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 March!
This month is a little different: There's a post-apocalyptic game that is (currently) scheduled to come out late this year by the name of Phoenix Point, by the creator of the original classic X-Com (in which I have wasted many, many hours watching my beloved soldiers die after a failed shot, a mind-controlled teammate, and mass panic exposed by team of hardened soldier to total destruction). The back-stories written for this game have been truly weird and wonderful science fiction, and a contest had been opened to allow more. My entry, alas, was not chosen, but I'd like to see yours!
I'm not sure what writing.com's policy is on links, so googling of the game and lore are left as an exercise to the reader, but the topic of March's contest is: Pheonix point. The Pandoravirus is even now taking over the earth, converting men and women into monsters, except for the brave few who have escaped exposure, have some natural immunity, or have survived the experience. This prompt is relatively open-ended, so all entries in the Phoenix point contest will qualify for entry here.
For reference, what I submitted to the Phoenix Point contest:
Let's see what you've got!
February Entries (Judging in progress)
"Honor among thieves" [18+]
"When Ends Meet" [13+]
"Space Wolves" [18+]
"The Star Rovers: Cutting it Close" [E]
48K GPs: Jeffhans -- Thanks for your support!
10K GPs + banner sponsorship: eyestar~Go Power Raiders. -- 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!
(Current Sci-FI Contest account: ~300K, so good for somewhere between 6-10 months with what I'm currently giving out)
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