Summer is almost here and so many wonderful things await in the warmer and sunnier days ahead. Let us start off the fun by playing a “Would you rather” game. Would you rather cross the oceans to explore a new continent or traverse the stars to discover a new planet? If readers have chosen the latter, they need look no further than their own imaginations and Inkshares.com where the Nerdist Sci-Fi Contest is underway!
Inkshares has collaborated with Legendary Digital, parent company of Nerdist and Geek & Sundry, for past contests and have released many amazing new books since the first contest in 2015. With the Nerdist Sci-Fi Contest being the first contest of 2017, the time has come for even more great works to find their way into the publishing world. From the title, one can already assume what the genre category is for submitted stories; however, Inkshares has narrowed down their search to “near-future” science fiction. Think Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One where a technology has been invented that one could easily see being invented in the next few years or so. It can range from alien encounters to time travel to hard science fiction to whatever else one can think of. The possibilities in this genre are endless.
The rules for the contest are simple and follow similar guidelines to previous contests. Any writer can submit an idea and will be given a page where they must market their stories to other readers. The top three writers on the leaderboard by the end of the contest will be published by Inkshares, regardless if they have reached their pre-order goal or not. The winners will also receive a representation deal for film, TV, and other rights. One or more of these winners will also be selected by Nerdist to become a part of their Collection on Inkshares alongside works such as Zachary Tyler Linville’s Welcome to Deadland, Dave Barrett’s It’s All Fun and Games, and more.
Many wonderful titles have been released already from previous contest winners and there are other contest winners whose books will be released soon. Brian Guthrie’s Rise, Paul Inman’s Ageless, and JF Dubeau’s The Life Engineered are all contest winners. Rick Heinz is a contest winner whose book The Seventh Age: Dawn was just released earlier this year. Two more winners of contests will have their books released in the near future starting with Craig A. Munro’s The Bones of the Past releasing May 30th and Tal M. Klein’s The Punch Escrow is set to release in late July. These are only a few of the many amazing titles belonging to contest winners and the winners of the Nerdist Sci-Fi Contest will be able to add his or her name to this ever-growing list.
The Nerdist Sci-Fi Contest is barely a week in and there are already 90 submissions and counting! So many eager writers are already submitting their work for everyone to read and so many more can enter for the contest does not end until June 27th. That still gives writers over a month to market their work to reach the top of the leaderboard. Spoken from other contest winners, these contests are wonderful and challenging and any writer will benefit from entering. Whether he or she makes it to the top of the leaderboard or not, there is so much to take away from just the experience of what the Nerdist Sci-Fi Contest will offer. Start the summer by allowing your imagination to roam across the galaxy and see if your “near-future” sci-fi narrative is the next great published work!