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Contests

All of the NEBADOR Writing and Art Contests have now been completed. The winners can be seen on the Contest Winners page. Their stories can be read by following the links on the menu bar on the left side of any NEBADOR page, or by purchasing a copy of NEBADOR Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia. The NEBADOR art pieces that have been shared with the author can be viewed on the Reader Art page. The details of the past contests are preserved below for historical reference.


2010 Writing Contest (completed, see Contest Winners)

Eligible: young adults through age 20

Language: English

Deadline for FINAL draft: 31 December 2010

1/10 ounce gold coin First Prize: small gold piece (1/10 troy ounce) and print publication

Other Prizes: great silver pieces (1 troy ounce), signed NEBADOR books, web publication

1 ounce silver coin

The contest challenge: to write a short story that brings to life a scene from the past (before meeting Ilika) of one of the ten original students. It must be consistent with everything readers already know about that character. It should be submitted as early as possible, as suggestions will be given for improvement (as many rounds as time allows). The winner will probably be the person who can make best use of those suggestions.

Although a "short story" can be anything from 1000 to about 15000 words, this contest is for works in the 2000 - 5000 word range.

Book One front cover

Access to a computer and email is necessary. Contest entries must be placed in, or attached to, an email message. They must be in plain text (TXT), rich text format (RTF), or MS Word 2000 or earlier (DOC). J. Z. Colby will not share, publish, nor use any contest entry in any way without the writer's permission.

The writers of these stories automatically hold copyright. The first prize is given in exchange for world English-language print rights. This means that J. Z. Colby takes on the costs and benefits of bringing the story to print publication (in a future NEBADOR book). If the winner is a minor, a parent must co-sign the agreement to transfer rights. All "subsidiary" rights (see Subsidiary Rights for examples) remain the property of the story writer, and J. Z. Colby will pass along any inquiries about those rights that he receives.


Early 2011 Writing Contest (completed, see Contest Winners)

1 ounce silver coin Eligible: young adults through age 20

Language: English

Deadline for FINAL draft: 30 June 2011

First Prize: 2 great silver pieces (1 troy ounce each) and print publication

Other Prizes: great silver pieces (1 troy ounce), signed NEBADOR books, web publication

The contest challenge: to write a "short-short" story involving two or more of the ten original students, while they are away from Ilika, during Book One. It must be consistent with everything readers already know about those characters. It should be submitted as early as possible, as suggestions will be given for improvement (as many rounds as time allows). The winner will probably be the person who can make best use of those suggestions.

Book One front cover

This contest is for "short-short" stories in the 1000 - 2000 word range.

Access to a computer and email is necessary. Contest entries must be placed in, or attached to, an email message. They must be in plain text (TXT), rich text format (RTF), or MS Word 2000 or earlier (DOC). J. Z. Colby will not share, publish, nor use any contest entry in any way without the writer's permission.

The writers of these stories automatically hold copyright. The first prize is given in exchange for world English-language print rights. This means that J. Z. Colby takes on the costs and benefits of bringing the story to print publication (in a future NEBADOR book). If the winner is a minor, a parent must co-sign the agreement to transfer rights. All "subsidiary" rights (see Subsidiary Rights for examples) remain the property of the story writer, and J. Z. Colby will pass along any inquiries about those rights that he receives.


2011-12 Writing Contest (completed, see Contest Winners)

1 ounce silver coin Eligible: young adults through age 20

Language: English

Deadline for FINAL draft: 30 June 2012

First Prize: 2 great silver pieces (1 troy ounce each) and print publication

Other Prizes: great silver pieces (1 troy ounce), signed NEBADOR books, web publication, and possibly print publication

The contest challenge: to write a "short-short" story in which one of the students struggles with something they are learning during NEBADOR Book Two: Journey. The character might be alone, with Ilika or another student, or with an animal (sea gulls are good listeners, as long as you feed them). It must be consistent with everything readers already know about the character. It should be submitted as early as possible, as suggestions will be given for improvement (as many rounds as time allows). The winner will probably be the person who can make best use of those suggestions.

