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 was extended to January 31st this year and is now closed. Thank you everyone for your entries - we had a great turnout this year. Results are listed below. An awards ceremony and reading of the 2016 winning entries will be held at Odyssey Con on April 8-10, 2016; they will also be published in the Odyssey Con program and on this website.
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Announcing this year's winners! Winners are listed below with comments from our judge. Click on the title to read their story.
This year we had 68 entries in the Adult Division, with the winners listed below. Click on the titles to read the winning stories.
This year we had 38 entries in the Youth Division, with the winners listed below. Click on the titles to read the winning stories.
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
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.
The OddContest is now closed for submissions. Check back again to learn how to submit for next year's contest.
Linked below are the lists of winners from each year, 2008 to present. In each list will be found copies of the winning entries.