Monday, 2 July 2012

2 comps, both free to enter

Two new competitions from Circalit, both free to enter. No prize beyond publication, but could be good exposure for you and a decent home for your sci fi or literary stories.

LAUNCH YOUR SCI-FI STORY INTO THE COSMOS!
Cosmos, founded in 2004, is a literary science magazine that reaches 40,000 readers every month around the globe, and covers everything from science fact to science fiction. Cosmos are now on the lookout for innovative science fiction short stories that that make you think about the future in a different way. The winning short story will be printed in the next issue of Cosmos Magazine, and the two runners-up will see their work published on Cosmos Online. For more information and to submit your work, please visit www.circalit.com/screenplay/competitions/view/client/cosmos.

ECLECTICA FLASH FICTION COMPETITION!
Eclectica, founded in 1996, is one of the longest running online literary publications, publishing a wide range of fiction from all different genres. Now Eclectica have teamed up with Circalit to host a flash fiction competition. Simply write a story on any theme in under 800 words and get your flash fiction published in the October/November issue of this notable ezine. For more information and to submit your work, please visit www.circalit.com/screenplay/competitions/view/client/eclectica.

12 comments:

Patsy said...

Thanks!

DeniseCovey _L_Aussie said...

Thanks for these. I'm off to check out the flash fiction one.

Denise

Anonymous said...

Please be wary. Circalit comps sometimes come up with winning entries that were not actually entered into the comp but suddenly appeared on site AFTER the result was published. And stated comp terms are not always adherred to.

womagwriter said...

Hmm, thanks for the warning Anon. I have emailed my contact at Circalit for a response to your coment.

Anonymous said...

Womagwriter, I assume your contact is Robert Tucker? Circalit admin don't have a high record of responding to their own members' queries, so it will be interesting to see if you get a response.

Robert Tucker said...

Hi Anonymous,

Hi Anonymous,

It's Rob from Circalit here. I'm sorry to hear that you're not happy with our competitions. Let me just start by saying that we pride ourselves on setting up free writing competitions that provide aspiring writers with awesome new opportunities. We've had short films produced, we've organized script-pitching sessions with important literary agents and filmmakers, we've worked with lots of major publishing houses and magazines to publish short stories, and we've organized countless other prizes - all our prizes are genuine and have been delivered, and all our competitions have been judged objectively - normally by our in-house readers. If you're unhappy with our service then I'm genuinely sorry to hear that.

As for the particular situation you were referring to, let me explain very briefly:- during one of our competitions, the process for uploading scripts onto the site was acting up, and some entrants claimed that they couldn't enter the competition because they couldn't upload their submissions. The company that were providing the prize put their foot down and we agreed to accept some some submissions via email instead of via the site. In hindsight, that was a mistake, as it lead to accusations (admittedly only by one or two people - and I assume that you are one of those) that the winning script wasn't eligible. May I just say that this happened once, therefore your accusation that it happens "sometimes" is also misleading. May I also point out that other writing competitions only accept submissions via email, so I really don't see what the problem with it is? We've now fixed the problem with uploading onto the site, but if anyone is having any trouble uploading then, again, please email me at rob [at] circalit [dot] com.

Please also be aware that whilst you can make accusations anonymously, I have to defend our writing competitions and my own reputation publicly.

Thanks very much,
Best Wishes,
Rob Tucker
(www.circalit.com/roberttucker)

womagwriter said...

Here's the reply from Rob Tucker.

Hi Anonymous,

It's Rob from Circalit here. I'm sorry to hear that you're not happy with our competitions. Let me just start by saying that we pride ourselves on setting up free writing competitions that provide aspiring writers with awesome new opportunities. We've had short films produced, we've organized script-pitching sessions with important literary agents and filmmakers, we've worked with lots of major publishing houses and magazines to publish short stories, and we've organized countless other prizes - all our prizes are genuine and have been delivered, and all our competitions have been judged objectively - normally by our in-house readers. If you're unhappy with our service then I'm genuinely sorry to hear that.

As for the particular situation you were referring to, let me explain very briefly:- during one of our competitions, the process for uploading scripts onto the site was acting up, and some entrants claimed that they couldn't enter the competition because they couldn't upload their submissions. The company that were providing the prize put their foot down and we agreed to accept some some submissions via email instead of via the site. In hindsight, that was a mistake, as it lead to accusations (admittedly only by one or two people - and I assume that you are one of those) that the winning script wasn't eligible. May I just say that this happened once, therefore your accusation that it happens "sometimes" is also misleading. May I also point out that other writing competitions only accept submissions via email, so I really don't see what the problem with it is? We've now fixed the problem with uploading onto the site, but if anyone is having any trouble uploading then, again, please email me at rob [at] circalit [dot] com.

Please also be aware that whilst you can make accusations anonymously, I have to defend our writing competitions and my own reputation publicly.

Thanks very much,
Best Wishes,
Rob Tucker
(www.circalit.com/roberttucker)

womagwriter said...

Thank you Rob, I think that clears it up.

womagwriter said...

Thank you Rob, I think that clears it up.

womagwriter said...

Thank you Rob, I think that clears it up.

Anonymous said...

In reply to Rob Tucker’s post addressed to anonymous:

Actually, I didn’t refer to any “particular situation”, and I’m not one of those “one or two people” who made accusations on one particular occasion. As I understand it, several people have queried several different competition results where winners were apparently not eligible. Either because they didn’t abide by Circalit’s stated competition rules or their entry didn’t meet the deadline. Which I think does amount to “sometimes” rather than something that “happened once”. Excuse me for saying, but I’m not sure how that makes me the one making misleading accusations.

Neither do I understand the reference to, or relevance of, competitions run by others that only accept emailed submissions. I simply don’t see how that has any bearing on entries suddenly appearing on Circalit after competition deadlines or after competition results have been announced.

Also, you may like to check on your claim that: “all our prizes are genuine and have been delivered”

However, if everyone else is happy with your explanations, I’m sure womagwriter will feel free to delete my comments

Mary said...

I do have some concerns about Circalit too. Mostly because the entries for the competitions are prioritised by members so that those who get the best comments are forwarded as potential winners. I feel it is all a bit cliqueish and concerned how this fits with entries being forwarded by e-mail and not read by the members. I have withdrawn from Circalit because of this but have to admit that some of the members were great, very constructive with comments.