2022 Omega Sci-Fi Awards Finalists

The Omega Sci-Fi Awards announced finalists and winners for some of their annual prizes.

Roswell Award short story competition finalists:

  • “Dr. Harriet Hartfeld’s Home for Aging AIs”, Paul Martz
  • “Astronomology; or How Elon Musk killed Neil deGrasse Tyson”, Ed Marsh
  • “Tyrannosaurus Mechs”, Gregory Norris
  • “Beauty is the Beast”, Ven Pillay
  • “Heart to Heart”, Susan Wachowski

The Roswell Award short story competition is open to writers 16 years old and up. First place winner receives $500 and access to the UCLA Extension writers’ program. Second prize is $250, and third prize is $100.

Tomorrow Prize finalists:

  • “House on Sand”, Angel Bran
  • “They’re Coming”, Amy Cervantes
  • “Genetic Slumber”, Tais Cortez
  • “Backstitching”, Madison Kay
  • “The Mechanical Planet”, Luna Prieto

Honorable mentions went to:

  • “Your Case is Quite Unique”, Sloane Corddry
  • “Idiosyncracy”, Nancy Duran-Lopez
  • “Final Breath”, Nyn Kim

The Tomorrow Prize is for short science fiction by LA county high school students. First place winner receives $250 and publication in L.A. Parent Magazine. Second place receives $150, and third $100.

Green Feather Award Winners:

  • “The Seagulls Save Culver City?”, Jonathan Kim
  • “Eden”, Jennifer Wu

Green Feather honorable mention:

  • “Gone”, Christine Wu

The Green Feather Award recognizes “an outstanding science fiction short story by a teen author [or team of authors] that centers on overcoming today’s environmental challenges.” The winner receives “$250.00 & online publication presented by Nature Nexus Institute.”

The Feminist Futures Award is yet to be announced, but recognizes “excellence in feminist storytelling and capture the complexities and other aspects of identity, as well as intersectionality, through the imaginative power of science fiction.” The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award, co-presented by Artemis literary journal, is an additional prize for a feminist-themed story, also pending.

Roswell and Feminist Futures stories will be read by celebrity guests during an event held via Zoom on May 21, 2022. Tomorrow and Green Feather stories will be read by celebrity guests during an in-person event in Pasadena, CA on May 22, 2022. Winners will also be honored during these events. Registration to attend the events is open on Eventbrite.

For more information, see the Light Bringer Project website and the announcements on Twitter.

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