Rogue Blades Entertainment (RBE) has published some terrific fantasy anthologies over the past few years, including Return of the Sword and Rage of the Behemoth, featuring original work from writers such as E.E. Knight, James Enge, Bill Ward, Michael Ehart, Thomas M. MacKay, S.C. Bryce, Steve Goble, Brian Ruckley, C.L. Werner, Harold Lamb, and many others.
This week Rogue Blades publisher Jason M. Waltz announced the first annual RBE Challenge! Writing Contest. The competition is open to anyone, and the top stories will be printed in the competition anthology, Discovery (cover at right).
Submissions must consist of heroic adventure in any genre, and must arrive between June 1st and September 1st, 2010. The top twelve stories will recevie a copy of the anthology; the top three will also receive cash awards, and a detailed critique from the contest judges.
The entry fee is only $10, almost criminally cheap. If you’re any aspiring writer looking for an opportunity to show your stuff, now’s your chance to appear in a new anthology from one of the top publishers of modern heroic fantasy.
More information is on the Official Announcement page, including this invitation from Jason Waltz:
Using V Shane’s artwork and the title Discovery as inspiration, pen me mighty and mysterious tales of action and adventure. Speculative fiction is NOT required… Sword & Sorcery, Sword & Planet, Soul & Sandal, Western, Mystery, Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Sci-Fi, even Horror and Romance! You name it, so long as it’s heroic fiction, you can submit it.
Judges for the Challenge! 2010 Writing Contest are Artist V Shane (Discovery cover artist), John Klima (editor of Electric Velocipede), and Alex Bledsoe (author of The Sword-Edged Blonde and Burn Me Deadly).
Stories must be between 3,000 and 9,000 words. There’s no restriction on the number of stories you can submit. Note that the competition is not open yet, and won’t open until June 1.
Complete details are on the Challenge Submission Guidelines. Funds raised by the competition will be divided between RBE fundraising and Challenge! prize amounts, and the Challenge! cover artist.
Cover art by V Shane.