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Title: British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition 2017 – Results
Post by: Allen on October 25, 2017, 01:39:23 PM
It has once again been my privilege and pleasure to judge the competition. This year I received a record-breaking crop of entries with 117 eligible stories submitted for consideration. I read every story thoroughly and silently. I read a large percentage of the stories twice, three times or more. After much deliberation, I can now announce that the three winners are:
First place: “Revive” by Richard Salazar
Second place: “Sacrament” by Charlotte Platt
Third place: “Labyrinth of the Sun” by Matt Colborn
I have also awarded a fourth place as highly commended: “The Beast” by James Ellis
The top three stories win prizes and all four of the above stories will appear in a future issue of “BFS Horizons”.
Thank you for your patience during the judging process.
Title: Re: British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition 2017 – Results
Post by: Rolnikov on October 28, 2017, 10:05:13 AM
Congratulations to all of them. Look forward to reading them in BFS Horizons - the quality of the past winners you've chosen has been consistently high!

I don't have figures for the earliest years, but I think the record number of entries was 148 in 2010.
Title: Re: British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition 2017 – Results
Post by: Allen on November 03, 2017, 04:42:31 PM
Hi “Rolnikov”,
Thanks for your good wishes. I’m not going to publicly single out any stories in particular but, yes, I am glad to say that the winning quality has been very high.
I am being quite solipsistic: the figures I refer to relate only to my tenure as judge – since March 2012. Six rounds of the competition and counting. Cheers.
Title: Re: British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition 2017 – Results
Post by: Rolnikov on November 05, 2017, 05:11:56 PM
If you're interested, these are the figures I've been able to find:

2004: ?
2005: ?
2006: ?
2007: ?
2008: 45
2009: 90
2010: 148
2011: ?
2012: 80
2013: 103
2014: 84
2015: 96
2016: 110
2017: 117

I've got AGM minutes for 2007 and 2011 but neither gave the number of entries.
Title: Re: British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition 2017 – Results
Post by: Allen on November 09, 2017, 05:29:41 PM
Thanks for the figures, Stephen. Originally, the competition was only open to writers with three or fewer professional publication credits; but it was then – possibly after an AGM discussion which would certainly have involved yours truly – opened up to everyone. At that point, there was probably a spike in entries. The “three or fewer” notion was very hard to police and would be even tougher nowadays with the changing landscape of what is considered to be a publication.
Title: Re: British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition 2017 – Results
Post by: Rolnikov on November 09, 2017, 06:44:22 PM
Yes, that rule was dropped for the 2010 competition, which also doubled the prize money.