Name a SF/F Arts…

Name a SF/F Arts Foundation!

Win $50!

We need a name! We're starting a new speculative fiction arts foundation, and we'd like your help in selecting a name. The contest will run until October 30, 2003, and the person whose name we select will win $50 cash (and everlasting glory)! The foundation will be raising money to give out grants to writers and small presses; it will organize a clearinghouse website with helpful information; it plans to do outreach to schools and libraries, and much more. Our mission is listed below.

Contest rules:

  1. Send up to 10 names to
  2. Include your name and contact e-mail.
  3. Submissions must be received by October 30, 2003; entries received after that date will be discarded.
  4. Selection of a winner will be made by the members of the proposed foundation; all decisions are final.
  5. Entries become the property of the magazine, and by entering you agree that we may, if you win, publish your name, register the corresponding domain, and use the name for the magazine's title, with no further obligation to or permission from you.
  6. Contestants will be notified of results by e-mail on or before November 15, 2003.
NOTE: We recommend that you check the availability of the names through InterNic ( -- a name that is not available as a domain will not be selected. If your name isn't available, consider pluralizing it, changing the tense, or adding a modifier (such as a color). Example: If for your "Name", is unavailable, try: "Names" (, "Naming" (, "Blue Name" (, etc. We also note that one-word or two word names are much more likely to be selected than longer names. We prefer to avoid hyphenated names if possible.

NOTE TWO: We're probably more likely to choose a respectable-sounding name than a silly-sounding one, since we'll be applying for grants and such from mainstream literary arts foundations. So no "Up with Tribbles Foundation", for example. Sorry.

NOTE THREE: If the name refers to genre elements, it should be applicable to all sorts of speculative fiction, not just to science fiction or just to fantasy. For example, "Rockets and Robots Foundation" is unlikely to be chosen; likewise "Wizards and Dragons Foundation."

Foundation Mission: To promote literary quality in speculative fiction, by encouraging promising new writers, assisting established writers, facilitating the work of quality magazines and small presses in the genre, and developing a greater public appreciation of speculative fiction.

If you're interested in learning more about the foundation and possibly volunteering to work with us, feel free to subscribe to our discussion list by sending an e-mail to:

List membership will not affect the likelihood of your contest name submission being chosen.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to your entries!

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