Hawaiicon SciFi Short Story Writing Contest


Guidelines for this year’s HawaiiCon Short Story Writing Contest for both Adult-aged and Keiki-aged divisions!

What is it? Hawaiian Islands’ writers ages 12+ are invited to submit their best work for our HawaiiCon SciFi short story writing contest! We’re spotlighting science fiction along with 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 the upcoming Hawaiicon and/or participate in a live “reading” of their work. Selected works may also be invited to contribute to the Hawaiicon Anthology, a published collection of works.

Winners: One winner from each category will be selected. The winner of the Adult Writing Category will receive a 4-day pass to the next HawaiiCon. The of the Keiki Writing Category — the Terry Brooks Young Writers Award — will receive two 1-day passes to the HawaiiCon!

Short story winners reading their work: michelle Correia

Short story winners reading their work: michelle Correia

Winners will be announced through our social media networks — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the like. Winners will also be contacted via email. [See the 2018 Winners Press Release here]

**Kindly note, 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 each year. It is perfectly acceptable to rework and resubmit a previous submission. 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.

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 online HERE no later than June 1 at 11:59 pm HST.

What we’re NOT looking for:

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

If you have additional questions, please contact tim@hawaiicon.com .