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Thursday, April 5, 2012

2012 On The Far Side Contest - NEW Deadline! NEW Category!

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. Every category MUST contain a futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal element.

NEW:  First 20 pages of manuscript for $20 ($25 for non-members) plus OPTIONAL two-page, double-spaced synopsis


Register here!

Contest Timeline:  

*NEW DEADLINE* May 30, 2012- Deadline for submissions


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).

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.

DARK/LIGHT/GENERAL PARANORMAL: Paranormal happenings are a major element of the plot.

TIME TRAVEL/STEAMPUNK/HISTORICAL 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.

DARK/URBAN/GENERAL FANTASY: Includes mythical creatures and magical elements; these stories are not limited to but may be set in medieval worlds with medieval characters.

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.

*NEW CATEGORY* 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.)

Entrant 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• Must not be published in full length fiction (40,000+) for the genre entering/or not published in     genre entering for past 5 years
• Entry fee: $20 for FF&P chapter members/$25 for all other entrants.
• First 20 pages of manuscript plus an optional (unjudged), 2 page maximum synopsis

Official Rules:

  1. All entrants must be valid members of RWA National® with a valid RWA® number.
  1. 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.
  1. Do not include illustrations, author bio/photos, vocabulary lists, or footnotes.
  1. Entries shall be in standard manuscript format, 12 inch Courier, Courier New font, or 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.)
  1. The title and category should be on top left of the page, page number on top right.
  1. The author's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript or synopsis. Entries bearing the author's name on them shall be disqualified.
  1. Entries must be submitted by midnight EST May 30, 2012. If requirement is not met, entries will be unopened. Payment must also to be received by Contest Coordinator before deadline.
  1. Entry forms may be submitted in advance of emailing your file. Entrants will receive an email with instructions for how to edit their entry form and email their files. No changes may be made after the contest deadline.
  1. 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.)
  1. No more than TWO (2) entries per entrant per category.


First round entries will be judged by experienced, qualified, or published judges. FF&P cannot guarantee judge commentary will be on every entry; however, we strongly encourage our judges to provide positive, constructive feedback. 2012 OTFS Scoresheet

Entries will be judged by FOUR (4) first round judges. Lowest score will be dropped to determine final average. Three highest scoring manuscripts will advance to the final round. All judged copies will be returned to non-finalist entrants following finalist announcement. Finalist entries will be returned after winners are announced.

Final Judges:

Romantic Elements: Liz Pelletier, Publisher, Entangled Publishing

Hard Science Fiction/SF/Futuristic: Becca Stumpf, Prospect Agency

Dark/Light/General Paranormal: Melissa Singer, Editor, Tor.

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

Dark/Urban/General Fantasy: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency

Young Adult: Kevan Lyon, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Erotic Romance: To Be Named

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