'Strange New Worlds VI' Winners Announced By Caillan
December 31, 2002 - 1:44 AM

Pocket Books executive editor John Ordover yesterday announced the winners of the sixth edition of the fan-written 'Strange New Worlds' short fiction competition.

Judges Dean Wesley Smith, Paula M. Block and John Ordover selected twenty-three stories for inclusion in the latest anthology, currently scheduled for publication in June, 2003.

First prize went to Robert T. Jeschonek for his story 'Our Million Year Mission,' which was included in the first-time 'Speculations' category. This is the third time Jeschoneck has been honoured in the competition, having previously scored third prize for 'Whatever You Do, Don't Read This Story' in 'Strange New Worlds III' and an honourable mention for 'The Shoulders of Giants' in 'Strange New Worlds V'.

Geoffrey Thorne was awarded second prize for his Next Generation story 'Soft Room,' with third place going to Juanita Nolte's Original Series entry 'Whales Weep Not.' Both Thorne and Nolte are first-time 'Strange New Worlds' winners.

This year's winning entries were spread fairly evenly across the various Trek series. Enterprise and Deep Space Nine both had three stories, with four entries set in the The Next Generation universe, five dealing with Voyager, and six featuring the Original Series. There were also two stories included in the new 'Speculations' category, about which no details are currently known.

The full list of the winners and their stories can be found below. If the author has been included in any previous edition of the anthology, it has been noted in brackets beside their name.


Original Series

The Next Generation

Deep Space Nine



Although the rules of next year's competition have yet to be announced, prospective entrants can peruse the conditions for 'Strange New Worlds VI' here at Psi Phi. Please note that the entry conditions may be different for 'Strange New Worlds VII'; these will be published in 'Strange New Worlds VI' in June, 2003.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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