THE ROSWELL AWARD:
FREE Registration is now open for the Celebrity Readings for The Roswell Award and Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award!
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THE 2021 ROSWELL AWARD Finalist Judges
Steven Barnes, Science Fiction Author
Alyssa Bell, LA Natural History Museum Paleontologist
Wesley Chu, Science Fiction Author
S.B. Divya, Escape Pod Host, Author & Engineer
Rebecca Moesta, Science Fiction Author & Publisher
Philippe Mora, Screenwriter & Director
Larry Niven, Science Fiction Author
The 6th Annual Roswell Award short science fiction writing competition is open for submissions on
September 15, 2020.
Sci-Fest LA and Light Bringer Project* are pleased to announce that their short science fiction writing competition, THE ROSWELL AWARD for adult writers worldwide, will be
open for submissions on SEPTEMBER 15, 2020.
Heading into its 6th year, the competition offers cash prizes for science fiction writing on any theme. In addition, special prizes will be awarded for feminist themed sci-fi.
Deadline for *The Roswell Award submissions: December 15, 2020
The competition winners and honorable mentions will be announced and a culminating event held at LitFest Pasadena in May 2021.
Stories must be original, 1,500 words or less, not published or posted, and not fan fiction.
* The Roswell Award was founded by Sci-Fest LA and presented in partnership with
the Pasadena based arts and education nonprofit, Light Bringer Project.
2019 The Roswell Award
for original short science fiction by writers from around the world
Readings & Awards Presentations at LitFest Pasadena on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 4:30-6:30pm Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S El Molino Ave
The Roswell Award for short science fiction by adults is an international competition presented by Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. It inspires and nurture the talent of up and coming science fiction writers. Over five years, submissions have come from dozens of countries including Malawi, Ethiopia, Singapore, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Australia, India, Pakistan, England, America, Kazakhstan, and others. At LitFest Pasadena on May 18, 2019 at 4:30pm, celebrity guests will read the finalists’ and Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award winner’s stories, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced.
The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award
presented by Artemis Journal and the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Hollywood NOW)
This special award, presented during The Roswell Award Readings & Awards at LitFest Pasadena, recognizes a science fiction story that embraces feminist themes and has a strong female protagonist. The winning story will be published both by Artemis Journal and Hollywood NOW, and will be read aloud on stage by a celebrity guest.
Congratulations to The Roswell Award Finalists and Honorable Mentions and The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award Winner 2019!
Roswell Award Finalist Judges
Tananarive Due, Novelist
Ben Loory, Novelist
Sherri Smith, Novelist
Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award Judges
Roswell Award First Round Judges
Carrie LaFerle Gergely
Michael Paul Gonzalez
Katie Rose McEneely
David Dean Bottrell
Competitions Intern: Samuel O’Brien