On the Far Side (Unpublished)
Futuristic, Fantasy, & Paranormal RWA chapter presents:
2016 On The Far Side Contest
Congratulations, you’ve begun the first step in transforming your fantastic, magical story into gold! Please review the following information.
Write fantasy, futuristic, or paranormal? Then the On the Far Side contest is for you!!
Welcome dragons, witches, ghosties, psychics, vampires, shape shifters, unicorns, and any creature your imagination can conjure up in a galaxy far, far away, in a time long past, or in your very own backyard. Every category MUST contain a futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal element.
The 2015 On The Far Side Contest will open for entry registration on March 14, 2016. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2016, all entries and fees must be received by the contest coordinator by this date.
1st rule: Every category MUST contain a futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal element.
2nd rule: Entrant must not be published in full-length fiction (40,000+) for the genre entering/or not published in genre entering for past 5 years. To further clarify, if your current WIP or entry is a paranormal historical then you can enter even if you are published in standard paranormal, etc.
FF&P Members in good standing: $20 each entry
Non-members: $25 each entry
On The Far Side IS ALL ELECTRONIC!! NO MAILING FEES!
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Email address for contest: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 On The Far Side Contest Rules
- Every category MUST contain a futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal element.
- Entrant must not be published in full-length fiction (40,000+) for the genre entering/or not published in genre entering for past 5 years. To further clarify, if your current WIP or entry is a paranormal historical then you can enter even if you are published in standard paranormal, etc.
- Entry must begin with the first pages of your WIP, and may include a short synopsis. Entry MUST BE 20 PAGES TOTAL. This includes any synopsis pages. (Synopsis is not judged, yet this will help judge determine elements of story and offers a chance for practice at a very important skill.). Do not send more than 20 pages even with your synopsis or your entry will be disqualified.
- When submitting your 20-pages total, please adhere to industry standards:
- 1” margins
- 12-point face type, Times New Roman
- Optional synopsis should follow manuscript portion of entry. (If manuscript is 18 pages, then synopsis must be 2 pages)
- Do not include illustrations, author bio/photos, vocabulary lists, or footnotes
- The title and category should be on the top left of the page, page number on top right
- The author’s name shall not appear on the submission. If your name appears anywhere on the submission, you will be disqualified.
- Entry and payment for submission must be submitted by midnight Eastern Standard Time by May 15th, 2016
- No changes may be made after the contest deadline.
- Entries must be sent in: .doc or .docx files are preferred, but .rtf files will be accepted.
- No more than TWO (2) entries per entrant per category.
- ALL RULES MUST BE FOLLOWED OR YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
- First round entries will reviewed by experienced, qualified, or published judges
- FF&P cannot guarantee commentary on every entry, however we strongly encourage our judges to provide positive, constructive feedback through track changes. However, judges will remain anonymous.
- Entries will be judged by a minimum of FOUR (4) first round judges. Lowest score will be dropped to determine final average. Three highest score manuscripts will advance to the final round. All judged copies will be returned to non-finalist entrants Coordinator chosen date. Finalist entries will be returned after winners are announced on Coordinator chosen date.
Cost: FF&P Members $20.00, Non-members $25.00
On the Far Side IS ALL ELECTRONIC! NO MAILING FEES!
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Entries can be entered in the following categories:
Please choose category which best suits your submission: If you are unclear which suits your story best, pick closest, then an alternate.
- ROMANTIC ELEMENTS: Any of the below categories with romantic elements (a romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes or elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries. No HEA required. Think Gone with the Wind)
- HARD SCIENCE FICTION/SF/FUTURISTIC: Set in the future with science fiction elements that include technological advancements; these stories may involve futuristic earth, other planets, aliens, or space travel. (Think Star Trek)
- DARK/LIGHT/GENERAL PARANORMAL: Paranormal happenings are a major element of the plot. (Think JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood)
- TIME TRAVEL/STEAMPUNK WITH PARANORMAL ELEMENTS: A character or characters travel back or forward in time; these stories can take place in a historical, contemporary, or futuristic setting. Steampunk should include typical steampunk elements.
- URBAN FANTASY: Includes mythical creatures and magical/paranormal elements. Settings and time frame are current modern world.
- FANTASY: Setting takes place in medieval world. (Think Lord of the Rings).
- YOUNG ADULT: Novels appropriate for teen and young adult readers, typically featuring main characters in high school or college. These stories may take place in a contemporary, historical, futuristic, or otherworldly setting. Minimum word count: 40,000 words. (Think Twilight)
- NEW ADULT: Specialty romance for readers ages 18-24.
- HISTORICAL: Historical with paranormal elements. These stories must take place in the past – from ancient times to WWII.
- EROTIC ROMANCE: (WITH PARANORMAL ELEMENTS): No straight erotica – this means there must be a HEA ending or at least a Happy For Now and your entry must contain a significant paranormal element (such as a futuristic setting; time travel; paranormal creatures–vampires, shape shifters, werewolves, and or any other mythical creatures or magical elements typically deemed fantasy, futuristic or paranormal in nature.)
* If you have entered the contest, you may not judge in the category you have entered.
For more information contact the Contest Coordinator, Jillian Jacobs at email@example.com
2016 On The Far Side Timeline
- March 14th Contest opens for entries and judges
- May 15th Contest closes at Midnight EST
- BY May 22nd All entries distributed to 1st round judges
- June 19th Deadline for 1st round judges to return entries to contest coordinator
- July 5th Finalists notified via email and phone.
- All scores/feedback returned to contestants who did not final
- Notify 3 finalists per category- by phone then email
- Finalist entries sent to final round judges
- Post finalist list on all formats
- August 1st Deadline for final round judges to return entries to contest coordinator
- August 8th OTFS winners notified and announced
Coordinator cannot judge contest.
Winners will have score sheets returned:
- By September 15th – Certificates and On The Far Side pins delivered
Judges for final round 2016 On the far side contest:
||Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Inc.
|HARD SCIENCE FICTION/SF/FUTURISTIC
||Laurie McLean, FUSE
||Peter Senftleben, Kensington
||Robin Haseltine, Entangled Publishing
||Melissa Singer, Tor
||Chris Keeslar, Boroughs Publishing
||Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency
||Samantha McMahon, Soul Mate Publishing
||Penny Barber, Lyrical Press
||Deelylah Mullin, Torquere Press
The Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter of RWA appreciates your willingness to enter this contest. Not a member of FF&P? Find more information at www.rwa.org or visit the FF&P website: http://www.romance-ffp.com