UPDATE ON PREVIOUS WINNERS

First, apologies to those waiting the enter the competition this year. We’ve had some minor website issues with the entry form, but we’re almost there and should make an announcement in the next few days.

Mainly, though, we’re very pleased to provide some good news for previous winners of the James White Award. Continue reading

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WINNER ANNOUNCED

The winner of this year’s James White Award has been announced at the BSFA Award Ceremony at Dysprosium 66, this year’s Eastercon.

The winner of the 2015 prize (£200 plus publication in Interzone) is:

“Midnight Funk Association”
by Mack Leonard

The James White Award would like to thank our judges, Stephanie Saulter, Dave Hutchinson and Gareth L Powell, our volunteer readers, the BSFA and Andy Cox and Andrew Hedgecock from Interzone for their support.

Thank you, too, to all those who entered and those who made donations to support the work of the award.

The Award will re-open for entries in June.

 

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Shortlist Details And Announcement of the Winner

The James White Award is pleased to be able to announce that – thanks to the dedication of our panel of judges (Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L Powell and Stephanie Saulter) the judging for this year’s competition is complete.

The full details of are shortlisted stories are:

“Ideas Machine, Suffolk Street” by Patrick Martin, Dublin
“Midnight Funk Association” by Mack Leonard, Scottsdale, Arizona
“Relics of the All-Legend” by Jedd Cole, Cincinatti, Ohio
“The Simple 12-Step Solution to the 3×3 Hypercube in Minkowski Spacetime” by Jessica Lilien, Brooklyn, New York
“White Fur” by Winnie M Li, London

 

We are further pleased to be able to confirm, thanks the the BSFA, that we will be in a position to make an announcement as part of the BSFA Award Ceremony at Eastercon tomorrow (Sunday 5 April). News of the winner will be on this website from around 6:00pm BST.

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The James White Award is pleased to announce the shortlisted stories for this year’s competition.

  • Ideas Machine, Suffolk Street
  • Midnight Funk Association
  • The Relics of the All Legend
  • The Simple 12-Step Solution to the 3×3 Hypercube in Minkowski Spacetime
  • White Fur

As usual with the James White Award, we judge the stories anonymously – so while the judging process is going on we do not release the names of the authors.

If you submitted a story that is not listed here you should consider it released for submission elsewhere. Continue reading

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2015 JAMES WHITE AWARD OPENS

The 2015 James White Award Short Story Competition is now open to entries.

The closing date for this year’s competition is 31 January, 2015 and the winner will be announced at Dysprosium, the 2015 Eastercon, taking place in Heathrow between 3 and 6 April, 2015.

The James White Award is an English language short story competition open to non-professional authors from anywhere in the world. Stories must be original, unpublished and no more than 6000 words long. The winning story will receive £200 and be published in Interzone, the UK’s leading science fiction magazine.

Entrants must read and accept the competition rules and are encouraged to take on board our advice for writers. Entries should be made using the online form on this website.

The James White Award is supported by Interzone and the British Science Fiction Association.

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2014 WINNER ANNOUNCED

The winner of this year’s James White Award short story competition is:

“Beside The Dammed River” by DJ Cockburn

who receives £200 and publication in a future issue of , Interzone.

The judges awarded a special commendation to “Flesh and Bone by Vina Jie-Min Prasad’s “Flesh and Bone”.

 

The James White Award would like to thank our judges: Sophia McDougall, Emma Newman and Adam Roberts and thank the BSFA and Interzone for their continuing support, without whom the competition would not be possible.

This year the James White Award received over 300 entries from all over the world.

This is a record number for the award and the competition was fierce.

The full shortlist was:

  • “Appiness” by Katie Lee
  • “Beside the Dammed River” by DJ Cockburn
  • “Flesh and Bone” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “Grumpy Old Man” by Cindy George
  • “The Demands of Iron” by Benjamin C. Kinney

The James White Award 2015 will open to entries on 1 June 2015.

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2014 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

This year’s James White Award received over 300 entries, a record number for the competition, and the judging process was complex and very close.  We are now, however, able to announce the shortlist for this year’s competition:

The shortlist is:

“Appiness” by Katie Lee
“Beside the Dammed River” by DJ Cockburn
“Flesh and Bone” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
“Grumpy Old Man” by Cindy George
“The Demands of Iron” by Benjamin C. Kinney

The winner will be announced next Sunday, 20 April during the BSFA Awards Ceremony (to be held between 7:00-8:00pm UK time).

