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Writers of the Future Contest

Limited Demographic: writers who have not published a novel, more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, paid at least 8 cents/word with at least 5000 copies/hits.

Note: the pay rate of "Unknown" is not a mistake. Writers of the Future publishes some finalists which do not get the listed prize money, though they don't mention this in their guidelines. They pay something for these, but that pay rate is not specified in their guidelines, so "Unknown" pay is the result. These terms are not clear from the guidelines. The non-standard contract flag is based on information winners have posted about the contract terms.

Note: former winners are ineligible.

The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest is an ongoing competition designed to discover new and amateur writers of science fiction and fantasy, present certificates of merit when earned and award monetary prizes to the winners. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.

Read the contract terms carefully for non-standard terms that may affect an author keeping control of their own work, such as transfer of copyright, lack of time-based reversion of rights clause, or editing pieces without the authors approval.

Market Genres
Science Fiction

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
0 to 1000 words

Short Story
1000 to 7500 words

7500 to 17000 words

Market Submission Types
AI Submissions?: Not Allowed
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: Yes
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: No
Translations: Original Language Only

Market-Provided Data

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Market Response Data
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There are 195 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
Min: 0 | Average: 91.97 | Median: 84 | Max: 261
4.61% - avg 92 days
93.84% - avg 91 days (19.12% of rejections are personal)
Dead Letters:
Never Responded:

There are 67 pending responses. (5 min | 41 average | 23 median | 152 max days waiting)
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Listing added: 14 December 2012

Last officially checked: 30 June 2024

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