האתר Science In My Fiction הכריז על פתיחת תחרות הסיפרים השנתית שלו (נערכת זו השנה השנייה). בעיקרון הדרישות הן סיפור מדע בדיוני או פנטסיה של 2,000 עד 6,000 מילה, הממוקם מחוץ לכדור הארץ ונכתב בהשראת חידוש טכנולוגי מהשנה האחרונה. באנגלית כמובן. פרטים נוספים:
Here’s how it works: Authors write a science fiction or fantasy short story (2,000-6,000 words) 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.
This year, we have an additional twist to the contest: All submissions must be set off Earth!This can be in close orbit, on the moon or Mars, or traveling through deep space. Think forward with your extrapolation!
We’ll be looking for thoughtful, creative and well-researched application of science to a story. This doesn’t mean you should neglect your plot or characters, though! The best entries will be those which use science to enhance the plot, setting and characters, rather than dominate them.
Entries will be narrowed down to 10 finalists by the Crossed Genres editors. Then a panel of six judges will read and rank the finalists based on a points voting system. The top 3 stories will be published in the Science in My Fiction anthology along with a year of original monthly stories published on the SiMF website (release date: November 24, 2011).
The winner will receive professional pay ($0.05/word) for their story, plus print/ebook copies of the SiMF anthology. Second place will receive $0.03/word plus the anthology, and Third place will receive $0.01/word plus the anthology.
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!
- All questions about the contest should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org (Do not send entries via email.)