TELEPORT US! - Rewarding Our Top Stories!

Teleport Us Writing Challenge

The excitement over LitReactor’s sci-fi writing challenge, Teleport Us!, has been building for months. More than a hundred writers showed up to the game and gave us their best science fiction. Each story received feedback and reviews, which we have tirelessly poured over to bring you the best of the best.

Last week we rewarded the amazing reviewers—the people who gave hours of their valuable time to help fellow writers with fantastic feedback and support. 

And now it’s time to reward the authors for their writing. These top-rated stories will be receiving a story critique from some very talented people.

We want to give a special thanks to our reviewers for taking time to help out our aspiring writers.

Here are the winners (in no particular order):

Congratulations to all our participants. Your reader will provide his or her feedback in the coming weeks. Expect to see feedback as a reply right on the actual story pages. Once all the feedback is in, we'll report back and link to all the results and see what our instructors had to say about these stories!

We hope everyone had fun, and based on many of the comments, that seems to be the case. This challenge has had some great moments. 

Here's a little more about the amazing guest reviewers for Teleport Us!

Alastair Reynolds is a science fiction writer and former space scientist. He was born in Wales in 1966, worked for the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, and published his first SF short story in 1990. Since then he has published around fifty pieces of short fiction and ten novels, of which the most recent was Blue Remembered Earth (2012). Forthcoming is a sequel to Blue Remembered Earth, and a novel for BBC Books featuring Doctor Who in his third incarnation.

E. C. Myers was assembled from Korean and German parts in Yonkers, New York, where he was raised jointly by a mother and the public library. He is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the prolific NYC writing group Altered Fluid. He is the author of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin. In the rare moments when he isn’t writing, he blogs about Star Trek at, plays video games, watches classic films and television, sleeps as little as possible, and spends too much time on the Internet.

Brenda Cooper is the author of The Creative Fire, (Book One of Ruby's Song), and the The Silver Ship series. Though not intended as a Young Adult novel, book 1, The Silver Ship and the Sea, was selected by Library Journal as one of the year's 100 Best Books for YA and by Booklist as one of the top ten 2007 adult books for youth to read. The other books in the series are Reading the Wind and Wings of Creation. She is the author of Mayan December and has collaborated with Larry Niven (Building Harlequin's Moon). 

Chuck Wendig is the author of Blackbirds, Mockingbird, Double Dead, Bait Dog, and Dinocalypse Now. He currently has 178 more novels in development. His website contains a metric ton of writing advice, much of which will be collected and published by Writers Digest as The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience.

Adam Christopher is a novelist and Sir Julius Vogel Award-winning editor, and is the author of Empire State, Seven Wonders, and The Age Atomic from Angry Robot, and the forthcoming Shadow's Call from Tor Books. Adam’s fiction has appeared in Pantechnicon, Hub, and Dark Fiction Magazine, and when not writing he can be found drinking tea and obsessing over comics.

Kat Howard is a fiction writer, blogger, editor, and the instructor of our recurring sci-fi & fantasy class. Her short fiction has been performed on NPR as part of Selected Shorts, and has appeared in Lightspeed, Subterranean, and the anthology Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. Her nonfiction has appeared on, and is frequently on, where she is also the content editor.

Joseph Nassise is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series. He also teaches courses at LitReactor on eBooks and urban fantasy. His work has been nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award, and he served two terms as president of the Horror Writers Association. 

Lynne M. Thomas is a two-time Hugo Award winner and co-editor of numerous sci-fi anthologies, including Chicks Dig Time Lords (2010) with Tara O’Shea, Whedonistas (2011) with Deborah Stanish, and Chicks Dig Comics (2012) with Sigrid Ellis. She's also the editor-in-chief of the Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine, an online professional prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. 

Dana Fredsti is the author of Plague Town and Murder for Hire: The Peruvian Pigeon. A past president of the professional organization Sisters in Crime, she has also appeared in various zombie/horror movies projects, and she worked on Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness as an armourer's assistant, sword-fighting captain, and sword-fighting Deadite. You heard that right: She was a Deadite in Army of Darkness

John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Oz Reimagined, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Epic: Legends of Fantasy, and Other Worlds Than These. He is a six-time finalist for the Hugo Award and a four-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of the magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is the co-host of’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. 

