Available starting today is the 2016 edition of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the anthology of short fiction written by new, “non-professional” writers. This, of course is opposed to “unprofessional” writers, such as the guy whose blatherings you’re currently reading.
Strange New Worlds, as many of you know, originated back in 1997, with a contest being held annually for ten years. Many new writers got their start thanks to this contest, and have gone on to successful writing careers in a variety of genres. I owe pretty much everything to that very first contest, way back when.
But, that’s old news. Now, we have a “next generation” (yes, I said it) of SNW writers! The winners of this latest contest were announced back in April, and the new anthology contains stories by this crop of fine folks:
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”
Currently offered as a “digital first” title, this latest edition of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is available in several different e-Book formats. Don’t take my word for it; go and look for yourself:
At this time, there’s been no announcement about any future contests. I suspect those who make such decisions are watching to see how this new installment is received. I’d love to see the contest return on an annual basis, so here’s hoping this first one does well. For now, congrats again to all the winners!