Welcome to the home of the James White Award Short Story Competition.

The James White Award is currently open to entries.

The James White Award is an annual short story competition open to non-professional writers with the winner chosen by a panel of judges made up of professional authors and editors. Stories entered into the competition must be original and previously unpublished. Entry is free.

The James White Award was instituted to honour the memory of one of Ireland’s most successful science fiction authors, James White. To learn more about James White and his writing, visit www.sectorgeneral.com.

Please note:

  • The James White Award only accepts entries via the online form on this website.
  • Stories must be between 2000 and 6000 words long. We do not accept flash fiction.
  • Stories are judged anonymously. We do not offer critiques or feedback on stories.

The deadline for this year’s competition is Friday 28 June, 2019 and we hope to announce the winner in August.

Please read the rules before entering the competition.


If you’ve submitted a story to this year’s competition and have not received a confirmation email then you will need to resubmit your story.

We’ve had a problem with the website’s submission form and have not been receiving submitted material – and the back-up system we had in place has also failed.

There is a link to a temporary form on the “How To Enter” page. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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