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Free Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction Short Story Competition

This is a fiction competition with an intriguing theme – the evolution of language – and the organisers say it can be about the past as well as the future.

This might include involve imagining situations in the past or the future, speculating on how language might have evolved in a different species, or thinking about the consequences of our methods and practice.

I wrote a short post may years ago about the various theories that attempt to explain why we developed language. (My favourite is the YO-HE-HO theory.) You can read more HERE on the off-chance it might be useful.

The competition is free to enter, open to UK residents, and the first prize is £400 plus publication the New Welsh Review. The deadline is December 1st

Image by Pezibear from Pixabay

If you enjoy reading authors such as Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. Le Guin, Arthur C. Clarke, Neal Stephenson, China Mieville, Ian Watson, Robert Heinlein etc etc …then do think about giving it a go. Many writers have launched their career with such competitions – not because they won them, but because it got them writing.
You can find details on how to enter HERE

Image by Christine Sponchia from Pixabay

5 comments on “Free Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction Short Story Competition

  1. The Story Reading Ape
    November 5, 2020
  2. Nicole Knight
    November 5, 2020

    Hi Bridget.. Can South Africans enter the competition as well?

    • bridget whelan
      November 14, 2020

      Sorry for taking so long to reply Nicole – combination of technical hitches and, ahem, me…

      I’ve read through the details again and I think it’s international but it doesn’t specifically say so. Click on the more info button and you’ll find an email address – it might be worth double checking if you’re worried.

      Actually the details are wonderful as the first part is a standard research form for Cardiff University so it flags up the possible risks of taking part (none) etc etc

      By the way, there is a parallel Welsh language competition being run at the same time. .

  3. bridget whelan
    November 5, 2020

    Thanks for reblogging Chris

    • Jemima Pett
      November 6, 2020

      Thank you for finding it, and thank you Chris, for reblogging it 🙂

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