Science fiction Writing Contests

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The NESFA Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story Contest returned in 2014,
with winners to be announced at Boskone 52, February 13-15, 2015

Short Story Contest Rules

The contest will be limited to the first 100 qualifying entries. We reserved the right to cancel the contest if fewer than 10 submissions are received by the deadline, but as of June 27th, 2014, we have received more than 10 stories, so the contest is on. If and when we receive 100 qualifying entries, we'll change this note to indicate that the limit has been reached.

The purpose of this contest is to encourage amateur writers to reach the next level of proficiency. We will look for engaging openings, good character development, well structured plotting, powerful imagery, witty or humorous language, unique word or phrasing choices, and convincing endings.

A qualifying entrant is a writer who has not had a short story, novella, or novel published in a paid, professional forum, book, magazine, etc. at the time of submission, and who has received no more than $250 for any previously published short story or other work of fiction.

To be considered, a story submission must have strong science fiction or fantasy elements and must be shorter than 7, 500 words.

Judges will provide feedback for all contest entries as soon after Boskone as possible. First round judges will consist of NESFA members and volunteers. Winners will be chosen by a final panel of judges, including at least one professional writer.

Entrants should not place their names on the pages of the story. Personal information (name, address, etc.) should be on a separate cover page. Pages should be numbered, and should contain the title of the story at the top of each page.

The winner, runners-up and honorable mentions will be announced during the awards ceremony at Boskone 52, in NESFA’s newsletter following Boskone, and in various electronic media, including the Boskone and NESFA websites, blogs, Facebook pages, newszines, and e-zines.

Runners-up will receive a certificate, and two NESFA Press books. Honorable mentions will receive a certificate and one NESFA Press book.

Winner, runners-up, and honorable mentions will be encouraged to select their books at Boskone 52 and either take them immediately or ask for them to be shipped later.

There is no entry fee. Please submit only one entry per author. Prize recipients may be required to sign an acceptance form for prizes won.

Stories must be original works of fiction, submitted by their authors. No reprints, fan fiction, or poetry please.

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Q&A

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How do I write a high school science fair project essay ?

i having a hard time trying to get each part of the essay one page long and it hard.

many web sites of examples of science fair reports. the formats are always the same.

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What Are Some Writing Contests For High School Students In The U.S.?

I want to have an opportunity to write for a competition. i don't want anything with fees (i was told if they ask for a fee it's most likely not worth trying because all they want is your money). other than that, I'll take anything and everything. poetry competitions, short story, fiction, non fiction, etc. thanks to all who answers!

Here are some that I tell my students about:
Teen Ink – written and published by teenagers
Polyphony H.S. – a student-run national literary magazine
Cicada
Teen Voices - girls 13-19 only
The Claremont Review – published twice a year
Poetic Power
Alliance for Young Artists and Authors - a great group! The title says it all.
The Nation
Poetry Nation

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Teaching Science Fiction in High School.


Teen Ink – written and published by teenagers
Polyphony H.S. – a student-run national literary magazine
Cicada
Teen Voices - girls 13-19 only
The Claremont Review – published twice a year
Poetic Power
Alliance for Young Artists and Authors - a great group! The title says it all.
The Nation
Poetry Nation