Matthew Cushing Named 2021 Roswell Award Finalist

Spec Fic Writers author Matthew Cushing’s short story “The Rite to Vote” was selected as a Finalist for the 2021 Roswell Award. Presented by The Lightbringer Project and the Omega Sci-Fi Awards, the Roswell Award is an international short science fiction story competition that provides an opportunity for science fiction writers to imagine the future of humanity through excellence in storytelling. For 2021, over 500 stories were submitted from around …

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First Encounters in Gamers, Readers, and Science Fiction Unite

Want free sci fi books? First Encounters and many more book selections are available in the Gamers, Readers, and Science Fiction Unite group giveaway. This giveaway is hosted on Prolific Works starting today and running through April 30th. We encourage our readers to drop by the group giveaway this month and download our anthology and any other books that intrigue and fascinate. If you need a little more information, here’s …

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A Word with Spec Fic Writer R. C. Beckett

Welcome to A Word With Spec Fic Writers. This week, SFW interviews SciFi author R. C. Beckett. R. C. is a retired MD who has always loved science fiction and a good joke.  He made his first website by hand-coding HTML. It was so long ago the scrolls have been lost, and now he volunteers with several non-profit companies as a webmaster.  An avid medical blogger, he started writing science …

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Expert Advice from a New Writer

Writing advice surrounds me. Everyone, it seems, is an expert. One day, all that information on self-publishing, pitching a story, and writing query letters will come in handy, but for now I feel like I’m drowning in unhelpful advice. Sink with me to the bottom of the writing-advice ocean, where I talk with Mark Stevens, author and host of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) Podcast. Why would Mark bother …

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A Word with Spec Fic Writer Paul Martz

Welcome to our first installment of A Word with Spec Fic Writers, a series of interviews with Spec Fic Writers’ members. This week, we spotlight Paul Martz, a member of Spec Fic Writers Critique Group since 2018. Paul is a new writer, a retired computer programmer, and a former punk rock drummer. He has published two short stories. Jimmy’s Hat appears in the First Encounters anthology, and The Re-Creation of …

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First Encounters is Ready for You to Read!

The Speculative Fiction Writers, a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers online critique group, has published its first anthology, a collection of ten original stories by its members. Authors represent a variety of sub-genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, dystopian, and more. First Encounters: A Speculative Fiction Anthology is currently available at Amazon in eBook and paperback. First encounters. We wait for, dread, or stumble upon them. The unknown calls forth exciting …

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