ISFiC Writers Contest

This is our annual competition for unpublished writers of science fiction and fantasy. The award is presented at Windycon, and the winning story is printed in the Windycon program book.

ISFiC will be running the ISFiC Writer's Contest this year despite the lack of a physical Windycon. Submissions are due no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, November 27, 2020. A winner and possible runners up will be announced in December.


First Prize

  • $300.00
  • Windycon 47 in 2021 Membership
  • Double Room for Windycon 47 in 2021
  • The winning story will be included in the Windycon 47 in 2021 program book and archived on the ISFiC Website.

Honorable Mentions (Up to 2)

  • American 1 oz. Silver Coin

Contest Rules

How Should I Format My Entry?

How Do I Submit My Entry?

You can submit your entry one of two ways.

Submit by Email
You can email your entry to writers_contest at windycon dot org. Please submit your file in RTF format, as that is the format used to publish it, in the event you are the winner.
Submit by Post
If you wish to send your story via mail, please print it and send to:

ISFiC Writers Contest
c/o Tracy Townsend
PO Box 2251
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

If you wish to have a printed copy of your story returned to you, you must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with suitable postage. Printed entries not accompanied by an adequately stamped SASE will not be returned.


If you have any more questions about the ISFiC Writers Contest, feel free to email us at writers_contest at windycon dot org.

Winners of the ISFiC Writers Contest

The first ISFiC Writers Contest was held in 1986. Here are the winners, beginning with the most recent: