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    Science Fiction Writing Contest Annoucement

    Discussion in '2012 Science Fiction Contest' started by Daniel, Jan 6, 2012.

    Hey WF,

    I'm pleased to announce a new writing contest. I know it's been a while, so hopefully we can have some fun with this one. This writing contest will be a science fiction short story, and has our largest prize pool yet.

    Contest Requirements:


    • Must be a science fiction short story
    • Word count must be between 3,000 & 10,000 total words
    • Submissions must be received on or by February 20th, 2012

    Contest Prizes


    • 1st: $250, Featured in 1st Edition of our e-zine (Q1 or Q2), 2 years Supporter Membership
    • 2nd: $50, Amazon book credit (up to $20), 1 year Supporter Membership
    • 3rd-5th: Amazon book credit (up to $20), 6 month Supporter Membership
    • 6th-10th: 6 month Supporter Membership

    Contest Judging

    The judging for this short story process will come in two parts. During the first part, contest judges will select the top ten entrants. These judges will include myself, prominent forum members, and other volunteers. There will be ten contest finalists. Submissions will be judged on traditional writing merits, such as plot, character development, style, etc. Judges will rank stories based on these criteria, and the top stories will make the public vote. To vote in the public, you must meet certain requirements and confirm that you've read all ten finalist's stories.

    Once the finalists have been selected, the top ten entries will face a week-long public poll. The top finalist after one week is the contest winner.

    Additional notes:

    - By entering, you consent to allowing WritingForums.org publish your 1st place short story in the first edition of our e-zine, whenever that may be released
    - We are looking for a few contest judges. Judges agree to review their stories unbiased, and are ineligible to enter the contest. Staff are also ineligible.
    - We reserve the rights to change the terms of the contest at any time.
    - We will take precautions to prevent voter fraud
    - When you enter the contest, your entry is final; you will not be allowed to edit your entry, so make sure it's perfect.
    - Please share this contest on facebook, twitter, your blog, and elsewhere on the web. If this contest helps us get publicity, we'll see more of them in the future.
    - To enter, simply start a thread in this writing contest forum.

    If you have any questions regarding the writing contest, please ask them here.

    Good luck!
     
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    Not that I plan to, but you don't address it: can someone enter more than once?
     
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    That's unlikely. :rolleyes:
     
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    It's about time I had an excuse to bash out some short work. Sounds like fun.
     
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    Sounds exciting. I'm willing to judge.
     
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    Are science fiction sub-genres allowed? Or is it only straight up science fiction?
     
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    I'll be a judge if required.
     
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    Anyway to post your entries without other contestants seeing them until after deadline?
     
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    Jhunter Mmm, bacon. Contributor

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    Wait until the last day?
     
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    Yes I would also like to know if Science Fiction sub genres are allowed. Would Sci-Fi Fantasy qualify ?
     
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    Jhunter Mmm, bacon. Contributor

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    It would be swell to get this question answered as soon as possible, so we can get started on writing something.
     
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    ^^^ I was already looking into doing a sub-genre. I don't see why not. Also I feel like science fiction is a very broad statement (just like 'fiction' which there are many sub genres). I feel like this site is giving us a lot of freedom to see what we can come up with. So I don't know why sub genres wouldn't be included under this topic.
     
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    You can only enter once. And if you don't want others to see it, wait until closer to the deadline.

    Sci-fi sub-genres are allowed. As long as they fall under the broad category of science fiction, they qualify.
     
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    Sweetness.
     
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    Good stuffs, great stuffs. I have already gotten started and ironically enough I cannot stop. What went from me just diving into something for the sake of writing, seeing I have not attempted a short story in years, lead to an idea growing and before I know it, the story is writing itself. Not to say its good or anything but it is the most fun I have had in years. They are a sequence of small stories or chapters rather to what I hope to be, maybe a much larger story or book some day. I think I shall enter the first chapter for the sake of slurps and giggles.
     
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    Any restrictions on the violence and maturity content? The idea I have for my story is a bit... gorey.
     
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    In addition to Pea's reply, what's the level on language? My story may have some gory parts, and some language. Scratch that, my story will have gory parts and language, but do I have to put any restrictions on this?
     
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    My guess would be that it would have to meet the same guidelines as the writing workshop:

    Obviously, Daniel would know better.

    ETA: I read that to mean that as long as it isn't just brutal violence and harsh language for its own sake, it's cool. Have some courtesy, have some sympathy, have some taste.
     
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    Sign me up, been tooling with some plots; don't know much about science fiction but I'll give it a try.
     
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    I guess age group won't matter? Even a childrens science fiction short story?
     
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    I'll be a contest judge if required or needed. Other than this, I won't be entering.
     
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    This sounds like fun. I guess I'd better get started writing! :)
     
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    I would like to participate in this. Sounds like a lot of fun.
     
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    I'll enter.
     
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    I have to remember to work on this, so far just got a few disjointed paragraphs, haha.
     
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