The stories will be judged based on your creativity and scientific plausibility. The latter means that your story must only be an extension of the current scientific knowledge, i.e. your story must be a reasonable extrapolation of some existing physical laws/theories of nature.

Best three writers will be selected as the prize winners.

GOOD EXAMPLE: Warp drives can be used in your story as they are scientifically plausible. There exists a theoretical framework called the 'Alcubierre Drive' - a warp speed propulsion system that uses a theoretical form of matter called negative matter.

BAD EXAMPLE: Psychic powers are a bad example of something that is scientifically plausible because there is absolutely zero evidence of humans being able to do anything like that. There is no proposed theoretical framework for it. (Outside of implanting a Wi-Fi transceiver in your brain!) Use of such ideas is not encouraged.

This year, we have invited Mr Anil Menon to be the judge for entries.

"Anil Menon is a leading Indian writer of speculative fiction. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of international magazines and anthologies including Albedo One, Interfictions, Interzone, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Jaggery Lit Review and Strange Horizons. His work has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Hebrew and Romanian. In 2009, he helped organize India's first three-week residential workshop in speculative fiction at IIT-Kanpur.  He is the author of The Beast With Nine Billion Feet (Zubaan Books, 2010). Most recently, along with Vandana Singh, he co-edited Breaking the Bow (Zubaan Books, 2012), an anthology of speculative short fiction inspired by the Ramayana. His first book was shortlisted for the 2010 Vodafone-Crossword Children's Fiction Award and the 2010 Carl Baxter Society’s Parallax Prize. His most recent work is the novel "Half Of What I Say" (Bloomsbury, 2015). He can be reached at iam@anilmenon.com."

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