GENERAL CONTEST INFORMATION: For all contests, please submit the form found using the registration link(s) below to pay the $10 reading fee per entry*. 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 W. 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.

Octavia Butler Sci-Fi & Speculative Fiction Contest

Submission deadline: Friday, October 29, 2021, 5:00 pm
The Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative is sponsoring the Octavia Butler Sci-Fi & Speculative Fiction Contest. All are welcome to submit. There is no entry fee*. First prize is $200. Second prize is $100. Submissions are limited to two entries (maximum of 1500 words) per person. Winners will be invited to share their work at a public reading. Refer to the general contest information above for how to submit.

Click here to submit the registration form before emailing your submission.

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

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