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Rated: 18+ · Message Forum · Contest · #2140378
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 (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 Entries:
 Click  (13+)
The Sentients brought the wrong person back to life.
#2248432 by SherritheWriter

 War with the Giants  (13+)
Sci-Fi Contest: April - PROMPT is Growth
#2248318 by LightinMind

 GROWING BRAINS  (E)
two paleoanthropologists go to darkest Africa to discover how we got clever?
#2248660 by often wrong sung

 The Growing Threat  (13+)
A race, after being wiped out, jumps back to life with tremendous maturity rate and wings!
#2249296 by Rima...

 A Different Kind of Growth  (18+)
Growth can come in many different ways. This is normally not one of those ways.
#2249360 by PureSciFi



April's prompt (Growth):
"Unnatural Growth [13+]


March WInner:
STATIC
Natural Immunity  (ASR)
Nothing ever means to evolve a defense mechanism. But sometimes they just do.
#2246672 by Seuzz



March Entries:
"Let it be Spring! [ASR]
"Spring [13+]
"Natural Immunity [ASR]
"tabby's horror. [18+]
"A Journey into Spring [13+]






Judging



Donations:

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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by LightinMind · 05-08-21 @ 12:30 am
#3418658
by PureSciFi · 04-29-21 @ 2:56 am
#3418444
by Rima... · 04-28-21 @ 2:28 am
#3416501
by often wrong sung · 04-18-21 @ 5:39 pm
#3416219
by LightinMind · 04-17-21 @ 2:57 am
#3416067
by SherritheWriter · 04-16-21 @ 10:12 am
#3415786
by often wrong sung · 04-15-21 @ 8:07 am
#3415027
by BlackAdder · 04-12-21 @ 12:45 am
#3413709
by Rima... · 04-05-21 @ 5:35 pm
#3413692
by often wrong sung · 04-05-21 @ 5:09 pm
#3412090
by BlackAdder · 03-31-21 @ 12:46 pm
#3411757
by PureSciFi · 03-30-21 @ 12:54 am
#3409641
by Seuzz · 03-18-21 @ 11:21 am
#3408905
by D. Reed Whittaker · 03-14-21 @ 1:57 pm
#3408363
by John Little · 03-11-21 @ 10:28 am
#3408350
by BlackAdder · 03-11-21 @ 9:33 am
#3408311
by John Little · 03-11-21 @ 2:24 am
#3406947
by LightinMind · 03-04-21 @ 1:06 am
#3406867
by jdennis · 03-03-21 @ 2:11 pm

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