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 (check out "Newbie Hyperlinking 101 - Bitem Format" [E]).
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 the New Year!
"William, are you quite sure you want to investigate the Arkunians? They're rather unlikely to be interested in our little island, and if they are - well..."
The handsome middle-aged man leaned back into his chair, face unmoved as he sipped his tea. "This isn't my first rodeo, my friend. It's exactly because we can't afford Arkun coming down on our heads that this has to be handled delicately. That's why you need me."
William lowered a spoon into his tea stirring in just a hint of sugar and then paused. "That's also why I need your help. Once you made a microbot that deposited cholesterol on a man's arteries, slowly, over a period of months, and then disassembled itself as soon as the fellow was sufficiently unhealthy, almost impossible to distinguish. The minister of Adom had a heart attack after walking up a flight of stairs, and none was the wiser. To take on Arkun, I'm going to need your best."
"William! You can't be talking of assassination at this stage."
The chestnut-haired spy shook his head. "I wouldn't dream of something so premature. But from surveillance to, ahem, self-defense, you're spycraft's gold standard. Quellik, show me what you've got."
"Well, if you insist..."
From Polonium in Alexander Litvinenko's tea to Georgi Markov falling to the poisoned tip of an umbrella, Cold War assassination technology was very real and very frightening - and spawned a wonderful array of science fiction. Popularized by John F. Kennedy's interest in the writings of one Ian Fleming and the subsequent array of Bond films, spy tech literature has taken on a life of its own, making its way into everything from Space Opera series such as the Honor Harrington books to the Avengers TV series to a recent homage from Dr. Who. But with a bit of a futurist bent, the genre is capable of so much more! Show us your stuff in this month's Science Fiction Short Story Contest: any good short story with a strong element of spycraft tech (surveillance, assassination, political persuasion, etc.) will do!
As an extra, the Science Fiction Short Story Contest is participating in Schnujo's Contest Challenge this month. If you have a moment, go ahead and take a gander, and consider jumping in:
"In Plain Sight" [13+]
48K GPs: Jeffhans -- Thanks for your support!
10K GPs + banner sponsorship: eyestar~thanks anon! -- 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!
385K 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!
15K+ GPS - brokenpen Thanks so much!
(Current Sci-FI Contest account: ~500K, so good for some time - will consider upping the prize next month)
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