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POINT OF VIEW: The Anatomy of a Writing Contest

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Nine years ago, Angel, Ben and I stuck our heads together to come up with an idea to bring some publicity to the Queer Sci Fi group and site. We hit upon a flash fiction contest, themed around a single word, and the annual QSF flash fiction contest was born. The theme that first year was “Endings,” and we got a grand total of fifteen entries! We chose a winner, announced it with a bunch of fanfare, and moved on. Now, nine years later, the contest has grown and grown. We had our largest year in 2021 with 384 submissions, … Read more