ISFiC Writers Contest

A writers contest sponsored by ISFiC and held in conjunction with Windycon since 1986, although there are many years when no winner has been declared. The contest is open to unpublished authors who live in Illinois, an adjacent state plus Michigan or Ohio, or is a member of Windycon.

For many years, the prize included a membership in Windycon, a hotel room at the convention, publication in the con's program book, and a gold coin, although the latter has more recently been replaced with a cash prize.

The contest is judged by various authors and editors, who have included Elizabeth Anne Hull, Martin H. Greenberg, Bill Fawcett, Jody Lynn Nye, John Helfers, Roland Green, Algis Budrys, and Frederik Pohl among others.


Year Winner Work
1986 Richard Chwedyk “Getting Along with Larga”
1987 Eugenia M. Hayden “The Library”
1988 Richard Chwedyk “A Man Makes a Machine” (This story was later published in Amazing Stories)
1989 No Award
1990 Robin Leigh Michaels “Ailin's Castle”
1991 Vanessa Crouther “Soul to Take”
1992 Sheila Insley “Make-Up Magic”
1993 C.T. Fluhr “Dead Chute”
1994 Emmett Gard Pittman “Packers”
1995 William McMahon “In Memoriam”
1996 C.T. Fluhr “All Through the House”
1997 David W. Crawford “Little Girl Lost”
1998 Susan L. Wachowski “Grandpa”
1999 Sharon L. Nelson “Passing Through”
2000 No Award
2001 No Award
2002 No Award
2003 John D. Nikitow “Trueworth”
2004 Chris Krolczyk “Orbital One”
2005 No Award
2006 P.R. Gomez “Ad Alienos”
2007 Joe McCauley “Ivan and the Plate of Fried Chicken”
2008 No Award
2009 John M. Cowan “Oracle”
2010 Mary Mascari “Lost and Found”
2011 Mary Mascari “The Pod”
2012 No Award
2013 Liz A. Vogel "Windy van Hooten's Was Never Like This"
2014 Siobhan Duffy "Under the Hill"
2015 M. Aruguete "Catamount"
2016 Siobhan Duffy "The Furrier"