Every year, QSF holds a flash fiction contest to create an amazing new anthology of queer speculative fiction stories. We ask authors to do the nearly-impossible – to submit a sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror LGBTQ+ story that has no more than 300 words.
Our 2021 contest launches on March 1st, and closes on May 1st, but we do accept early entries. The theme for 2021 is “Ink.” For full details and contest rules, see our 2021 page here.
We’ve now run the contest seven times, and put out books showcasing the best stories from years two, three, four, five, six and sevem: Discovery, Flight, Renewal, Impact, Migraton, and Innovation.
For our first year, the theme was “Endings“. To see the top three stories and the three honorable mentions from 2014, click here. (15 entries – no book). To see the rest of the submissions from 2014 (where the authors gave us the go-ahead to post them), click here.
For the second year, the theme was “Discovery“. To see the winners and honorable mentions from 2015, click here. (115 entries – out of print)
For the third year, the theme was “Flight“. To see the winners and honorable mentions from 2016, click here. (172 entries – out of print)
For year five in 2018, our theme was “Impact.” For the list of winners, click here. (181 entries)
For year six in 2019, our theme was “Migration.” For the list of winners, click here. (255 entries)
In year seven, we tackled “Innovation.” (255 entries). Angel chose this theme.