BSFA’s 50th Anniversary Short Story Competition

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BSFA’s 50th Anniversary

The British Science Fiction Association is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and they’ve got a range of events and plans going on:

  • Publishing an original anthology of British SF.
  • The 50th Anniversary BSFA Awards at Eastercon – including a range of panels looking back over the last 50 years of fandom at the Con, picking this year’s best novel and a “retro” award for 50 years ago.
  • A new website.
  • Their AGM will feature a panel of fans who were around at the founding of the BSFA.
  • And they’re having a birthday party in November!




To celebrate 50 years of the BSFA’s promotion of British science fiction, they are pleased to announce their 50th Anniversary Short Story Competition.

The competition is open to any writer resident in the UK or Ireland. The maximum length of stories is 8,000 words. The stories must be science fiction, but they’re willing to take a broad definition of what that means. All entries must be accompanied by a £10 entry fee.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £500, the shortlisted runners up will receive £50, and the winning and shortlisted entries will be published in a special issue of FOCUS the BSFA’s magazine for writers. The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday 5 September 2008 – the winner will be announced at the BSFA 50th Anniversary Birthday Party, 26 November 2008.

For all the rules, and details on how to enter, visit:

The judges will be Justina Robson, Stephen Baxter & Alistair Reynolds.

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