Best Science Fiction Short Story by a New Author

An annual award sponsored by Galaxy's Edge (published by Arc Manor) and Dragon Con



Galaxy’s Edge magazine and Dragon Con have the pleasure of announcing the 2021 winner of THE MIKE RESNICK MEMORIAL AWARD for Best Science Fiction Short Story by a New Author:









WINNER: Z. T. Bright: The Measure of a Mother's Love
2nd Place: Lucas Carroll-Garrett: Hive at the Dead Star
3rd Place:
Christopher Henckel: Echoes of Gliese

Other Finalists: Torion Oey and Shirley Song

Congratulations to all of our finalists and thank you to all the talented authors who submitted entries for award consideration! Mike Resnick would have so loved to have been here to witness this achievement!



Short Story (definition): A story up to 7,499 words, as defined by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).


New Author (definition): An author who has not had any work published (including short stories, novelettes, novellas, and novels in paper, digital or audio form) that has been paid a per-word rate of 6 cents a word or more or received a payment for any single work of fiction totaling more than $50.

If the author has self-published the piece then their total earnings from any single piece of fiction may not exceed $50 from all published venues.

Eligibility: New science fiction short story by a new author. The story must not have previously been released to the public via any means, including online, digital, or paper publications, or privately through such avenues as newsletters, Patreon and the like. This award is exclusively for science fiction stories, not any other form of speculative genres (including fantasy and horror) and Arc Manor (the publisher of Galaxy’s Edge magazine) will be the final decider of this criteria in case of any disputes.


Submissions are open to everyone. They do not need to be current members of Dragon Con.


Submission Fee: None.


Submission Process:

1. All submissions must be made electronically as an MS Word document or an RTF (Rich Text Format) document.


2. The manuscript should be formatted with size 12 text, black Times New Roman font, lines double spaced. Pages need to be numbered and each page should also have the story title (this information can be included as a header or a footer). 

The first page of the submitted story must contain ONLY the following information.

a) The title of the story.
b) The name of the author.
c) The approximate word count of the story.

d) Contact information for the author. Ideally this should include an email address, a phone number and a physical address.

e) A short statement that the author has read the eligibility requirements for the award and is in compliance with the requirements.

Please do NOT include your name or contact information on any other page, other than the first page described above (this includes putting it in as a header or a footer). The judging process requires the judges to review the story anonymously and anything that identifies the author other than on the first page will make this difficult. The first page with identifying information will be stripped from the MS and replaced with an identifying code before it is given to the final judges.


3. Submissions should be emailed directly to resnick@arcmanor.com. 

The above email is only to be used for submission purposes and inquires sent to the submissions email address will be automatically deleted.


4. Only one submission per entrant is allowed for the current submission year.

5. The winner of the Resnick Award in any previous year is not eligible to enter the competition again.

6. You may submit a new story to the current year's award even if you submitted in previous years. However if you win the the previous year's award you will automatically become ineligible (your submission may have come before the winner is announced). You may not resubmit the same story as you submitted in any previous year; it needs to be a new story.

Submission Dates: Stories may be submitted between June 1, 2021 and April 15, 2022 for consideration for the 2022 Dragon Awards ceremony. 

Judging Process: All submissions will be considered by a pool of readers organized by Arc Manor. Those determined to be the best stories will be forwarded (with all identifying information about the author deleted) to the panel of final judges who will choose the top five entries and decide upon the winner. All decisions by Arc Manor and its judges are final and binding. Arc Manor will not entertain any discussion about the merits, techniques, judging criteria or any other aspect of the competition.

Finalist Panel: The following writers/editors have agreed to be a part of the 2021 panel which will judge the the short-list of finalists in the competition. Panelist for the 2022 award have not yet been selected.


Nancy Kress is known for her groundbreaking genetics themed novel Beggars in Spain, which many now consider to be a classic of the genre. She is also the winner of seven Nebula awards as well as many other awards, including the Hugo, the John W. Campbell, and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.


Sheree Renee Thomas is the current editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. She is also a poet, writer, and anthology editor, and her two Dark Matter anthologies both won the World Fantasy Award. Dark Matter was also named a New York Times notable book of the year.


Jody Lynn Nye is the author or co-author of over 50 novels and 100 short stories. Her collaborations include those with Robert Lynn Asprin for books in the MythAdventures series and The Ship Who series with Ann McCaffrey. Jody teaches the Dragon Con Writer’s Workshop and was for five years the book reviewer for Galaxies Edge magazine.


Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most acclaimed writers in her field, having won seven Hugo awards and three Nebula awards. She is the creator of the extremely popular Vorkosigan series of books.


William B. Fawcett is an American writer, editor, anthologist, and game designer. He co-authored the official Mycroft Holmes Mysteries and over a dozen other novels. Bill has also written almost a dozen historical non-fiction books. He founded Mayfair Games and also designs board and computer games. Bill Fawcett & Associates has packaged and edited over 400 Science Fiction novels and two oral histories of the Navy SEALs.

Finalist Announcement: The five finalists for the 2021 have been announced (see above).


Award Ceremony: Awards will be handed out during the Dragon Awards ceremony during Dragon Con 2021 to be held in Atlanta from September 2 to September 6.


First Place Prize: The first place winner will get a trophy, a cash award of $250.00 and have their story bought (at the magazine’s prevailing rate) by Galaxy’s Edge for publication in the magazine.


Runner-up Prizes: The second place winner will be given a prize of $100 and the third place winner a prize of $50.

Inquires: Inquiries regarding the award may be sent to admin@arcmanor.com. Please put Resnick Inquiry in the subject line.


Mike Resnick, along with editing the first seven years of Galaxy’s Edge magazine, was the winner of five Hugos from a record thirty-seven nominations and was, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. He was the author of over eighty novels, around 300 stories, three screenplays, and the editor of over forty anthologies. When he was not writing, Mike mentored new authors, taking great pride in his "writer children," being as dedicated in helping them reach their career milestones as achieving his own.

More about Mike Resnick
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