The Robert A. Heinlein
Centennial Short Story Contest
$5,000 first prize
$2,000 second prize
$1,000 third prize
The Heinlein Society is proud to announce “The Robert
A. Heinlein Centennial Short Story Contest” to take place between July
2007 and July 2008.
The Contest celebrates the 100th
anniversary of Mr. Heinlein’s birth, and continues the spirit, ideas, and
philosophy that make the works of Robert Heinlein a testament to the human
spirit. We also hope to inspire new fiction in the style of The Grand
Master, because, frankly, many of us have already read and re-read
everything he wrote.
The Contest is open to any professional or amateur
writer, excluding members of the board of directors of The Heinlein
Society. The prizes will be awarded to the best original short story (in
English) expressing the spirit, ideas, and philosophy of Robert A.
All stories must employ an original universe of
characters and locations (sorry, no Lazarus Long stories), and should be
fewer than 15,000 words in length. Entries shall be judged by a most
august panel of professional writers, editors, and Heinlein scholars.
At the conclusion of the Contest, The Heinlein
Society plans to publish an anthology of the best stories. Any author
whose story is selected for publication will be compensated at respectable
SF short story rates, except for the first, second, and third place
winners who are awarded Contest prizes. By entering the contest, authors
grant The Heinlein Society right of first publication for a period of one
year from the date the winners are announced on or about July of 2008.
Start working on your story now!
The Heinlein Society will shortly post more
www.heinleinsociety.org and will begin accepting entries later in the
year. You may win a prize, be published, and launched on a writing career
of your own.
In any case, we’ll have a lot of fun!