We invite science-fiction short stories (and also self-contained novel excerpts) of up to 3000 words that address themes of medicine, health, and illness. Some possible ideas for work might be:
Future/alien medicine and doctors Computerized/robotic healthcare Engineered diseases and alien plagues Future/alien conceptions of health and illness, including mental health and illness Utopian/dystopian visions of health, illness, and medicine Cosmetic and/or elective surgery/transplantation/modification Present and future disabilities, and their social/cultural (de)construction Public health and population health, at a global or galactic level Alternate medical history (what if a medical pioneer had died young, and/or a particular discovery/advance never been made?)
Entries should be no more than 3000 words, and no entrant may submit more than two entries.
The top three entries, and up to seventeen runners-up, will be published in the competition anthology.
First Prize: £300 Second Prize: £200 Third Prize: £150 Runners-up: £50
Entry is free of charge and open to anyone over 18. Please see the fullcompetition rules.
Entries should be submitted by our new deadline of 29 February 2016using the online form.