Cymera, Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing and Shoreline of Infinity, Scotland’s award-winning science fiction magazine are teaming up again to host our short story competition in our quest to discover new writing talent right here in Scotland.
This year we are supported by Scotland’s Futures Forum, the Scottish Parliament’s think-tank, and proud to be part of their Scotland 2030 Programme. The programme is an aspirational exploration of Scotland’s culture and society in 2030 and beyond – looking beyond the immediate horizons to the kind of society we want in the future.
The theme is therefore:
What could life in a Future Scotland be like? How will we be living, young, adult, mature – what are the possibilities? What will be Scotland’s place in the world?
Remember, we are looking for a speculative story. Explore this future Scotland through the eyes of your character, tell us their story.
For more information about the Scotland 2030 programme visit https://www.scotlandfutureforum.org/scotland-2030-programme/
Awards will be made in two age categories
- 14 to 17 year old
The winning writers in each age-range category will be awarded £75
The stories that are selected for the shortlist will be published on the CYMERA website after the festival. The winner in each category will be published in the Shoreline of Infinity Magazine (Cymera Special). They will also receive a complimentary ticket to a Cymera writing workshop of their choice.
The two runner-ups in each category will receive free tickets to two festival events of their choice.
We will also celebrate our competition and its winners in a special event during the festival, where the winning stories will be read out by professional actors.
What are the submission dates?
Submissions are accepted until:
6pm on Saturday 25th April 2020 ( 14-17 year olds only)
Who can submit a story?
The competition is open only to writers who are unpublished and who live in Scotland. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information and clarification.
How old do I have to be to take part?
Prizes will be awarded in two age categories 14 to 17 years of age, and 18 plus.
So if you are between 14 and 17 on the final submission date of 25th April 2020, you can submit your story in the 14 to 17 Age category, and if you are 18 or older on that date, the 18+ category is for you.
Are there word length limits?
14 to 16 age category: 800 – 1500 words
18+: maximum 2,000 words
How to Enter
Applicants are encouraged to make their submission via the online entry form below. If applicants are unable to access this, entries can be submitted by post via this form.
1. Read the Entry Terms and Conditions here thoroughly to check the author whose work is due to be submitted and their short story are eligible for the Award. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all the Terms and Conditions.
2. Format the short story as per the following instructions:
- Written in English, Scots or Gaelic or other Scottish language (with translation in English)
- Font: Times, 12pt
- Double spaced
- Include a front page which details the Title of Story and the Word Count
- Do NOT include author’s name or other identifying text anywhere on the story
- Note the word lengths limits above
3. Only one story per author
4. Save the short story in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format with the Title of Story in the file name.
5. Submit the story via the online entry form below
- Entries not submitted in accordance with the Entry Instructions and Entry Terms and
Conditions will not be eligible for consideration.
- No entries will be returned.
Any queries about entering the Award should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Award administrators will respond as soon as possible