Hawaiicon 2018 SciFi Writing Contest


Announcing HawaiiCon’s First-Ever

Short Story Writing Contest for Adults and Keiki!


What is it?

Hawaiian Islands writers ages 12+ are invited to participate in a short story writing contest! We’re spotlighting science fiction and fantasy, culture, mythology, and ohana, so if you’ve got a speculative story that you’d like to share, we’d love to read it! We’re looking for work that inspires, that tests the bounds of imagination, that challenges norms and explores worlds through a unique lens.

Entrants may be invited to participate in a writing workshop with professional authors at Hawaiicon 2018. Selected works will be invited to contribute to the Hawaiicon Anthology 2018, a published collection of works. Authors may also be invited to participate in a reading of their work at Hawaiicon 2018.


Judges will be announced and updated on the Hawaiicon website at: https://www.hawaiicon.com/hc-scifi-writing-contest/


One winner from each category will be selected. The winner of the Adult Writing Category will receive a 4-day pass to HawaiiCon.The of the Keiki Writing Category will receive two 1-day passes to HawaiiCon!

Winners will be announced by  on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email.

**Contestants between the ages of 12 and 17 need a parent's or guardian's permission to enter.

**All writers are limited to one submission. No simultaneous submissions, please. All writers retain the rights to their work. All decisions made by the judges regarding the winners are final. By submitting, you are agreeing to all contest rules.

Word Count and Formatting

Maximum Word Count: 2,000 words.

Please submit your short story in standard manuscript formatting. (You can find an example here.)

Submission Cost?


How do I submit?

Please submit your stories here in a .doc, .docx, rtf, or pdf format. Your file name should be a shortened version of your work's title.

On the submission page your will be asked to include a brief biography – tell us a little something about you and your writing.

Please do not include your name in the body of the document.  Judging will be blind, without judges knowing the name of the author.


Stories should be submitted no later than September 1, 2018, 11:59 pm HST.

What we’re NOT looking for:

Stories with gratuitous violence, explicit and/or offensive language, sexual content, or previously published work.


If you have any questions, please contact HawaiiconSciFiWritingContest@outlook.com.