Last year’s contest was a huge success, and we’re excited to see what new and creative ideas authors can come up with this time!
This year the contest is slightly different. Here’s how it works:
Authors write a science fiction or fantasy short story 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. We’ll be looking for thoughtful, creative and well-researched application of science to a story. Writers must include a link to a relevant article or study of the applied science when they submit their stories.
Entries will be narrowed down to 10 finalists by the Crossed Genres publishers. Then a panel of judges will read and rank the finalists based on a points voting system. The top 3 stories will be published in Crossed Genres’ Science in My Fiction 2011: Offworld, an anthology of the 3 winning stories plus the 12 monthly stories published to the SiMF blog (Release date: 11/24/11).
Why is the anthology called Offworld? That’s the twist to this year’s contest. All story submissions must be set somewhere off Earth. It can be in orbit, on the moon, a distant world or in deep space, but the story has to take us away from the comfort of our home planet.
The winner will receive professional pay (5¢ per word) for their story, plus print and ebook copies of the anthology. Second place will receive 3¢ per word plus copies, and third place will receive 1¢ per word plus copies.
FULL DETAILS AND GUIDELINES FOR THE CONTEST HERE
• Tobias Buckell – Author (NYT Bestselling novel Halo: The Cole Protocol)
• Liz Gorinsky – Hugo-nominated editor, Tor Books & Tor.com
• Cameron McClure – Agent, Donald Maass Literary Agency
• Joan Slonczewski – Campbell Award-winning author; Professor of Biology
• Lavie Tidhar – Author (The Bookman, Camera Obscura)
Huge thanks to our amazing panel of judges for agreeing to help us out!
Submissions will be open from June 1 through August 31. So show us your science chops – prove to us there’s still a place for science in SFF!