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 on the 1st of each month, and provide (hopefully) thoughtful reviews for all submissions.
May the best sentient being win!
Contest Re-opening for May!
"War. War never changes".
The introduction to the quaint series "Fallout", rediscovered by a new generation of children, was chilling, fatalistic - and utterly untrue. Nowhere has humanity shown such energy and creativity as in the pursuit of death, for resources, domination, or in self-defense. We were foolish enough to be surprised, time after time. The first "World War", centuries ago, was called "the war to end all wars". It was only the first in a succession by that name. But this war, starting now, might be the first to deserve that name. There has never been anything like it before, and we can only pray that there will be humans around to rue its existence.
This entry in the contest made time travel new again:
A strong runner-up illustrating the peril of a reckless mind:
"Shortcut to the Stars" [13+]
48K GPs: Jeffhans -- Thanks for your support!
10K GPs + banner sponsorship: eyestar~ -- Thanks so much for the support and for linking me up with A E Willcox . The banner is awesome!
50K GPs - Sum1 -- Thank you to a sci-fi fan!
135K GPs - Anonymous. Thanks so much for supporting the contest!
50K GPS - bobturn Thank you so much for supporting the continuation of the contest!
50K GPS - D. Reed Whittaker Thanks so much for your donation!
10K GPS - Kellie Burke Thanks for your support!
(Current Sci-FI Contest account: ~280K, so good for somewhere between 6-10 months with what I'm currently giving out)
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