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The Kepler Award 1

A project of Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores


The mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler wrote “Somnium” (The Dream), a science fiction/fantasy story to present his research and thoughts on astronomy and lunar geography in a way he hoped religious and scientific authorities of the day would find acceptable. Through his science fiction/fantasy filter he put forth ideas on moon-based astronomical observation, likely lunar life forms, and space travel. The purpose of the Kepler Award is to recognize and encourage writers of excellent science fiction and fantasy stories that creatively extrapolate on known science in constructive and exciting ways. Fantasy elements that don’t contradict established scientific fact may used.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2019

Publication Media & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Will be open to submissions from 01 December 2021 12:00 AM EST (in 1 day, 4 hours) through 02 December 2021. 0
Open to a broad Audience.
Fantasy FantasySubgenre: Science Fantasy.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Other (May vary).
TypeLength Details
Short Story Short StoryNo specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
OK No OK No NoImage format submissions Text format submissions Video format submissions
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Last Updated: 02 Nov 2021
Last Checked: 17 Nov 2021 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 20 Sep 2021 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 01 Apr 2019

Before Submitting

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  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
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