2019 longlisted stories

We are pleased to announce the long listed stories for this year’s competition. As is customary for the James White Award we present the list without author names – judging is still going on and we want to preserve anonymity as part of the selection process.

Alphas
Bug on Bug
A White Flag for Phobos
Barnacle
Better Lost Than Loved
Daedalus Never Fell
Digital Nomads
Fish Eye
Geo Sink
How Sweet the Sound
Lifeboat
Limitations
The NEU Oblivion
Property Crime
Strings
That Lonesome, Restless Feeling
The Deeping
The End of Summer
The Inspection
The Last Words of Harry Niffen
The Search for Atlantis The Sun Line

If your story is not listed here, you should consider it released from the competition and free to be submitted to other markets.

We received 355 submissions this year – a very high number – and the 22 stories that have made it through to this phase of judging have already overcome significant opposition. We hope to announce the final shortlist within three weeks.

Thank you to all the writers who have taken part in the competition and commiserations to those who are not progressing further. And thank you to the readers who helped us produce the long list. The competition would not exist without all of you.

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2019 longlist coming soon…

Just a very quick update to let everyone know that it is our intention to announce this year’s longlisted stories on Tuesday 6 August.

Check back for updates, or follow @jameswhiteaward on Twitter.

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JAMES WHITE AWARD ANNOUNCES 2019 JUDGES

The James White Award is delighted to announce that the judges for the 2019 compeition: Justina Robson, Chris Beckett and Donna Scott.

The competition closes to entries tonight (Friday 28 June at midnight BST). We aim to announce this year’s winning story in August. Check back for further announcements.

Justina Robson’s distinctive approach to science fiction has established her as an important voice in the genre acclaimed first novel, Silver Screen, was published in 1999. Since then she has published twelve novels (including five in the fast-paced Quantum Gravity series) and a short story collection, Heliotrope. She has been nominated four-times for the BSFA Award (most recently for 2015’s Glorious Angels) and three times for the Philip K Dick Award. Her most recent novel, Salvation’s Fire, was her first published fantasy novel but she will return to sf with her next book, Hell’s Ditch – a sequel to Glorious Angels. Her website is www.justinarobson.co.uk and she tweets as @JustinaRobson

Chris Beckett has been publishing short fiction since 1990 and has three short fiction collections, Spring Tide (2018), The Peacock Cloak (2013) and 2008’s Edge Hill Prize winning The Turing Test. As well as five text books on social work he has published seven novels since The Holy Machine (2004) including the Eden trilogy (which began with 2012’s Arthur C Clarke winner, Dark Eden) and this year’s Beneath The World A Sea. He specialises in placing troubled characters in strangely unsettling environments – whether on distant planets or English housing estates. His website is www.chrisbeckett.com and tweets as @chriszbeckett

Donna Scott is (amongst other things) a writer, editor, poet and stand-up comedian. Since 2016 she’s been the editor of the annual Best of British Science Fiction anthology from Newcon Press, was editor of Visionary Tongue magazine and the editor of Alan Moore’s vast (1200 pages) novel Jerusalem. She has been widely published as a short story author and works a live storyteller. From 2009 until 2013 she was the administrator of the British Science Fiction Association’s awards and she was the chair of the BSFA from 2013 until this year. Her website is www.donna-scott.co.uk and she tweets as @wishusdonna

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IMPORTANT UPDATE

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

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 submission form on the “How To Enter” page.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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2018 WINNER APPEARS IN ITALIAN ANTHOLOGY

This year’s James White Award winning story, “Two Worlds Apart” by Dustin Blair Steinacker, is now available in Italian courtesy of Trofeo RiLL and the Mondi Incantati 2018 anthology Ana Nel Campo Dei Morti.

This is part of an ongoing relationship between the James White Award and the Trofeo RiLL organisers who have been publishing the James White Award winner in translation for the last five years.

The book is available via RiLL: rill.it/?q=node/29
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2018 JAMES WHITE AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 James White Award is:

“Two Worlds Apart” by Dustin Blair Steinacker

The winning story was selected by our judges: Anne Charnock, RJ Barker and Una McCormack.

Dustin wins £200 and “Two Worlds Apart” will be published in a future issue of Interzone.

In a very close decision, the judges also awarded a special commendation to:

“A Sip of Pombé” by Gustavo Bondoni

RJ Barker praised the winning story:

“A short story is a hard thing to write. You have to establish a a realistic and believable character in a very short space of time to carry it (sometimes I struggle to do this with a whole novel at hand). Then of course you have to tell a satisfying, and self-contained, story. An SFF short story is an even harder thing to write because you not only have to do all of the above but you have to establish a world with rules and structure and make the reader buy into it. ‘Two Worlds Apart’ does that brilliantly.

“Life springing up on a planet with no sun that just wanders the galaxy? Is that even possible or likely? Probably not, I reckon, when you start thinking about radiation and meteors and all that science stuff. But did I ever question it in this story? No. Not for a moment. It absolutely sold its premise and ideas and I flew through it with a real sense of wonder at the alien-ness of it all, it felt like something new – and that is a beautiful thing to happen. More than that, the story itself left me with a sense of hope and real feeling that in the end people are worthwhile and I think, in a time when the news cycle is increasingly grim, that’s an important message to be putting across. A worthy winner in among a set of stories that showed some real talent at work and were a pleasure to judge.”

