Call for Entries: John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing

The 2019 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing is now open to Australian Writers’ Guild members.

This offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script each year.

Past winners in the produced category include the late Cris Jones in 2017 for The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, Michael Miller in 2016 for episode five of Cleverman, and Jesse O’Brien in 2015 for his feature film Arrowhead.

Fifty years ago this month, one man far away took a small step off a spacecraft and captured the imaginations of millions.

It was a moment that until then had only existed in the minds of dreamers. But much earlier than Aldrin and Armstrong, before the space race, before scientists and engineers dared to believe they could reach the moon, a man by the name of Georges Méliès had already taken us there.

He was an illusionist and a filmmaker, and his 1902 spectacle Le Voyage Dans La Lune marks the first science fiction film in history.

We’ve come a long way since Méliès’s rocket collided with the man in the moon: we’ve put people in space, imagined the dark edges of reality and even darker edges of humanity, and faced the Endgame. We’ve envisioned spectacular futures both here and away, pushed science to the limit, and created worlds that are nothing like our own but nevertheless remind us what it means to be human.

In the spirit of these intrepid sci-fi dreamers, the 2019 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing is now open for entries. The richest science-fiction screenwriting award in Australia, it offers $10,000 for the best produced script and professional support for the best unproduced script each year, seeking those who dare to look beyond the world as it is and ask questions, and who foster the creation of great science-fiction stories.

After all, at the forefront of every bold endeavour, scientific breakthrough, and thrilling ride through time and space has been a writer with a simple question: what if? So get dreaming.

Entries close Friday 9 August 2019.

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