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As we approach the final contest and the end of 2017, we thought it fitting to save the best for last and close the Publishizer book proposal contest series with the genres of limitless possibilities and boundless creative freedom: Science Fiction, Fantasy and everything in between. Although unique in their own right, there is often a blurring and overlapping between the two genres, with the use of similar themes and devices to inspire, warn and entertain.

What one can experience in the nebulous cloud of “speculative fiction” spans the entire dimension of human imagination. As long as we feel disillusionment and the unease of existential angst, these improbable and impossible worlds will continue to delight mankind with their own histories, laws and cultures. In providing a framework to explore the challenges of life, our deepest fears of the unknown can be domesticated; our flights of fancy, indulged.

As a matter of fact, many revolutionary ideas from Science Fiction have proven to be highly influential, and even prophetic. In 1888, Edward Bellamy imagines a utopian society without paper money, introducing the concept of credit debit and credit cards. Hugo Gernsback conceived of “telephots” that allow people to maintain eye contact while speaking across long distances back in 1911. Books written in the 1800s by the seemingly prescient author, Jules Verne, inspired the invention of the first submarine and helicopter, and even predicted many aspects of the 1969 lunar landing of Apollo 11.

We are undeniably already living in a future that is even weirder and more astonishing than what has been imagined. Body scanners and biometric identification techniques are commonplace, with driverless vehicles, nanobots that swim through the human body and the 3D bioprinting of tissue and organs on the cusp on becoming commercially viable. Quantum physicists tell us that time travel is possible, and the ambitious plans for the colonisation of Mars and interplanetary transport systems are currently underway.

Real life is pretty fantastic, but let’s not forget a time when mysteries eluding human understanding took on numinous qualities. Although many fantastical beliefs have been discarded with the age of enlightenment, their pervasive influence persists even today. The worlds of Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter have become huge cultural phenomenons, resulting in unified communities, fictive languages, fabricated religions and even real life events and places in which one can experience those imaginary worlds.

As our world becomes more rational, we become more willing to suspend our disbelief to enter sublime worlds of magic and mythology, to dive into alternate quixotic or dystopian futures. In this ambiguous space, we can combine the familiar with the foreign to experiment with different ways of seeing the world and deeply examine what it is that makes us human. It is a prism through which complex and relevant political, social and technological implications can be safely explored and analyzed. 

Indeed, Science Fiction and Fantasy often reflect the times in which they are spawned, coherently charting the collective hopes, fears and aspirations of civilization. The most resonant and influential stories are rarely just about escapism, presenting remarkably trenchant investigations into the human condition.

Today, neuroscience research shows that our sense of reality and imagination are intimately linked, suggesting that our brains do not discriminate between reading about an experience or encountering it in real life. Corresponding neurological regions in the brain react to narratives of smells, textures, movements and emotions as if they were real. In other words, reading can vividly simulate different lives, worlds and perspectives - just as a computer simulation can help calculate and present different predictions of varying outcomes.

So we can can create dreams and fiction with our imaginations, but we can also harness that amazing power to conceive of and actualize better futures. Perhaps we can transcend our limitations and change the fabric of reality itself, for it is possible that we, too, are infinite.

 

Important Dates

Accepting submissions: 1 Nov 2017, 00:00 EST

Closing date: 30 Nov 2017, 00:00 EST

Results: 16 Jan 2018

Prize: US$2000

 

Official Rules

  1. Only one entry per person is allowed for each contest. Any entrant who enters more than one entry per contest will be disqualified.
  2. All entries must be book proposals written in english and 1000 words long. Publishizer will only accept unpublished works for all contests. If an entry has previously been published in any way, the entry will be disqualified.
  3. Contest entries must be submitted, approved and launched online on Publishizer within the specified month of each contest to qualify. Publishizer will begin accepting entries at midnight EST on the 1st of each contest month, and close for submissions at 23:59 EST on the last day of that month.
  4. Each contest has a cash prize of USD2000 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 chargers, transfer fees and/or monetary currency conversion charges related to all cash prizes. Publishizer will only be responsible for the original cash prize amounts, not responsible for any additional costs, monetary transfers, charges or fees imposed between a financial or governmental institutions and the winner.
  5. Each campaign will have a total of 45 days, and the entry with the most number of pre-orders sold in 45 days wins the cash prize of USD2000.
  6. The winner will be notified by email 45 days after the contest closing date, and receive information on when, where and how the prize can be collected. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, Publishizer reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner, which will the book proposal with the next highest number of pre-orders sold within 45 days.
  7. Publishizer takes only a 30% commission of all pre-order sales at the end of the crowd-publishing campaign. The commission on pre-order sales is final and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Publishizer takes no commission from future deal authors make with publishers, nor cuts from future book sales after the crowd-publishing campaign has ended.
  8. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the campaign with the most number of readers registered on their campaign. If the number of readers are tied as well, the tied campaigns will have a further 24 hours to obtain more readers. The campaign with the most readers at the end of the 24 hours wins.
  9. Book proposals that do not respect the Publishizer guidelines may be rejected. In the event of a rejected proposal, no correspondence relating to the contest will be entered into.
  10. By entering any of the Publishizer book proposal contests, an entrant agrees to abide by and be subject under Publishizer general terms and conditions and the Publishizer book proposal contest official rules.
  11. Any “spamming”, harassment, suspicious or offensive behaviour and/or inappropriate use of the Publishizer website or email address is strictly forbidden. Publishizer reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the official rules and terms and condition. Any entrant deemed to be engaged in any fraudulent and/or suspicious activity will prompt an immediate disqualification of that party’s submission(s) into all past, present and future contests.
  12. Publishizer shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, and such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
  13. Publishizer reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control, or if it is deemed that a contest received insufficient entries.
  14. Only the number of preorders and readers registered on the campaign within 45 days of the launch date of the campaign will count towards the contest.
  15. Anyone may participate. There are no purchase requirement or entry fee to enter any of the Publishizer book proposal contests.