British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition 2010

For the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition of 2010 the cash prizes have been doubled, there's a new cash prize for third place, and the runner-up now gets a year's membership of the British Fantasy Society as well as the winner – no small prize in itself, since a year's membership usually gets you eight magazines and at least one book!
Also, the competition is now open to everyone, regardless of how many times they have been previously published. The competition will be open to entries from 1 January 2010 to 31 May 2010.

  • 1st prize: £100, a year’s membership of the BFS, and publication in a BFS journal
  • 2nd prize: £50, a year’s membership of the BFS, and publication in a BFS journal
  • 3rd prize: £20
  • Open to entries from 1 January 2010 to 31 May 2010
  • Our reading panel will consider entries from June to August
  • The top five stories will then be passed on to our judging panel
  • The winners will be announced at the British Fantasy Awards in September
  • Any kind of fantastical story is welcome. For example, fantasy, science fiction, horror, supernatural, fabulation, magic realism, slipstream, etc, or indeed any combination of those genres
  • The competition is open to both members and non-members of the society, but non-members must pay a £5 entry fee
  • Stories must not exceed 5,000 words
  • Only one free entry per BFS member
  • Judging is anonymous, so stories must not have been previously published
  • The decision of the judging panel will be final
Formatting the Stories
Documents must be formatted as follows:
  • Double-spaced text
  • Left and right hand margins of at least 2cm
  • 12pt font
  • First line of paragraphs indented
  • Pages numbered, but no other text in the footer or header
  • Section breaks (ellipses) should be indicated by a single hash mark (#)
  • No mention of the author’s name, address or other details
  • If you know how, scrub your name from the File Properties
Failure to submit manuscripts in this manner may lead to disqualification.
Entering the Competition

Entries should be submitted by email.

  • Head your email ‘BFS Short Story Competition’
  • Attach your story as an rtf file
  • In the body of the email give your name, title of the story, the word count and details of membership/payment
  • Format the document according to the guidelines given above.
  • Send to:

If you are not a BFS member, there is a £5 entry fee. How to pay:

  • Via the BFS shop (click here).
  • By cheque, payable to “The British Fantasy Society”. Send to: BFS Short Story Competition, […].
  • Use PayPal (to

We no longer accept submissions by post, due to the amount of additional work involved in scanning them and sending them on to our readers. However, if you are unable to email your entry, please put it on a CD and post it to: BFS Short Story Competition, […], UK. Include a covering letter with your name and address, title of the story, word count and details of payment/BFS membership, and if you require acknowledgment of receipt please enclose an SAE.

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.