Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Quickie: SF Short Story Contest

A chance to win $5,000...

The Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Short Story Contest. To celebrate the anniversary of Heinlein's birth, the Heinlein Soceity is looking for stories by "any professional or amateur writer, excluding members of the board of directors of The Heinlein Society. The prizes will be awarded to the best original short story (in English) expressing the spirit, ideas, and philosophy of Robert A. Heinlein."

There's a lot of debate in the SF writers community as to whether or not contests are worth your time. The general concensus seems to be that if the prize money isn't a heckuva a lot more than the entry fee, don't bother. I think there are exceptions, however. Lots of people, including at least one Wyrdsmith, have benefited from The Writers of the Future. I can't say whether or not the Centennial Short Story Contest would be worth your time, but the money seems pretty darn good to me.


ryan v said...

This one doesn't even mention a fee, does it? Contests like that, for me as an unpublished writer, seem always worth the effort of at least writing down and hiding in the subconscious. :)

Contests and anthologies are fun... to find, too. http://www.fantasistenterprises.com has a lot of them. This time it's Oriental myth.

tate said...

I'm actually kind of fond of contests and writing to market, but it's not something I like to recommend to others. :-)