The Paul John Statham Memorial Fantasy & Science Fiction Competition 1997

$2,000 First Prize
Closing March 3, 1997

Paul Statham was a highly respected member of the 'Out of the Ashes' writing group. Although Paul had published numerous articles in computer magazines, his great love was for Fantasy and Science Fiction. When he died in November 1994 after a long illness, he left behind him many fine short stories and a partly finished novel of great promise. His family in New Zealand have sponsored this competition to honour his memory and to encourage new writers in the genres.

The competition is for a Fantasy or Science Fiction story between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length. The first prize will be $A2,000 with two runners-up prizes of $A200 each.

You may submit more than one entry; however, each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $10.00 ($AUS or $NZ), cheques or money orders payable to 'Out of the Ashes', or the equivalent in IRC coupons from your Post Office. Mastercard, VISA and Bankcard are acceptable if the name and signature of the cardholder and the expiry date of the card accompany the card number.

Entries (no form required) must be in English, clearly and cleanly typed or printed in double spacing on one side only of A4 paper. All entries must be accompanied by an unattached front sheet stating the entrants name, address, pseudonym, story title and word count. The entrants name must not appear on the manuscript. The manuscript must have each page sequentially numbered, showing both the title and the authors pseudonym. Manuscripts will be destroyed, not returned.

The competition is restricted to citizens or permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand. The winners may be required to provide proof of status. Each story must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant and may not previously have won a prize worth more than $500 nor have been a winner or runner-up in the prior year of this competition.

Competition judges will be Dr Van Ikin and Shannah Jay (Sherry-Anne Jacobs) of Perth, West Australia, and others to be appointed. The organising committee retains the right to substitute alternative judges should the need arise. The judges decision is final and no correspondence or conversations will be entered into.

Entries must arrive at the address below no later than 31st January, 1996. Winners will be notified by mail in April 1996. The names of the winner and runners-up will be published in the next issue of the 'Out of the Ashes' newsletter.

The organising committee reserves the right to publish the winning and runners-up entries in full or abbreviated form in 'Out of the Ashes' before the end of 1997.

The Paul John Statham Memorial Competition
PO Box 990,
NSW 2064,

Any enquiries should be addressed to James Huntley, Editor, 'Out of the Ashes', as above, or :-

Phone & Fax: +61 2 9411 4226 (AH Ph +61 2 9411 7741)
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