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

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 Stories entered into the competition must be original and previously unpublished.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.


The 2017 James White Award is currently closed to entries.

Please read the rules before entering the competition.

The closing date for this year’s competition is Friday, 20 January 2017.

The announcement of this year’s winner has been delayed slightly. We intend to announce the winner by May 19, 2017. 

Please note:

  • The James White Award only accepts entries via the online form on this website.
  • Stories must be between 1000 and 6000 words long.
  • Stories are judged anonymously. We do not offer critiques or feedback on stories.

The winner of the 2016 James White Award was:

David Cleden 
for the story 
“Rock, Paper, Incisors”

David received £200 and his story will be published in a forthcoming issue of Interzone, the UK’s leading science fiction magazine. The winner was announced at the BSFA Award Ceremony held on March 26, 2016 at Mancunicon.

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