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CopperCon offers aspiring writers a shot at getting published

The sponsors of CopperCon 31 in September are seeking submissions for a short story contest to be judged by authors Janni Lee Simner, Janeen O’Kerry and Adam Niswander.

The Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society (CASFS) have provided the following specifications:

If you are interested in submitting a short story for our consideration, please read the following very carefully. If you do not adhere to all the guidelines, your submission may not be considered.

1. Word length: 3000 maximum, no minimum

2. Format: electronic only

3. Theme:

  • Vampires, werewolves, or demons in the world of Internet, Facebook and eBay.
  • How do supernaturals fit in with social networking, what would they sell on eBay, etc.

4. Must be an original, unpublished story.

5. Open to both novice and published writers

6. There is no entry fee.

7. Deadline is June 30, 2011.

8. The writer retains all copyrights to the story.

9. You do not have to be present at the convention to win.

There will be an award plus a free Full Membership to CopperCon31 for The Best Short Story. Winner will be notified approx. two weeks before the convention. The award will be presented during Opening Ceremonies on September 2, 2011.  The winning story will be published in the convention program book and in the newszine ConNotations ( which is both printed and distributed, and online.

Questions and submissions can be sent to:

Carrie VaughnThe sci-fi, fantasy and horror convention will take place Sept. 2-5 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Avondale. Guests this year include Carrie Vaughan (the Kitty Norville series, Voices of Dragons, Discord’s Apple) and local authors Adam Niswander (The Shaman Cycle series, The Sand Dwellers and The Repository) and Janni Lee Simner (Bones of Faerie, Thief Eyes, Secret of the Three Treasures). Other program highlights include live-action RPGs, a masquerade contest, the dealer room, filk singing, art and writing workshops for kids and dozens of discussion panels relating to writing, literature, film, science and more. Registration is $35 for the weekend until April 30. Children ages 7-12 are half-price and children 6 and younger are admitted free.

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