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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, one thing I've been missing out on is 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 the same, I've decided to host a Science Fiction Short Story Contest.

The rules are simple:

Write a short story incorporating the writing prompt, 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 May 1st, and provide (hopefully) thoughtful reviews for all submissions.
May the best sentient being win!

Contest Re-opening for April!

The Prompt:


Maximillian adjusted his mask and peered out into the wreckage. From this angle, the girders were still visible, though the structure was nearly overgown with entangling ivy. It was a great tower, once. Bold script depicted the name of an organization dedicated entirely to the purpose of convincing a jaded class of rich peasants to buy luxuries they didn't need. Today, with luck, Max would be able to scrounge a length of copper: few of the scavengers had come this far yet. Except - what was that in the distance?


Post-Apocalyptic future month! The best entry will show what life will look like when life as we know it finally ends. What brought us low? What's left? Who stands tall among the rubble? Have we finally learned the lesson of peace, or does war spring eternal?


April Entries
 
STATIC
The Hill  (E)
Contest entry. Using a dystopian prompt construct a 2000 word short story. Enjoy
#2154830 by D. Reed Whittaker

 
STATIC
The Threat  (13+)
Science Fiction Contest Entry
#2155867 by RimaD~StarShield_ThankYOU

 
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Matilda  (18+)
While scavenging the wasteland, Max & Spell stumble into the territory of a fearsome cult.
#2155953 by James Heyward


March winner!
As usual, judging was difficult, and all three entries were clever, creative, and well-written. Still, this piece edged out the win:
STATIC
Man's Best Friend  (13+)
Everyone knows there's no intelligent life out in the universe...right?
#2153118 by Genipher


March Entries
"Long Wave [ASR]
"Parking Space [13+]
"Man's Best Friend [13+]


February Winner!
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:
 
STATIC
The finest little ship in the cluster  (13+)
One lucky token and a little blarney goes a long way
#2148872 by bobturn


Runners Up:
This one is too fun to miss:
STATIC
One Man's Junk  (13+)
Captain Dave finds a diamond in the rough.
#2149983 by Genipher

And another well-deserved example of comeuppance:
 A Dangerous Game  (13+)
A spaceship pilot has tales to tell
#2148593 by BrokenPen


February Entries:
"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+]




January winner:
While both entries were evocative, this piece on time travel edged out the win:
 
STATIC
Déjà Vu  (13+)
Time travel can create all sorts of problems.
#2147690 by Genipher


January Entries:
"Our World Was Becoming Extinct [E]
"Déjà Vu [13+]

December Winner:
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]

Honorable Mentions:
Most comedic: "Dear Diary [E]
Great plot, setting, and use of prompt: "Captain Blainst's Decision [E]


December Entries:
"Nothing here [E]
"Dear Diary [E]
"The Mysterious Planet [E]
"Captain Blainst's Decision [E]


November Winner
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:
"Grief [E]

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]
"Android [13+]


November Entries:
"The Junkyard [E]
"Grief [E]
"Through her eyes [ASR]
"Take Pride in Yourself [13+]
"Android [13+]
"Portal Team 9: New World [E]
"Skinless Aliens [18+]
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by Escape Artist · 02-19-18 @ 3:59 pm
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by BrokenPen · 02-13-18 @ 11:49 am

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