World War I Centenary – Short Story Competition

This competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of WWI, and to commemorate the occasion we have a competition that will challenge you to explore historical fiction – with a twist.

Philippa Ballantine will be judging our first contest for 2014, the World War I Centenary Short Story Competition. She is looking for stories that reinterpret or reimagine any aspect of the War That Did Not End All Wars from a speculative fiction perspective.

While classic war stories are welcome, we also encourage writers to think beyond the front line, from the experiences of those who remained at home (and what became of those homes) to the medical experiments and advances necessitated by wartime injuries – and the deadly pandemic that followed the end of the war.

New Zealand-born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice, and a Sir Julius Vogel. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and a furry clowder of cats.Her latest novel, Weather Child, is set in Wellington and Napier in the aftermath of World War I.


Length: 1,000-5,000 words
Genres: All, with specfic elements
Topic: World War I
Submissions: Sent as an .rtf document to specficnz.fiction(at)gmail(dot)com, following standard manuscript format but with no author identification in the manuscript (so that entries can be judged blindly). One submission per person, please.
Deadline: Midnight NZST, 25 April 2014
Prizes: 1st place $50; 2nd place $25; 3rd place $10.
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