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3 weeks left to enter the SiMF contest! And 6 days for the flashfic contest!

(Originally posted at Crossed Genres.)

The Science in My Fiction short story contest has just 3 weeks left before the deadline for entries! Entries thus far have been fewer than expected, though we’re still anticipating a rush at the end. There are $400 in prizes up for grabs – be sure to get your entries in! And please help us spread the word about the contest!

The Flash Fiction contest is also approaching the cutoff date for entries: June 15 is the final day! Entries to the flashfic contest have been surprisingly robust – though perhaps not surprising when considering first place gets pro rates or better. 6 more days to go! Voting will begin on the 10 finalists on June 23.

Crossed Genres is currently accepting submissions to the Invasion issue. June 30 is the deadline.

Finally: June is the last month to read Crossed Genres Issue 8: ANTHROPOMORPHISM. This diverse and unusual issue, containing an interview with SiMF contributor Athena Andreadis, will no longer be available! Please read it if you haven’t, and consider picking up a copy.

The SiMF Contest: LAST CHANCE for copies!

Tomorrow – Monday, May 31 – is the final day to get a copy of the Science in My Fiction contest winners!

  • The 1st Place winner, 2nd Place winner and 3rd Place winner bound together in print and/or ebook format
  • Original cover art by wonderful artist Julie Dillon
  • Original art accompanying each story (Artists TBD)

This is the ONLY time these stories will be published together. There won’t be a general release. If you’re entering the contest, and will want more than one copy should you win (the authors whose stories place in the top 3 each get a complimentary copy), now is the one chance to get them!

  • A pledge of just $4 gets you a “digital bundle”: the ebook of the winners in 7 different digital formats. These formats will work for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, B&N Nook, Sony Readers, and more. All formats are DRM-free.

  • A pledge of $9 gets you the digital bundle plus a one-year online subscription to Crossed Genres, which gets you digital bundles for a year’s worth of issues. The subscription normally costs $10 on its own.

  • A pledge of $15 gets you the digital bundle, the Crossed Genres subscription, and a print copy of the book – the only run of print copies there’ll be.

There are other rewards, like extra copies, and even a cartoon portrait of you (With SCIENCE!) included in the print edition. Go here to make a pledge. You have until tomorrow night!

A better edition: make it happen!

(Originally posted at Kickstarter.)

We are so close – so close to the $1000 threshold! With just five days left to the Kickstarter we need just $56 to get there!

As we promised earlier, if we reach $1000 or more, we will commission original artwork to accompany each of the winning stories in the print and digital editions. So even those of you who’ve already pledged can improve the final version you’ll get, just by spreading the word!

You’ll also be helping put copies of the book in the best possible places: Libraries. We’ve already reached the point where we’ll be donating 3 copies of the book to various libraries (or reading programs), and for every additional $50 we’ll donate another! And those who pledged will get to recommend and vote on where the books go!

Please call up a loved one, email a friend, stop a stranger on the street, and tell them to make a pledge. Don’t wait until Memorial Day weekend when everyone’s gone! You can count the days left on one hand!

Short story contest: Entering, and getting your copy (Last chance!)

We have reached the halfway point for entering the Science in My Fiction short story contest. There are 44 days left to get your entries in! Please be sure to read the entry guidelines. Send your entries via the submission form. Remember, there’s $400 in cash prizes to be won! And your entry could be considered by our amazing panel of judges!

(If you’re short on science ideas for your story, Follow Kay on Twitter! She tweets a series of science links every weekday morning because she is a big science geek.)

Also! There are just 2 WEEKS left to reserve your copy of the winners! Only people who pledge to the Kickstarter drive can receive a digital or printed copy of the winners. The drive ends MAY 31! Not the end of June – the end of MAY.

The winning entries will be readable only by Crossed Genres subscribers, and people who pledge at least $4 to the Kickstarter drive. You can pledge to get an ebook ($4), a discounted subscription AND the ebook ($9) or print copies ($15 & up). There are other neat rewards for pledging too, like signed copies, a LIFETIME online subscription to Crossed Genres, a cartoon portrait of you (with SCIENCE!) included (with your name) in the print edition, etc. The print and digital editions will also have original cover art by Julie Dillon that won’t be available to regular subscribers.

