The BFS Short Story Competition is back!

allenThis year’s BFS Short Story Competition will be once again be judged by award-winning editor and BFS stalwart Allen Ashley.

Allen Ashley is an author, editor, poet, critic and writing tutor as well as a long-standing, active member of the BFS. Allen is a regular contributor to The BFS Journal and attendee at FantasyCon. Allen won the BFS award for Best Anthology in 2006 as editor of The Elastic Book Of Numbers (Elastic Press).

Allen says: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to judge last year’s high quality competition. Those of you who receive The BFS Journal will have read the top three stories by now. There were also several other tales that pushed that trio pretty close. So, if you think you can write to the level of last year’s winner Megan Kerr, or even surpass her, then I definitely want to see your story. Besides which, BFS members get one free entry, so there are no excuses for failing to take part. There’s just me judging – no filtering committee or anything like that. Word limit is 5000 words and all the usual rules apply. Submission window opens on 1 March 2013 and closes on 30 June 2013. I will be reading the stories over the Summer and we hope to make the presentation at World Fantasy Con in Brighton.”

Entry is free for BFS members and just £5 per entry for non-members. Further details and full submission guidelines HERE

For enquiries please email Allen on

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