BFS Short Story Competition: Previous Winners

The current BFS Short Story Competition began in 2004 (though we are currently investigating mysterious rumours of earlier instances – any information will be gratefully received). Here are the previous winners of the current competition.


Winner: Omar the Teller of Tales, Robin Tompkins. Published in the BFS Journal, Winter 2010.

Runner-up: The Song, Travis Heermann. Published in the BFS Journal, Winter 2010.

Third place: Beating Heart, by Dan Malach


Winner: Dead Astronauts, Patrick Whittaker

Runner-up: In the Moment, Elana Gomel

The Apocalypse Has Been Good To Us, by Charlotte Bond

Shortlisted: The Tin Box, Cheryl Alleyne; 17, by Anjanee Sooknah


Winner: Seems Only Right, Mathew F. Riley. Published in New Horizons 3.

Runner-up: The Skeleton in the Cupboard, Astrid Klemz. Published in Dark Horizons 55.


Winner: Star-Changer, Rebecca Lusher. Published in Dark Horizons 52.

Runner-up: Keep Off the Grass, Sally Quilford. Published in Dark Horizons 52.


Winner: The Ice Game, Sue Anderson. Published in Dark Horizons 50.

Runner-up: In His Charge, Nicky Robson. Available to read on the author’s website. Published in Dark Horizons 51.

Runner-up: Father’s Day, David Turnbull. Published in Dark Horizons 51.


Winner: Baby, Simon Messingham. Published in Dark Horizons 48.


Winner: Manny and the Monkeys, Simon Woodward

Runner-up: Our Friends, Philip Harris

Shortlisted: Bird Songs at Eventide, Nina Allen; All Beauty Must Die, Mike Chinn; The River Child, Glen Cox; The Journey of Life, K.S. Dearsley

About Stephen Theaker (306 Articles)
Stephen Theaker's reviews, interviews and articles have appeared in Interzone, Black Static, Prism and the BFS Journal. Among other work for the BFS, he has been awards administrator, short story competition administrator, Dark Horizons editor, FantasyCon secretary and treasurer, and (briefly) chair.