We are excited to announce the return of the Medgadget Sci-Fi Writing Contest! We cover the latest medical technologies on a daily basis, many of which may seem like they come from the future. Yet, we feel that the medical device industry can benefit from the work of creative fiction writers, as literature of the past has foreshadowed the present.
Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick, and many other writers predicted a future of robotic automation, high-speed long-distance travel, artificial intelligence, and ever-present surveillance. Much of their writing was as a warning, but a good deal was also optimistic and exhilarating.
We are looking for science fiction stories that imagine the future of medicine. This future may involve the good and the bad, including fantastic treatments of disease and moral dilemmas that new technologies bring about.
Here are the rules:
- Your fictional essay has to be 250-2500 words. Text. English language.
- Top entries will be printed here and, therefore, must be safe for work and families. Please, just keep the language clean.
- Judges will be blinded. Blinded by your dazzling prose, yes, but also to your identity. We are assembling an all-star judging panel, so you can be assured your work will be reviewed by accomplished writers, physicians, and a few fans of Blade Runner.
- Submissions from anonymous writers are accepted, but we will need an address or PO Box to send you your prize!
- This year’s winner will receive from us a gift, the very impressive Eko digital stethoscope that we reviewed recently.
- Entries are due on November 26nd. Winners will be announced, and stories reprinted here on Medgadget, on December 15. Send in your submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s it! Get your thinking and imagination caps on and start typing! Feel free to browse our archives … for inspiration.