The 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest, sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, has been announced. The contest is looking for stories which explore the promise of space exploration. The winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional stories and receive an award, membership to the 2014 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise. The contest is looking for short stories of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.
Bill Wright won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) over Clare McDonald-Sims. In a close race, Wright received 66 votes to McDonald-Sims’s 64. A total of 133 votes were cast, with the remaining split between “No Preference” and “Hold Over.” Wright will travel to North America to attend LoneStarCon 3, this year’s Worldcon.
Clare McDonald-Sims and Bill Wright have been announced as the nominees for this year’s DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) race. The winner of the race will travel to North America to attend LoneStarCon 3 and also tour North America. Anyone who were active in fandom before January 1, 2013 may vote. The voting deadline is June 10.
Mslexia Women’s Novel Competition is open to unpublished women novelists writing in any genre. To enter the competition, entrants should send up to 5,000 words – which must be the first, 5,000 words of the novel. The winner will receive a prize of £5,000 and the top twelve entrants will be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London. All entries, along with a £25 entry fee, must be received by September 23. This year’s judges include Kirsty Lang, Val McDermid, and Charlotte Robertson.
The finalists for the twentieth Spectrum Awards for speculative fiction art have been announced. The winnerswill be announced during Spectrum Live the weekend of May 17-19 in Kansas City. This year’s jury is comprised of Tim Bruckner, Irene Gallo, Tim Kirk, Mark A. Nelson, and Michael R. Whelan.
- Craig Elliott: Forest Awakening
- Michael C. Hayes: Procession
- Android Jones: Ganeshatron
- Greg Ruth: Three Outlaw Samurai
- Dan Dos Santos: Dragon Empress
- Brom: Wipi
- William O’Connor: Wargriffin
- David Palumbo: Fed
- Shaun Tan: Never Leave a Red Sock on the Clothesline
- Charles Vess: Tanglewood: I Didn’t Know She Was a Bottle Witch
- Jennifer L. Meyer: Aesop’s Ark, Ch. 2, P2
- David Petersen: Mouse Guard Black Axe #4, Page 19
- Paolo Rivera: Daredevil #10
- Paolo Rivera: Captain America #1
- João Ruas: Fables #121
- Daniel Dociu: Guild Wars 2, Norn Lodge
- Theo Prins: Southsun Cove
- Paul Sullivan: Franken-animal
- Justin Sweet: Marauders 2
- Allen Willams: Tree of Tales
- Dan Chudzinski: Turbulence
- David Meng: Sashimi
- Virginie Ropars: Mothra
- Virginie Ropars: Acanthopis III
- Katya Tal: Blanket Fairy
- Sam Bosma: Stability
- Chris Buzelli: Book Monster
- Sean Andrew Murray: He’s Gone Full-Bird
- Victo Ngai: Best of the Best
- Sam Weber: Cancer Monster
- Ed Binkley: A Cob of Chiseldon-Brimble
- Lucas Graciano: Dragon Swarm
- Tyler Jacobson: Ruric Thar, The Unbowed
- Kekai Kotaki: Stampede
- David Palumbo: Taken
- Cory Godbey: The Fish Master
- Lucas Graciano: Guardianship
- Kekai Kotaki: Ride
- Andrew Mar: Tell-Tale Heart
- Tohru Patrick Awa: Sudden Shower
In 2011 and 2012, two new moons were discovered in orbit around Pluto. Called P4 and P5, the scientists who discovered the moons have put up a poll asking internet users to select from one of twelve names (or to write in a suggestion) as to what the moons should be called. The choices, all of which have a mythical tie to the underworld, are Acheron, Alecto, Cerberus, Erebus, Eurydice, Hercules, Hypnos, Lethe, Obol, Orpheus, Persephone, and Styx.
The 2013 Aeon Award, sponsored by Albedo One is open to submissions through November 30, 2013. The contest is open to writers from all nationalities for stories of up to 10,000 words long, that are previously unpublished in English. Grand Prize is €1000 and publication in Albedo One. Second and third place prizes are €200 and €100 and publication in Albedo One. The contest has been run annually since 2004.
OdysseyCon is sponsoring the Sixth Annual OddContest. The contest is open to submissions of 500 words or less, either speculative fiction or prose poetry. Prizes will be awarded for youth and adult. Entrants under 18 may submit a single work for consideration at no charge with a $50 prize for first place. Adults may submit as many pieces as they like with a $10 submission fee per work and a a $500 prize for first place. Prizes also include memberships in OdysseyCon and books. OdysseyCon takes place in Madison, WI the weekend of April 12-14.
British author Stephen Hunt is offering his fans the chance to appear as a character in his next novella. A reader selected at random will give his or her name to the king or queen of the space pirates in Hunt’s work in progress. Hunt is the author of the Jackelian series and the Sliding Void series. The novella will be part of the Sliding Void series.
The winners of the thirteen annual Fantastiknovelltävlingen, a short story contest run by the Swedish e-mail list SKRIVA with support from the writers group Novellmästarna, have been announced. The winners share a €200 prize.
- 1st prize “Hemliga lådan,” by Robin Karlsson (“The Secret Box”)
- 2nd prize “Tvättstugan,” by Jonas Lejon (“The Laundry Room”)
- 3rd prize “Inbjudningskortet,” by Patrik Centerwall (“The Invitation Card”)
For more information… (Swedish)