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Contest: Success!!

(Originally posted on Kickstarter)

In case you’re not on Twitter, or missed our mad excited tweeting last night: WE MADE IT! The Crossed Genres “Science in My Fiction” contest reached 100% of our goal last night!

Thank you so much to everyone who’s pledged so far. We were confident from the beginning that we’d make it, but it’s a huge worry behind us now that we’re there, and we can concentrate on having the contest results turn out brilliantly.

Of course, there are still 18 days left to the pledge drive! And the more pledges we get the better each copy will be! We know we’ll never get anywhere near these guys (and we say kudos to them, we were one of their earlier supporters), we’d love to reach the point where we can add artwork to the print copies! If you’d like to see the final versions even more impressive, please keep spreading the word. And thanks again to everyone who’s supported the contest so far!

Julie Dillon to illustrate cover of contest winners!

(Originally posted at Kickstarter)

We’re thrilled to announce that artist Julie Dillon has agreed to create artwork for the cover of the print edition of the Science in My fiction contest winners!

Julie provided the artwork for the cover of Crossed Genres’ special LGBTQ issue which was released in November:

Julie’s done work for Wizards of the Coast, Paizo Publishing, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Fantasy Flight Games, and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, amongst others. She was my first choice to do the cover for the SiMF contest and I’m ecstatic she has time and is enthusiastic about it.

Remember, the print edition won’t be made unless we make our pledge goal! As of this writing we’re just $65 shy of our goal. Please help spread the word and push us over the top! Thanks!

Sweetening the deal

Originally posted as a Kickstarter update.)

With 25 days left to the SiMF contest Kickstarter drive, we stand at $644 out of $750, or roughly 86%. That’s excellent, and we’re very confident we can make it the rest of the way! However, we’ve been at $644 for a full week now, and we’re getting nervous.

And besides, we don’t just want to barely reach our goal but sail past it! We want lots of people, TONS of people, to read these stories, which we know are going to be remarkable. We’ve been thinking since the beginning that we’d sweeten the benefits of pledging if we pass our goal, so in the hopes of encouraging people to spread the word and contribute:

1) For every $50 we reach above our initial goal, we will donate a print copy of the winners to a library, charity or reading program. Everyone who pledges (or has already pledged) will get to recommend a place for the donation(s) AND will have a vote when picking the final recipients!

2) If we reach at least $1000 total, we will commission black-and-white artwork for each of the 3 winning stories, that will go in the print and digital versions but not online – in other words, people who pledge will be the only ones who get to see them!

Please help us spread the word and encourage others to pledge! We have to reach our goal for any print copies to be made!

25 days and counting. Thanks to everyone who’s blogged, linked, tweeted or pledged so far!

Help us get the SiMF contest in print!

(copied from the original post on Crossed Genres.)

In case you missed it, Crossed Genres announced the Science in My Fiction short story contest! (Here’s a link to the original announcement.)

And now’s the part where we ask for your help. Obviously, we want people to enter stories in the contest (beginning on April 1). And with the prizes being offered, we’re confident there’ll be a good number of entries.

Well, we also really want to put the winning entries in print! But after taking the costs of the contest directly out of our pockets (in addition to regular CG expenses), the additional costs of producing a quality print edition is a bit too much for us.
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Announcing the Science in My Fiction short story contest!

We’re enormously pleased to announce the Science in My Fiction short story contest!

“Here’s how it works: Authors write a science fiction or fantasy short story which is inspired by a scientific discovery or innovation made or announced within the past year. It can’t be peripherally added: the science must be integral to the story. Writers must include a link to a relevant article or study of the applied science when they submit their stories.”

A panel of 6 amazing judges will vote on the finalists. There’s $400 of cash prizes to be won, plus subscriptions, books, etc.

Please visit the contest page, read the entry guidelines, see who the judges are, and read about our Kickstarter drive to put the winning stories in print!

Then, enter your story! The contest will be open for entries from April 1 through June 30. Winners will be announced on July 21.

Show us there’s still room for real Science in fiction! Huge thanks to everyone who helped us make the contest happen!