BSFA Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to our award winners, announced at a ceremony this evening at the 65th Eastercon at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow.

The ceremony was hosted by Alice Lawson and Steve Lawson with guest presenters Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Jim Burns, Andrew J. Wilson and Stephanie Saulter.

Best Non-Fiction: Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer.

Best Art: cover of Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London by Joey Hi-Fi.

Best Short Fiction: Spin by Nina Allan

Best Novel: ties between Gareth L. Powell for Ack Ack Macaque and Ann Leckie for Ancillary Justice.

Congratulations to all the winners.

BSFA TweetFiction TweetStream 2014

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The Tweetstream

  • is free to enter, of course

  • each author is allowed multiple entries

  • is open to writers of any age and nationality, including professional authors and BSFA Committee members.

Story Format Suggestions & Encouraged Behaviour

  • Stories can be in any language! But must fit entirely into a single tweet.

  • Submissions should be original — they should be the sole work of the author/s in whose name they are submitted

  • Stories can be Science Fiction or Fantasy — we encourage a broad definition of what those terms mean.

  • Stories should not feature characters, locations etc. that are part of other copyrighted works — i.e.nothing set in the universes of Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, etc.

  • Please include the hashtag #tbsfa — which leaves 134 characters for creativity

  • Simply tweet your story (including the hashtag #TBSFA as stated above, we’ll pick it up)

  • Unless notified to the BSFA via the use of #tbsfa will be assumed to grant permission for the BSFA to reproduce at the awards ceremony or within future membership publications.


  • Of course entries could commence any time but we would encourage entries to coincide with Eastercon so we would suggest start posting from midnight Wednesday 16th Aprilth 2014.

  • We would suggest the closing date for submissions is midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 22nd April 2014.

  • If anything is unclear, or if you have any questions, please email


2014 BSFA Lecture

The 2014 BSFA Lecture at Eastercon will be given by Dr Sara-Patricia Wasson (Edinburgh Napier Unversity), and is entitled ‘Trade in flesh and tears: some science fictions of organ harvest′. The lecture will be given at 1.00 pm on Saturday April 19th, in Argyll 2 of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. The lecture is open to any member of Eastercon.

Sara-Patricia Wasson is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University.  She is author of Urban Gothic of the Second World War: Dark London (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), which won the Allan Lloyd Smith Memorial Prize of the International Gothic Association, and co-editor of Gothic Science Fiction 1980-2010 (Liverpool University Press, 2011).  She has a special interest in literary depictions of organ harvesting and tissue economies, and her talk to us is based on this work.

The BSFA Lecture is intended as a companion to the George Hay Lecture, which is presented at the Eastercon by the Science Fiction Foundation. Where the Hay Lecture invites scientists, the BSFA Lecture invites academics from the arts and humanities, because we recognise that science fiction fans aren’t only interested in science.  The lecturers are given a remit to speak “on a subject that is likely to be of interest to science fiction fans” – i.e. on whatever they want!  This is the sixth BSFA Lecture.

Getting Ready for Eastercon


With just a few days to go, the BSFA team are getting very excited about Satellite 4 in Glasgow. Quite a few members of the committee will be there at our desk in the Dealers Room, so you can pop by, say hello, refresh your membership in person, and grab some goodies (I am bound to have a stash of sweeties). A couple of appeals from us desk-bound types: if there are any members who would like to contribute an hour here or there to volunteer sitting at the BSFA desk, we would be very grateful. Please come and say hello and we will find a time for you. Also, if you would like to contribute book prizes for our fund-raising Lucky Dip, please do bring those along on Friday… and then we’ll be running the game over the rest of the weekend.

And of course, we are hosting some great events at the convention.

Saturday 19th April, 1pm. The BSFA Lecture. 

Dr Sara-Patricia Wasson (Edinburgh Napier University) presents her talk on ‘Trade in flesh and tears: some science fictions of organ harvest’.  Introduced by Tony Keen.

