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!
May Prompt - Mad Science
One of the tropes of early Science Fiction is the mad scientist. Driven by genius and pride, the mad scientist dares to reach beyond what mortals are meant to control - or else is driven by pride or some alien desire to transform the world in the way the world ought not to be transformed.
The mad scientist represents the individualization of the fears of social control that rose toward the end of the modern age (and which were savaged and deranged later in the fiction and non-fiction of postmodernism) - the dark twin of such characters as Marvel's Tony Stark. But humankind has never had more power over the natural world, and perhaps, just perhaps, the age of the mad scientist has not yet passed...
April's prompt (Growth):
"Unnatural Growth" [13+]
"Let it be Spring!" [ASR]
"Natural Immunity" [ASR]
"tabby's horror." [18+]
"A Journey into Spring" [13+]
48K GPs: Jeffhans -- Thanks for your support!
10K GPs + banner sponsorship: eyestar~hiatus offline -- Thanks so much for the support and for linking me up with A E Willcox . The banner is awesome!
50K GPs - Same Ol' Sum1 -- Thank you to a sci-fi fan!
385K GPs - Anonymous. Thanks so much for supporting the contest!
50K GPS - Bob'n Around 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!
50K GPS - Nixie 🦊 I much appreciate the support!
100K GPS - jdennis Thanks for your sponsorship!
(Current Sci-FI Contest account: ~580K, so good for some time - will consider upping the prize)
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