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Rated: 18+ · Message Forum · Contest · #2140378
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 December!
The prompt:
Nanobots!

One of the more common and yet underdeveloped concepts in science fiction is the nanobot. Whether it's providing eternal youth, regeneration, super-human strength, or turning whole planets into gray goo, nanobots are the superhero or supervillian of science fiction, often beyond rational limits. What would you do if you could craft your very own atoms, or machines a fraction of the size of a human cell? Would they conquer the universe, or get swallowed by the first amoeba to swim along? Or something in between? Have you ever wanted to control one of the most powerul and flexible forces in science fiction? Well, now's your chance!


Judging


November Winners:
Judging was especially difficult this month, and I'm left with the feeling I've left some really good writing under-rewarded. Still, I've awarded two winners this time around:

For its evocative concept and juxtaposition of emotions:
A Death in the House  (13+)
Far in the future... A satire.
#2174426 by Kotaro

For its lovely humanization of the Robots:
STATIC
The Gamble  (E)
When a human is turned into a machine, will he lose his humanity... [Winner]
#2175138 by Rima~Thanks SM & SMs


With a strong Runner-Up:
 The Unfamiliar  (13+)
A robot army attacks a human colony
#2173991 by BrokenPen



November Entries:
"Robotics and the Future [E]
"The Unfamiliar [13+]
"I, Man [18+]
"A Death in the House [13+]
"Franklin [E]
"Invalid Item
"The Gamble [E]
"Henry the Eighth. [18+]

I can't enter my own contest, but if you want to see an example of where my own mind went, you can have a gander:
 
STATIC
The Garden City  (13+)
A Kinder, Safer Future
#2174508 by BlackAdder




October Winner:
All three entries were very good, and the judging was difficult, but in the end, I found this combination of fantasy, science fiction, and story-telling edged out the win:
STATIC
The Days Of Future Past  (13+)
What happens when Crystal Ball finds herself a new master?
#2172603 by bobturn


October Entries:
"Sacrifice [ASR]
"The Carbon Farmer [E]
"The Days Of Future Past [13+]



Donations:

48K GPs: Jeffhans -- Thanks for your support!
10K GPs + banner sponsorship: eyestar twinkles -- 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!
85K GPs - Anonymous. Thanks so much for supporting the contest!


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by bobturn · 11-17-18 @ 10:25 am
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#3229078
by Sum1 · 11-11-18 @ 12:16 pm
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by BlackAdder · 11-09-18 @ 7:57 pm
#3228781
by BrokenPen · 11-09-18 @ 7:31 pm
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by BrokenPen · 11-09-18 @ 6:18 pm
#3228726
by Maya · 11-09-18 @ 2:24 pm

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