Sunday 20th April, 7pm. The BSFA Award Ceremony/James White Award Ceremony

The annual BSFA Awards as voted for by members of the BSFA and Eastercon for Best Non-Fiction; Best Art; Best Short Fiction and Best Novel. Also, the James White Award: results of the competition to find the best short story by a non-professional writer for 2013

BSFA presenters include: Andrew J. Wilson, Alice Lawson , Jim Burns, Steve Lawson, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell , and Stephanie Saulter.

BSFA members will have received their copies of Vector and the BSFA Awards Booklet in the last few days. I would like to say thank you for all the feedback we have received from members. So many of you were so pleased to have received your publications, so thanks for all the tweets and shares on social media. We also had some very useful comments from some members that we will certainly use to inform future publications. As you may be aware, there has been a lot of discussion lately about fair representation for creators of science fiction in reviews and merchandising, and about what the industry can do to help eliminate reinforcement of unconscious bias. The BSFA is here to represent its membership – scrub that, the BSFA is  its membership – and we wouldn’t have a publication to put together without many of our members coming together to read, review, report, write, edit, design, typeset and organize the whole caboodle. We are grateful for this, and proud that in the last four issues, 35% of our reviews have been of female authors, which is well above industry average. But that’s our average; we have dipped well below this in the last issue. We would like 35% to be our bar for improvement. Publishers, we need your help with this – please submit more of your publications by female authors for review. And we also need more female reviewers! Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to give reviewing for the BSFA a try.

Our members will hopefully find the BSFA Awards Booklet a useful tool for deciding who to vote for in the BSFA Awards, but even if you’re not a member, you can still vote if you’re going to Eastercon. If you head over to Starship Sofa, they have recorded audio versions of the shortlisted stories for Best Short Fiction 2013. I am also reproducing the shortlisted nominations for Best Artwork 2013 below, with apologies to Richard Wagner whose artwork was unfortunately slightly cropped in the print version we sent out to members.

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Dream London – by Joey Hifi


Metropolis by Kevin Tong

Wagner Art

The Angel at the Heart of the Rain by Richard Wagner

There will be no e-newsletter now until after Satellite 4. If you are a member and have been missing out on the e-newsletter, please get in touch. We have a lot of dead emails on our lists so we may need to update your details. The next newsletter will include details of our member survey, exclusive author interviews and member competitions, so it’s going to be well worth getting. Thanks for reading, and see you at Eastercon!

Poetry Submissions Wanted

From our poetry editor, Charles Christian:


“Calling all Poets… I’m putting together the poetry section for the next issue of the British Science Fiction Association’s Focus magazine and am looking for submissions. Poetry with a Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, Ghost or Steampunk theme (or any mixture thereof) all qualify. You do NOT have to be a member of the BSFA – nor even British. However please note Focus is a print magazine published twice a year by a volunteer team so, for factors outside my control, publication deadlines can sometimes slip.


Please email your submissions with the entry either within the body of the email or attached as a Word or Pages document – directly to me at If you have any illustrations you want to add to the submission, can these be in either JPEG or PDF file format. And that’s it! The deadline is Friday 9th May – so you’ve got 5 weeks including 2 public holidays (at least in the UK) in which to create and submit your submissions. All poetry formats considered, including haiku (or scifaiku) and even Vogon Poetry!


Formal Stuff: poets retain the full copyright to their work – we only take a bare licence to reproduce the work in the magazine – and we do not insist on submissions being previously unpublished works nor do we exclude multiple-submissions.”

Birmingham Independent Book Fair Saturday 12th April

The Birmingham Independent Book Fair takes place this weekend at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. This is a day-long event (doors open at 11.00 am) and features independent publishers from the West Midlands and beyond.
Alchemy Press have been in touch to tell us about the works they are showcasing there. Peter Coleborn says:

“Merry-Go-Round and Other Words is the definitive collection of work by the South Wales poet and writer Bryn Fortey. The book includes a warm introduction by Johnny Mains plus an afterword by Bryn, in which he discusses some of the stories included in the book. We are certain you will all want a copy of this collection gracing your shelves.

“We shall also have copies of Rod Rees’s book Invent-10n in both paperback and hard-cover, limited editions! If you missed the launch last December now is your chance to race down to Birmingham and grab a copy.

