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The Bookseller – News – Hodder and the Science Museum launch the Science Fiction Debuts Prize

Hodder & Stoughton and the Science Museum have teamed up to launch a new prize, the Science Fiction Debuts Prize, in honor of the museum’s upcoming exhibition Science fiction: journey to the confines of the imaginary.

From June 4, unpublished, agentless UK writers will be invited to submit the first 10,000 words of a novel in the science fiction genre and a 500-word synopsis.

The open submission period will last for several months and will end at midnight on September 30. The winner will receive £4,000, plus a full critique of their work, a six-month mentorship program with Hodderscape’s editorial director, Molly Powell, and an introduction to three literary agents.

The finalist will receive £2,000, plus a full critique of the submitted work, and the rest of the shortlist will receive a cash prize of £800 and comments from the jury.

A shortlist will be announced at the Science Museum‘s Late event on October 26, and the winner will be selected in January 2023 by a panel of well-known but currently unnamed science fiction authors and industry figures.

Powell said: “From Arthur C Clarke to Octavia Butler, from Star Wars to Dunes, science fiction creators have long imagined and constructed new worlds to better understand our own, and it is essential that we continue to empower them to do so, now and in the future. I am delighted to launch this inaugural Science Fiction Debuts Award, which I hope will inspire writers across the UK.

Glyn Morgan, Chief Curator for Science fiction: journey to the confines of the imaginarywhich will be open to the public in the fall, adds: “Science fiction invites us to consider the world around us, our impact on it, and to consider alternatives. New writers are the lifeblood of any genre, but in science fiction where reinvention and innovation are so vital, they’re especially important, and I’m thrilled the Science Museum can play a small role in discovery some of the exciting new talent of the future.”