This year’s judges are:

SOPHIA McDOUGALL
Sophia McDougall is the author of the Romanitas trilogy – an alternate history in which the Roman Empire did not fall – for which she received a Sidewise Award nomination. Her first novel for children, Mars Evacuees, was released in March 2014. Her website is http://sophiamcdougall.com/ and you can follow her on Twitter at @McDougallSophia

EMMA NEWMAN
Emma Newman published her first novel, 20 Years Later, in 2011 and it has been followed by three novels in The Split Worlds sequence, published in 2013. She has also published a collection of short stories, From Dark Places. She writes, does narration for audio books and drinks a lot of tea. Her website is http://www.enewman.co.uk/ and you can follow her on Twitter at @emapocalyptic

ADAM ROBERTS
Adam Roberts is a professor of literature, critic and author. He has published thirteen novels as Adam Roberts, his most recent, Jack Glass, was the winner of both the BSFA and John W Campbell awards but he is also a prolific parodist (as A.R.R.R. Roberts) and has written a history of the sf genre. This year he has already published Twenty Trillion Leagues Under The Sea, with Bête to come in September. His website is http://www.adamroberts.com/ and he tweets (frequently in the form of magnificent puns) as @arrroberts

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2014 COMPETITION OPEN TO ENTRIES

The 2014 James White Award Short Story Competition is now open to entries.

The closing date for this year’s competition is 31 January, 2014 and the winner will be announced at Satellite 4, the 2014 Eastercon, taking place in Glasgow between 18 and 21 April, 2014.

The James White Award is an English language short story competition open to non-professional authors from anywhere in the world. Stories must be original, unpublished and no more than 6000 words long. The winning story will receive £200 and be published in Interzone, the UK’s leading science fiction magazine.

Entrants must read and accept the competition rules and are encouraged to take on board our advice for writers. Online entries are strongly preferred using the online form on this website.

The James White Award is supported by Interzone and the British Science Fiction Association.

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2013 WINNER ANNOUNCED

The James White Award is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s competition:

“You First Meet the Devil at a Church Fete”
by Shannon Fay

Shannon, from Canada, wins £300 and her story will be published in a future issue of Interzone.

One of this year’s JWA judges, Aliette de Bodard, announced the winner at EightSquaredCon (the 2013 Eastercon) during the BSFA Awards ceremony. Discussing the winning story, she said it was:

A wonderful, strong voice and a delightful set-up. It’s hard to do original stories involving bargains with the Devil, but I thought this one managed to offer a fresh take and an poignant and effective ending.

This year the James White Award was also able to offer a runner-up prize, of £100, to the second placed story.

“Automatic Diamanté”
by Philip Suggars

Philip is from Brighton, and Andy Hedgecock and Andy Cox, the editors of Interzone, praised his story.

Our initial response to Automatic Diamanté was that it is smart, dark and engaging.  Our next reaction was that it’s the work of a talented writer who we would hope and expect to hear from in the future.  It tackles big ideas of self, identity and consciousness: these are ambitious themes for a short story, and they carry a risk that narrative can collapse under the weight of philosophical speculation and be reduced to the status of ‘thought experiment’.  But this is an adroit piece of writing that avoids this pitfall through its wit, its emotional resonance and the controlled energy of its language.

The James White Award received more than 200 entries this year from all over the world. The organisers would like to thank all those authors who entered and to wish them good luck with their future writing career. In particular we would like to commend the shortlisted authors,  Jonathan Bloxsom, Dan Campbell, Darren Goossens and JS Richardson.

The James White Award would like to thank all our judges this year: Aliette de Bodard, Ian McDonald and the Interzone editors: Andy Cox and Andy Hedgecock. We would also like to thank TTAPress, the publishers of Interzone, and the British Science Fiction Association for their continued support for the competition.

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2013 COMPETITION: SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The shortlist for this year’s James White Award has been finalised and can now be announced.

The shortlisted stories are:

  •  Academic by Jonathan Bloxsom
  • All the Distances by Dan Campbell
  • Automatic Diamanté by Philip Suggars
  • Every Useless Parameter by Darren Goossens
  • You First Meet the Devil At A Church Fete by Shannon Fay
  • The Well-Deceived by JS Richardson

The winner of the competition (who will received £300 and have their story published in Interzone) and the runner-up (who will, this year, receive £100) will be announced at EightSquaredCon, the 2013 Eastercon, in Bradford at 7:00pm on Sunday, 31 March as part of the BSFA Award Ceremony. The winner will be announced here shortly after the award ceremony concludes.

The Organisers would like to thank the judges, Aliette de Bodard, Ian McDonald and the Interzone editors Andy Cox and Andrew Hedgecock for their time and consideration and TTA Press, publishers of Interzone and Black Static, and the British Science Fiction Association for their continued support of the competition. We would also like to thank Colum Paget whose generosity allowed the JWA to increase this year’s award fund.

This year’s competition received 201 entries from writers from all over the world. Entries are read anonymously. The final shortlist consists of two women and four men. Amongst the final six are three UK-based writers, one Australian, one American and one Canadian.

Below you can read the opening passages from each of the shortlisted stories.

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