Organisers of the 15th year of the competition Martinus Fantasy Award 2017 started receiving the first entries in the sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres.
The deadline for sending the stories, which should not be longer than 25 standardised pages, is set at the end of May, the TASR newswire reported.
The jury, composed of experts in literature and art, will then pick five finalists during the summer, of which readers will choose the best stories. The winners will then be announced in November at the book fair Bibliotheca in Bratislava.
Besides the main competition, authors can attend also its English version, held for the fourth time. The limit for the length of stories and the deadline for sending is the same as the Slovak version: 25 standardised pages and the end of May. The stories have to be written in English, TASR wrote.
Previous jury members include also sci-fi writer Mike Resnick, US fantasy writer Jeff VanderMeer, and author of the novel Martian, Andy Weir.