Prize for Speculative Short Fiction

Cymera: Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing is committed to discovering and showcasing new talent right here in Scotland. For our writing competition, we are teaming up with Shoreline of Infinity, Scotland's award-winning science fiction magazine to discover the fresh voices on our doorstep.

Our Theme

Nothing inspires us more than the place where we live, or where we come from. Consequently we have chosen “Scotland” as the theme of our inaugural award. We hope this leaves lots of room for your imagination – we just ask that your story has at least one of the elements of the festival, namely: science fiction, fantasy and horror, and is speculative.

Speculative (ADJECTIVE)

Engaged in, expressing, or based on conjecture rather than knowledge.

The Awards

The Cymera Prize for Speculative Short Fiction will be awarded in two age categories:

  • 14 to 17 years old

  • 18 and older

The winning writer in each age-range category will be awarded £75.

The stories that are selected for the shortlist will be published on the CYMERA website after the festival. The winner in each category will be published in the Shoreline of Infinity Magazine (Cymera Special), and receive a complimentary copy. They will also receive a complimentary ticket to a Cymera writing workshop of their choice.

The two runner-ups in each category will receive free tickets to two festival events of their choice.

We will also celebrate our competition and its winners in a special event during the festival, where the winning stories will be read out by professional actors.