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Entries in the 2000 Short Story Contest
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On December 3, 2000, our annual Short Story Contest was held as a diversion from our normal writing as novelists. 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: Time Travel.

All the contributors are members of the SFNovelist writing workshop as of December, 2000.

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 sole judge of the contest, Victory Crayne selected the winners on the basis of:
  • sticking to the contest theme,
  • creativity,
  • story writing skills demonstrated, including dialogue, characterization, setting, etc.,
  • and entertainment value.
The stories submitted for this contest were, in the order of rank in the judging:
  1. "Whenever" by Gil C. Schmidt    (See Note 1 below)      First Place Winner

  2. "Old Fashioned Hospitality" by Richard Womack      Second Place Winner

  3. "Pan Asterides" by Bruce Davis

  4. "The Fool" by Don Muchow

  5. "Time" by Jeff Johnson

  6. "Are you ready to take the plunge, Jack?" by David Skinner

  7. "The No Spin Zone" by Jeff Parker

  8. "Oedipus Androgene" by Dan Turner

  9. "A Matter of Perception" by Marla Anderson

  10. "Swimming Against the Current" by John Koehler

  11. "A Week with Angel" by Kobus de Villiers

  12. "Lucid Dreams" by Jeff Robinson

  13. "Time Keeper" by Daniel Needles

  14. "Wide of the Mark" by Jonathan Parry-McCulloch

  15. "Stonehenge Unearthed" by Eric Vesely

  16. "Goodnight Kiss" by Hoyt Brown

  17. "Zeitfahren" by Peter Kelly

Note 1:

The stories above that are NOT available for viewing are included in the anthology of short stories "The Best of Times", available for purchase.

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