How to Win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards; or, "...There Once Was A Crippled, Abused, Retarded Child (In Actuality, An Amnesiac Prince With Superpowers), Who Sacrificed Himself To Save The World And Whose Story Was Narrated By His Sentient Pet Cairn Terrier..."

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Author: Lucius


Genre: Writing

Age Range: General - Teen to Adult

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It's apparent that the winning of awards for science fiction writing can be successfully approached much in the same manner as the winning of an Oscar. One need not undergo a gross physical transformation, as many actors do (De Niro, Theron, et al), but a survey of award nominees and winners in the genre shows a clear disposition toward the sentimental tale, in specific, the formulaic sentimental tale, and, more particularly, toward stories featuring protagonists who are outcasts, impaired, deformed, or otherwise limited by birth....  [[Bob is testing his ordering system with this, by the way. Let him know how it goes.]]


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By Scott Johnson on 4/27/2014 — Confidence 5 at review time
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Lovely stuff. Not that there is a "template" to writing award-winning stories, but how painful it became for Lucius to write his own award-winning piece to win the bet. So I take away two lessons: don't try to write the "award-winner" unless you have a strong stomach and don't write anything on a bet.


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By Lucas Johnson on 10/30/2012 — Confidence 5 at review time
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Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! It makes me laugh and it's short, so it gets five stars. Makes me want to read "Barnacle Bill the Spacer," the Hugo-winning story that Lucius wrote as a cynical exercise (and on a bet) to show that the stories that win the SF awards are formulaic.


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By Jonathan Tweet on 10/25/2010 — Confidence 10 at review time
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Funny and biting, and the template has the unimpeachable quality of having actually worked for the author.

I give it a 4 (not 5) because I'd have wanted to read more about the author actually writing the Bill story, seeing public reaction to it, etc. That's the "inside scoop," and I wanted more of it.

This article reminds me of how Star Wars, with its "secret, magic boy prince" main character, stole the show away from Star Trek, with its cast of mature experts facing real challenges.


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By Bob Kruger on 10/23/2010 — Confidence 5 at review time
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Mr. Shepard lays out the open secret to winning the Hugo, Nebula, or World Fantasy Award. Here's both how you do it and maybe why you shouldn't. I may do an anthology of stories that can all be summarized by the title of this piece. While his take is comically cynical, it's also honest. If you want not only to sell but to be popular in F&SF, you should master the sentimental tale. This advice will certainly help.


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