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Writers' Group Meetings
[image - Snoopy types on his typewriter atop his doghouse]Saturdays at 11am at the Library

Saturday, July 20 at 11am
Saturday, August 17 at 11am

For more information, contact Popular Services Librarian, Sonia R. at or call at 708-749-1050 x120.


Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago [ISFiC]
2019 Writers' Contest Rules

- The submission must be a science fiction or fantasy short story of no more than 7,500 words.
- Each entrant must have attended Windycon 45, registered for Windycon 46, or be a resident of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, or Wisconsin.
- The entrant must not have received payment for any previously published or accepted work of fiction by any source.
- The ISFiC Writers Contest is open to all ages. If you are under 18, please include a letter from a parent or guardian indicating approval to participate.
- ISFiC reserves the right to cancel this contest for any reason prior to the awarding of prizes.
- Manuscripts must be received by Sunday, 9/1/19.
- The winner will be notified no later than mid-October.


How Should I Format My Entry?

- Entries must be typed and double-spaced.
- Please number the pages.
- Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s name, address, and phone number, and the approximate word count.
- Please be sure that your name appears only on the cover page.  Since most entries are from Windycon attendees, this reduces the chance that a writer’s name will be recognized and perhaps accrue an unfair advantage.


How Do I Submit My Entry?

You can submit your entry one of two ways.

1.   You can email your entry to 
Please submit your file in RTF format, as that is the format used to publish it, in the event you are the winner.

2.   If you wish to send your story via mail, please print it and send to:

ISFiC Writers' Contest
c/o Tracy Townsend
PO Box 2251
Bolingbrook IL 60440

ISFiC, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation domiciled in the State of Illinois, incorporated on May 17, 1974. “ISFiC” stands for “Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago.”

ISFiC’s mission is to promote Science Fiction Fandom and Literacy in Chicago and the Midwest. 


The Writers' Group meets every third Saturday of the month. Bring a story to share and get feedback. All types of writing welcome.

Thank You, Margaret Burke 
For the wonderfully productive writers' workshop led in May!

Stories connect us, building and deepening relationships. Storyteller and writer Margaret Burke will lead participants through fun exercises to discover and share personal stories.  

Margaret Burke is the president of Illinois Storytelling, Inc.



Morton College Prose Writing Workshop

Helpful Websites for Writers
Writer's Digest
The Independent Publishing Magazine

Articles of Interest
Susan Sontag on Storytelling

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