The winner is…Diane Sallens!
Hello Delilah! Thank you for letting me visit today to discuss a fantastic project I’m involved in.
I write all different kinds of queer fiction, and when this contest entered my radar screen a few years ago, it caught my attention. This is the third year I submitted a 300-word short story, and I was thrilled my story was chosen with 119 others to put together this wonderful collection. My story is a lesbian shifter romance—not something I’d written before. I love the speculative nature of Sci-Fi and paranormal. This isn’t our world and yet how does it relate to us? Which elements are the same and which are different? I invite readers to sink into stories that pack a hell of a punch, even with the short word count. I know I used every single one to craft a story I hope readers will love.
As a bonus, today, I’d love to give away a $5 Amazon Gift Card. To enter, just drop a note in the comments. Let me know—do you read paranormal or Science Fiction? Is there a particular subgenre you like? Good luck!
Every year, Queer Sci Fi runs a one-word theme contest for 300-word flash fiction stories, and then we choose 120 of the best for our annual anthology.
Eight definitions to inspire writers around the world, and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell:
1) An upward slope or movement
2) A beginning or origin
3) An increase in amount or number
4) An angry reaction
5) To take up arms
6) To return from death
7) To become heartened or elated
8) To exert oneself to meet a challenge
Rise features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.
Pairings (if a romance): MM, FF, MF, NB, etc.
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction
LGBTQ+ Identities (if applicable): Ace, Bi, Demi, Gay, Intersex, Lesbian, Poly, Trans
Series Title: Queer Sci Fi’s Annual Flash Fiction Contest
Authors: This year, 554 authors entered the Rise contest. 120 of them were chosen, and their stories are included in this anthology.