Rumble Museum Science Fiction Short Story Competition

Clarke Award Logo FullThe Rumble Museum, in association with the Arthur C. Clarke Award, is delighted to announce a national science fiction competition for young people who would like to see their ideas turned into a short story by a professional science fiction author.  

Over the next year, our “Future Season” is exploring how the world is changing in exciting, frightening and often unexpected ways, through technology, environmental change, and new ideas about how society should evolve. Science fiction authors have always challenged our perspectives on politics, gender, environment, technology and ethics, and we are looking for a new generation to bring their ideas about the future to the table!

To enter, please submit a premise and opening lines for a science fiction short story. We would like to see a description of the world or society your story is set in, an outline of the main characters and plot, and first 350 words or first page.

Make sure you include the following:

A description of your setting – is it set on a different planet? If so, describe the planet’s appearance, and characteristics (e.g. does it orbit a sun, does it have moons, what is the landscape like, does it have cities, towns or other settlements). If it is on earth, how is life on earth different? Is it set in the near or distant future or present time?

An outline of your plot – what are the key events that you want to happen in the story?

Characters – a description of the key characters who feature in the plot. Are they humans? If not, how are they different from humans? 

Anyone under the age of 16 can apply. Submissions should be sent electronically to with the title “Rumble Museum Science Fiction Competition”, and with your full name and age in the email

The deadline for entries is October 31st 2019. Six winning entries will be chosen, and the authors will then write six short stories, one based on each of the entries. One overall winner will receive a trophy, and two runners-up will receive book tokens. These six completed short stories will be published in an anthology.

Winners will be invited to an awards ceremony, and to exhibit their ideas, at our Iris Festival of the Future on 25th March, 2020, at Cheney School.

If you have any questions about the competition, please get in touch. 


Entry is open to all residents of the UK.

The entrant(s) must be aged 15 or under.

Proof of identity and age may be required.

Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification.

No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, delayed or corrupted, or due to computer error in transit.

The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.

The winner(s) is (are) responsible for expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prizes, including any necessary travel documents, passports and visas

In the event of a prize being unavailable, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

The winner(s) will be selected by the judging panel.

Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner(s). If the winner(s) cannot be contacted, or are unable to comply with these terms and conditions, the Rumble Museum reserves the right to offer the prize to the next runner(s)-up selected by the same judges.

Confirmation of the prize will also be made in writing to the winner(s).

Failure to respond and/or provide an address for delivery, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.

The decision of the judges is final based on the criteria set out in the promotion and no correspondence will be entered into over this decision.







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