That Time a Fake Science Fiction Author Won a Major Novel-Writing PrizeCharlie Jane Anders2/08/16 8:10pm2413EditPromoteGo to permalinkBack in 1953, Galaxy Science Fiction and Simon & Schuster launched a huge contest to find a great new science fiction novel. The prize was $6,500 (a lot of money in those days). The winner? A brand new writer named Edson McCann. Except for one thing: Edson McCann did not exist.