Competition Information


The inaugural Spectra Sci-Fi Short Story Competition, sponsored by the Master of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Foreign Language at Louisiana State University Shreveport, welcomes your submissions of previously unpublished work.

All genres of Sci-Fi are welcome. Hard Sci-Fi, soft Sci-Fi, military Sci-Fi, futurism, robot fiction, steampunk, cyberpunk, apocalypse literature, ecofiction – we accept anything that engages with a reality beyond the one we currently inhabit. What we’re looking for is superb writing, an unforgettable reading experience, and the inclusion – at some point in your story – of the word “gravity.” Why “gravity”?

Because the competition is part of a larger celebration of a visit to our campus by Dr. Rainer Weiss, whose work on interferometric gravitational waves won him the joint 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Please read the competition Rules and Regulations carefully before completing the Entry Form. If you have any questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at (search words: writing competition, sci-fi contest, writing contests)