We are pleased to announce the longlisted stories for this year’s James White Award.

The competition received 312 valid entries this year, so the 29 stories that have made it through to the second stage of judging have already overcome significant opposition.

As is the usual practice with the James White Award, our stories are judged anonymously so, at this stage, we are not in a position to attach authors’ names to the stories listed here. The longlisted stories are:

  • A Long Way From Home
  • A Sip of Pombé
  • Amalus and the Automatons
  • Androids for the Elderly
  • Blood, Bone, Feather
  • By the Boiler’s Hand
  • Deliver Us
  • Dimensions
  • For the Love of AI
  • Ghost in the War Machine
  • Halfway Human
  • How Grady Lost Andraya
  • Imago
  • In Communion with the Invisible Flock
  • Inheritance
  • Insert
  • Ms Hofferen Stays Abreast of the News
  • My Fault
  • New Instruments
  • Sky Burial
  • Suburban Twilight
  • The Big I AM
  • The Gift That Keeps on Taking
  • The Human Condition
  • The Malfunctioning Heart
  • The Snowstorm
  • Transaction
  • Two Worlds Apart
  • Waiting for the Winter

The stories listed here remain under consideration. All other stories should be considered released and free to be submitted elsewhere.

We will announce the judges for the final stage of the competition over the coming weeks and expect to reveal the final shortlist in two or three weeks, with the winner being announced before the end of July.

Please note: we cannot offer feedback on stories that have been submitted and will not enter into discussion about the decision process with entrants.


  1. C’est la guerre, see y’all next year. As a loser w/ no hard feelings, this little joke from Texas:

    If the English were really our friends, they’d come burn the White House down again

  2. Keep plugging away, Noel. Good luck with your writing.

    Like James White, most of the Award team are from Ireland/Northern Ireland but we’ll pass your joke on to our English friends! 🙂

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