but don’t send erotica, including any kind of sexual violence (as defined by our judges)

JUDGES

Judging of the ten final artists will be by Rachel Quinlan.

PRIZES

The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive $500 USD and (three critiques of their portfolio from professional artists selected by the Dream Foundry).

SECOND and THIRD place winners will receive (one critiques each of their portfolio from professional artists selected by the Dream Foundry).