We respectfully think that’s hooey, so we came up with the Science in My Fiction contest!
Here’s how it works: Authors write a science fiction or fantasy short story which is inspired by a scientific discovery or innovation made or announced within the past year. It can’t be peripherally added: the science must be integral to the story. Writers must include a link to a relevant article or study of the applied science when they submit their stories.
We’ll be looking for thoughtful, creative and well-researched application of science to a story. This doesn’t mean you should neglect your plot or characters, though! The best entries will be those which use science to enhance the plot, setting and characters, rather than dominate them.
Entries will be narrowed down to 10 finalists by the Crossed Genres editors. Then a panel of six judges will read and rank the finalists based on a points voting system. The top 3 stories will be published on the Crossed Genres website. There may be a limited print edition of the three stories depending on reader interest.
The winner will receive a prize of $250.00 USD, plus a 2-year online subscription to Crossed Genres and a print copy of the CG anthology, Crossed Genres Year One. Second place will receive $100.00, a 1-year online subscription and a copy of Crossed Genres Year One, and Third place will receive $50.00, a 1-year online subscription and a copy of Crossed Genres Year One. There will also be 3 Honorable Mentions, each of which will receive a 1-year online subscription and a copy of Crossed Genres Year One.
Submissions will be open from April 1 through June 30. So show us your science chops – prove to us there’s still a place for science in SFF!
To submit an entry to the contest, please use the entry submission form.
All questions about the contest should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org (Do not send entries via email.)