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"Titles as Acronyms"

What if the titles you know aren't straight-up titles but acronyms? And what if those acronyms describe a story's plot? Those were the questions our competitors answered by giving us "Titles as Acronyms." Thanks to everyone who bent their minds to this tricky task.
There were more good entries than there were awards, and our sincerest appreciation goes to everyone who took the time to play. Thanks to Melissa Shaw and John Ordover for their judging talents.

Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
Naturally, I Go Hysterical—That Follows, After Light Loss
—Patrick J. O'Connor
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Her, directed by Spike Jonze
His Every Request
—Rayson Lorrey
Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Ringworld by Larry Niven
Rishathra? It's Naughty Genetics While "Oh! Ring" Looms Dramatically
—Edward Austin Hall
Decatur, Georgia, USA

Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott
Blonde Loquacious Android Dies, Eventually Revealing Understated Nobility...Notwithstanding Endless Rainfall
—Wil Walker
Catton, Norwich, England

Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau
Intimidating Rich Overbearing Narcissistic Man Acts Noble
—Julian Sison
Quezon City, Philippines

1984 by George Orwell
1ston 9compliant 8thical 4boding
—Stephen R. Loftus-Mercer
Austin, Texas, USA





Titles are supposed to engage a reader/viewer, but not every title is crystal clear. For this competition, we want you to willfully misunderstand the title of your favorite fantasy or science fiction story from print or on screen. Then mash up the misunderstood title with the real plot.


A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Tyrion Lannister eats lamprey pie, lemon cakes, and a flagon of Dornish wine, along with a few feathered guests.

You have six entries, so make them as funny as possible. Each entry should be 50 words or fewer. Include your snail mail address, lest ye not be judged.


Send entries to Competition Editor, F&SF, 240 West 73rd St. #1201, New York, NY 10023-2794, or email entries to Be sure to include your contact information. Entries must be received by January 15, 2020. Judges are the editors of F&SF, and their decision is final. All entries become the property of F&SF.

First prize will win an oil on canvas painting by Monolithic Studios (compliments of Monolithic Studios). Second prize will receive advance reading copies of three forthcoming novels. Any Honorable Mentions will receive one-year subscriptions to F&SF. Results of Competition 99 will appear in the May/June 2020 issue.


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