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OddContest returns for 2018!


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.

While Odyssey Con is taking a year hiatus for 2018, and will not be running the Adult contest, there will be an open Youth contest.

The entry deadline is March 1st with winners announced April 1st.  There will be NO deadline extension this year!



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, 2018, NO entry fee, one entry per writer
Prizes: $50 to first place; books for second and third places

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 .rtf, .odt, .doc, or .docx format for acceptance. Youth may send only one entry. 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

Deadline for submissions is March 1st, 2018.

Please send emailed submission with attached documents to contest@odysseycon.org with a subject line of "Last Name, First Name, Contest Youth" based on the type of entry.

Please Include name as well as month/year of birth in the body of the email.

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.