Student Writing Contest

Win a Free Membership to FOGcon 2017!

FOGcon values new writers and seeks to encourage their growth. The FOGcon writing contest aims to encourage student writers to engage with the Bay Area speculative fiction community and to explore the featured theme of this year’s FOGcon convention in their work.

The contest is open to students currently enrolled at a high school or at a two-year or four-year college or university in the San Francisco Bay Area. Entrants are invited to submit a short story of no more than 3,000 words that addresses the FOGcon 2017 theme, Interstitial Spaces.

This year, FOGcon will select a high school winner and a college or university winner. The winning writers will each receive a free membership to FOGcon 2017 (to be held March 10-12, 2017 at the Walnut Creek Marriott), an opportunity to publicly read their stories as part of the convention programming, and an opportunity talk to a professional writer. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation, if needed.

How to Enter

Submit a previously unpublished story of 3,000 words or fewer that addresses the FOGcon 2017 theme, Interstitial Spaces. One entry per person, please. Entries may be in any genre – from fantasy to hard science fiction to horror – that falls within the broad boundaries of speculative fiction. An entry set in the real, mundane world that does not contain a speculative element will not be considered.

For examples and definitions of speculative fiction, visit the following links:

Send entries in either Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (*.rtf) as an attachment to Use standard manuscript format. Include the following information on the first page of your story:

  • Your name
  • Mailing address, phone number, and email address
  • The high school, college, or university at which you are currently enrolled

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017. Winners will be announced February 1, 2017.

Include a one-paragraph bio of yourself along with your submission.

Depending on the quality and quantity of submissions, the FOGcon convention committee reserves the right to choose an additional winner, or to declare no winner.

Please send any questions about the writing contest to