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OddContest entrees have been judged and the winners are listed below!

OddContest

Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Contest

The OddContest is an annual competition for speculative (science fiction, fantasy, or horror) stories or prose poems no longer than 500 words. The contest has been sponsored since 2008 by Odyssey Con. The contest offers cash prizes, convention memberships, and books in both Adult and Youth divisions.

The entry deadline is January 15th, 2017 was extended to January 31st, 2017. The time for entries has passed, and submissions have been judged.  An awards ceremony and reading of the 2017 winning entries will be held at Odyssey Con 17. The winners and their offerings are listed below, and will be published in the Odyssey Con program.

 

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Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee

 

2017 Contest Judge

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh. Crowned, which won the 2016 Elgin Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association, is the first part of her epic fantasy-in-verse about the heroic King Xau, The Sign of the Dragon. Crowned is available at Dark Regions Press, http://darkregions.com. Several poems from this epic, including the Rhysling Award-winning poem “Interregnum,” may be read at http://www.thesignofthedragon.com.



Categories

Adult Division: 18 and over, $10 thereafter entry fee per story/poem; multiple entries allowed
Prizes: $500 to first place; Odyssey Con membership and books to top 3

Youth Division: under 18 as of Jan. 1, 2016, NO entry fee, one entry per writer
Prizes: $50 to first place; Odyssey Con membership and books to top 3


Submission Guidelines

All works of SF/fantasy/horror flash fiction or prose poetry 500 words and under will be accepted from any entrants: membership in the convention is not required. We do not accept previously published works, but welcome simultaneous submissions.

All submissions must be in .doc or .rtf or format for acceptance. Youth may send only one entry. Mutliple Adult submissions need to be sent as separate documents with a $10 fee for each submission. Include mailing address in body of e-mail.

For more helpful definitions and the FAQ page, click here.

For writing and submission guidelines, click here here.


How to Enter

The OddContest is closed for this year.

 


2017 Winners

Announcing this year's winners! Winners are listed below with comments from our judge.  Click on the title to read their story.

Adult Division - Winners

This year we had 57 entries in the Adult Division, with the winners listed below.  Click on the titles to read the winning stories.

Adult Division - Honorable Mentions

Adult Division - Finalists

Youth Division - Winners

This year we had 153 entries in the Youth Division, with the winners listed below.  Click on the titles to read the winning stories.

Youth Division - Honorable Mentions

Youth Division - Finalists

 


List of Past Winners

Linked below are the lists of winners from each year, 2008 to present. In each list will be found copies of the winning entries.