The BFS Short Story Competition is back!

This years’ BFS Short Story Competition will 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: “Judging a competition is something I have wanted to add to my accomplishments for a long time, so I’m really pleased to be given this opportunity. I’m sure it’s going to be a tough decision to choose the eventual winners as I know that the standard is always very high. There’s just me judging – no filtering committee or anything like that. Also, this year it’s not anonymous as that was felt to be an unnecessary complication. Word limit is 5000 words and all the usual rules apply. Submission window opens on 1 March 2012 and closes on 30 June 2012.”

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

3 Comments on The BFS Short Story Competition is back!

  1. Hello! Quick question… can you submit if you live outside the UK? (I’m from the USA.)

  2. CarolineC // 02/03/2012 at 12:31 //

    Hi Katie – I would imagine you can, but it might be best to email Allen on just to make sure.

  3. CarolineC // 04/03/2012 at 16:47 //

    Hello, me again! Checked this with Allen and he says that international submissions to the short story competition are most welcome. Hope that clarifies it for you!

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