NEW SCIENTIST have partnered with SCI-FI-LONDON and Urbanfantasist.com for our 2017 short story competition, the 48-hour Flash Fiction Challenge.
On Saturday 8 April 2017 at 11am, we task you to write some original science fiction using elements we give you. Your story should not exceed 2000 words and you only have 48 hours: the best story we receive will be published on New Scientist's website and the author will receive £500 and a VIP pass to this year's festival which runs in London from 27 April to 6 May 2017.
So, sharpen that pencil, prep the word processor or prime your fav' dictationware and get ready to write.
For a little inspiration here are last year's shortlisted entries and the WINNER OF THE 2016 CHALLENGE UNDERFLOW by David Shafran
- WHITE BOY_by_Renan_Rizzi
- WALLS END_by_Jack_Flynn
- UNDERFLOW_by_David_Shafran (winner)
- THE ORBIT_by_Lesley_Siegel
- THE BACK ROOM_by_Neil_Murton
- FOREST SOCIETY_by_Gavin_Jefferson
- FAILURE TO SUCCEED_by_Gem_Caley
Well done to everyone who took part.
Follow the action on Twitter @scifilondon #SFL48hrFlash
How it works:
Entry is free and open to anyone who writes or would like to dip a toe in the literary water. The story must not exceed 2000 words and be written in the time allocated. You can be anywhere in the world but entries must be in English.
- Create an account
- Register for this challenge
On Saturday 8th April 2017 (11am), login back in and click on My account.
You will find the elements you need to use.
- The TITLE for your story
- A piece of DIALOGUE that must be incorporated somewhere into the story
- An optional scientific idea or theme
Easy...half your work is done! You then have 48 hours to write your story.
The deadline for submission is Monday 10th April, 2017 at 1:00pm via a PDF sent as an email attachment to email@example.com.
Other things you may be curious about should be covered in our FAQ - http://48hour.sci-fi-london.com/frequently-asked-questions
£500 cash prize and publication on the New Scientist Website!
Pat is an American science fiction author, whose work is most often identified with the cyberpunk movement.
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Marcus is a commissioning editor at Gollancz, part of the Orion Publishing Group. He specialises in science fiction, fantasy and a bit of horror.