Contest

Abandoned Towers 2012 Writing Contest

To help celebrate the official relaunch of Abandoned Towers we are holding a writing contest!  Please read the whole page for complete details.

NOTE: We’ve had some people with problems submitting through the eSub system, so we will be extending the deadline two weeks so that we can ensure that the problem is dealt with. New deadline is June 1 2012. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that everyone who wishes to submit is able to.

Theme

The theme for the first Abandoned Towers writing contest is:

The concept of “abandoned towers” must be incorporated into the piece, as a phrase, allusion, metaphor, physical tower… however you choose.

Genres

Length

Cost

Note: all entry fees and prizes are in US dollars.

Prizes

All winners and honourable mentions receive publication and a free electronic copy of the Abandoned Towers issue in which their entry appears.  They also receive an author page on AbandonedTowers.com where they can include a biography and links to their assorted websites, works and accomplishments.

Short Story

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Honourable Mention
$500 $250 $100 $10

Poetry

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Honourable Mention
$100 $75 $50 $5

Flash Fiction

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Honourable Mention
$50 $25 $15 $5

Note: all entry fees and prizes are in US dollars.

Purpose

We’re hosting this writing contest for a number of reasons, but in the interest of transparency we’ll share them with you here:

Fine Print

Each submission category requires a minimum number of entries in order to proceed.  If the minimum is not achieved all entry fees will be returned to the authors, and all rights will revert to the author.  The minimums are:

Winners will be selected prior to short list announcement in order to preserve anonymity of the pieces.  Short listed pieces which do not win or receive honourable mentions will be published to AbandonedTowers.com (upon contest close).  If in the opinion of the judges there are not 3 pieces worthy of prizes, those deemed worthy of prizes will split the remaining unrewarded purse(s).

Example: if no third place short story is chosen, then first place would instead receive $500 + $50 = $550 and second place would receive $250 + $50 = $300, so the total purse of $850 is still awarded.

If, in the opinion of the judges, no piece is worthy of being declared “winner” the entire purse for the category will be awarded to a randomly selected author of a short listed piece.

Rights

During the submission process you will be asked to provide the following rights to Abandoned Towers.

Submitted Piece

First world electronic rights (text and audio).  If the piece is not published electronically within the calendar year 2012, all rights revert to the author.

Short Listed Piece

In addition to first world electronic rights (text and audio), we claim first print rights and non-exclusive anthology rights.

Honourable Mention

In addition to first world electronic rights (text and audio), we claim first print rights and exclusive anthology rights (for 1 year, after which they become non-exclusive anthology rights).

Winning Piece

In addition to first world electronic rights (text and audio) we claim first print rights and exclusive anthology rights (for 2 years, after which they become non-exclusive anthology rights).

Judging

Pieces will be judged on the following 5 criteria (equally):

For information on becoming a judge, or on what the judges do, or on who they are check out the judges page (which includes links to information about the individual judges).

Dates

The following are the milestone dates for the contest:

Note: the above dates are subject to change depending on the volume of entries received.  We believe that they are realistic, but we reserve the right to adjust them if required, although we will do so as little as possible.

How to Enter

You enter the contest using Abandoned Towers eSub system and make payment through PayPal.  Enter NOW!