We are reprising our short story competition, BUT with a twist! This year, we will be opening it up to anyone who wishes to participate, including those outside of STF. So long as people adhere to the rules, they are welcome to participate. We’re hoping to generate some community building as well as just plain have some fun. Here’s the gist:
Short Story Competition:
Date Announced: April 6, 2020
Submission Period Opens: 1 May 2020,
Submission Period Closes: 15 May 2020, 0000 Hours EDT (this time zone will be used for all applicable deadlines)
Panel Review: 16 - 31 May 2020
Shortlist Announced and Posted: 31 May 2020
Voting Period: 1-7 June 2020
Winners announced: 8 June 2020
All entries are to be submitted to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name ONLY in the email itself, not the story. I will take each entry, assign it a number and then forward it to the panel who will then read and mark all stories. I will let you know when your entry is received, so if you don’t get a reply from me, your entry hasn’t been received.
Panel: Silke Fahl, Steve Johnson and Iain Foggarty
Please make sure you have read through all these guidelines as any stories not meeting them will be disqualified. You’ve been warned. ;)
Rated on a scale of 1-5 (5 being highest)
Spelling and grammar, and story structure: Do they spell words properly (American and British English are both allowed) and use proper grammar. Do they use proper paragraphs and dialogue?
Story Concept: Is the story original? Engaging? Fun and interesting to read? Does it adhere mostly to Star Trek canon? (ie. doesn’t take known events and change them for kicks, but twists on things are fun as it is fan fiction)
Characterization: Are the characters believable? Well described?
Plot: Is there a beginning, middle and end? Does it flow well, make sense?
Overall mark: Out of 10- 1, poor, 5 fair, 10 amazing
Each total scored out of 30. Scores are then combined from the panelists for a mark out of 90.
[Note] 5000 words= ~ 7 pages at 10 point
Via Wikipedia: “As a point of reference for the science fiction genre writer, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America define short story length Nebula Awards for science fiction submission guidelines as having a word count of less than 7,500.”
So get writing and have fun!
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