'Strange New Worlds V' Winners AnnouncedBy Caillan
January 5, 2002 - 5:08 PM
Pocket Books executive editor John Ordover yesterday announced the winners of the latest Strange New Worlds fan short fiction competition.
A record twenty-three stories will be published in the latest edition of the anthology, according to the list of winners posted at Psi Phi. The entries were judged by Dean Wesley Smith, Ordover and Paula M. Block.
The Grand Prize was won by Mary Scott-Wiecek for her story 'Disappearance on 21st St.' Wiecek previously wrote 'The Ones Left Behind,' which was included in Strange New Worlds III.
Second and third prize went to Steven Scott Ripley and William Leisner for their stories 'Bluff' and 'The Trouble with Borg Tribbles,' respectively. Both have previously been published in the contest, with Ripley winning last year's Grand Prize for 'The Name of the Cat.'
Although Ordover did not announce the series for each story, at least one entry was definitely set in the Enterprise universe - 'Hoshi's Gift' by Kelle Vozka. This is quite remarkable considering the closing date for submissions was October 1 2001, only a matter of days after the Enterprise premiere.
The first edition of the Strange New Worlds anthology - written by fans for fans - appeared in 1998. Competition entrants, who may have had two professional sales, must submit a piece of original short fiction of no more than 7,500 words set in the Star Trek universe.
Over the years the contest has provided fans with an opportunity to show off their talents, with many placing in more than one edition. Three-time winner Dayton Ward recently had his Original Series novel 'In The Name Of Honor' published by Pocket books.
The full list of winners can be found here at Psi Phi - congratulations to them all!