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Science fiction writing competition: From Earth to Planet X

24/01/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Now that the world has seen the first images of Saturn's moon Titan, here is a chance for young people to imagine voyages to other planets. EURISY, in cooperation with UNESCO and the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education is holding a competition for young sci-fi writers.

The competition is open to students aged between 12 to 14 or 15 to 17, living in a country that is a member of EURISY or ESA, or one of UNESCO's European or North American Member States. The author of the best story in each age group will win a digital camera and there will also be prizes for whoever comes 2nd and 3rd.

From Earth to Planet X is the theme. Using this as their base, budding authors are asked to imagine and write a story describing progress, developments and discoveries related to science and life in outer space.

The story could be about a voyage to, and life on, another planet in our solar system, an encounter with other life forms, buildings in outer space or a scientific discovery. The judges will be looking for originality, creativeness, and a grasp of the main theme as well as that of the underlying theme: the peaceful use and exploration of outer space.

Stories should be a maximum of 1000 words and should be sent to the national focal point before 15 May 2005.

Prizewinners will be informed directly by EURISY in July 2005 and the names of the winning authors, together with their stories, will be posted on the EURISY, UNESCO and Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education (NAROM) websites.

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