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 Publication||Awarded 1 x per year.
|Print Publication ||Print Publication||Awarded 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 Fantasy||Subgenre: Science Fantasy.|
|Science Fiction Science Fiction||Open to all/most Subgenres.|
- Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
- Other (May vary).
|Short Story Short Story||No specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words).|
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|Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).|
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