The BFS Short Story Competition 2014

British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition 2014

Information prepared on Sunday 23 February 2014 by Allen Ashley

The BFS short story competition 2014 will be open to entries from 1 March 2014. Anyone can enter, regardless of how many times they have been previously published. The competition is open to entries from 1 March 2014 to 30 June 2014. The sole judge for the 2014 competition is award winning editor and BFS stalwart Allen Ashley.



  • 1st prize: £100, a year’s membership of the BFS, and publication in the BFS Journal.
  • 2nd prize: £50, a year’s membership of the BFS, and publication in the BFS Journal.
  • 3rd prize: £20, and publication in the BFS Journal.



  • Open to entries from 1 March 2014 to 30 June 2014
  • No entries will be accepted outside these dates.
  • Allen Ashley is the sole judge of this year’s competition and will read every entry all the way through.
  • Allen Ashley will send an email acknowledgement to all entrants within a few days of receipt of their story.
  • The winners will be announced at the British Fantasy Awards ceremony, due to be held as part of Fantasy Con in York during September 2014.
  • The winners will also be announced on the BFS website within a few days of the award being made.
  • Winning stories will be published in an issue of the BFS Journal as close as possible subsequent to the announcement of the results.



  • Stories must be written in English.
  • 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.
  • All current members of the British Fantasy Society are entitled to one free entry to the competition. This is a benefit of membership.
  • Current BFS committee post-holders are not allowed to enter the competition.
  • 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  • Stories must not exceed 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished in any form.
  • Stories must be your own original work. We are not looking for translations, Shared World, or similar.
  • Stories must not be under consideration elsewhere.
  • Stories must be previously unpublished. This means they must not have been published in books, magazines, on websites, phone apps, or have been broadcast on TV, radio, podcasts, etc.
  • Multiple entries are welcome, but only one free entry per BFS member
  • Unlike some other competitions, this one is not being judged anonymously. Therefore, please put your name and contact details on your manuscript.
  • The decision of the judge Allen Ashley will be final.
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding the judge’s decision.
  • Should your story be successful we will request a six-month moratorium subsequent to publication in the BFS Journal.
  • Should your story be unsuccessful, you are free to send it elsewhere immediately after the announcement of the results on the BFS website.


Formatting the Stories

Documents should 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.
  • Section breaks should be indicated by a single hash mark (#) or asterisk (*)
  • Please put title and author name in the header for each page.
  • Please include a word count.
  • Stories should be saved in “Rich Text Format” or an older version of “MS Word”. Preferably not “.docx”.

Failure to submit manuscripts in this manner may lead to disqualification. Stories that exceed 5000 words will not be read but you may still be charged.


Entering the Competition

Entries should be submitted by email.

  • Head your email “BFS Short Story Competition”
  • Attach your story as an rtf file or as an older version of Word (not Doc.x).
  • In the body of the email give your name, title of the story, the word count and details of membership/payment.
  • If you are a current BFS Member, please give your membership number.
  • If you are not a BFS member, or if you are a BFS member entering a second story, there is a £5 fee per entry.
  • If you are paying via PayPal, please quote your PayPal transaction number in your covering email.
  • Format the document according to the guidelines given above.
  • Send to:

We welcome submissions from outside the UK; PayPal will convert your currency. Please pay via PayPal.

Story Title

If there are any details not covered in these guidelines or if you have any other queries relating to the competition, please email Allen Ashley on