Jessica Taylor

News by Jessica Taylor

Jessica is the writer of stories about people and the things they do. She likes it fine, but plans to keep her day job. She’s the mother of an outstanding little boy and plans to keep him as well. Most days you can find her looking skeptically at her surroundings and being negative, but in a charming way.

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dufrescm from Wisconsin is reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep April 19, 2013 - 11:52am

Thanks for the opportunity, and congrats to all these writers and their simply *amazing* stories! Looking forward to the next update to see the new reviews on each story!


*grinning ear to ear*

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Wendy Hammer from Indiana is reading One Night in Sixes April 19, 2013 - 12:25pm

 I'm really excited. This has been the best possible introduction to the site.  It was a fantastic opportunity to try new things.  I loved reading all the stories, getting excellent feedback, and everything.  

I'm so pleased to see so many of my favorite stories on this list. Congratulations everyone! 

*happy dance*

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt April 19, 2013 - 12:28pm

Holy hell, I was not expecting to make this list. I'm thrilled!

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leah_beth from New Jersey - now in Charleston, SC is reading five different books at once. April 19, 2013 - 12:49pm

Yay hooray to all my WAR buddies who made it! Congrats to you all!!! *HUG!*

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JC Piech from England is reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest April 19, 2013 - 12:51pm

I'm over the moon! Thank you! *jumps and clicks heels*

Congratulations to everyone who took part, it's been such a cool event :D

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lspieller from Los Angeles April 19, 2013 - 1:26pm

Yay! I'm so excited to hear from Kat Howard. Thank you!!

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SamaLamaWama from Dallas is reading Something Wicked This Way Comes April 19, 2013 - 1:55pm

Congrats everyone! There are some really great stories listed up there. I'll have to go back and read the ones I missed the first time around. Can't wait to read the feedback. ~Sam

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Johann Thorsson from Reykjavik, Iceland is reading Echo Lake April 19, 2013 - 2:00pm

Congratulations to all the winners! *swallows pill of bitter jealousy*

 Already looking forward to the next Litreactor story event.


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Sarah Cannon April 19, 2013 - 6:43pm

This has been a blast! I'm thrilled to see my story on the list, and equally thrilled to scan down and see that I'm on a list with so many of my personal faves. Thank you to everyone who read, rated and/or commented. Your feedback has been invaluable, and I'm still reading!

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GG_Silverman from Seattle April 19, 2013 - 10:13pm

Congrats to *everyone* who participated. There were so many amazing stories, I can't imagine how difficult the reviewers' job was. Everyone, please keep writing. Your stories all impressed me  so much!

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. April 19, 2013 - 10:27pm

Wow! That is one phenomenal collection of stories! Congrats to everyone who made the list!  And a thanks to everyone who participated.  Your works made for an intense 2 months of reading!

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klahol from Stockholm, Sweden is reading Black Moon April 20, 2013 - 12:00am

We are amused. Bring us another competition! 

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Fhhakansson from Sweden is reading Odd Interlude - Dean Koontz April 20, 2013 - 3:04am

Congratulations to the winners and everyone else who participated! It has really been an enjoyable and successfull event.

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations April 20, 2013 - 5:28am

Lovely, very much looking forward to Kat's review! Though heck, what next? 31 chosen stories, out of 160 odd original ones. I'm certainly going to read those that I missed, (fortunately not too many) but heck, competitive soul that I am, can we work out a top 10? A top 3? An overall winner? Will LitReactor be anthologising them? What did they do with the Scare Us stories? Or do we simply have to wait to until the next contest to begin again?

Answers on a postcard - or if more convenient, here! :)


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Chacron from England, South Coast is reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb April 20, 2013 - 9:22am

Congratulations to all of you, very well deserved!

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Michael.Eric.Snyder April 20, 2013 - 8:23pm

Big congratulations to all the winners!

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Matt Hebert from Vermont, originally, now in Dublin April 22, 2013 - 7:32am

Way to go, you guys! Great collection of stories there. Well done, all.

