An online critique group dedicated to
writers of "hard science" science fiction

Anthologies of short stories by members


Created in 1997, SFNovelist.com is an elite group among writer's workshops. We were the first Internet writing group devoted to this subgenre of science fiction. We all know that writing hard science SF is demanding. The standards in our genre are very high. Only a small percentage of all science fiction writers can do what we do and as a result, the demand for our products is high in the marketplace. Join us to polish your craft to the shine it needs in the marketplace.

Are you interested in writing "hard science" SF novels or short stories?

If you are, consider joining the SFNovelist.com writing workshop, dedicated writers of "hard science" SF, where the science is believable. Some hardliners say FTL (faster than light travel) and time travel are not possible, but we accept them. We are more interested in good stories than in writing scientific papers. Besides, without FTL, all SF stories would take place in the Solar System.

What we don't write

Sorry but we don't work on Fantasy or SF Horror. There are plenty of other websites for writers of those genres.

Benefits of membership

  1. Get feedback on your writing by submitting sections of your novel or short story for critiques. This is the fastest way to find weakness in your writing skills.
    "Feedback is the breakfast of champions." - Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson, co-authors of "The One Minute Manager"
  2. Tap into the collective wisdom of our writing community on how to develop your writing skills.
    • Find solutions to writing problems, for example, the discussions we've had entitled "thoughts on thoughts" or "tense about tense."
    • Solve technical problems, for example, population density on a spaceship and artificial gravity -- its dependence on radius from the axis and weird effects of the Coriolis force.
  3. Learn from others on:
    • How to publish your fiction.
    • What's already been published on some topic.
    • How they are writing their stories.
  4. Participate in our occasional writing exercises.
  5. Participate in our annual short story contest.
    • Gain recognition on the contest web page.
    • Practice writing concisely and to the point in few words. This skill in sharpness and crispness can help you in your novel.
  6. Learn by teaching. Teaching novices is almost as beneficial to the teacher as it is to the novices.

Will you join us?

Does this sound like a group that you would like to join and enjoy?

If so, read our Rules and join us.

How does the group work?

  1. You download parts of novels or whole short stories by other members.
  2. You critique them and upload your critique.
  3. That earns you "submission credits."
  4. You can upload parts of your novel or whole short stories up to the limit of the number of words that you've earned in your submission credits.
  5. You can learn from our email discussions on writing.

As a new member, you will be allowed to submit up to 10,000 words without having to do critiques.

Free trial membership

You can start off with a FREE trial membership. In actuality, I collected dues in May of each year.

We have modest monetary dues that are used primarily to be a part of this exclusive club of hard-SF writers and support occasional special projects like an anthology of our short stories.


Our rules are simple and are designed to protect your publication rights.

Members who are professionals in the publishing industry

Published authors

In addition, many of our members have become published authors.

Short Story Contests

Once a year, we hold our own short story contest. This is not only fun, but the stories may be considered later for publication in an anthology.

Participation is for members only.

Anthologies of short stories

Periodically, we publish an anthology of short stories from our past contests.






"The Best of Times" (out of print)


Creativity building

Periodically our president:

  • Gives a simple writing prompt and the members try their hands at making a story out of it.
  • Gives other writing exercises that challenge and develop our skills.

Quotations on writing:

"When this question comes up... and it will... 'When are you going to get a real job?' Just say 'my job is not reaching my death bed with regrets about dreams I was too scared to pursue. You should look into it.' That generally shuts people right up." - Stephen King

More quotations on writing

"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

"Don't let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what." - Jack Cainfield

More quotations on Writing and Life

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