2019 Roswell Award Contest Taking Entries

The 2019 Roswell Award for short science fiction by adults (18+) is accepting entries through January 28, 2019.

The Roswell Award was created in 2014 to identify, encourage and promote up-and-coming science fiction writing talent among adults worldwide. The 2018 contest winner was “Pod” by Kit Gower.

Entries must be original science fiction short stories no longer than 1500 words, by a writer over the age of 18.

Sci-Fest L.A. and Light Bringer Project seek to identify and nurture new science fiction writing talent in all corners of the globe. Science fiction writing provides a unique opportunity for writers to develop the ideas and narratives that will shape the future of humanity from how we address pressing scientific, social, philosophical, and environmental issues to inspiring us to develop new technologies and explore outer space. And of course we’re excited to see stories that entertain. We are proud to be taking a leadership role in developing the next generation of science fiction writers.

Four to six finalists will be chosen and their stories read dramatically by celebrity guests in a special performance at LitFest Pasadena on Saturday, May 18, 2019 followed by an awards presentation.

First, second, and third place winners will be chosen from the finalists. Other special prizes will also be presented.

    • First Place: $500 USD
    • Second Place: $250 USD
    • Third Place: $100 USD
    • Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award presented by Artemis Journal and the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Hollywood NOW): Publication in Artemis Journal and $100 USD from Hollywood NOW.
    • Best Translated Science Fiction Story: This award is for a story that has been translated into English, and will go to a writer and translator team.

[The “Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award”] recognizes a science fiction story that embraces feminist themes and has a strong female protagonist. Top entries will exemplify excellence in feminist storytelling, while capturing the complexities of their characters.

Applicants who wish to be considered for the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award must indicate this on their cover page / their submission email. Stories submitted for this award will be considered for other prizes if they are not a Women Hold Up Half the Sky winner. Stories are eligible for only one prize.

Rules and submission guidelines are on the The Lightbringer Project’s Tomorrow Prize/Roswell Award information page.