Book Two front cover

This contest is for "short-short" stories in the 1000 - 2000 word range.

Access to a computer and email is necessary. Contest entries must be placed in, or attached to, an email message. They must be in plain text (TXT), rich text format (RTF), or MS Word (DOC, not DOCX). J. Z. Colby will not share, publish, nor use any contest entry in any way without the writer's permission.

The writers of these stories automatically hold copyright. The first prize is given in exchange for world English-language print rights. This means that J. Z. Colby takes on the costs and benefits of bringing the story to print publication (in a future NEBADOR book). If the winner is a minor, a parent must co-sign the agreement to transfer rights. All "subsidiary" rights (see Subsidiary Rights for examples) remain the property of the story writer, and J. Z. Colby will pass along any inquiries about those rights that he receives.


2012-13 Writing Contest (completed, see Contest Winners)

1 ounce silver coin Eligible: young adults through age 20

Language: English

Deadline for FINAL draft: 30 June 2013

First Prize: 2 great silver pieces (1 troy ounce each) and print publication

Other Prizes: great silver pieces (1 troy ounce), signed NEBADOR books, web publication, and possibly print publication

The contest challenge: to write a "short-short" story about the adventures of one or more of those who are NOT selected for Ilika's crew in NEBADOR Book Three: Selection (Neti, Toli, Buna, Misa). It must be consistent with everything readers already know about the character(s). It should be submitted as early as possible, as suggestions will be given for improvement (as many rounds as time allows). The winner will probably be the person who can make best use of those suggestions.

Book Three front cover

This contest is for "short-short" stories in the 1000 - 2000 word range.

Access to a computer and email is necessary. Contest entries must be placed in, or attached to, an email message. They must be in plain text (TXT), rich text format (RTF), or MS Word (DOC, not DOCX). J. Z. Colby will not share, publish, nor use any contest entry in any way without the writer's permission.

The writers of these stories automatically hold copyright. The first prize is given in exchange for world English-language print rights. This means that J. Z. Colby takes on the costs and benefits of bringing the story to print publication (in a future NEBADOR book). If the winner is a minor, a parent must co-sign the agreement to transfer rights. All "subsidiary" rights (see Subsidiary Rights for examples) remain the property of the story writer, and J. Z. Colby will pass along any inquiries about those rights that he receives.


2013-14 Writing Contest (completed, see Contest Winners)

1 ounce silver coin Eligible: young adults through age 20

Language: English

Deadline for FINAL draft: 30 June 2014

First Prize: 2 great silver pieces (1 troy ounce each) and print publication

Other Prizes: great silver pieces (1 troy ounce), signed NEBADOR books, web publication, and possibly print publication

The contest challenge: to write a "short-short" story about the future of Risan Gor after her rescue in NEBADOR Book Four: Flight Training. It must be consistent with everything readers already know about her and her father. It should be submitted as early as possible, as suggestions will be given for improvement (as many rounds as time allows). The winner will probably be the person who can make best use of those suggestions.

Book Four front cover

This contest is for "short-short" stories in the 1000 - 2000 word range.

Access to a computer and email is necessary. Contest entries must be placed in, or attached to, an email message. They must be in plain text (TXT), rich text format (RTF), or MS Word (DOC, not DOCX). J. Z. Colby will not share, publish, nor use any contest entry in any way without the writer's permission.

The writers of these stories automatically hold copyright. The first prize is given in exchange for world English-language print rights. This means that J. Z. Colby takes on the costs and benefits of bringing the story to print publication (in a future NEBADOR book). If the winner is a minor, a parent must co-sign the agreement to transfer rights. All "subsidiary" rights (see Subsidiary Rights for examples) remain the property of the story writer, and J. Z. Colby will pass along any inquiries about those rights that he receives.