“In preparing for the book fair we “unearthed” a few copies of the late Joel Lane-edited anthology, Beneath the Ground. We’re pretty sure that these are all the remaining copies in Alchemy Towers. We also came across a handful of Shadows of Light and Dark by award-winning poet Jo Fletcher. This collection of poems includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman plus art and photography by Les Edwards and Seamus Ryan. The book is signed and numbered by all contributors (including the book’s designer Michael Marshall Smith).

Other Alchemy Press titles available include Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac, The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes (volumes 1 and 2), The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic and Doors to Elsewhere.”

Other publishers set to appear at the festival include:

Twin Books 


Flarestack Poets 

William Gallagher 

Boo Books 

Pigeon Park Press 

Cinnamon Press 

Silhouette Press 

Cannon Poets 

Shadow Publishing

TJB Press 

Offa’s Press 

Black Pear Press 

The Alchemy Press 

Ellie Stevenson 

Nine Arches Press 

Gingernut Books 

Crowded Quarantine 

Foxwell Press

Fair Acre Press 

Five Seasons Press 

The Cassowary Press

Location: The Ikon Gallery, Oozells Street, Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2HS

April 12 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Alchemy Press also took the opportunity to remind us they have a submissions window closing at the end of this month for their other 2014 anthologies: The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3, edited by Mike Chinn, and The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber. So, get your stories polished up and send them in!

It Is Rocket Science – Back on the Airwaves

Helen Keen’s fantastic comedy series about all things Space is back on Radio 4 for a third series.

Episode 1 was aired at 11pm on Wednesday April 2nd.


series2014slideIs there life on Mars? Check out episode 1, which also features the vocal talents of Peter Serafinowicz (the voice of Space, as well as many other, erm, voices) and Suzy Kane. And check out this animation of sad little Curiosity’s first birthday party.

Helen Keen is next appearing at the Edinburgh Science Festival on Sunday April 13th at the National Museum of Scotland for a panel: Barbed Wire Between Cultures.

48-hour film challenge

This came in via the contact form:

Wildseed Studios partners with SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival to offer 48hr Film Challenge winner £10,000 towards a micro-budget feature

Wildseed Studios, the next-generation content and talent incubator which supports grass roots talent with funding, creative mentorship and strategic advice, has partnered with SCI-FI-LONDON, The UK’s leading genre festival at London’s BFI Southbank to offer one of the shortlisted teams in the 48hr Film Challenge £10,000 cash plus additional production resources, creative mentorship and strategic advice sufficient to develop and produce a micro-budget feature film.

The 2014 SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge will take place between 12 -14 April and is a great opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to get their film funded and made. Taking part is easy: simply turn up on Saturday 12 April, make a film in a weekend then submit your film by Monday 14 April. Click here for more details, then register here.

The judging panel includes Danny Boyle, Professor Brian Cox and Catherine Bray. The winning film being screened at the festival and four additional teams will be selected by Wildseed Studios to go through a mentoring and development process. One of the projects will then be selected to receive the funding and support necessary to produce the project as a micro-budget feature.

Over the last five years the SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge has had over 800 films completed, many of which have gone on to other film festivals and been broadcast on TV. Gareth Edwards who won the 2008 SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Film Challenge with his Factory Farmed short is currently directing a Hollywood film about a big lizard… the Godzilla reboot!

Gareth Edwards Factory Farmed (2008 winning entry).

Director of SCI-FI-LONDON Louis Savy said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership and be in a position where, thanks to Wildseed Studios, we can offer one of the shortlisted teams £10,000 cash toward a micro-budget feature! This is a really incredible opportunity for emerging filmmaking talent, so get ready for the challenge – we want to see your feature film in next year’s festival!”

Wildseed Studio’s co-founder Jesse Cleverly said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Challenge to offer this sort of initiative which directly enables the next-generation of filmmakers. We’ve all seen what previous winners of the Sci-Fi London 48hr Film Challenge such as Gareth Edwards can go on to achieve, so we’re encouraging all aspiring filmmakers to register and be part of this exciting process.”


