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Chicon 7 Promotes Science Fiction through Writing Competitions

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Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), is pleased to announce that we have extended the entry deadline for our two writing contests to May 15, 2012. We encourage those who are interested to apply.

The first competition recognizes Chicon 7’s Author Guest of Honor Mike Resnick by providing the first 3,000 words of a new Resnick short story. Contestants are invited to submit a fitting conclusion in no more than an additional 4,500 words. Submissions should be sent to [email protected]. A shortlist of the five best entries will be selected by a judging panel comprising Catherine Asaro, Linda J. Dunn, and Rich Horton, with Mike Resnick himself choosing the final winner. The winning entry will be published (along with Mike’s fragment) in the Chicon 7 Souvenir Book provided to all members of Chicon 7. The winner will also receive a collection of Mike Resnick books from Pyr SF/Fantasy.

Full details of the Resnick short story competition are on the Chicon 7 website at https://chicon.org/resnick-contest.php.

The second competition is targeted at students from elementary school through to 12th grade and aims to stimulate interest in science and science fiction. The contest is for the best short story with a science fiction or fantasy theme, the best science fiction or fantasy artwork, and the best science essay. Entries should be mailed to Student Science Fiction and Fantasy Contest, PO Box 13, Skokie, IL 60076. USA. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony honoring the contestants at Chicon 7 on Saturday, September 1, 2012.

All contestants in the student competition will receive a certificate for participating. Semi-finalists will be invited to attend Chicon 7 for Saturday, September 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.

Full details of the student competition are on the Chicon 7 website at https://chicon.org/student-contest.php.

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