2020 Signum University Fall Fiction contest

Tales Around the Hearthfire


The 2020 Signum short fiction contest is upon us!

On September 22 during the Fundraising Launch, the prompts will have been released.  We want to put together a book of great speculative fiction stories in the following categories:

  • Authors Under 18 – word limit of 1,500 (that’s only an upper limit!)
  • Poetry – Answering the Call
  • Five Hundred Words of Horror – part of Something Big
  • A Thousand Words of Delight – Noticing
  • and Twenty Five Hundred Words of Wonder – use the word “erstwhile”.

Begin your work as of the moment the prompts are released (no earlier).  By end of the day September 30th, please send a PDF of your story (one email per category, please) to [email protected].

  • Subject: Contest Entry
  • One entry per person per category
  • Parents and guardians, of course you may submit stuff on behalf of your minor child – in fact I prefer it.
  • Those 18+ may not contribute to the young people’s category!!!
  • In the email, please clarify “This is my nom de plume, whatever my email might say:_______”
  • In the email, please clarify which category this entry is for.
  • In the email, please affirm that “Signum may use this work of mine for promotional purposes; I retain copyright.”

The entries will be judged by a group of Signum staff and  distinguished guests.

On October 17, the winners will be announced amid fanfare and hoopla.

After the Annual Campaign Finale, the plan is that winning entries will be compiled into an ePub format book available from Signum University, Tales Around the Hearthfire. Other opportunities might present themselves as well!


Questions about the 2020 Fall Fiction contest? Email [email protected].