Launched this week, Light Reading is open to everyone and invites participants to write a story of up to 3,000 words that is in some way inspired by Diamond. Plot lines can feature the synchrotron machine itself, the science that takes place on the 19 experimental stations, the scientists and technical people working at Diamond, or any other aspect of the facility that captures the imagination. Stories can be in any genre and there is no minimum word limit. For those with limited time or a more minimalist approach to writing, there’s also a Flash Fiction category for stories under 300 words.
“The first experiments took place here at Diamond in 2007 so we are still a relatively new science facility. Light Reading is a great way for us to highlight what Diamond is all about to a more general audience and we hope to get entries from both inside and outside the science community. Aspiring or experienced fiction writers are warmly invited to submit a story. Diamond is a really fascinating place and I’m sure the competition will lead to some brilliant stories, which I’m really looking forward to reading.”
Gerd Materlik, Diamond’s Chief Executive
A dedicated website - www.light-reading.org - has been set up to give participants a wealth of information on Diamond and the wide range of experiments that are carried out here. There will also be an opportunity to visit the synchrotron, date and details for this will be posted on the competition website shortly. All entries need to be submitted via the Light Reading website.
Diamond will make an initial shortlist of the best stories and these will then be judged by an expert panel. The top three writers will receive a cash prize – first prize £500, second prize £250 and third prize £125. These, along with those highly commended by the judges, will then be published in an anthology of short stories.
The deadline for entries is Wednesday 30 November 2011.
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