Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2016 Winners!

I don’t actually know if they’re going to be picking up with the previous numbering and calling it Star Trek: Strange New Worlds XI, or considering this a reboot with “SNW Prime” making a cameo or what. Those are administrative details I’m sure somebody is working out, somewhere.

Meanwhile? We gots winners!

Announced just this morning over on were the winners of the 2016 edition of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds writing contest, which was opened to “non-professional” writers seeking to have their Star Trek stories published by Pocket Books. The competition ran from October to December 2015, after which all of the contest entries were reviewed by editors at Pocket Books as well as representatives from CBS Consumer Products (ie, the same people who review and approve our Star Trek novel manuscripts, along with all the other Star Trek merchandise). Strange New Worlds Winners Announced

For those who don’t do the link clicking thing (and if that’s you, how did you end up here?), here’s the list:


The 10 Grand Prize winners, picked from hundreds of submissions, will each receive a $1000 advance and will have their stories included in the all-new Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2016 Edition Anthology, to be published in the digital-first format later this year:

The Grand Prize winners are:

Neil Bryant, “Dilithium Is a Girl’s Best Friend”
Gary Piserchio & Frank Tagader, “A Christmas Qarol”
Kelli Fitzpatrick, “The Sunwalkers”
Chris Chaplin, “The Seen and Unseen”
Michael Turner, “The Façade of Fate”
Nancy Debretsion, “The Manhunt Pool”
Derek Tyler Attico, “The Dreamer and the Dream”
Roger McCoy, “The Last Refuge”
John Coffren, “Life Among the Post-Industrial Barbarians”
Kristen McQuinn, “Upon the Brink of Remembrance”

Two First Prize winners, Kerry F. Booth and James Corrigan, will each receive a free publishing package from Archway Publishing valued at approximately $5,000 to publish a book on a subject other than Star Trek.

Details about the stories, such as which series they represent, are likely forthcoming.

Two of the names on the list might be familiar to those of you who follow the Star Trek fiction. Derek Tyler Attico was the Grand Prize winner of Strange New Worlds 8 in 2005, and I also published his story “Blowback” in the Space Grunts anthology I edited back in 2009. John Coffren sold “Future Shock” to SNW VII in 2006, and “Gone Native” to SNW 9 in 2006, and also “Across the Endless Sea” to me for the aforementioned Space Grunts. Yes, it does tickle me rather mightily to see these two gents listed among the winners.

(For those wondering, Space Grunts was published by a small indie press, and the writers were paid nothing close to professional market rates. Now that I think about it, they were probably paid in Snickers bars.)

For those of you whose stories weren’t selected and who might be reading this, I hope you’re not discouraged. Instead, I hope you’re motivated to continue writing and seeking out other markets for your stories…hopefully while waiting for another SNW contest to roll around, or (even better) until you render yourselves ineligible to even enter, because BAM! Nailed it.

As for the winners, a hearty congratulations to you all, and I look forward to reading the final anthology. I’ll do my best to keep up to date on any developments with the book, or (perhaps?) any possible future contests, and post all that stuff here.

9 thoughts on “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2016 Winners!

  1. Congrats to the winners! Can’t wait to read their stories, and I had a blast participating myself 🙂 looking forward already to next year


  2. So exciting!! 🙂
    Looking forward to these stories! And to participating next year! … or, if I’m ineligible by then … sitting on my SNW idea and pitching it later as a novel, lol. 😉


  3. I’m curious: do you know whether the first prize winners are being included in the anthology? Most of the articles don’t even list the names of their stories. Personally, I think it better to be included in the anthology. The blogger on 1701news decided to call them “runners up,” which made me smile, but the mailing list announcements definitely called them the first prize winners.


    1. As I understand it, the anthology will only feature the ten stories. The other two writers/entries listed are being offered the other package as something of a consolation prize.


      1. Wow. That’s definitely not being a first place winner, isn’t it. Some might view the other package as concierge self-publishing while others might look at it as locking one’s indie book into an overpriced package.


        1. I would hope that anyone looking to enter into any publishing agreement would do the proper research in order to make an informed decision.

          Yes, I know that’s wishful thinking. I’m a hopeless optimist. 🙂


  4. I entered the contest, but it wasn’t until after that I discovered Archway Publishing was involved. From what I can tell they do not have a great reputation and I was very disappointed to see Pocket Books working with them on this. My story entry was not chosen but in retrospect I am kind of glad. The grand prize winners “receive a free publishing package from Archway Publishing valued at approximately $5,000 to publish a book on a subject other than Star Trek.” Does this not mean that, if one wins, what one wins is a contract to publish a book not yet written? What if the writer, conceivably one who is brand new and never-before published, is unable to met the needs of the contract? Would this not possibly be a grand prize consisting of a lawsuit for breech of contract by the winner? Were the grand prize winners free to turn down the package,and if so wouldn’t that mean they were then not getting paid for their story, or have it be disqualified? Mr. Ward, I’m sorry, but this whole arrangement smells very bad and I am surprisingly relieved I wasn’t chosen for this contest, and this is after one of my entries made the Alternates list *twice* during the contest’s original ten-year run. I just hope very much that Archway has not screwed over any of the winners.


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