April BSFA London Meeting: Anne Perry Interviewed by Lizzie Barrett

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND


On Wednesday 30th* of April  2014Anne Perry (Editor at Hodder & Stoughton, founder of and The Kitschies Awards) will be interviewed by Lizzie Barrett (SFF reader, fan and blogger).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.


28th May 2014- Tori Truslow and Alex Dally MacFarlane, interviewed by Tony Keen

7th June 2014- BSFA/SFF AGM, BSFA Guest of Honour Francis Hardinge, interviewed by Tom Pollock

25th June 2014- Stephanie Saulter, interviewed by Kate Keen

*Note-this is the 5th Wed. and NOT the date originally advertised.

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Calling all Steampunk Enthusiasts

Claire Tailyour of Slackwire films is seeking interviewees to take part in an upcoming film about Steampunk. Why is Steampunk important to you? How has it enriched your life?

The film, funded by Lancia, will be based in London, but you do not have to be a Londoner to take part. It comes hot on the heels of Slackwire’s steampunk film Ruby’s Skin starring John Bowe (The Hour, Silent Witness, Coronation Street) and Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones, Bates Motel, The Signal).

Claire can be contacted via and would like to interview prospective subjects from 7th April.

John Bowe in Ruby’s Skin


SF-themed weddings

Chloë, our BBC friend from before, has a further request:

I’m the researcher on a new BBC landmark series about the history of
Science Fiction, the series will be shown this spring on BBC America and
later in the year in the UK on BBC2.

To accompany the UK series we are making an exclusive short film for the
BBC’s iPlayer – a 20 minute programme all about British SF fans. We are
looking to find a broad range of willing contributors all of whom
representing, in their own way, the full breadth of British SF fandom. We
are looking for people who can talk eloquently about the genre, but more
specifically about what SF means to them.

I am currently looking for contributors who have had, or plan to have, a
Science Fiction themed wedding. If this is you then please do get in
touch, I’d love to talk to you about your experience.

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you,

Chloë Penman, Researcher
History of Science Fiction, BBC Arts
BBC Bristol, Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR
Tel: +44 (0)117 974 6890
Mob/Cell: +44 (0)7879 552 340

March BSFA London Meeting: BSFA Award Panel

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND


On Wednesday 26th of March  2014, there will be a Panel (Gaie Sebold and Paul Kincaid) to discuss the British Science Fiction Association Awards.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The panel will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.


23rd April 2014Anne Perry, interviewed by Lizzie Barrett

28th May 2014- Tori Truslow and Alex Dally MacFarlane, interviewed by Tony Keen

25th June 2014- Stephanie Saulter, interviewed by Kate Keen

SFF Masterclass still accepting applications

The SFF are still accepting applications for the 2014 Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass, an enriching experience for anyone interested in improving their writing about Science Fiction and Fantasy. Please send a sample of writing and a one-page cv to

Please share this as widely as possible. Thanks.

Eighth SFF Criticism Masterclass 2014

The Eighth Science Fiction Foundation Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism will be held from Monday 11 August 2014 to Wednesday 13 August, immediately before Loncon 3, the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention.

The SFF Masterclass involves three days studying texts supplied by three class leaders.  It is a great way to broaden your critical perspectives, sharpen some critical tools, and to make contacts with other people writing on SF and Fantasy.  The class leaders are drawn from professional writers, academics and fans, and this is a great opportunity to learn from people experienced in their craft.
Anyone interested in writing seriously about science fiction and/or fantasy, at whatever level they are in their careers, is welcome to attend.  This includes not just critics and reviewers, but historians and other scholars.  Those who have attended past Masterclasses are also welcome to apply.
Past students have found these events immensely beneficial, and often return.
We are pleased to announce that the venue will be the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, founded by Charles II in 1675, and the home of the Prime Meridian. This is across the Thames from the Excel site where Loncon3 will take place. Price: £200.
The tutors for 2014 will be:
Andy Duncan, Professor of English at Frostburg State University, Frostburg MD, winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Award and two World Fantasy Awards, and winner of the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novelette.
Neil Easterbrook, Professor of English at the Texas Christian University, and a prolific reviewer and critic, whose monograph on China Miéville is due to be published in 2014.
K.V. Johansen, a Canadian writer of fantasy, science fiction, and children’s fiction, who has also published three books on the history of children’s fantasy. Her adult novel Blackdog was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award in 2012.
You can find some reports on previous Masterclasses on the Facebook page.
Please apply to Send a short piece of critical writing, and a one page cv. Deadline for Applications: February 28th 2014

