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

The James White Award is currently closed to entries.

We regret to announce that the James White Award will not be running a competition in 2020.

Due to technical issues with the current website, and problems caused by a certain global crises beyond our control, we have not been able to set a timetable for this year and, with a great deal of reluctance, we have concluded that it will not be possible to schedule the competition in 2020.

We are sorry to disappoint those who were looking forward to entering the competition.

We fully intend to return better and stronger next year, so please keep an eye on this website, our Twitter account (@jameswhiteaward) or our Facebook page.

Good luck with your writing and see you back here soon.


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 Stories entered into the competition must be original and previously unpublished.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 was Friday 28 June, 2019 and we hope to announce the winner in August.

Please read the rules before entering the competition.

2020 Competition

Next year’s competition will open for entries early in 2020. Keep an eye on our blog ( http://www.jameswhiteaward.com/news) or follow us on Twitter (@JamesWhiteAward) for more information.