On The Far Side Contest
Futuristic, Fantasy, & Paranormal RWA Chapter presents:
The 2017 On the Far Side Contest
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Write fantasy, futuristic, or paranormal? Then the On the Far Side Contest is for you!!
Welcome dragons, witches, ghosties, psychics, vampires, shapeshifters, 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.
The 2017 On The Far Side Contest will open for submissions on March 13, 2017.
The 2017 On the Far Side Contest is now closed for entries.
Start polishing those manuscripts for next year!
Entrants must be:
- unpublished in romantic fiction; OR
- not published for the past 5 years in the category which they are entering
Note: No member of the On the Far Side Contest Committee is eligible to enter.
|FF&P Members in Good Standing||$20 per entry|
|Non-members||$25 per entry|
2017 On the Far Side Contest Schedule
- Contest opens for submissions and judges on March 13, 2017
- Contests closes at 11:55p.m. EDT on May 14, 2017; all entries and payments must be received by this time
- Finalists notified the week of July 3, 2017
- Scoresheets returned to entrants who did not final by July 14, 2017
- Winners notified the week of August 7, 2017
- Full list of Winners and Finalists posted by August 14, 2017
- Scoresheets returned to all Winners and Finalists by September 15, 2017
2017 On the Far Side Contest Rules
- All entries MUST contain romantic elements.
- All entries MUST contain futuristic, fantasy, or paranormal elements.
- Entries must be submitted electronically; .doc or .docx files are preferred, but .rtf files will also be accepted.
- An entry shall consist of no more than the first 20 pages of your manuscript and an optional synopsis. (The synopsis is not judged, but helps determine elements of story.) ENTRY MUST NOT EXCEED 20 PAGES TOTAL, including any synopsis pages.
- The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the entry.
- Entrants may submit no more than TWO (2) entries per category.
- Entrants may submit a single entry into more than one category.
- Please be advised, the Contest Coordinator cannot provide category recommendations for your entry. Choose the category that best fits your story. See category descriptions below.
- A category must receive at least 5 entries to be viable. If a category does not receive enough entries to be viable, entrants will be offered the opportunity to move their entries to an alternate category or receive a refund.
- Any entry that has won or finaled in a previous OTFS Contest may NOT be resubmitted in ANY category.
- Novellas are allowed.
- Judges are not eligible to judge any category in which they are entered.
- An entry that violates any of the above rules will be disqualified.
- Entries deemed by the FF&P Executive Board to have been plagiarized in part or in whole will be disqualified.
- Entries containing abuse, rape, bestiality, pedophilia, or other illegal, non-consensual, or objectionable practices will be disqualified for content at the discretion of the FF&P Executive Board.
- No refund shall be provided for any disqualified entries.
When formatting your entry for submission, please adhere to industry standards:
- 1” margins
- 12-point face type, Times New Roman
- Title and category on top left of page, page number on top right
- Each chapter should start on a new page, 1/3 of the way down the page
- Do not include illustrations, author bio/photos, vocabulary lists, or footnotes
- Optional synopsis should follow manuscript portion of entry.
2017 On the Far Side Contest Categories
With the exception of Erotic, all categories may have varying levels of sensuality.
DARK PARANORMAL: These stories include paranormal happenings as a major element of the plot and contain ominous overtones.
LIGHT PARANORMAL: These stories include paranormal happenings as a major element of the plot and are lighter in tone.
SCIENCE FICTION/FUTURISTIC: These stories may be set in an alternate reality or in the future, and include elements such as technological advancements, space travel, and aliens. NOTE: Time Travel by scientific means (e.g., a time machine or wormhole) falls in this category.
FANTASY: These stories may be, but are not limited to, settings in the past, and include mythical creatures and magical elements. NOTE: Time Travel by magical means (e.g., an imbued object or supernatural portal) falls in this category.
URBAN FANTASY: These stories take place in contemporary urban settings and include mythical creatures and magical elements.
STEAMPUNK: These stories typically feature Victorian era or American Old West style and sensibilities, advanced steam-powered machinery, and alternate histories. They may take place in a historical, contemporary, futuristic, or otherworldly setting.
EROTIC: These are paranormal stories in which explicit sensuality is inherent to the work. They may take place in a historical, contemporary, futuristic, or otherworldly setting.
HISTORICAL: These are paranormal stories that take place in the past, from ancient times to World War II.
YOUNG ADULT: These are paranormal stories that are appropriate for teen readers, featuring main characters in high school or of equivalent ages (14-18). They may take place in a historical, contemporary, futuristic, or otherworldly setting.
NEW ADULT: These are paranormal stories that feature main characters in college or of equivalent ages (18-24). They may take place in a historical, contemporary, futuristic, or otherworldly setting.
- All entries will be reviewed by FOUR (4) experienced, qualified judges in the first round. The lowest of these scores will be dropped and the three remaining scores will be averaged to calculate the final score for the first round.
- The three manuscripts per category with the highest scores will advance to the final round.
- Finalist entries will be reviewed by an agent or editor.
- FF&P cannot guarantee commentary on every entry, but we strongly encourage our first-round judges to provide positive, constructive feedback both on the scoresheet and within the document itself. However, judges will remain anonymous.
- No member of the On the Far Side Contest Committee is eligible to judge.
2017 On the Far Side Contest Final Round Judges
|DARK PARANORMAL||Tahra Seplowin, Harlequin|
|LIGHT PARANORMAL||Theresa Cole, Entangled Publishing|
|SCIENCE FICTION/FUTURISTIC||Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary Agency|
|FANTASY||Jim McCarthy, Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret LLC|
|URBAN FANTASY||Gail Delaney, Desert Breeze Publishing|
|STEAMPUNK||Mary Altman, Sourcebooks|
|EROTIC||Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press|
|HISTORICAL||Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger Literary Agency|
|YOUNG ADULT||Amanda Leuck, Spencerhill Associates|
|NEW ADULT||Tricia Skinner, Fuse Literary|
Contact the 2017 On the Far Side Contest Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter of RWA appreciates your willingness to enter this contest. Not a member of FF&P? Please see Join FF&P.