Another Radium-Age SF story contest!

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In January, I announced a micro-fiction contest over at, an intellectual/literary website that I edit with Matthew Battles. We recently appointed Patrick Cates the site’s Magister Ludi (Master of Games), and yesterday Mr. Cates announced a second micro-fiction contest. The deadline for submissions is March 31, at 5 pm EST, so act fast!

THE THEME: Radium-Age Apocalypse. The story should (a) be apocalyptic, i.e., either the world or life as we know it should be shattered; and (b) it should either be set in the 1900-35 era (science fiction’s Radium Age), or be written from the perspective of that era — i.e., without knowledge of any post-1935 historical events, social-cultural transformations, or technological developments. Please read guidelines (word count limit, language, how to submit) here.

Read more about Radium-Age apocalyptic fiction here.

THE JUDGES: The stories will be judged by editors Matthew Battles and Joshua Glenn, and HiLobrow’s Magister Ludi, Patrick Cates.

THE PRIZE: The author of the winning story will receive a HiLobrow t-shirt, and her story will be illustrated and published on HiLobrow; we’ll also record the story for the next episode of “Parallel Universe: Pazzo,” our monthly Radum-Age science fiction podcast. A few honorable mentions will be awarded; those stories will also be published on HiLobrow.

THE PODCAST: Boston-area readers of Significant Objects and HiLobrow are invited to the next podcast taping party, on April 2.


Joshua Glenn is an editor, publisher, and a freelance writer and semiologist. He does business as KING MIXER, LLC. He's cofounder of the websites HiLobrow, Significant Objects, and Semionaut; and cofounder of HiLoBooks, which will reissue six Radium Age sci fi novels in 2012. In 2011, he produced and co-designed the iPhone app KER-PUNCH. He's coauthored and co-edited Taking Things Seriously, The Idler's Glossary, The Wage Slave's Glossary, the story collection Significant Objects (forthcoming from Fantagraphics), and Unbored, a kids' field guide to life forthcoming from Bloomsbury. In the '00s, Glenn was an associate editor and columnist at the Boston Globe's IDEAS section; he also started the IDEAS blog Brainiac. He has written for Slate, n+1, Cabinet, io9, The Baffler, Feed, and The Idler. In the '90s, Glenn published the seminal intellectual zine Hermenaut; served as editorial director and co-producer of the pioneering DIY and online social networking website; and was an editor at the magazine Utne Reader. Glenn manages the Hermenautic Circle, a secretive online community. He was born and raised in Boston, where he lives with his wife and sons. Click here for more info.

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