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PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest VI Rules, Schedule, and FAQ
« on: August 10, 2019, 10:57:32 PM »
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[Schedule is forthcoming]



RULES

A special Flash Fiction contest portal is open on Submittable and will close at midnight as August 31 changes over to 9/1. If the portal disappears, submissions are formally closed and will not reopen.



1. The story must be no more than 500 words long, not including its title. Do not use the title to skirt around the word count. Word count will be determined using Google Docs.  

2. The story must adhere to the general Pseudopod submission guidelines. Most importantly, it needs to be a horror story; other genres, including science fiction and fantasy, are discouraged. As a general rule, we will take a very liberal view of what constitutes horror, but authors should note that past experience shows that stories which attempt to skirt the genre restriction tend to fare badly in the voting.

3. The story must be original and previously unpublished. Stories will be posted on a members-only portion of the forum, so first publication rights will not be spent if your story does not win.

The person submitting the story must be the story's author (or acting for the author with express permission) and hold full publishing rights to the story. A story that is derived from a previous published work in another format (i.e. not a short story) is fine (assuming doing so isn't in violation of copyright, obviously).

If you are not sure whether your story counts as published or not (for example, if an earlier version has appeared on your blog but nowhere else), please write (PM or send a query to brian@escapeartists.net with the subject line "QUERY") and ask before submitting. Please do not submit stories that have been entries in a previous Escape Artists contest.

4. The story should be submitted in its final form, as the author intends it to be read by the voting public. We may or may not allow minor typo corrections if those slip in, but as a general rule, we will not allow authors to submit changes to stories, especially not after submissions are closed.

5. Each author may submit only one story.

Included the body of the submission should be the title and the text of your story. Any byline will be stripped when the stories are posted in the contest, and will be revealed when either the story fails to advance, or ultimately wins. Feel free to request a pseudonym for the byline, but we will need a legal name if you win for prize purposes.

Winners will be paid $40, making this a pro sale of at least eight cents a word.

Please blog, tweet, email, send postcards, telephone, summon demons, and otherwise get the word out.



EDIT [Fenrix]: Clarified portal closing - look at the Submittable portal to confirm when it is closing in your time zone.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2019, 09:30:52 AM by Fenrix »
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Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest VI Rules, Schedule, and FAQ
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2019, 12:39:36 AM »
Hey, sorry, I've been gone a while and I was wondering if this was similar to previous FF contests - are the entries submitted here, as you say, in the members-only forum? On the Submittable it looks all very private.  I really enjoyed looking at everyone else's work and discussing it here. Is that not a part of this?

How is The Grinder a part of this, I've never used it before?

Thanks.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2019, 12:44:46 AM by MonsieurMoustache »

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Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest VI Rules, Schedule, and FAQ
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2019, 03:02:06 AM »
Hey MonsieurMoustache, the stories are submitted to Submittable and are posted here for discussion and voting. Stories in the contest will be made available once the submissions period is over and all submissions have been processed.

The submission grinder isn't really a part of this, that's just a boilerplate response you get from Submittable, as it's the same system we use to receive and process normal submissions to the magazine.
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Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest VI Rules, Schedule, and FAQ
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2019, 11:05:12 AM »
I have a question: After I submitted my contest entry I realized I was supposed to include a short author bio in the cover letter. Should I resubmit with that information, or should I wait till after the contest is over to include that info?

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Re: PseudoPod Flash Fiction Contest VI Rules, Schedule, and FAQ
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 02:07:21 PM »
Go ahead and resubmit it, include a note in the re-submission so I can remember this thread :)
I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?