The Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Writing Contest is now closed for submissions.

The Strange New Worlds writing contest, sponsored by Simon & Schuster and Archway Publishing, is now officially open for submissions!

This contest is for writers of original and unpublished short stories, featuring established Star Trek characters. Ten winning selections will be published as part of an all-new official anthology, coming from Simon & Schuster in 2016.

Final selections will be chosen by a panel of judges including representatives from Simon & Schuster and CBS. Submissions will be initially reviewed by Archway Publishing in order to ensure compliance with the editorial guidelines and pass those that meet the criteria to the panel.

The deadline for entry is 11:59 PM EST January 15, 2016.

Editorial Guidelines

  • Stories must focus on past and present Star Trek main characters or familiar guest characters from the live-action TV series or the first ten feature films released prior to 2009. 
  • Stories must be between 7,500 and 10,000 words.
  • Stories must contain no explicit sexual activity or graphic depictions of violence or sadism.
  • Stories may not contain the previously unestablished death of a Star Trek character or make significant changes in the life of a major character.
  • No illustrated or graphic submissions will be accepted.
  • See complete list of story qualifications/disqualifications in the Official Rules.


Grand Prize

  • Ten (10) short stories selected will be published as part of an all-new official anthology, coming from Simon & Schuster in 2016 in print and ebook formats. 

(2) First Prizes

  • Two (2) first prize winners will receive a free Bookseller package ($4,999 value) to self-publish from Archway Publishing.

How to Enter

  • Complete this registration form.
  • Carefully read the Official Rules.
  • Submit your story (minimum of 7,500 words and maximum of 10,000 words) in the required format by 11:59 PM EST January 15, 2016.
  • All winners will be announced on March 31, 2016.

About Archway

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Register for the Strange New Worlds writing contest today!