Aeon Award Short Fiction International Contest 2017

Publish Date: Jan 24, 2017

Deadline: Nov 30, 2017

The Aeon Award 2017
Grand Prize: €1000
Second Prize: €200
Third Prize: €100

Plus guaranteed publication in Albedo One for the top three stories as chosen by our esteemed Grand Judges
Ian Watson, Eileen Gunn, Todd McCaffrey and Michael Carroll.

The Aeon Award is a prestigious fiction writing competition for short stories in any speculative fiction genre, i.e. fantasy, science fiction, horror or anything in-between or unclassifiable. The Aeon Award short fiction contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. The contest opens January 1st and ends on November 30th.

Entering the Contest is Simple!

(1) Make sure to read the contest conditions and guidelines on the official website, but in shortIf your story is science fiction, fantasy or horror, is less than 10,000 words in length and has not been previously published, simply paste it into the body of an email with your contact details and send it to with “Aeon Award Submission” as the Subject of the email.

(2) Pay the €8.50 entry fee, which we have kept as low as is feasible. We use PayPal to allow you to quickly and securely pay the fee using your credit or debit cards. Try it, it’s easier than you think!


The contest is open to everyone, everywhere. There is no restriction by nationality or location, or by age (although those under 18 years of age must have permission from their parents or guardians to enter).


Stories can be any length, between 1 and 10,000 words. So long as your story has not been published previously in the English language, it is eligible to enter the Aeon Award writing contest. 

We welcome work that is unclassifiable or falls in-between the established bounds of science fiction, fantasy or horror. Indeed, the judges have a very broad definition of these genres. For example, a horror story may include overt supernatural or visceral elements to achieve an intended effect. Or, it may be purely psychological horror, without any overt supernatural or visceral horror elements. If in doubt, query us at The contest is open all year, except for the the month of December.

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