Mission Together Short Story Prize

The Mission Together Short Story Prize is an award for unpublished science fiction short stories, administered and funded by Not Only Larp.

Terms and Conditions

  • The competition is open to anyone over 18. Members of Mission Together NotOnlyLarp team are not eligible to be contest participants.
  • All submitted entries must be original, unpublished works up to 1.000 words in length. The title is not included in the word count. No illustrations will be accepted.
  • The format of the story must be: in the Courier or Times New Roman typeface, 12 point font, 2.0/1,5 spacing, using black text color.
  • Contest participants’ stories must be written in English. However, a few lines of dialogue may be written in another language if it adds to the story. 
  • Winners will be selected based on features of their story, including but not limited to, originality, plot, characterization, worldbuilding, themes, etc. While we applaud good grammar, that will not be our focus.
  • Stories must use the themes of ‘Mission Together’ and must make a reference to the Mission Together universe. You can find more information on our web page.
  • Each contest participant can enter only once.
  • The winner of the contest will be awarded a free ticket for Mission Together larp. The prize is non-transferable. If the larp does not end up happening, the winner can choose a free ticket with the same or less value to any NotOnlyLarp production.
  • There is no purchase necessary to enter.
  • The contest starts on 7th October 2019 and ends on 31st October 2019 at 12pm CET.
  • To submit your story by email:

Include ‘Mission Together Short Story Prize’ in the subject line of your email.

Please send your story entry and cover letter electronically to missiontogethercontest@gmail.com in the form of a Word Doc or PDF. Files that cannot be opened may be disqualified.

All entries will be read anonymously, so any submissions showing the author’s name will be disqualified. Please ensure the title of the Word document or PDF is the official title of your submission.

Your name, address, phone number, and email address should be in the cover letter, separate from your story.

  • Winners will be notified by email before 17th November, with details of how to collect their prize.
  • If the first winner cannot attend Mission Together, cannot be contacted after a reasonable number of attempts, or is disqualified for any reason, NotOnlyLarp will declare a new winner.
  • Copyright remains with the author, although NotOnlyLarp reserves the right to publish winning entries. The winner’s name, headshot photography, and writing will be featured on the Mission Together webpage, Facebook group, and other partner web pages.
  • The judges reserve the right to declare the prize null and void if the quality of the originals is insufficient or if there is little or no public interest.
  • The judges’ decision is final. 
  • NotOnlyLarp reserves the right to modify or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.
  • Submission of work will be taken as acceptance of rules and conditions.


Linden A. Lewis is a queer writer and world wanderer currently living in Madrid with a couple of American cats who have little kitty passports. Tall and tattooed, Linden exists only because society has stopped burning witches. Her upcoming queer sci-fi novel, THE FIRST SISTER, comes out May 2020.

Mo Holkar is a game designer from the UK, who used to edit science-fiction magazines, up until reality started matching the wild imaginings too closely. He now is mostly interested in larp that asks questions about what it means to be who we are and what we are, and about how to live our lives.

Jonaya Kemper is an intersectional activist, game designer, and academic from the US who has always loved imagining new futures built on the ashes of the present. Her design work includes narrative design and world building in analogue and digital games, with a distinct passion for larp and how we can transform ourselves through it. 

Enrique Esturillo worked for 15 years on television, is a photographer and thinks that role-play games stands for organized religion in his life.  He has been playing larps since 2000, and working as writer and designer with an informal work group of Canary Island’s larpers. He is interested in the academic and formal studies of larp as an art, education and communication form, and the concept of larptivism as a tool for social change. He is one of NotOnlyLarp founders.

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