Are you grabbing your readers? If you can't get your reader past the first pages, they won't ever get to the rest of your story.
The first page or two needs to be dynamic, grab our attention, and make us want to know more.
Science fiction first pages need to set up why the story is different than our everyday world. Send us your first pages and let's see if it's doing the trick to win!
For this contest, we want to see the first 1,000 words of your science fiction novel aimed at an adult audience.
Deadline December 15, 2021
Dictionary.com defines science fiction as "works of fiction that use scientific discoveries or advanced technology — either actual or imaginary — as part of their plot." This contest is your chance to let your imagination run wild. Remember you can create anything science-related (life in space, time travel, robots going awry, etc.), but you have to stick to whatever "rules" you set up in your plot, so choose wisely!
$1,300 Cash Prizes
All entrants are invited to a FREE instructional online workshop with our esteemed judge .
Winning entries will be workshopped in our live webinar by our judge to help writers understand what worked and what could be improved to make it submission-ready.
Our judge is looking for a compelling opening or event and a likeable, believable main character, human or otherwise. If the story is set on earth, establish where and when ASAP. If the story is set elsewhere, on another planet, a space ship, or other alien (to humans) environment, nail that immediately to ground readers. Be sure to reveal at least a hint of the story problem and what obstacles the character must overcome. That may be asking for the moon, pardon the pun, but this is science fiction.
Submissions will be judged on clarity, originality, potential in the market, and your ability to match standard manuscript format (double spacing, one inch margins, no creative use of fonts).
The winning entries in this Science Fiction First Pages writing contest will be announced at a live online workshop within 90 days after the contest closes. All contest entrants will be invited free of charge. (Non-entrants may attend for a nominal fee of $7.)
This is a great opportunity to build your writing and submitting skills!