2014-16 The Last NEBADOR Writing Contest (completed, see Contest Winners)

1 ounce silver coin Eligible: young adults through age 20

Language: English

Deadline for FINAL draft: 30 June 2016

First Prize: 3 great silver pieces (1 troy ounce each) and print publication

Other Prizes: great silver pieces (1 troy ounce), signed NEBADOR books, web publication, and possibly print publication

The contest challenge: to write a short or "short-short" story that takes place on any planet of Sonmation except Sonmatia Three. It must be consistent with everything readers already know about that planet from NEBADOR Book Five. It should be submitted as early as possible, as suggestions will be given for improvement (as many rounds as time allows). The winner will probably be the person who can make best use of those suggestions.

Book Five front cover

This contest is for short or "short-short" stories in the 1000 - 5000 word range.

Access to a computer and email is necessary. Contest entries must be placed in, or attached to, an email message. They must be in plain text (TXT), rich text format (RTF), or MS Word (DOC, not DOCX). J. Z. Colby will not share, publish, nor use any contest entry in any way without the writer's permission.

The writers of these stories automatically hold copyright. The first prize is given in exchange for world English-language print rights. This means that J. Z. Colby takes on the costs and benefits of bringing the story to print publication (in NEBADOR Book Ten: Stories from Sonmatia). If the winner is a minor, a parent must co-sign the agreement to transfer rights. All "subsidiary" rights (see Subsidiary Rights for examples) remain the property of the story writer, and J. Z. Colby will pass along any inquiries about those rights that he receives.


Art Contest (completed, see Contest Winners)

1 ounce silver coin

Prizes awarded quarterly (except that the 3rd quarter contest ends 31 October instead of 30 September to better work with school schedules)

Eligible: young adults through age 20

Prizes: great silver pieces (1 troy ounce), signed NEBADOR books, web publication

The contest challenge: to create an artwork based on, or inspired by, the NEBADOR stories.

Doodle Art by Mireille Xioulan Powers

Access to a computer and email is necessary. The artist must arrange for the artwork to be scanned or photographed to produce a digital file that can be emailed. The author can receive files in any graphic format, up to 5MB in size.

The artist automatically holds copyright to the artwork and the image. By sending the author an artwork image, the artist agrees to allow J. Z. Colby to publish it on this web site (which is free and open to the public). The author will not use any artwork image in any other way without the artist's permission.


NEBADOR
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the narrow streets of a medieval walled city
Book One:
The Test
Spring 2010

English

Português

Français

Letter to Readers

Dramatic Audiobook

Audiobook Chapter 1 (6MB)

Comments

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Deep Learning

Where to Get It

Screenplay 1

a lonely beach along a wild seashore
Book Two:
Journey
Summer 2010

English

Letter to Readers

Dramatic Audiobook

Audiobook Chapter 13 (8MB)

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

Screenplay 1

the colorful aurora above majestic mountains
Book Three:
Selection
Fall 2010

English

Letter to Readers

Dramatic Audiobook

Audiobook Chapter 5 (13MB)

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

Screenplay 1

stranded on a frigid ice continent
Book Four:
Flight Training
Spring 2011

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

fascinating planets with strange life forms
Book Five:
Back to the Stars
Fall 2011

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

a shining jewel floating in the blackness of space
Book Six:
Star Station
Summer 2012

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Deep Learning

Where to Get It

unseen guests at an event of universe importance
Book Seven:
The Local Universe
Summer 2013

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Where to Get It

stillness and silence where movement and sound should be
Book Eight:
Witness
Summer 2014

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Where to Get It

Heather's meeting circle at a top-secret military facility
Book Nine:
A Cry for Help
Summer 2015

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Illustrations

Where to Get It

a strange eco-system deep underground
Book Ten:
Stories from Sonmatia
Summer 2016

English

Letter to Readers

Comments

Where to Get It

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