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The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
August 30-September 3, 2012   Hyatt Regency   Chicago

Student Writing Contest

Unfortunately, the Student Writing Contest has been cancelled. We did not receive enough stories to hold it. Our thanks to those who entered.
Sponsored by Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention

Writing Contest Entry Form (PDF) (DOC)

Science fiction and fantasy expand horizons and open new worlds for their readers. The stories they tell can take us to the farthest reaches of the universe, explore new facets of the world around us, or take us to a magical realm. . . . Science fiction is grounded in science fact. The science of today, whether it is exploring the possibility of life on Mars or mapping the human genetic structure, can serve as the basis for science fiction stories.

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, a section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is sponsoring a contest for the best short story with a science fiction or fantasy theme and the best science essay. This contest is open to all students in elementary school (5th grade and below), middle school (6th through 8th grade) and high school (9th through 12th grade). Each entry must include a completed entry form. Each student may enter/win in either or both of the story and essay categories, but may only enter once in each of the categories. Please do not include the student's name on the front of any entry.

The short story must be an original story with a science fiction or fantasy theme. It must be in English, typewritten using a standard business font and double-spaced. It must be at least 5 pages long for students in elementary school, 10 pages long for students in middle school, and 15 pages long for students in high school, and should be no more than 50 pages. Entries will be judged on their originality and creativity, grammar and spelling, structure, character development, plot development, and the use of science fiction and fantasy elements.

The science essay must be a factual work including a list of references used. It must be in English, typewritten using a standard business font and double spaced. It must be at least 3 pages long for elementary school students, 6 pages for middle school students, and 9 pages for high school students, and should be no more than 35 pages. Entries will be judged on content, grammar and spelling, structure, and use of references.

Entries should be mailed to Student Science Fiction and Fantasy Contest, PO Box 13, Skokie, IL 60076. USA. Entries must be postmarked by June 15, 2012. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony honoring the contestants at Chicon 7 on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.

Entries may be displayed at science fiction conventions and may be (non-exclusively) published by Chicago Worldcon 2012, Inc. Entries will not be returned.

All contestants will receive a certificate for participating. Semi-finalists will be invited to attend Chicon 7 for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Finalists will also receive a commemorative T-shirt and a $10 gift certificate from a major book store. The winners will be invited to attend all five days of Chicon 7 and will receive a commemorative T-shirt and a $50 gift certificate from a major book store.

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Note: the original announcement for this contest included a third category for science fiction or fantasy artwork. This additional category is no longer being offered.