2018 James White Award Taking Entries

The James White Award Short Story Competition is accepting entries through Friday, April 27. The award, established in 2000, offers non-professional writers the opportunity to have their work published in Interzone, the UK’s leading sf magazine. The author of the winning story also receives a £200 prize.

Award Administrator Martin McGrath said the winner will be announced in July 2018, and explained why the competition has changed its schedule:

In the past we have sought to announce our winning story earlier in the year, traditionally at Eastercon, but have struggled to keep to that timetable. We hope that by moving the judging period into the summer that it will help us stay on schedule and to make the competition more reliable and predictable for those who enter.

The panel of judges for 2018 will be announced in January.

The James White Award is open to previously unpublished stories between 1000 and 6000 words by non-professional authors.

For purposes of the award, a “professional author” is defined as a writer with three short story sales to a professional level market or one professionally-published novel.
Entries must be written in English. Stories are judged anonymously, with no names on the manuscripts. Complete submission guidelines are on the award’s Rules page.

The James White Award Short Story Competition was founded in 2000 to commemorate the work of Irish science fiction author, James White. It is supported by the BSFA and TTA Press, publishers of Interzone.

[Thanks to Mark Hepworth for the story.]