WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Robert or Virginia, an
account of the circumstances and consequences of your
encounter will receive special consideration. Scholarly
articles dealing with philosophical issues raised in
Heinlein's works, or, especially, even personal articles about those issues if your
resolution of them due to the questions that Heinlein presented helped form the person that you
became, critical appraisals covering major
themes, evaluations of the scientific principals
described in his works.
Especially valuable would be articles from writers who were influenced by Heinlein, or
from people in the aerospace industries, education fields, the military or
any other profession, who were influenced in their career choices by reading Heinlein's
HOW WILL SUBMISSIONS BE JUDGED?
Each submission will be reviewed by a member of the
Heinlein Society for appropriateness and decorum.
Once submissions pass this first review, they will be
posted on line in the
Articles section of this presentation for
public review and comment. Editorial comments will
be passed along to the authors, who will be responsible
for amending and resubmitting their articles in
accordance with the feedback. Editing is optional, of
course, but a positive response to feedback may affect
the voting. While readers will be able to "vote" for
their favorite articles in a "popularity survey," the
final selections will be made by the membership of The
Heinlein Society, who will make their selections from
the top vote getters in each category. (Membership in
the Heinlein Society is open to the public. Please Click
here to Join The Society.)
HOW WILL THE FINAL SELECTIONS BE MADE?
[Changes] The deadline for submissions
has been changed from April 1 to August 1 and the public review period will now end
on May 1, 2007. From September 1 to October 1, the members of the Society
will read and vote on all of the articles that have been
nominated by the public for inclusion in the
Centennial Reader. The voting period will end on
October 1, to allow us the time required to edit, proof,
and prepare the volume for publication.
HOW WILL THE CENTENNIAL READER BE PUBLISHED?
The Heinlein Centennial Reader will be published in
three forms, as an e-book, as a 6x9 paperback and as a hard cover book in
standard library binding.
The Reader will be offered through the Society's website, and
will be available from other sources.
WHO RECEIVES THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE READER?
All royalties received from the sale of The Heinlein
Centennial Reader will be paid to The Heinlein Society to support its charitable
activities. For more
information about the Heinlein Society's activities,
please see our main page by clicking on HOME in the menu above or
here. More information about the Society is found by
clicking on Heinlein Society in the menu or clicking here.
Each contributor will receive a complimentary copy of
the library bound edition.
HOW DO I SUBMIT AN ARTICLE TO THECOMPETITION?
Articles MUST be submitted electronically in
plain text or rich text format only, and must be submitted
as an attachment to an email. For more information
on submitting an article please go to the
article submission page
WHO HOLDS THE COPYRIGHT ON SUBMITTED ARTICLES?
The authors retain the copyright on all submitted
materials. As part of the submission process, authors
grant The Heinlein Society the royalty-free use of
their copyrighted materials, allowing us to post the
materials on our web site and include them in the
Centennial Reader free of charge.
WHY SHOULD I DO THIS?
If you have to ask that question, then you probably
shouldn't participate. If you are uncertain about
whether or not to enter the competition, consider this:
the entries will be read by established science fiction
authors, agents, and publishers. The final selections
will be read and re-read by Heinlein aficionados for
years to come. Robert became a writer because of a
short story writing competition, which peaked his
interest in writing professionally. It's only fitting that
we celebrate his Centennial by affording others the
Many years ago, Heinlein coined the phrase, "Pay It
Forward," which, to him, meant repaying favors done
for you when you are in a position to do favors for
someone else. Those of us who are involved with the
Society regard Heinlein as both a master story teller
and as a teacher from whom we have learned much,
whose teachings have helped to shape our view of the
world. Those of us who feel this way believe that it is
incumbent upon us to encourage future generations of
readers to read Heinlein, and think about the
questions he raises in his writings.