Celebrating Excellence in Interstellar Writing

What if?

Science is the practice of What If?  What if we travel the speed of light? What if there were life on other planets? What if our resources were unlimited or limited to nothing? All of the questions are on the minds of scientists.  Writers get to find out the answers to those questions. In their capable hands, we get to discover the implications of our curiosity.

Nominate or Submit for the 2016 Canopus Award

Nomination and Submission Period is Open June 27 through August 30, 2016

Long-form Fiction (Novel length – over 40,000 words – previously professionally published)

Short-form Fiction (Short Story, Flash Fiction – 1,000 to 40,000 words – previously professionally published)

Popular Non-Fiction (1,000 to 40,000 words – previously professionally published)

Original Short-form Fiction (1,000 to 6,000 words – must be original and NOT previously published – on the theme “Near Steps to Interstellar”)

Original Short-form Nonfiction (1,000 to 6,000 words – must be original and NOT previously published – on the theme “Near Steps to Interstellar”)

Original College Short-form Fiction (1,000 to 5,000 words – must be original and NOT previously published – on the theme “Near Steps to Interstellar”)

Original College Short-form Nonfiction (1,000 to 5,000 words – must be original and NOT previously published – on the theme “Near Steps to Interstellar”)

Storytelling provides us a window into the future. Imagination, varied perspectives and a well told story are critical to advancing civilizations.  In particular, beginning with the simple question ‘What if?’ pushes us to look beyond the world in front of us and to envision what could be, ought to be and other realities. Both science fiction and exploratory non-fiction have inspired discovery, invention, policy, technology and exploration that has transformed our world.

Dr. Mae Jemison

Principal, 100 Year Starship