The 2011-2012 Reading Period is Now Officially Open

The 2011-2012 Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is now officially open.

The Friends of the Merril Collection are running a Speculative Fiction Short Story Contest in order to raise awareness of, and funds for, the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy through the Friends of the Merril Collection (whose stated objectives, codified in the organization’s constitution, can be found at

The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest, as we are referring to this contest – which we plan to make an annual event – will distribute cash prizes to three winning entrants, as judged by a panel of authors, editors and other notables in the Canadian Speculative Fiction community.

The contest is open to international entrants without restriction on country of residence, entrant’s publication history (or lack thereof), or any other delimiting factors (though entrants not of age of majority will need a parent or guardian’s permission in order to enter).

Entries must be original, previously unpublished short stories with a maximum length of 4,000 words, and must be submitted as an e-mailed .rtf attachment (composed in Standard Manuscript Format) to

The reading period runs from November 15, 2011 through February 15, 2012, and each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of $5 (CDN).

For full rules see either the Contest Rules or FAQ pages. For all other information please use the menus and tabs to navigate the site.

If you have questions relating to anything about this website or the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest please address them to Michael Matheson at

Now that the 2011-2012 reading period is officially open, the Friends of the Merril Collection would like to take this opportunity to wish all our entrants good luck, and to offer our sincere thanks to all those individuals and organizations who have helped promote, fund, or otherwise run this, the inaugural Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest.

We look forward to reading your entries!


Posted on November 15, 2011, in Announcements, Status Updates, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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