The Mike Resnick Memorial Award

Submission Guidelines

The Mike Resnick Memorial Award is currently Closed to Submissions.

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Call for Submissions 

Best Science Fiction Short Story by a New Author

This is an annual award sponsored by Galaxy's Edge magazine (published by Arc Manor) and Dragon Con that celebrates new authors. As well as publishing hundreds of books as author and editor, Mike Resnick was known for his "Writer Children"—paying it forward by helping new writers start their careers. This award was created to honor his memory and continue on his legacy by spotlighting the wonderful new voices in the writing world.

For more information on eligibility and how to submit, please click View Submissions Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: If you had already submitted to the 2022 Awards via the email address resnick@arcmanor.com prior to November 1st, 2021, please resubmit again through this portal. Due to an internal glitch, some submissions may not have been received.

And, most of all, HAPPY WRITING!

Short Story (definition): A story up to 7,499 words, as defined by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

New Author (definition): An author who has not had any work published (including short stories, novelettes, novellas, and novels in paper, digital or audio form) that has been paid a per-word rate of 6 cents a word or more or received a payment for any single work of fiction totaling more than $50.

If the author has self-published the piece then their total earnings from any single piece of fiction may not exceed $50 from all published venues.​

Eligibility: New science fiction short story by a new author. The story must not have previously been released to the public via any means, including online, digital, or paper publications, or privately through such avenues as newsletters, Patreon and the like. This award is exclusively for science fiction stories, not any other form of speculative genres (including fantasy and horror) and Arc Manor (the publisher of Galaxy’s Edge magazine) will be the final decider of this criteria in case of any disputes. 

Submissions are open to everyone. They do not need to be current members of Dragon Con.

Submission Fee: None.

Submission Process:

1. All submissions must be made electronically as an MS Word document or an RTF (Rich Text Format) document. 

2. The manuscript should be formatted with size 12 text, black Times New Roman font, lines double spaced. Pages need to be numbered and each page should also have the story title (this information can be included as a header or a footer). 

The first page of the submitted story must contain ONLY the following information.​

a) The title of the story.

b) The name of the author.

c) The approximate word count of the story.

d) Contact information for the author. Ideally this should include an email address, a phone number and a physical address.

e) A short statement that the author has read the eligibility requirements for the award and is in compliance with the requirements.

Please do NOT include your name or contact information on any other page, other than the first page described above (this includes putting it in as a header or a footer). The judging process requires the judges to review the story anonymously and anything that identifies the author other than on the first page will make this difficult. The first page with identifying information will be stripped from the MS and replaced with an identifying code before it is given to the final judges.

3. Submissions should be made directly htrough this Moksha portal. No exceptions.

4. Only one submission per entrant is allowed for the current submission year.

5. The winner of the Resnick Award in any previous year is not eligible to enter the competition again.

6. You may submit a new story to the current year's award even if you submitted in previous years. However if you win the previous year's award you will automatically become ineligible (your submission may have been entered before the winner is announced). You may not resubmit the same story as you submitted in any previous year; it needs to be a new story.

Submission Dates: Stories may be submitted between September 1, 2022 and April 15, 2023 for consideration for the 2023 Dragon Awards. 

Judging Process: All submissions will be considered by a pool of readers organized by Arc Manor. Those determined to be the best stories will be forwarded (with all identifying information about the author deleted) to the panel of final judges who will choose the top five entries and decide upon the winner. All decisions by Arc Manor and its judges are final and binding. Arc Manor will not entertain any discussion about the merits, techniques, judging criteria or any other aspect of the competition.

Finalist Judging Panel: The following writers/editors were part of the 2021 panel which judged the short-list of finalists in the competition: Nancy Kress, Sheree Renée Thomas, Lois McMaster-Bujold, Jody Lynn Nye and William B. Fawcett. They are all returning as judges for the 2022 panel!

Finalist Announcement: The five finalists for the 2022 Award will be announced on______. (Date updated soon.)

Award Ceremony: Awards will be handed out during the Dragon Awards ceremony during Dragon Con 2022 to be held in Atlanta from September 1 to September 5. (Specific date of the Award Ceremony night updated once known.)

First Place Prize: The first place winner will get a trophy, a cash award of $250.00 and have their story bought (at the magazine’s prevailing rate) by Galaxy’s Edge for publication in the magazine.

Runner-up Prizes: The second place winner will be given a prize of $100 and the third place winner a prize of $50.

Inquires: Inquiries regarding the award may be sent to admin@arcmanor.com. Please put Resnick Inquiry in the subject line.

ABOUT MIKE RESNICK 

Mike Resnick, along with editing the first seven years of Galaxy’s Edge magazine, was the winner of five Hugos from a record thirty-seven nominations and was, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. He was the author of over eighty novels, around 300 stories, three screenplays, and the editor of over forty anthologies. When he was not writing, Mike mentored new authors, taking great pride in his "writer children," being as dedicated in helping them reach their career milestones as achieving his own.