Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction 2021

Mike Resnick at Imaginales 2016 in France.

The inaugural Mike Resnick Memorial Award for the best unpublished science fiction short story by a new writer was presented today at Dragon Con. The award is sponsored by Galaxy’s Edge (published by Arc Manor) and Dragon Con. (Result courtesy of Sean CW Korsgaard.)

Winner: Z. T. Bright: The Measure of a Mother’s Love

Second: Lucas Carroll-Garrett: Hive at the Dead Star

Third: Christopher Henckel: Echoes of Gelise

Runners-up:

  • Shirley Song: Times, Needles, and Gravity 
  • Torion Oey: Feel

The first place winner receives a trophy, a cash award of $250 and has their story bought (at the magazine’s prevailing rate) by Galaxy’s Edge for publication in the magazine. The second place winner receives a prize of $100 and the third place winner a prize of $50.

The runners-ups will have their stories displayed on the Galaxy’s Edge website for a period of two-months.

The shortlist was judged by Nancy Kress, Sheree Renee Thomas, Jody Lynn Nye, Lois McMaster Bujold and William B. Fawcett. 

Submissions for next year’s award are now being taken. The deadline to enter is April 15, 2022.

Lezli Robyn announcing results.

[Update 09/07/2021: Corrected second and third place finishers per Lezli Robyn.]

Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction 2021 Finalists

Mike Resnick at Imaginales 2016 in France.

The finalists for the inaugural Mike Resnick Memorial Award for the best unpublished science fiction short story by a new author have been announced.

The award is sponsored by Galaxy’s Edge (published by Arc Manor) and Dragon Con, and will be presented at Dragon Con during the annual Dragon Awards ceremony.

The finalists are:

  • Lucas Carroll-Garrett: Hive at the Dead Star
  • Shirley Song: Times, Needles, and Gravity 
  • Z. T. Bright: The Measure of a Mother’s Love
  • Christopher Henckel: Echoes of Gelise
  • Torion Oey: Feel

The first place winner will get a trophy, a cash award of $250 and have their story bought (at the magazine’s prevailing rate) by Galaxy’s Edge for publication in the magazine. The second place winner will be given a prize of $100 and the third place winner a prize of $50.

The four runners-ups will have their stories displayed on the Galaxy’s Edge website for a period of two-months.

The shortlist will be judged by Nancy Kress, Sheree Renee Thomas, Jody Lynn Nye, Lois McMaster Bujold and William B. Fawcett. 

Submissions for next year’s award are now being taken. The deadline to enter is April 15, 2022.

[Via Locus Online.]

Inaugural Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction Will Be Given in 2021

Mike Resnick at Imaginales 2016 in France.

Laura Resnick announced on Facebook today that Shahid Mahmud, publisher of Galaxy’s Edge and Arc Manor Books, is launching the Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction. “In keeping with Mike’s philosophy of helping new writers, the award will be for short works by new writers.”

The award for the best unpublished science fiction short story by a new author will be presented at Dragon Con during the annual Dragon Awards ceremony.

New Author (definition): An author who has not had any work (including short stories, novelettes, novellas and novels) published by any of the professional publishers listed by SFWA as an “eligible” publishing venue.

Eligibility: New science fiction short story by a new author. The story must not have previously been released to the public via any means, including online, digital, or paper publications, or privately through such avenues as newsletters, Patreon and the like. This award is exclusively for science fiction stories, not any other form of speculative genres (including fantasy and horror) and Arc Manor (the publisher of Galaxy’s Edge magazine) will be the final decider of this criteria in case of any disputes.

It will be a juried award. Stories may be submitted between January 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021. Full guidelines are on the award website here,

  • The first place winner will get a trophy, a cash award of $250 and have their story bought (at the magazine’s prevailing rate) by Galaxy’s Edge for publication in the magazine.
  • Four runners-ups will have their stories displayed on the Galaxy’s Edge website for a period of two-months.

[Thanks to Chris Barkley for the story.]