SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, October 28, 5:00pm

The Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative is sponsoring the Octavia Butler Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Contest.

All are welcome to submit. There is no entry fee. Submissions are limited to two entries (maximum of 1500 words) per person

First Prize is $200.

Second Prize is $100.

Winners will be invited to share their work at a public reading.

General Contest Info: For all contests, please submit the form found using THIS LINK. 

Once you have registered, submit your entries via email to In the email, please include the writer’s name, address, email address, phone number, and date of birth; names and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript itself. Entries must be received by submission deadlines listed.

If you prefer to send your entry via snail mail, send to: [Contest Name], Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Please include a cover sheet with required information and ensure postmark by submission deadline.

Entries will be judged by qualified panels.

The Carnegie Center is home to writers, lifelong learners, & the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. We hope to see you soon!

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