The inaugural Spectra Sci-Fi Short Story Competition is sponsored by the English Department and the Masters in Liberal Arts Program at Louisiana State University Shreveport. Please read the following rules and regulations carefully before submitting your entry.
  1. The competition has two categories: YOUTH (Grades 6-12 within the US; high-school students outside the US) and OPEN (adults).
  2. The Youth category word limit is 2000; the Open word limit is 3000.
  3. Short stories must be submitted online using the entry form at
  4. Entries close on September 30, 2019. Entries received after this date are not eligible for consideration.
  5. All stories are to be produced in Times New Roman 12 point, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. The title of your short story should be centered at the top of the first page and included as a header on all following pages.
  6. Your name, address, contact details, and any other identifying information must not appear on the short story. This information will be included on the entry form.
  7. All sub-genres of Sci-Fi are welcome, but each story must include the word “gravity.”
  8. Entries are free (i.e. There is no entry fee.). Writers may enter as many stories as they choose.
  9. Only stories that are previously unpublished and unplaced in any other competition are eligible.
  10. We welcome simultaneous submissions. Please notify Spectra immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere, and we will withdraw your entry from the competition.
  11. Judges’ decisions are final and will be announced on October 30, 2019. Results will be posted on the Spectra website on October 31, 2019. Winners will be notified via email, but beyond this Spectra will not engage in any correspondence regarding competition results.
  12. Prizes of $1000 (first place), $500 (second place), and $250 (third place) will be awarded in each category, while honorable mentions will be made at the judge’s discretion.
  13. All winning entries and honorable mentions will be published online in the Spectra Journal.
  14. Completion of the entry form releases first publication rights to Spectra. Subsequent to publication in the online journal, copyright reverts to the author.