OUR MONTHLY CONTEST
The war is over, many men are back, including tens of thousands of professional technicians. Many readers of Science Fiction recently servicing radar, sonar, and similar equipments, engineers at home who were doing research on such devices, are now free to carry on civilian operations again.
I'd like to point out that Astounding Science Fiction pays cash money for stories; that we need stories constantly; that we are found with beaming smiles and great joy when a new, unknown author shows up with a bell-ringer, and that we need new authors.
It works like this: each month we run a contest, open to all comers. We pay up to $2,000 first prize for a long novel, and about $300 goes out every month for a novelette. For a short story, we pay from $75 to $150, depending on length.
You do not have to be an old-time author to sell stories; our regular buying is a wide-open, everybody-welcome contest.
Many of our top authors today sold us the first story submitted - the first story ever submitted anywhere.
We do not want stories "like" those of present authors; we want new angles, fresh ideas, a different, new, and interesting approach.
While this contest is, in the nature of things, open to all comers, in practice only regular readers of Science Fiction are apt to make the grade. Of those readers, past experience indicates professional technical people have a better chance of becoming permanent top-rankers.
We have no staff writers; every author is a free-lance.