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Spring Short Story Writing Contest

Annual Spring Science Fiction-Fantasy-Horror Writer’s Competition

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?The competition is open to anyone in the known universe with an interest in science fiction, fantasy, or horror. Participants must be at least 13 years old to enter. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have your parent’s permission to participate.


The competition runs every year from February 5th to May 5th, however, we do accept submissions year-round. Entries received after May 5th will be considered for the upcoming year’s competition. Winners are announced annually on June 5th.


TZPP Holds the competition as one way of recruiting qualified authors to work with for full length books.  Many of the winning writers, especially those in the Top 5 get offers to work with TZPP on future works.


It’s free to enter the competition!


1.  Write a story of 5,000 to 20,000 words of amazing science fiction, brilliant fantasy, or heinous horror.

2.  Proofread your work for errors in spelling and grammar (remember to always put your best foot forward)

3.  Submit your story for the opportunity to win up to $400 and publication in our Annual Anthology.


All winners will receive publication in our Annual Anthology, and three free copies of the anthology they are featured in, as well as, cash prizes totaling $1,500!

Winners will receive their cash prizes based on the following ranking:

1st Place $400

2nd Place $350

3rd Place $300

4th Place $250

5th Place $200


All submissions will be electronically sent to as an attachment.  Acceptable formats need to be document/text files, double spaced with one inch margins all around.

The Subject line should read: Last Name, First Name — Annual Spring Sci-Fi & Fantasy 20XX Submission

In the body of the email you need to include the following information:

Name:                  Travis Grundy

Street:                  123 Apple St,

City/State:           Spokane, WA 99205

Phone:                 509-555-1234 (cell/home)


Title of Work:     “The Day I Became Invisible”

Word Count:      8,205 words

Comments to the Editor: I hope that you have as much fun reading this story as I had writing it!

You’ll hear back from us within thirty (30) days of the close of competition if you are a winner. We will publish a list of the winners and their story titles by June 5th. We wish the best of luck to all participants.

NOTICE: If you submit a winning short, you will be notified within thirty (30) days of the close of this competition.  Additional information will be required for publication and copyright registration.  Winners will receive three complimentary editions of the Anthology.  This competition is open to all persons, 13 years of age or older. Entrance in this contest does not constitute an agreement by the publisher to accept or to publish your work.  All submissions are subject to future use by the Publisher. Should a submission be used in any way other than and or through inclusion in an upcoming anthology, the writer will be compensated at a rate of at least $25, but not more than $100 and no further compensation will be required.  Copyright is retained by the Author.  Works accepted for publication may require additional contract signing.  Accepted authors acknowledge that prize winnings constitute full payment for the use of their work, and no further payments will be owed to the Author from the sale of the works to include advances against royalties, or future royalties.  The Annual Spring Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Competition is one method used by The Zharmae Publishing Press, L.L.C. to recruit qualified writers for future endeavors.


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