A contest inspired by the serious need for more good sci-fi
In my brief time here, I've come to really enjoy writing.com: the people, the stories, the contests, and the kind reviewers. However, I have really been missing out on some good short science fiction and an incentive to get involved with a community of writers who also enjoy it. To the end of inspiring both, I've decided to host a Science Fiction Short Story Contest.
The rules are simple:
Write a short story inspired by the prompt that is of less than 2000 words.
I will pay 15,000 (updated) Gift Points for the best submissions and an awardicon (as per recent request - I'm open to discussion about adjusting the prize).
Post in the forum with BITEM only.
I will judge entries starting August 1st, and provide (hopefully) thoughtful reviews for all submissions.
May the best sentient being win!
Contest Re-opening for July!
Reagan chewed his lip, peering into the drifting haze and the twisted remains of the building ahead. His mind was fuzzier than it ought to have been, a side effect of the trip that was both instantaneous and covering eons. Another tragedy to correct, if he could. But something was different this time - or rather something was eerily familiar, and that shouldn't be possible.
"This looks familiar," he wondered aloud.
A vicious chuckle sounded behind him, startling him out of his skin. The voice that followed was bitter and gravelly, much like his own. "Heh. You don't know the half of it."
Time Travel! Unleash your creativity on that most prevalent cliche of science fiction. Whether you invoke the many worlds interpretation or end reality in an all-consuming paradox, now's you chance to struct your sciecne fiction stuff!
June Entry and Winner!
These seem to be getting harder and harder to judge, but this entry spoke to me, especially the ending:
This had a lively tone and feel:
This rather disturbing partnership is surely memorable:
And this shouldn't be missed, by virtue of sheer cuteness if nothing else:
"Substitute Teacher" [E]
"Fake News" [13+]
"In Between Times" [13+]
"The Implant" [E]
"Robotic Love " [E]
"The Homemaker's Helper" [18+]
There were some dark, powerful entries this month, but this gritty and coherent piece took the prize:
"The Hill" [E]
"The Threat" [13+]
As usual, judging was difficult, and all three entries were clever, creative, and well-written. Still, this piece edged out the win:
"Parking Space" [13+]
"Man's Best Friend" [13+]
Thanks for all the entries. All were excellent, making this a tough choice to make. Still, this story won me over with its roguish charm:
This one is too fun to miss:
And another well-deserved example of comeuppance:
"The Transnian Contract" [13+]
"The finest little ship in the cluster" [13+]
"A Dangerous Game" [13+]
"The Passing of Pfhisspok" [E]
"One Man's Junk" [13+]
"Hope for the Universe" [13+]
While both entries were evocative, this piece on time travel edged out the win:
"Our World Was Becoming Extinct" [E]
"Déjà Vu" [13+]
All entries were a joy to read. However, I don't want to burn through those GPs too quickly! In recognition of its excellent use of the prompt, solid writing, and compelling setting, I'm going to award the December prize to:
"Nothing here" [E]
Most comedic: "Dear Diary" [E]
Great plot, setting, and use of prompt: "Captain Blainst's Decision" [E]
"Nothing here" [E]
"Dear Diary" [E]
"The Mysterious Planet" [E]
"Captain Blainst's Decision" [E]
This was a difficult decision, as I had to choose among craft, emotional impact, and a number of other factors. However, in the end, I chose this entry because of its timely nature and how it touched me:
Despite the difficulty of judging among the creative pieces offered, all of which were a pleasure to read, these were my favorites among the runners-up:
"The Junkyard" [E]
"The Junkyard" [E]
"Through her eyes" [ASR]
"Take Pride in Yourself" [13+]
"Portal Team 9: New World" [E]
"Skinless Aliens" [18+]