Monday, March 6th, 2017
Strange New Worlds was a series of short stories by Star Trek fans that was published by Pocket Books from 1998 to 2007. In a move Gene Roddenberry approved of, Pocket Books created a way for Star Trek fans to get their fan fiction published. It was a great idea and it finally returned in 2016. Here is what Wikipedia said about the previous 10 volumes:
Each Strange New Worlds collection contained a Grand Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize winner, along with as many as twenty honorable mentions, meaning that an anthology could contain no more than twenty-three stories in total. Every writer was paid ten cents a word for their story and is entitled to a share of royalties on the anthology, with the top three writers receiving additional bonus advances of $1000, $600, and $400, respectively.
Authors who have been published three times in Strange New Worlds are, as outlined by the rules, no longer eligible for further publication. Getting to such a point has become known as making one eligible for a “Wardy,” named for Dayton Ward, the first writer to fall into this category.
I can say that Axanar has taken a page from the Strange New Worlds book and we will be running our own Fan Fiction competition! Diana has been creating a set of guidelines and we will be announcing them shortly! So sharpen those pencils, change the ribbon in your typewriter, and fire up that word processor!