Then have I got news for you! To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Pyr Books is holding an essay contest, and the grand prize winner will be going to Dragon*Con in Atlanta this September. Prize includes con membership, airfare, and two nights in a hotel. The contest theme is “five reasons why science fiction and fantasy is important to you”—look, they’re handing you an essay structure on a cuendillar platter!—and Pyr says to keep in mind that
All eligible essays will be read and reviewed by publishing staff at Prometheus Books. Not all of these preliminary readers will be science fiction and fantasy fans, so outstanding essays will likely be those that pique their interest in the genre and make them want to read it too.
The contest deadline is June 1st and the word limit is 1500, so if you start now, that’s only 20 words a day! Full details are available at the Pyr Books website.