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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2010 On The Far Side Contest

Got fantasy, futuristic, or paranormal? Then the On the Far Side contest is for you!!

Welcome dragons, witches, ghosties, 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.

**NEW: Enter contest today to reserve your spot, but you can upload your file any time until contest deadline!

2010 On The Far Side Contest for Unpublished Authors

Sponsor: Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Special-Interest Chapter

Fee: $20 FF&P members / $25 non-FF&P members
Deadline: August 29, 2010
Eligibility: Must not be published in full length fiction (40,000+) for the genre entering/or not published in genre entering for past 5 years
Enter: 2 page maximum synopsis (OPTIONAL) and first 20 pages of manuscript

To enter, go to the website

Payment via PayPal is preferred.

2010 Categories and Final Judges:

Romantic Elements:
Alexandra Machinist, Linda Chester Literary Agency

Hard Science Fiction/SF/Futuristic:
Danielle Rose Poiesz, Gallery/Pocket Books Editorial

Dark/Light/General Paranormal:
Sara Megibow, Nelson Literary Agency

Time Travel/Steampunk/Historical with Paranormal Elements:
Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks

Dark/Urban/General Fantasy:
Sarah LaPolla, Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Young Adult:


1. All entrants must be valid members of RWA National® with a valid RWA® number.

2. Entries shall consist of first 20 pages of manuscript plus an optional, unjudged 2 page maximum synopsis of the novel. A prologue and/or second chapter may be included if within total page guidelines.

3. Do not include illustrations, author bio/photos, vocabulary lists, or footnotes.

4. Entries shall be in standard manuscript format, 12 inch Courier or Courier New font or 14 inch Times New Roman font, 1" margins, and double spaced. (Format is not a judged component of the On The Far Side contest. No points are deducted for format infractions.)

5. The title and category should be on top left of the page, page number on top right.

6. The author's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript or synopsis. Entries bearing the author's name on them shall be disqualified.

7. Entries must be submitted by midnight EST August 29, 2010. If requirement is not met, entries will be unopened. Payment must also to be received by Contest Coordinator before deadline.

8. NEW!! Entry forms may be submitted in advance of file upload. Entrants will receive an email with instructions for how to edit their entry form and/or upload or re-upload their files. No changes may be made after the contest deadline.

9. Entries will be received in RTF (Rich Text Format) files only. (To convert your file to RTF, open the document, go into File, click on Save As and choose RTF format. This will create a new document with the same title in RTF format.)

10. No more than TWO (2) entries per entrant per category.

Questions: Please contact the Contest Coordinator, Sherry Peters, at


FF&P Special Interest Chapter is actively seeking judges for our 2010 On The Far Side contest and are hoping you might be interested. Judging panels this year will consist of five (5) entries. Deadline for entries is August 29, 2010 and entries will start going out to judges in early September with a five (5) week turn-around.

**Entries are first 20 pages of manuscript plus OPTIONAL and UNJUDGED two-page max synopsis.


Romantic Elements
Futuristic (including Hard SF and SF)
General Paranormal (including dark and light)
Time Travel (including steampunk and historical w/ paranormal elements)
Fantasy (including dark and urban)
Young Adult

To minimize judging constraints, we ask that you choose a first and second category choice. Please fill out the following information and return to the Contest Coordinator at
otfs2010@shaw.ca. Entries are electronic only and will be emailed to all judges.

Please note: We will try to fill your first and second preferences for category but may need to give you an alternate category depending on number of entries received.



Please select status (check one):

Not Published [ ] PRO [ ] Published, Romance [ ] Published, Other Genres [ ]

1st Category Choice:

2nd Category Choice:

Would you be willing to judge a GLBT entry?

Do you plan to enter ON THE FAR SIDE? If so, what category? (Y/N)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, it looks like the OTFS link has 2009 dates for the deadlines...