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A contest inspired by the serious need for more good sci-fi

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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 September!


Awe. Joy. Wonder. There were truly no words to describe how Sahitya felt as she lifted her hand toward the brilliant blue-green luminescent being, though its tentacles shied away from her touch.

"Who are you?" she asked.

The beaked mouth opened to reveal a pale throat, and a short burst of clicks erupted from it. Its head tilted to the side as it wavered on three, no, four hoofed tentacles. Hoofed tentacles! But the speaker form the device on its back emitted the most melodic voice she had ever heard. "You may call me Danya," it answered.

Sahitya's mouth fell open and she felt her breath leave her as she glanced slightly down at it, then up at the immense vehicle behind it, a bent sculpture of exhaust ports, carbon fibers, and plates with a metallic sheen. That thing, whatever it was, had flown almost thirty light years, and here it was before her, "speaking" English. She closed her mouth and opened it again, licked her lips. "Welcome to the United Nations Exploratory Titan Outpost. I'm - I'm from Earth."



First Encounters!
Give your best description of an alien first meeting, whether it be meeting a used starship salesman for tea, or Humankind's first venture to another star system. Will humankind's first conversation with a giant kangaroo from Sirius be friendly? Or will the AI exterminator of an alien race decide instead that human beings are next on the menu? Step up and share your own tale!

September Entries:
 Intervention  (13+)
We thought we were human. Our AI 'thinks' we're wrong.
#2200329 by SherritheWriter

 The Fourth Child  (E)
Dana encounters and unknown being.
#2200804 by Octavius



August Winner!
Evolution  (E)
What's the next step?
#2198043 by Zehzeh



August Entries
"Evolution [E]
"Imaginary planetary ride [E]
"The Return [E]


July Winner!
For its depiction of the interplay of the appearance of "care" with callousness:
STATIC
The Alien  (GC)
Greg is terrified and trying to escape to a safer planet, but can he make it out alive?
#2196318 by MjoShmo


Runners up:
A truly creative and descriptive peace about night and day in a strange world:
 A Day In The Life  (13+)
Following the life of two creatures on a moon with a unique daily cycle.
#2195967 by BrokenPen

He may have run into her car, but when science and magic meet, he'll never know what hit him:
 
STATIC
When Two Worlds Clashed  (E)
When opposites clash, things can go completely bizarre
#2196433 by Rima: Gearing Up



July Entries:
"Kiss It Off [18+]
"A Day In The Life [13+]
"The Goodbye Drive [13+]
"The Alien [GC]
"When Two Worlds Clashed [E]
"Planet Redd Z [E]



Judging



Donations:

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 ~ Anne Bonny . The banner is awesome!
50K GPs - Sum1 -- Thank you to a sci-fi fan!
235K 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: ~410K, so good for somewhere between 6-10 months with what I'm currently giving out)

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by Octavius · 09-17-19 @ 1:49 am
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by SherritheWriter · 09-11-19 @ 8:47 am
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by Octavius · 08-26-19 @ 7:43 pm
#3287017
by S.z.kamoonpuri · 08-13-19 @ 1:03 pm
#3286876
by BlackAdder · 08-12-19 @ 5:13 pm
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by Zehzeh · 08-12-19 @ 5:04 pm
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by DragonBlue · 08-03-19 @ 6:36 pm
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by BlackAdder · 08-02-19 @ 11:24 am
#3284167
by Rima: Gearing Up · 07-31-19 @ 12:05 pm
#3284127
by blueflowers777 · 07-31-19 @ 8:20 am
#3282497
by MjoShmo · 07-22-19 @ 12:01 am
#3282401
by D. Reed Whittaker · 07-21-19 @ 4:07 pm
#3282268
by Beholden · 07-20-19 @ 5:10 pm
#3282006
by BrokenPen · 07-18-19 @ 6:24 pm
#3280809
by Mastiff · 07-10-19 @ 6:14 pm

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