Gernsback Science Fiction Short Story Writing Contest

Gernsback Writing Contest COMPAmazing Stories will begin taking submissions to the Gernsback Science Fiction Short Story Writing Contest on July 1.

Stories must be written on the theme of “What will our solar system look like 250 years from now – exploration, colonization, exploitation?” and must have a positive outlook. (Conflict welcome, resolution positive.)

All stories must be original, previously unpublished short stories, between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length.

The contest’s final round will be judged by SFWA President Cat Rambo and SFWA members Dave Creek and Jack Clemons.

Three stories (1st, 2nd and 3rd) will receive 6 cents per word (up to $120.00) each in prize money.  The authors of those stories will also be eligible for SFWA affiliate membership.

The top 10 stories will be published on the Amazing Stories website and will also be published in a follow-on anthology (electronic and/or print), which will also be paid at 6 cents per word.

Submittable will be used to receive submissions and all submissions should follow standard short story manuscript format.

The contest opens July 1 and will remain open until either 100 submissions have been received or July 31, whichever comes first.

For further information, visit Amazing Stories or email [email protected]

2 thoughts on “Gernsback Science Fiction Short Story Writing Contest

  1. Graham Charnock would like to announce submissions are now being accepted for the Graham Charnock SF Award. Stories will be expected to be literate and meaningful in a social or historical context, referring back to established traditions of literature (not necessary sf) involving things like characterization rather than plot. No stories involving colonization exploration or exploitation will be accepted. Winning submisisons will be published in Vibrator, The Focal Point Magazine of Science Fiction, and will be paid for according to the whim of the editor. But, hey, it’s not all about money, is it? It’s about Literature.

  2. Not much of a contest, Asimov’s and Analog pay 8-10 cents per word, F & SF 7-12 cents. Yes, it could by 12 cents at Amazing but that’s for two publications of the work.

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