Deadline: October 1, 2023

Entry fee: $10

About the competition

Write a story involving Progressive Pantheons, and a chain.
$3,000 grand prize

Seek guidance in the forest glade, the hum of the server room, or the silence between stars. Do you hear an answer? Some voices weaken while others gain power with the passing of an age, for not even a God can withstand the progression of time. How will you adapt?

Divinity evolves—much like us. As the world grows smaller and our voices louder, how will our beliefs change? As cultures rise and fall, so do those they worship. Will they war, or merge into intricate tapestries of faith and futurism? Ancient spirituality and AI overlords. Augmented humans interfacing with their deities. Where once Gods dined in hallowed halls, now they come coded and virtual. Sacred spaces amid silicone shrines. Prayers whispered to the wind or sent through the cloud. Blockchain battlegrounds for digital devotion. The question: unite in holy harmony or fracture and fade? Decide quickly, before we reach the stars and test our beliefs against the universe. Will we become a guiding light, or a cautionary tale?

This contest invites you to explore Progressive Pantheons, whatever that means to you. Fantasy, contemporary, romance, crime. All genres are welcome.

Submissions close September 30th at 11:59 pm EST. Contest is only open to new writers.

Competition guideline

  • Who can enter?
    New or unpublished authors, from anywhere in the world (excluding Quebec, Canada). Full details here.
  • Prizes: 
    1st place: $3,000 USD. Free enrollment in the New Novelist Accelerator.
    2nd – 10th: 10c/word and publication.
    11th – 35th: $20 USD and an honorable mention in the magazine.
  • Early Bird: Now Novel Package, including lifetime membership, plot and character guides (est. value $65 USD). Awarded to the top judged, non-published story submitted by midnight on the 15th of the month.
  • How to enter: Sign up for an Elegant+ Membership and visit the Members Area (AuthorHQ), or click “Enter Now” on the contest page. Fill out the form and copy/paste (preferred method) or upload a file containing your work.
  • Important Dates: 
    The contest opens at 12:01 am EST on September 1st.
    The contest closes at 11:59 pm EST on September 30th.
    Winners will be announced on November 1st.
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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