Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tähtivaeltaja Short Story Competition 2011

The Tähtivaeltaja magazine announced the winner of their short story competition at Finncon. The theme of the competition this year was “generation ship”. There were 49 stories sent for the competition. The winner received a cash prize of 400 €.

The top three of the competition is:

  1. Lukantyttäret (Luka’s Daughters) by Heli Määttä
    A beautifully told tale where the protagonist leaves their loved one on Earth, boarding a generation ship. A romantic tale surpises with a stylistic 180 turn and a plot twist. A clear winner with quality storytelling, a tight whole, with beautiful language and a skilled structure.
  2. Valkoisen kanin tapaus (Case of the White Rabbit) by Jussi Katajala
    A story that explains the lifestyle of Sherlock Holmes distinguished itself from the competition in both style and plot. A humorous tale with a mystery waiting in the end.
  3. Lihan sukua (Flesh Relative) by Petri Laine
    The only competitor that had people clearly different from what we’re used to. The story presented a fascinatingly different society, and used the tight bond between the passengers and the ship with great skill.

The competition was organized by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society and the Tähtivaeltaja magazine. The jury consisted of Tähtivaeltaja editor Toni Jerrman, editor Jukka Halme, and author Tiina Raevaara, with researcher Irma Hirsjärvi and author Anne Leinonen in the pre-selection jury.

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