The Ubyssey’s 2019 sci-fi competition is here

Do you fancy yourself the next Ursula Le Guin or Isaac Asimov? Have no idea who those people are but like to write and want to try something new?

Consider submitting your story to The Ubyssey’s second annual sci-fi writing competition!

Our criteria are twofold; science and tech innovations should feature prominently in the submissions we receive and each piece should be no longer than 1,500 words.

If you’re in need of some creative inspiration, Slate’s “Future Tense Fiction” column is a good place to start.

Contest Rules

You may submit one story no more than 1,500 words in length.

Illustrations are encouraged, but not necessary.

Submissions close on March 8 at midnight.

The winners will be announced on March 22.

There will be one grand prize winner and three runners-up. All winners will be awarded some sweet, sweet Ubyssey swag.

The grand prize winner will get to have their story published in The Ubyssey’s print issue alongside an illustration, while also being published online with the runners-up.

You must be a UBC student to enter.

Submission details

Submit your work as a PDF to with the subject heading “Sci-Fi Competition.” Do not include your name anywhere on the PDF (we’d like to judge the submissions blind, i.e. without bias).

You will be contacted via email if you have won.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting your work to The Ubyssey, you (the author) hereby agree to give The Ubyssey the right to publish the submitted work both online and in print.

Ownership of the work submitted remains with the author. Publication and reprint rights remain with The Ubyssey for the space of four months after its initial publication.

After the four-month time period following the first publication of the author’s work, all rights will return to the author. The Ubyssey asks that you notify us in writing before submitting your work to another publication within the four-month period.

If at any point during the competition process — from submission to publication and onwards — The Ubyssey becomes aware of any misrepresentation by the submitting party in question, The Ubyssey maintains the right to rescind any and all benefits, prizes, publication or promotion given to said party. Don't be a jerk.

Live long and write!