Deadline: Friday, July 20, 5 pm EST

For our next competition, we want you to do a crime-scene write-up of your favorite science fiction/fantasy character, either from print or on screen. The character (who could still be alive in fiction) should die in the most amusingly appropriate way possible.


Young Tattooine farm boy Luke Skywalker died after drinking a glass of bad blue milk. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the refrigerator had a faulty power converter.


You have six entries of fifty words or less to make us laugh. The ones who make us laugh the hardest win a prize.

Give us your mailing address, people. We need it like Martians need potatoes.

Send entries to Competition Editor, F&SF, 240 West 73rd St. #1201, New York, NY 10023-2794, or email entries to carol.pinchefsky@gmail.com. Be sure to include your contact information. Entries must be received by January 15, 2018. Judges are the editors of F&SF, and their decision is final. All entries become the property of F&SF.

*First prize will receive a novel, typically a hardcover. Second prize will receive advance reading copies of three forthcoming novels. Any Honorable Mentions will receive one-year subscriptions to F&SF. Results of Competition #96 will appear in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue.