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Launch of the Inaugural Valorious Awards: Celebrating Emerging Talent in Science Fiction



Launch of the Inaugural Valorious Awards: Celebrating Emerging Talent in Science Fiction

WATERTOWN, NY - September 1, 2023 – Internationally acclaimed sci-fi author Christopher Hopper announces the launch of the annual Valorious Awards—an exciting competition recognizing emerging talents in science fiction. The awards will spotlight excellence in two major categories: Best Sci-Fi Novel and Best Sci-Fi Voice Actor.

What Sets the Valorious Awards Apart?

The Valorious Awards are uniquely committed to celebrating independent authors and voice actors who exemplify creativity and ingenuity in the world of science fiction. The competition is backed by a diverse panel of independent reviewers and industry professionals, who will impartially judge all entries.

Important Dates

  • Entry Period: September 1st to December 31st, 2023 ($35/submission)

  • Award Announcement: Saturday, July 20th, 2024

  • Prize Distribution: HopperCon 24, Watertown, New York, July 19–21, 2024

Rewarding Excellence

1st Place

  • Valorious 1st Place Trophy

  • $500 USD

  • Digital Gold Valorious Prize Badge

  • Promotional Blurb by Christopher Hopper

2nd Place

  • Valorious 2nd Place Trophy

  • $250 USD

  • Digital Silver Valorious Prize Badge

3rd Place

  • Valorious 3rd Place Trophy

  • $150 USD

  • Digital Bronze Valorious Prize Badge

Additionally, all top three finishers for each category will receive promotional coverage by Christopher Hopper through various methods, including website featurette on, promoted e-mail list exposure, private group announcements, and general social media promotion.

Quotes from the Team

"We aim to propel the next generation of sci-fi storytellers into the limelight," says Gerard Ruppert, Director of the Valorious Awards.

Christopher Hopper adds, "Recognition can be a game-changer for indie creators. Our awards are designed to give them that much-needed boost."

Origins of the Valorious Awards

Born from a heartwarming ceremony at HopperCon 23, the Valorious Awards carry forward a tradition of honoring extraordinary storytelling and performance in science fiction. The term 'Valorious' and the Karadelle Tree emblem, both derived from Christopher Hopper's space opera series Imperium Descent, symbolize virtue and bravery in creative arts.

For more information or to review contest rules and submission requirements, visit our website:

About Christopher Hopper:

International best-selling author Christopher Hopper is renowned for his compelling storytelling and dynamic characters. An author of more than thirty novels and short stories, his works have captivated science fiction fans around the globe.

Press Contact: Name: Gerard Ruppert Email:



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