We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 James White Award is:

“The Morrigan”
by Stewart Horn

Commenting on the winning story on behalf of the judging panel, David Gullen said:
“The Morrigan works very well, a very tight piece of writing, confident and accomplished. It breaks the rule on colloquial speech and not only makes it work but is stronger for it. An original take on a very old tale with good pace, and sense of time and place.”

Stewart’s story wins £200 and will be published in a future issue of Interzone.

This year the judges also chose to give a special commendation to:

“May the Pain Guide You Home”
by Daniel Roy

Award Adminstrator Martin McGrath said:
“Daniel’s story scored highly with all the judges, it packs a powerful emotional punch in a well-written and tightly told story.”

The winning story was chosen from an entry of almost 200 entrants this year.

Commiserations to the authors of the other shortlisted stories:

  • “Don” by Steve Dubois
  • “Skin and Bone” by Beth Plutchak
  • “The Cut” by Elsie WK Donald
  • “The Dying Glass” by Cameron Johnston

although they didn’t win this time they made the judging process difficult and it was a significant achievement to reach this stage in the competition.

Thank you to this year’s judges: Lorna Gibbs, David Gullen and Konrad Walewski for their time and the care they gave to the judging. Thanks, too, to the team behind the scenes that make the award possible and to all those who have supported the Award.

The James White Award also thanks TTA Press and editor their Andy Cox and the British Science Fiction Association for their continued support.

We have had some difficulties with the organisation of this year’s award that have caused significant delays in making announcement and so we thank everyone who entered for their patience. We’ll be announcing some changes to the competition next year in the hope of avoiding a repeat. These will be announced on the website soon.

The James White Award will reopen to entries in September 2017.

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