Here are the full competition details for the Alien August Competition 2015.
To keep things simple, we’ve decided that the rules for this year’s competition will be exactly the same as they have been for the previous two years. The only change is that last year’s winner, John H. Reiher, will be joining us on the judging panel (now there are three of us we can call it a panel).
For the competition, we’re asking entrants to use their mighty human brains to imagine a new race of aliens into existence. Use your powerful think-muscle to create the most interesting and unusual alien species you can, then write an article describing your aliens and email it to us.
Entries should be no longer than 1000 words in length and should provide details about your aliens’ biology/physiology, society/culture, and any other details that you feel are relevant and interesting.
Do you aliens have an interesting social structure and government? Tell us about it.
Does their civilization interact with other species in an interesting way? We want to know all about it.
Do they have bizarre mating habits or an unorthodox approach to reproduction? Great! Don’t spare us the disgusting details!
Hint: Dividing your article into sections using subheadings along the lines of ‘biology’, ‘society’, etc. is a good way to get into our good books. Here’s an example.
Email your completed description to email@example.com (along with your name). All competition entries will be published on the website, and we’ll pick a winner at the end of the month.
The closing date for submissions is Saturday the 29th of August.
Since we’re posting all the entries to the website, we’d like to find a suitable image to match each alien species.
We appreciate that not everybody is a skilled artist, and gaining permission from artists to use their work can be difficult, so we’ve already secured permission to use any of the 100 illustrations featured in this gallery by Alex Thümler. We recommend you thumb through the gallery to see if any of the illustrations is a suitable match for your alien species.
Of course, if you want to provide your own artwork (perhaps you want to pick something from DeviantArt), you’re welcome to do so.
If you can’t find an image that matches your creative vision (perhaps your aliens are just too damned weird), that’s fine too. We promise not to hold it against you when we pick a winner.
Email your competition entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name (or pseudonym), and include the name of your alien species in the email subject line.
Both plain text and MS Word/Open Office attachments are accepted. If you have a picture, don’t forget to include it (or if you’ve chosen a picture from the 100 Monsters gallery, just let us know which one).
If you’d like to use your entry as an opportunity to promote yourself (or any creative projects you are involved with), let us know. We’re happy to add a short bio and any links at the bottom of your article.
The prize bundle for this year’s competition contains the coveted SciFi Ideas competition winner’s mug, plus the following books:
Check out these competition FAQ’s if you have any questions or doubts. If your question isn’t answered there, feel free to email me at mark@scifiideas or at the competition address.
That competition address again: email@example.com
Here’s wishing you good luck with your competition entry, and a very alien August!