Student Science Fiction Writing Contest Announced

Dec. 7 is the deadline for the competition sponsored by UC Riverside’s Eaton Science Fiction Conference

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Dec. 7 is the deadline to submit entries in the Student Short Story Contest.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Student authors of science fiction may submit their short stories in a competition sponsored by UC Riverside’s Eaton Science Fiction Conference. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 7.

The Fourth Student Science Fiction Short Story Contest is open to full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the University of California system. First prize is $750 and second prize is $500, which will be presented at the 2013 Eaton Science Fiction Conference April 11-14 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Riverside.

Chairing the competition is Nalo Hopkinson, an award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy and an associate professor of creative writing at UCR. Hopkinson said she is looking for “readable, well-crafted work that surprises and intrigues me, that’s different than the usual, and that is strong in plot or structure.”

Entries must be recognizable as speculative fiction, which can include science fiction, fantasy, horror or utopian/dystopian literature; must not exceed 6,000 words; and must follow the format outlined on the contest website ( Entries must be emailed as a pdf attachment to with the subject line: 2013 Student Science Fiction Short Story Contest.

Melissa Conway, head of Special Collections & Archives at UCR and co-organizer of the Eaton Conference, said she is “very pleased that the Eaton Conference provides an outlet for aspiring writers. I am grateful to Stephanie Hammer (professor of comparative literature and Germanic studies) for establishing the contest, and to Nalo Hopkinson for continuing the tradition.”

The Eaton Conference will be held at the Riverside Marriott Hotel and will examine science fiction in multiple media, reflecting the increasingly diverse forms of expression of science fiction.

Conference registration is open and may be completed online ( Registration for students is $95; early-bird registration, $150 (ending Feb. 1, 2013); general registration (after Feb. 1, 2013), $170; and single-day registration, $95. The event is sponsored by the University of California, Riverside Libraries and the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in partnership with the Science Fiction Research Association.

The conference also will feature the fourth Science Fiction Studies Symposium on the topic of “SF Media(tions)”  on April 11, 2013, at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Admission is free.

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