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The Heinlein Centennial Reader
A Call for Articles and Essays about Heinlein's Life & Work

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The Heinlein Centennial Reader Competition is Open to All


  1. No advanced registration is required

  2. Please do NOT send query letters, but you may send requests for further information to Please enter the word "question" or "comment" in the subject line of your email.

  3. When preparing your manuscript for submission, please write an introductory synopsis of no more than 100 words describing the article or essay you are submitting. The synopsis must appear at the beginning of your manuscript document. To avoid potential confusion, please include a separator between the introduction and the article.

  4. No advanced registration is required

  5. Include a BRIEF biographical sketch at the end of your article or essay.

  6. Make sure that you separate the manuscript and the biographical sketch with a separator.

  7. Submit your manuscript in plain text or rich text format only as an ATTACHMENT to an email to Please make sure that "New Submission" is entered on the subject line. If you are submitting a revision to a previously submitted work, please enter the phrase "Revised Submission."

  8. Please limit your formatting to the absolute minimum required to make your intentions clear.

  9. In the EMAIL (not the manuscript) please send us your name, address, and telephone number where we may reach you.

  10. In the body of the email (not the manuscript), please include this statement: "I hereby state that I am the author of the attached article named below, and that I hold the copyright on this article and have the right to grant releases for the publication of said document. I hereby give The Heinlein Society permission to print, reprint, and otherwise distribute the attached article named below through the Society's web site as a electronic document, and to include the the article in The Heinlein Centennial Reader, if it should be chosen for inclusion in the Reader. I understand that I shall receive no royalties from the publication of my written works on the Society's website or in the event that my written works are included in the Heinlein Centennial Reader. I further understand that I retain the copyrights over my written works and that I have the right to publish them elsewhere as long as previous publication credit is given. The name of the article I have submitted for consideration under this agreement is -insert name here-."

  11. Make sure you fill in the name of the article. Remember, this statement must appear in the attached email, NOT in the article itself.


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