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Aeon Award 2019

Update: The Aeon Award will be on hiatus during 2020 while we consider a redesign and upgrade of the contest and its rules. If you have entered a story to the Aeon 2020, you will be refunded. The 2019 contest judging is proceeding as normal. We thank you all for your patience while we consider a much-needed refresh to the competition.

Albedo One 
Ireland’s Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror proudly announces the 14th International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest:

The Aeon Award 2019
Grand Prize: €1000
Second Prize: €200
Third Prize: €100

Plus guaranteed publication in Albedo One for the top three stories as chosen by our esteemed Grand Judges
Ian Watson, Juliet E. McKenna, Priya Sharma and Michael Carroll.

The Aeon Award is a prestigious fiction writing competition for short stories in any speculative fiction genre, i.e. fantasyscience fictionhorror or anything in-between or unclassifiable. The Aeon Award short fiction contest has been running since 2004 and has a Grand Prize of €1000 and publication in Albedo One! Second and third place contest prizes are €200 and €100 as well as guaranteed publication in Albedo One, the leading Irish magazine of science fiction, fantasy and horror. The contest opens January 1st and ends on November 30th.

Entering the Contest is Simple!

(1) Make sure to read the contest conditions and guidelines here, but in shortIf your story is science fiction, fantasy or horror, is less than 10,000 words in length and has not been previously published, simply paste it into the body of an email with your contact details and send it to with “Aeon Award Submission” as the Subject of the email.

(2) Pay the €8.50 entry fee, which we have kept as low as is feasible, by simply clicking on this link, which brings you to a page where you can add the fee to your shopping cart and start the payment process (this page also has full instructions for paying the fee). We use PayPal to allow you to quickly and securely pay the fee using your credit or debit cards. Try it, it’s easier than you think!

We understand that rules in fiction contests and writing competitions can be confusing, so we’ve created a Frequently Asked Questions page for the Aeon Award Contest. We also welcome queries and questions, no matter how small, by email, to Frank Ludlow, at

Still wondering why you should enter the Aeon Award contest? Then see our Why Enter? page.

Thanks for your interest in the Aeon Award short fiction contest, and the very best of luck!!!