Winners Announced for ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Writing Contest

CBS have announced the winners of the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds writing contest. The 10 Grand Prize winners, chosen from hundreds of submissions, will each receive a $1000 prize, and their stories will be included in the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2016 Edition Anthology, to be published in digital first format this year. The two First Prize winners will each receive a free publishing package from Archway Publishing valued at approximately $5,000 to publish a book on a subject other than Star Trek.

This year, CBS brought back the beloved Star Trek: Strange New Worlds writing contest, which asks fans to submit short stories that, if chosen, would be included in an official anthology book. The original contest ran from 1998 until 2007.

Submissions for this round closed in January, and the winners were announced today. The Grand Prize winners are:

Neil Bryant
Dilithium Is a Girl’s Best Friend

Gary Piserchio & Frank Tagader
A Christmas Qarol

Kelli Fitzpatrick
The Sunwalkers

Chris Chaplin
The Seen and Unseen

Michael Turner
The Façade of Fate

Nancy Debretsion
The Manhunt Pool

Derek Tyler Attico
The Dreamer and the Dream

Roger McCoy
The Last Refuge

John Coffren
Life Among the Post-Industrial Barbarians

Kristen McQuinn
Upon the Brink of Remembrance

The two First Prize winners are Kerry F. Booth and James Corrigan.

TrekMovie congratulates all of the winners! We can’t wait to read your stories.

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Wow, I saw this post 12 hours ago and checking back now, nobody has made a comment.

Here you go……HELLO!

I’m sorry I missed this! Does anyone know if this competition will be run again next year, or if this is a 50th anniversary special?


Well done guys. Can’t wait to get the book.

Congrats to all the winners – can’t wait to dig in to these stories!

Congratulations to all the well-deserved winners!

“I edited Star Trek: Strange New Worlds for ten fun years. It was a wonderful project that helped fans and new writers tell Star Trek stories. I was very proud of the work I did on that and the fine writers I was lucky enough to buy stories from. This new incarnation is a scam to suck new writers into one of Simon and Schuster’s vanity publishers. Avoid this contest at all costs.”


“Sad that such a wonderful project [”Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”] that lasted for ten years is being destroyed by corporation greed and the desire to take advantage of young writers. The Star Trek franchise should be ashamed of itself.” — DEAN WESLEY SMITH

Way ahead of you Dandru. The vanity press contacted me even after not winning in the contest, trying to get me to consider using their publishing services. Did some research and found their services to be way too expensive. Would do better to self-publish on my own. Though the process does have a scam kind of feel to it, I am still looking forward to when the new book comes out. I actually enjoyed the writing process and the experience has encouraged me to develop a sci-fi series of a non-Star Trek nature. Don’t want to get sued by Paramount, obviously. I liked the work you’ve done. And the previous anthologies were a blast!!! Thanks for sharing.

I had submitted an entry into the contest which didn’t get picked. Though I didn’t win in the contest, I am excited to read the anthology when it comes out. Mine was a Star Trek Voyager story entitled “Horizon’s Dream” which was about an alien element that could repel any weapon. Set in the time frame after Voyager returns home from the Delta Quadrant, with the Borg and Q playing a major role in the story. Unfortunately, once you submit your story into the contest, they own the rights to it (part of the deal when you enter the contest). I liked the theme about it, basically a story about non-violence. Perhaps, I’ll be able to use some elements of it to create a non-Star Trek story sometime later. I love the titles of the ones that did win. “Dilithium Is a Girl’s Best Friend” sounds like a fun story. So I am really looking to the new book when it comes out.

Archway Publishing is a “pay to play” or Vanity publishing scam. It is not a legitimate publishing contract. CBS should be ashamed of itself.