And Anne Charnock added:

“A tightly written story with well-drawn characters, ‘Two Worlds Apart’ poses profound questions about what it is to be a species. Earth hopes to join a Consortium of species and, as a test, a group of human emissaries aided by a Consortium facilitator – an augmented insectoid – is attempting first contact with the Tarshach. The Tarshach face extinction, their energy resources close to depletion. But will they accept help? Why do the Tarshach repeatedly ask “What is expected of us?” A fascinating glimpse into the imagined cultural differences between intelligent species, the inevitability of good intentions lost in translation.”

 

Una McCormack had this to say about the runner-up, Gustavo Bondoni’s “A Sip of Pombé”:

“Our world at the moment seems to have turned inwards, away from the stars and the promise of the stars, becoming lost in divisions and threat. ‘A Sip of Pombé’, which concerns an illicit Ugandan mission to Mars, shows us how humanity can be audacious and strive towards a better future. It reminds us that if we are to have such a future, it must be found together. A fine story within an excellent set of short stories.”

 

Award administrator, Martin McGrath thanked those who supported this year’s competition.

“I would like to thank all the readers and the judging panel for their efforts in helping to deliver this year’s award. Thank you, as always, to the British Science Fiction Association and Interzone’s publisher Andy Cox for their continued support of the competition. Commiserations to the other entrants. With over 300 entries those who made it to the long list did well and those that made it to the final shortlist overcame very strong competition. We wish all those authors well with their future writing and hope to see stories from you all again.”

The other shortlisted stories in this year’s competition were:

  • “Imago” by Matthew Eeles
  • “Ms. Höffern Stays Abreast of the News” by Sarah Pauling
  • “My Fault” by Sarah Palmer
  • “The Big I Am” by E.M Faulds

The 2019 James White Award will open to entries in October 2019. Check the website or follow us on Twitter (@JamesWhiteAward) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/JamesWhiteAward/) to keep up-to-date with competition news.

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2018 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

We are pleased to be able to announce the final shortlist for this year’s James White Award. The six stories, selected from over 300 entrants, are:

A Sip of Pombe
Gustavo Bondoni

Imago
Matthew Eeles

Ms. Höffern Stays Abreast of the News
Sarah Pauling

My Fault
Sarah Palmer

The Big I Am
E.M Faulds

Two Worlds Apart
Dustin Blair Steinacker

The winner will be announced on Thursday, 2 August at 17:00 BST.

Competition administrator Martin McGrath said: “As always, we’re are grateful to those who read all the submissions and helped us get to the stage of preparing the shortlist and to the BSFA and Interzone for their support. We’d also like to thank everyone who submitted a story – the competition continues to attract a high degree of interest and that is very gratifying. The process of whittling the entrants down to the final list was not easy and all those who have reached this stage have overcome some very strong opposition. Our judges, RJ Barker, Anne Charnock and Una McCormack will now consider the shortlist and the winner will be announced soon.”

Thank you to all the entrants for their patience waiting for the results of the judging. All submitted stories not on the final shortlist should be considered free to be submitted elsewhere.

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2018 JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED

The James White Award is pleased to announce the panel of authors who will select the winner of the 2018 James White Award.

Our judges are:

ANNE CHARNOCK
Anne Charnock’s novella, The Enclave, won this year’s British Science Fiction Association Award for best short fiction, her Dreams Before the Start of Time is (our) favourite for the 2018 Arthur C Clarke Award (and was nominated for the BSFA Best Novel) and A Calculated Life was shortlisted for the Kitchies Golden Tentacle and Philip K Dick award. 2015’s Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind may not have been nominated for awards, but it’s a wonderful novel. She is a journalist and former foreign correspondent. She tweets as @annecharnock and you can find out more about her at http://annecharnock.com

RJ BARKER
The author of the fantastic The Wounded Kingdom trilogy, stories of the assassin Girton Club-Foot, his books have been widely praised and nominated for Kitschies Golden Tentacle, Gemmell and British Fantasy (best novel and best newcomer) awards. Having given up on the life of a rockstar, RJ lives in Leeds and (amongst other things) he reveals his (often disturbing) fascination with antlers in his tweets as @dedbutdrmng – you can read more about him and his work on his website: http://www.rjbarker.com

UNA MCCORMACK
Probably best known for her novels published in the Star Trek and Dr Who universes, Dr. Una McCormack is a lecturer in creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University. Her 2013 Star Trek novel The Fall: The Crimson Shadow was a New York Times bestseller. Recently she has published two exciting space operas set in the Weird Space universe – The Baba Yaga (with Eric Brown) and The Star And The Sea and an excellent novella The Greatest Story Ever Told has just been published by NewCon Press. She has also written numerous audio dramas for Big Finish in the Dr Who and Blake’s 7 universes. Follow her online on Twitter @unamccormack.

The shortlisted stories will be announced soon.

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2018 LONGLISTED STORIES ANNOUNCED

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.

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2018 Competition Opens To Entries

This year’s James White Award has opened to submissions.

The competition will accept entries until midnight (BST) on Friday 27 April, 2018 and the winner will be announced in July 2018 (date to be confirmed).

The Award Administrator, Martin McGrath, noted that the competition had changed its schedule this year: “In the past we have sought to announce our winning story earlier in the year, traditionally at Eastercon, but have struggled to keep to that timetable. We hope that by moving the judging period into the summer that it will help us stay on schedule and to make the competition more reliable and predictable for those who enter.”

This year’s panel of judges will be announced in January.

This year’s prize is £200 and the winning story will be published in Interzone.

The James White Award Short Story Competition was founded in 2000 to commemorate the work of Irish science fiction author, James White. It is supported by the BSFA and TTA Press, publisher’s of Interzone, the UK’s longest-running science fiction magazine.

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