Student Writing Contest Deadline Extended

High school and college students, you now have until January 15 to submit your manuscripts for the Student Writing Contest. You can win a free membership to FOGcon.

(Many FOGcon organizers are writers, too. We understand all about procrastination.)

This annual event allows FOGcon to honor the best young local writers of speculative fiction.

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 2014 theme, Secrets.

This year, FOGcon will select a high school winner and a college or university winner. The winning writers will each receive a membership to FOGcon 2014 (to be held March 7-9, 2014 at the Walnut Creek Marriott) and an opportunity to publicly read their stories as part of the convention programming. (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Submit a previously unpublished story of 3,000 words or less that addresses the FOGcon 2014 theme, Secrets. 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.

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 1, 2014 January 15, 2014. Winners will be announced February 1, 2014.

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