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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. Heinlein.


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 information on 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!



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