Sunday, 21 March 2010

Science In My Fiction short story competition

Crossed Genres has announced a short story competition focusing on the science in science fiction. They want people to "write a science fiction or fantasy short story which is inspired by a scientific discovery or innovation made or announced within the past year". Further, "the science must be integral to the story". A links to the relevant article or study must also be provided.

A panel of six judges will pick the finalists. There is $400 worth of prizes to be won. The top three stories will be published on the Crossed Genres web site. The competition runs from 1 April 2010 to 30 June 2010. Results will be announced on 21 July 2010.

Stories of 2,500 to 10,000 words, submitted via the online entry form only - see here.

See here for full details.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest 2010

Baen Books and the National Space Society are sponsoring a short story contest in memory of Jim Baen.

They are looking for short stories "of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration". They want stories which feature "Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure"...

First prize is publication on the Baen Books main website, paid at the pro rates. Plus a specially designed award, free entry into the 2010 International Space Development Conference, a year's membership in the National Space Society ($45 level) and a prize package containing various Baen Books, Jim Baen's Universe and National Space Society merchandise.

Second and third prizes are a year's membership in the National Space Society ($45 level), and a prize package containing various Baen Books, Jim Baen's Universe and National Space Society merchandise.

Deadline is 1 April 2010. Submissions should be sent as .rtf attachments to Please put the word SUBMISSION in the subject line. Note that manuscripts should not include the author's name.

See here for full details.

Monday, 1 March 2010

NextRead Magazine now open for submissions

A new magazine, due to be launched on 1 May 2010, is now open for submissions. NextRead Magazine is "a themed bi-monthly short story magazine". Each issue will contain six to eight short stories on a given theme. It will be published in both PDF and epub formats, and will cost £1.50 an issue.

Issue #0's theme is "Science Fiction combined with Myth". Deadline for submissions is 14 April 2010.

Word limit is 5,000 words. Submit as attached document - doc, rtf, txt. Submissions are only accepted from people who have pre-bought the issue of the magazine. Token payment for stories published in the magazine, and each issue a story chosen by the editor will receive a book "that fits the theme that edition of the magazine".

See here for more details.