A science fiction writing contest

“Everything's science fiction until someone makes it science fact.”    - Marie Lu, Warcross

Science inspires the world of fiction, and fiction inspires science to move forward. In this era of technology where information bombards us from every direction, it's obvious and imperative to question what is true and what isn't. With it, having a basic knowledge of science has become inevitable.

Stories are an integral part of human evolution and so is science! So what better way to make people fall in love with Science than encouraging this process of creation?

Stories, apart from being a testimony to human creativity, also play an integral role in the progress of science. What was once fiction is a reality today, and what is fiction today, could be reality tomorrow! Many science fiction stories inspire scientists and engineers to bring figments of imagination to reality. Stories like 'Contact' by Dr Carl Sagan take us on a journey into the cosmos, touching upon science and religion, and the world's response to alien contact. Stories like 'The Martian' are attempts at engineering marvels that one may desire.

Who wouldn't want to be in an Iron Man suit that can fly around at will or onboard an interstellar journey? Who wouldn't be excited to grow a plant in an alien world?

Fiction may find limitations in our current technological capabilities or in our understanding of fundamental sciences, but the scope for imagination is limitless. We create characters in our minds. We fabricate entire wars in our minds. We even have our own unique visualizations of an alien world or life.

And who is better at imagining such wonders than kids?

We present to you, Science Fiction Fiesta 2020 - a Sci-Fi writing contest for kids between 10 to 15 years.

Concoct your very own tale with a slice of reality, a strong dose of science, and a generous helping of creativity.

The world of science is at your service, so let your imagination ebb and flow!

2019 Winners

Contest Details

Registration is Free, and open across the globe.

  • Who can enter: Kids between 10-15 years of age.
  • Word limit: 2000 to 5000 words (Please stick to the word limit)
  • Starting date: As soon as you register
  • Submission deadline: June 30th, 2020

Registrations close on 31st May 2020. For more details or queries regarding the contest, please contact us at +91-99522 43541 or drop an email at [email protected]

Winners will be announced in August 2020.

Please note: Entries that do not meet the basic requirements of the contest or seem plagiarised will be disqualified immediately.

Follow us on Instagram (@mangoeducation) for weekly prompts, writing tips, and lots of SciFi fun!

Not sure where to begin? Download this kit for writing tips & more!

Snaps From Last Year's Book Launch

Writing Workshop with Author Usha Chandrasekhar
Reading of a story written for the Contest
Sci-Fi Book Launch
Kids displaying their authorship
Winners of Sci-Fi Fiesta 2019
Wall of Appreciation

Q. What is the duration of the contest?
The contest will run from April 2020 to June 30th 2020. Registrations close on 31st May
2020. Entries submitted until June 30 2020, 23:59 hours will be included in the contest.

Q. Who can participate in the contest?
All young science fanatics in the age group 10-15, from anywhere around the globe can jump on the bandwagon

Q. What are the participant categories?
Just one. We are treating kids in the age group 10-15 as a single category

Q. What are the content categories?
Only Science Fiction stories will be considered

Q. What if my school name is not listed?
In case your school name is not listed, feel free to type and add the name of your school in the
given field.

Q.  Is there a registration fee?
None at all. It’s absolutely free

Q. What are the prizes?
The winning entries will get a chance to be published as a book.  It's a fun-filled opportunity
for your child to be a published author.
Too good to be true? We ain't lying. Check out the previous year’s winners' book.

  • Q. How will the winners be judged?
  • Sci-fi elements - The story should be of the science fiction genre.
  • Creativity - More creative and imaginative it is, the better.
  • Storytelling - Well it's a story, so add the elements of drama, excitement, and engaging narrative.
  • Language - Put in all the best of your English classes and ensure the
    language is simple and appropriate.

Q. Where do I need to register to submit my content?
A. Go to  https://themango.co/sci-fi/ and click register. Any entry submitted from outside the above-
mentioned link/mode won’t be considered.

Q. Is there any word limit?
2000 to 5000 words (Please stick to the word limit)

Q. What all languages can I submit in?
English only.

Q. Is there any theme and topic?
Science fiction stories

Q. Both my children want to participate in the competition. Can they participate from the same account?
A. Sorry, but that's not possible. You need to register them with two separate accounts.

Q. How do I know when my content will go live?
Follow Mango Education on Facebook & Instagram handles for results. We will keep you
posted. Winners will also receive an email on their registered email ID’s

Q: Can I make changes after submission?

Q: Do you accept email attachments?
A: No. You can only submit online

Q: An earlier version of my work was shortlisted in another competition but I’ve changed it. Can I
submit it?
Nope. Sorry

Q: My work was short-listed in another competition. Can I submit it?
Only unpublished stories will be taken. So, no again.

Q: My work was previously shortlisted in this competition. Can I re-submit it?
Sure. You can submit a new or enhanced story provided it is not shortlisted or published anywhere

Q: Are simultaneous submissions to other competitions allowed?
We recommend that you don't submit simultaneously.

Q: How many stories can I enter?
Just One. Let your kid's scientific imaginations run wild and free on that one story. Work on it
with all your might!

Q: Does a science fiction story on my blog count as a publication?
Well, not exactly. You can enhance that story and submit it for the contest.

Q: Are translations allowed?

Q: My piece was previously published in another language. Can I submit it in translation?
Yes, providing substantial amendments have been made to the original work (including a title change),
and it was not published in India

Q: Can I use a pen name?
Go on. But make sure to submit your piece in your real name. When winners are selected we check
what name you want to use.

Q: Can I send the same piece I entered in last year’s competition?
Yes. But if your story did not qualify the previous time, we suggest you submit a fresh piece.

Q: I accidentally included my details on the piece. Will it be disqualified?
No worries. We will discuss that and remove it before publishing

Q: When are winners notified?
In August. The full results are posted on the website and social media.

Q: What if I forget to add a word count?
It's alright! We got your back.

Q. Where should I contact in case I need any more information or I have any queries?
For more details or queries regarding the contest, please feel free to contact us at +91-99522
43541 or drop an email at [email protected]

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The League of Little Stars is an anthology of five science fiction stories that were chosen from the entries received for Mango Education's 2017 science fiction writing contest. From sentient computer and galactic orb to aliens, kids have unleashed their imagination.

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