University of California, Riverside

Eaton Science Fiction Conference

The 2013 Science Fiction Student Short Story Contest

 Student Short Story Contest

The Eaton Conference is again looking for new Science Fiction! We encourage upcoming writers to submit their work for critical judgment and promotion. We are pleased to announce:

The Fourth Student Science Fiction Short Story Contest
Sponsored by: SCIFI, INC.

Southern California Institute for Fan Interests
Chaired by Nalo Hopkinson
Undergraduate Student prize: $500
Graduate Student prize: $500
Open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students in the University of California system


The winners of this year's competition

Birds by Bill Presant
Undergraduate winner from UC San Diego
Frequent Flier  by Maggie Downs
Graduate winner from UC Riverside, Palm Desert
Honorable Mention:
The Last Room  by Katherine Neipris
from UC Los Angeles
Like a Thunderbolt  by Daniel Podgorski
from UC Santa Barbara
Lines by Julie Whittaker
from UC San Diego


 The 2013 jury for the University of California's biennial student science fiction Short Story competition are:


Sheila Finch,

science fiction writer and retired professor of Creative Writing, El Camino College. "Particularly encouraging this year were the increased volume of entries and the writers' willingness to re-examine both old and new ideas."

Howard Hendrix,

writer of science fiction and nonfiction who lives in Shaver Lake, California and teaches at California State University, Fresno. "I enjoyed these vividly imagined stories, especially their "retro-SF" elements and the ways that all of them incorporated diverse forms of popular culture into what is itself a popular cultural form."

Nalo Hopkinson,

science fiction and fantasy writer and a professor in the Creative Writing Department of the University of California Riverside. "This was my first time judging the competition, and I was pleased to see the variety of writing and submissions from so many of the UCs."



Winners will have their conference registrations and awards banquet admission comped, however, travel arrangements are the responsibility of the winners.

More Information 

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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UC Riverside Special Collections Rivera Library, Fourth Floor
322 Tomas Rivera Library

Tel: (951) 827-3233

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