A. Kalish wrote:It says applications are currently closed...
I'd be inclined to give it a few more days for admin to cope with closing Q1 and the holidays. They don't really expect too many people to wish to submit in the first week of a new quarter, I think.
Welcome anyway. You can always try one of the faster turnaround markets whilst you're waiting to submit here.
Hmm, that's odd. Normally it should open up straight away. That said, there have been problems with the electronic submission system in the past.
Ishmael's advice is good (try Lightspeed
, which both have turnaround times in the 1-3 day range), or you can always submit to the contest by snail mail, if you don't want to wait for the online system to turn itself on again.
Here's the address:
L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest
PO Box 1630
Los Angeles, CA 90078
and remember the following for hardcopy submissions:
Entries submitted hardcopy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front paper, double spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author's legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, email address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author's name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.
ETA: As of 12:15pm PST on 1/6/2014, I was able to access the submission system, so it looks like they fixed the error. :)