Starting July 14, I'll be running The Exceptional Summer Shootout, a short story writing competition that gives authors an opportunity to test their writing skills against their contemporaries, and receive valuable feedback at the same time, while competing for a shot at publication. I've run a few of these for different publishers in the past, but this is the first one I'll be running independently.
The shootout concept is simple. Participating writers are given a prompt and one week to write a short story based on that prompt. The subsequent week, the stories are reviewed by the participants. Story authors remain anonymous until the reviews are final, and the reviews are kept anonymous for fair and unbiased opinion. This is done 3 times in a row, and then we have a finalist round for the top-scoring writers. The winner of the final round will have their story published in an anthology that I will be putting together for Hall Brothers Entertainment.
Most of the writers in these contests are Fantasy & Sci-Fi authors, so members of this forum should fit right in.
For full details about the competition, visit the sign-up thread.