Short Story Contest - November 1998

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On November 7, 1998, a short story contest was run in the SFNovelist writing workshop. The workshop is devoted exclusively to hardsf novelists and this contest was a writing exercise only, not a regular part of the workshop.

This year's theme: changes to humanity by the year 2500.

All the contributors are members of the SFNovelist writing workshop as of November 1998.

The following short stories are reprinted here by permission of the authors as a condition of the contest. However, each story is copyrighted by the respective author and copies cannot be distributed without the express permission of the authors.

As moderator of the workshop and sole judge of the contest, I selected the winners on the basis of sticking to the contest theme, creativity, and story writing skills demonstrated, including dialogue, characterization, setting, etc.

The First Place Winner was "The Geezer" by Bob Hurst.

The Second Place Winner was "The Third Mind" by Gil C. Schmidt.

Special Mention goes to "How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Excerpts from a Child's Notebook, c. 2500 A.D." by Don Muchow for tackling the difficult job of an uneducated child's dialect.

The stories submitted for this contest were:
  "The Geezer" by Bob Hurst, First Place Winner.
  "The Third Mind" by Gil C. Schmidt , Second Place Winner.
  "How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Excerpts from a Child's Notebook, c. 2500 A.D." by Don Muchow , Special Mention Winner.
  "Earth 2500 AD" by Jeff Johnson
  "The Wealthiest Man" by Richard Womack
- Victory Crayne, President of the SFNovelist writing workshop at http://www.sfnovelist.com

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