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scifiwriterguy from Chicago, IL is reading Iscariot by Tosca Lee April 23, 2013 - 6:21pm

Humbled to be part of this list. What an awesome challenge. I can't wait for the next one!

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Jason Van Horn from North Carolina is reading A Feast For Crows April 23, 2013 - 6:27pm

Besides wishing he'd been included on the list (goes to cry), wish only one story per person would've won or been entered in the first place.

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Jason Van Horn from North Carolina is reading A Feast For Crows April 23, 2013 - 6:31pm

Blah - stupid double post

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. April 25, 2013 - 6:49am

You know, it would be neat to update this when a particular story is reviewed :)  Might be a little more work that warranted though ...

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Wonder Woman from RI is reading 20th Century Ghosts April 25, 2013 - 7:31am

Congrats ladies and gents! Well done! 

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Alastair Reynolds April 26, 2013 - 8:23am

Of the four stories assigned to me, I've commented on The Gorund and Scrap, and I'm working on my comments for Gravidism, after which I'll do Anomaly. So far I haven't seen much reaction, but if anyone wants to chip in and discuss anything, I'm more than happy to come back.

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GG_Silverman from Seattle April 26, 2013 - 8:36am

Immensely grateful to Dana Fredsti for her lovely comment...going off to have a good cry now....

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. April 26, 2013 - 8:38am

@GG_Silverman Indeed! A complete lack of critique is perhaps the best possible critique out there ;)  And she gave it to you twice!

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations April 26, 2013 - 9:03am

Now reviewed the stories I didn't do during the comp! Am going to sit back and think of my top three... :)


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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff April 30, 2013 - 2:31am

Congratulations! It's been fun, and I've met some new writers on this plane.

Keep it up! -- Cheers.

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klahol from Stockholm, Sweden is reading Black Moon May 1, 2013 - 2:44am

Got my review. Very curt. Very professional. Obviously a busy woman. I guess there's a difference getting a feedback from an author as opposed to an editor. 


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Alastair Reynolds May 1, 2013 - 5:21am

I've added a review of Gravidism.

By the way, can anyone give me a head's up on how to actually get to this page from the LitReactor homepage? I have a direct URL which takes me here, but if I end up anywhere else, I can't seem to navigate my way back to this area.

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Michael.Eric.Snyder May 1, 2013 - 5:37am

klahol, I was curious by your remarks so I checked her critique. I don't know how many other comments for recognized stories are like yours, but I sure wasn't impressed by this one. 

All I can say is wow. Very unfortunate. I don't think that's the kind of response LR was hoping for the challenge winners to receive. 

After all this time, all that effort on your part, your significant contributions to the event, you deserve better.

Just sayin'.

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Alastair Reynolds May 1, 2013 - 7:23am

I realised that I'm down to do five stories, not four, so apologies for any confusion in my posts. 've done three and will get on with the final two over the next few days.

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations May 1, 2013 - 4:09pm

Alastair - if you go to your profile, and click on the "Track" button, it shows all the posts you've contributed to, so should get you back to any reviews you have done!

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations May 2, 2013 - 4:31am

@Klahol, @Michael, at least your reviewer liked your work. I don't think mine did...

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GG_Silverman from Seattle May 2, 2013 - 6:53am

Yes, Klahol, I think your review was quite positive!

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Laura Keating from Canada is reading The Aleph and Other Stories May 20, 2013 - 6:05pm

I've only just seen this now (not quite sure how I missed it!) and am tickled. Also just recieved my feedback from Joseph Nassise. Concise and to the point. Not sure if the good author enjoyed it but was thankful for the critique, and the nod amongst other such talented folk. Always a pleasure.
Another please.

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klahol from Stockholm, Sweden is reading Black Moon May 21, 2013 - 1:43am

GG, yeah, sure, it was positive. All ten words of it. If you check out the other reviews she did, you'll see that they are identical, apart from how they're phrased in the middle. I get that she's a professional editor and if she's curt, it is because time is an issue. 

I guess is what I'm saying is that I'm not as much disapointed with my own review as in awe of the degree of input some reviewers put in. 

Right now I'm taking Choreography of violence with John Skipp. His critique can be harsh, but never unconstructive. It's tough love in the best sense of the word.