The Gernsback SF Writing Contest Is Coming At You!

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Starting on July 1st, Amazing Stories will be accepting up to 100 submissions of new, previously unpublished science fiction for the inaugural


Gernsback Science Fiction Short Story Contest


Our new contest will be judged by SFWA members Cat Rambo (current VP and SFWA President come July 1st), Dave Creek and Jack Clemons.

We’ll be publishing the top 10 stories and first, second and third places will receive a prize of 6 cents per word for their stories.

All Top Ten finalists will be optioned for a forthcoming anthology and will receive 6 cents per word for non-exclusive anthology rights.

Authors must write their stories to the theme of “what will our solar system look like 250 years from now?”, and all must have a positive outlook on that future.

New authors placing in the top ten will be eligible for SFWA membership.

All submissions must meet our submission guidelines in order to be accepted.


Finalists will grant Amazing Stories first electronic publication rights, non-exclusive anthology rights (paid at 6 cents per word) and non-exclusive electronic archival rights.

Submissions must follow standard short story manuscript format (found here).

Entries must be submitted through Submittable (details at time of contest opening).

Authors will further grant Amazing Stories permission to use their name, story title and story for promotional purposes.

Stories must be no more than 2,000 words.

Author names will be redacted during the judging process.

Amazing Stories contributors are not eligible to enter.

Submissions will be read by Amazing Stories contributors who will select up to 20 finalists.  Finalists will be read by the Judges, who will select the ten winning stories.

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