“History, Aristotle says, represents things only as they are, while fiction represents them as they might be and ought to be.”
— Albert J. Nock, Memoirs of a Superfluous Man

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LFA/SFL Short Story Contest 2014

I must have been living under a rock for the past week and a half, because Students for Liberty published the special issue of their Ama-Gi magazine on May 9th, featuring the winners and runners-up from the short story contest we held earlier this year.

Once again, here are the 10 stories we selected out of 169 submissions. Head over to the Students for Liberty website or scroll down to read them in the digital magazine.

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Even in our supreme confidence (or was it naive optimism?), we didn’t expect to receive 169 submissions for the libertarian short story contest we held with Students for Liberty. But we managed to read through all of the stories and zero in on the best ones in time for our scheduled announcement today. You can read SFL’s official announcement on their website. I’m going to reproduce some of that information here and add a few words of my own.

Without further ado, here are the contest winners and runners-up:

The Winners

  • 1st Place: “The Coals Burned Low” by Ahmed Khalifa
  • 2nd Place: “House of Refuge” by Michael DiBaggio
  • 3rd Place: “A Masterpiece of the Literature of Liberty” by Jack McDonald Burnett

Runners-Up (in Alphabetical Order by Author)

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LibertarianFictionAuthors.com Is Available in the Chrome Web Store

If you use Google’s Chrome browser, or Chromium, there’s a new way for you to bookmark and access LibertarianFictionAuthors.com.

I created a bookmark app for Chrome that acts as a shortcut to the website. Installing it in Chrome will add it to your Apps page and Apps Launcher. Then you’re just a convenient click away from finding more libertarian fiction.

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Android users can add a Chrome shortcut to their home screens that looks just like a native app icon.  Just visit the website in your browser, tap the Chrome menu, scroll down, and tap Add to Homescreen.

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It is our pleasure to announce that we have teamed up with Students For Liberty to hold a contest to find the best libertarian short stories.

There is no fee to enter the contest, and you stand to win a number of prizes, including up to $300, a full year of supporting membership in the association for free (a $60 value), and publication in SFL’s creative arts magazine Ama-Gi and an anthology.

Follow the link below for the contest rules and entry submission form:

Enter the Contest

We believe that dramatizing our values in fiction is one of the most important ways we can spread the message of liberty. So send us your visions of liberty, but make sure you don’t forget to craft a work of art while putting that vision into words.

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I give you, in alphabetical order, the 19 charter members of the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association:

  1. Nickie Abshire (Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk)
  2. Matthew Bruce Alexander (Science Fiction)
  3. Chris Baker (Science Fiction, YA, Dystopian)
  4. Jack McDonald Burnett (Science Fiction, Western)
  5. Andy Cleary (Speculative Fiction, Fantasy)
  6. Travis J.I. Corcoran (Science Fiction)
  7. Mike DiBaggio (Paranormal, Adventure, Science Fiction)
  8. George Donnelly (Science Fiction)
  9. John Hunt, MD (Action, Satire, Thriller)
  10. Ken Krawchuk (Political, Parody)
  11. Tarrin Lupo (Historical Fiction, Horror)
  12. G.R. Lyons (Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance)
  13. J.P. Medved (Steampunk, Thriller, Science Fiction)
  14. Allen Mendenhall (Literary)
  15. Geoffrey Allan Plauché (Science Fiction, Fantasy)
  16. Hank Schwaeble (Horror, Mystery, Thriller)
  17. J.D. Tuccille (Humor, Adventure)
  18. Mark Tullius (Science Fiction, Horror, Dystopian)
  19. Kat Valleley (Science Fiction, Fantasy)

There will never be a 20th.

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A few years ago I launched Prometheus Unbound, a webzine providing news and reviews of speculative fiction from a libertarian perspective, in part to help other libertarians find good stories that reflect their values and in part to promote libertarian fiction.

I want to see more libertarians creating high-quality works of fiction. Prometheus Unbound is still a valuable project with a role to play, but today it is my pleasure to announce a new project aimed at cultivating libertarian authors and improving discoverability of their work: the Libertarian Fiction Authors Association.

The Libertarian Fiction Authors Association began as a simple mastermind and writing group on a Google Groups email list, a place for libertarians (broadly defined) who are aspiring or already published fiction authors (of any genre) to lend each other support and encouragement, share tips, critique each others’ works-in-progress, and more.

That email list still exists and is our main mode of communication with each other, but it quickly became a much more ambitious project.

And so, the association and this website were born.

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