Jens Deffner (defcons_treklit) of Unreality SF has posted an essay and series of interviews examining the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds writing contest, sponsored by Pocket Books between 1997 and 2007. The annual contest spawned ten anthologies of short stories penned by Star Trek fans with little or no professional publishing experience, and is directly responsible for what many people laughingly refer to as my “writing career.”
In addition to myself, Jens interviewed Allyn Gibson (tiggerallyn), William Leisner (bill_leisner), Terri Osborne (terri_osborne), and anthology editor Dean Wesley Smith. The result is a mighty fine retrospective of the contest, the anthologies it spawned, and its effect, if any, on Pocket Books’ ongoing line(s) of Star Trek fiction.
Check it out, whydontcha: Unreality SF: Strange New Worlds: A Look Back
Thanks to Jens for a great article!