STARFLEET, the world’s oldest and largest continuously-active Star Trek fan club, has announced that one of its guest judges for the second annual STARFLEET Short Story Contest is none other than Dorothy (D.C.) Fontana.
Authors will need to be members of STARFLEET to submit their Star Trek fan fiction, which should not exceed 7,500 words in length and which must take place within the fictional science fiction universe of Star Trek.
According to the press release from STARFLEET, “STARFLEET’s annual Short Story Contest affords aspiring writers an opportunity to have their work critiqued by an industry icon who is also a longstanding advocate of fan-written fiction. Fontana says that many excellent writers have gained professional recognition emerging from the ranks of fandom. “Study humanity and dream…” is her advice to up-and-coming authors. Fontana brings to bear her experience as a close associate of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, as well as her self-admitted critical analysis for character development and tight story structure.
“Dorothy Fontana has been a writer since the age of 21, and beyond her contributions to the Star Trek legacy, Fontana has written for such acclaimed television series as Babylon 5, Streets of San Francisco, Dallas, Bonanza, The Waltons, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Logan’s Run. Fontana’s experience and credits extend beyond writing to roles as an associate producer, story editor, novel and video game script author, and comic book contributor. Fontana’s experience also extends to development of such practical projects as an interactive medical education game, which aligns well with the orientation of the STARFLEET organization toward education and self-improvement. (STARFLEET offers a number of academic scholarships each year to active members enrolled in colleges and universities.)”
The deadline for submissions is June 1, at 12:00 Eastern Time. For contest guidelines, head to the link located here.
STARFLEET, The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. is “an organization of over 4,200 Star Trek and science fiction enthusiasts that have united the world of fandom in their appreciation of Star Trek, the greatest human adventure. Founded in 1974, STARFLEET has operated continuously for 35 years, making it the oldest Star Trek fan association of its size in the world. This unique organization has over 235 chapters globally, linking members from one corner of the Earth to the other both in person and through the Internet. STARFLEET is made up of people of all ages and from all walks of life who have come together to make new friends, share an interest in Star Trek, science fiction and space, and to serve their local communities.”