Here at Lifehacker, we’ve made our stance on LeVar Burton and his podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, pretty obvious: We are grateful for and treasure them both. Inspire in 2019, feeble Lifehacker team creator Prick Douglas selected the 2-parter where LeVar reads “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” (portion 1, portion 2) as his buy for the most tantalizing podcast episode of the one year.
Then, a few months (that now seem esteem a lifetime) later, in April 2020, Lifehacker managing editor Meghan Moravcik Walbert penned a post entitled “LeVar Burton Will Read to Us, Thank God,” consistent with the announcement that he’d be reading tales are living on Twitter three instances a week. If ever there used to be a time we wanted a calming, reassuring narrate, it used to be then. (And to boot now, and the total time in between.)
Now, we’re relief with more correct info: From now unless the end of this month, you be in a position to submit your comprise speculative fiction fast tales for LeVar to read on the podcast. Here’s what to grab.
In collaboration with FIYAH Literary Journal and Tor.com, the LeVar Burton Reads podcast is at the present retaining its first writing contest—and Burton will read the winning speculative fiction (sci-fi/dismay) fast legend on the podcast’s tenth season.
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Here’s more from Burton himself, by technique of a assertion on the podcast internet page:
For a few seasons now, we’ve been looking for to resolve out the manner to behavior a brief legend contest with the total submissions coming from listeners of the podcast. I’m overjoyed to document that now we have at closing cracked the code! It is my low and joyous pleasure to divulge the inaugural LeVar Burton Reads fast legend writing contest. #bydhttmwfi
The competition prizes are:
- First Prize: $500, e-newsletter of your legend on Tor.com, and having LeVar read your legend on his podcast (estimated retail cost: in actual fact helpful)
- 2d Prize: $250, e-newsletter of your legend on Tor.com
- Third Prize: $100, e-newsletter of your legend on Tor.com
But forward of you gain began, it’s best to preserve the time to search out out about the competition’s submission guidelines and guidelines. The theme is “Origins and Encounters,” and the judges are “attracted to tales that explore the magical joys and tragic pitfalls of blended civilizations and cultural exchanges in all their forms.”
The suggestions provided is rather thorough, so preserve good thing about that—including instructions on the manner to properly structure your submission.
Other guidelines consist of:
- Submissions need to be between 2,800 and 5,200 words.
- Submissions need to consist of speculative or fantastical aspects. Works of the Indigenous unprecedented, the diversified-worldly, and different histories are welcome.
- Sexually recount works or those depicting graphic violence/gore are usually no longer a correct match for this contest.
- No simultaneous submissions, reprints, fan fiction, or excerpts of longer works will be regarded as.
- Submissions wants to be prose. Poetry, scripts, and screenplays might maybe well maybe no longer be regarded as.
At closing, a note from FIYAH:
While FIYAH is a restricted-demographic e-newsletter, this contest is originate to all. We extremely relief taking be conscious of outdated episodes of the podcast to gain your self up to mosey with LeVar’s tastes.
If you’ve accomplished your legend, score out this comprise to submit it—alongside with your title, email take care of, and a brief bio of 500 words or fewer telling the judges about your self and your work.
All submissions wants to be obtained by 11: 59 pm EST on August 31, 2021. Contest judges consist of Diana M. Pho and L. D. Lewis, with the closing choice being made by LeVar himself. The winner will be announced on October 15, 2021.
Gorgeous excellent fortune, and we’ll dispute you subsequent time.