Should probably mention that the 2012-2013 Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is now open to entries (Nov. 15, 2012 – Feb. 15, 2013).
The contest is run in support of the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy, which is a special collection of the Toronto Public Library system. This is the second year of the contest and it’s run as a way to both provide exposure for and fundraise in support of the Merril Collection. And it offers some great prizes, including cash awards, an opportunity to pitch a novel to ChiZine Publications (who are otherwise closed to all subs until July 2014), and the first place winner also gets a critique/assessment of their work from Julie Czerneda.
It’s $5.00 (CDN) per entry, and you can submit as many entries as you like. We’re also especially interested in seeing diverse and inclusive fiction, both in terms of content and characters, so we’d love to see stories with QUILTBAG characters (as protagonists or secondary characters, not as stereotypical homophobic or other phobic depictions of QUILTBAG characters please).
There’s more about what we want to see, and how to get it to us over at the FoMSSC website: http://friendsmerrilcontest.com.
Good luck to everyone who enters.