Stories that explore the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion. As well as issues like misogyny, tyranny, violence against women, limited reproductive rights, restricted access to education, loss of autonomy, environmental devastation, and others. No one category of sci-fi can accurately convey one author or novel. There are overlaps in stories that categories merely try to organize, albeit unsuccessfully. Is The Martian hard sci-fi or fantasy sci-fi? Is Red Rising political sci-fi or just good ol’ young adult dystopian?
One cannot help but remember sci-fi classics like Dune by Frank Herbert, a futuristic novel based on a distant planet covered with desert wastelands, gigantic sandworms, and a society that feuds over power and control. And then there are the more contemporary bestsellers like The Themis Files (or the Sleeping Giants series) by first-time novelist Sylvain Neuvel. A trilogy that blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction between earth and a race from another planet.
These stories and many others have helped bring a niche category to mainstream reader attention. Space operas such as Red Rising (Pierce Brown), Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card), A Wrinkle In Time (Madeleine L’Engle), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), and SO many more. We love these submissions.
Some authors shine in how they’re able to depict chaos and agony and the meaningless. Isaac Asimov‘s sci-fi series known as the Foundation Trilogy which predict an unavoidable end to the Galactic Empire, followed by 30,000 years of chaos. In Hard sci-fi we are looking for stories revolving around scientific and technical consistency. They often act as inspiration for many future scientists and explorers, perhaps seriously predicting machines and technology of the future.
It’s no coincidence that these books have appeared in greater numbers — and garnered increasing readership — during the first two years of the Trump presidency, following the Women’s March and the eruption of the #MeToo movement. Perhaps we find comfort in visualizing our darkest futures, so that we may not become them. These submissions are very welcome.
The first that usually comes to mind: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Everyone’s favorite book right now which also imagines a future dystopia in which fertile women are rounded up and all deviation from the prescribed conservative norm is severely punished. The Farm, by debut author Joanne Ramos, is one in which women (aka: “Hosts”) are monitored 24/7, isolated from the outside world, and forced to abandon everything from their former lives, all in pursuit of growing “perfect” babies.
For this book proposal contest, Publishizer is seeking a broad range of new and unique sci-fi and dystopian fiction stories that will excite even the most well-read nihilistic wonderers who dream of new-born farming, robots, aliens, and the existential doom of humanity.
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Official Contest Rules
- Open for submissions now. All entries must be book proposals written in English and at least 1000 words long.
- Proposals must be submitted, approved and launched by 15 May 2019 23:59 EST online on the Publishizer website to qualify.
- Publishizer is accepting only original material that has not been copied from any other work. Entries must not have been previously published, produced or distributed in any other way.
- There are no purchase requirements or entry fees to enter any of the Publishizer book proposal contests.
- Entrants are entirely responsible for all content submitted. Anyone may participate. Entrants below the age of 18 must have parental consent.
- Only one entry per person is allowed for each contest. Any entrant who enters more than one entry per contest will be disqualified.
- This contest has 1 cash prize of US$D500 each and may be subject to local, state and federal taxes. The prizes are not transferable, and the winner is responsible for all tax payments, international charges, transfer fees and/or monetary currency conversion charges related to all cash prizes. Publishizer will only be responsible for the original cash prize amounts, and not for any additional costs, monetary transfers, charges or fees imposed between a financial or governmental institutions and the winner.
- The cash prize of USD$500 will be awarded to the entry with the most number of pre-orders sold during the contest. Only the number of preorders and readers registered during the 30 days of the campaign will count towards the contest.
- Editors from independent and traditional publishing houses will judge and express interest in submissions based on originality of ideas, quality of writing, relevance of content, length of proposal and Publishizer’s Book Proposal elements: Hook, Video, Synopsis, Outline, Author Biography, Audience Analysis, Marketing Plan, Sample Chapters.
- In the event of a tie, the contest judges will select the winner together with the founders of Publishizer based on the same judging criteria. An entry can win more than one prize. All decisions of judges are final.
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