Fans sought for BBC film

Chloë Penman of the BBC has contacted the BSFA with an interesting request. She writes:

I’m the researcher on a new BBC landmark series about the history of Science Fiction, the series will be shown this spring on BBC America and later in the year in the UK on BBC2.

To accompany the UK series we are making an exclusive short film for the BBC’s iPlayer – a 20 minute programme all about British SF fans.

We are looking to find a broad range of willing contributors all of whom representing, in their own way, the full breadth of British SF fandom. We are looking for people who can talk eloquently about the genre, but more specifically about what SF means to them. We would like people to tell us about why Science Fiction is so important in their lives, what doors it
has opened for them and why, as a genre, it inspires such a lively conversation with its audience.

I’m looking for people who can give me a personal take on their relationship with Science Fiction, real stories about the power of Science Fiction.

Many Thanks,

Chloë Penman, Researcher
History of Science Fiction, BBC Arts
BBC Bristol, Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR
Tel: +44 (0)117 974 6890

February BSFA London Meeting: Tom Pollock interviewed by Emma Newman

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND


On Wednesday 26th of February  2014, Tom Pollock (author of The Skyscraper Throne Trilogy) will be interviewed by Emma Newman (author of the Split Worlds series, 20 Years Later).

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.


26th March 2014BSFA Awards Panel

23rd April 2014Anne Perry, interviewed by Lizzie Barrett

28th May 2014- TBC

BSFA Awards: the Shortlist

It’s finally here!

The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) is delighted to announce the shortlist for its annual BSFA Awards for works first published in 2013. The BSFA has been running the awards since 1970, awarding the first Best Novel award to John Brunner’s 1969 novel Stand on Zanzibar.


The 2012 BSFA Award Winners

The BSFA Awards draw on nominations from their membership, and in the case of the Best Novel Award are open to UK publications only.

Best Novel

God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

Evening’s Empires by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)

Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris)

The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

Best Short Fiction

Spin by Nina Allan (TTA Press)

“Selkie Stories are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons)

“Saga’s Children” by E. J. Swift (The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium)

“Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Best Artwork

Cover for Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London by Joey Hi-fi (Solaris)

Poster for Metropolis by Kevin Tong (

“The Angel at the Heart of the Rain” by Richard Wagner (Interzone #246)

Best Non-Fiction

Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer (Abrams Image)

“Going Forth by Night” by John J. Johnston (Unearthed, Jurassic)

“Sleeps with Monsters” by Liz Bourke (

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Satellite4 Eastercon convention the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow Sunday 20th April 2014. BSFA Prize-winners will receive a coveted BSFA trophy. Also in the ceremony will be the annual James White Award announcing its short story competition winner.

Awards Season Hots Up – Clarkes and Kitschies

At the BSFA, we have counted up our award nominations, and are buzzing with excitement to tell you which works have been shortlisted… but you have to wait!


Tom Hunter, Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, revealed the total number of submissions of novels by female writers this week – and it was a staggering 33. Last year, there were only 18 out of 82 books. But how many books will have been submitted overall? Tom is teasing us with that number and won’t tell us! But what he did tell us was that he hoped releasing this list first  would be “a positive contribution towards further raising the profile of women writers of science fiction in the UK and beyond.” Nice one, Tom.

The full list of submissions will be announced next Thursday. Our BSFA representatives, Duncan Lawie and Ian Whates, along with all the other judges, will be reading like mad to try to get through them all and be ready to announce their collective shortlist on March 18th. Then, the glamorous Royal Society in London will host the awards ceremony once again on May 1st.


Waving its tentacles in our general direction next come The Kitschies - the shortlists having been announced this week. The Kitschies are an annual prize for books
containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic”. Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry have been running The Kitschies for the past 5 years, and their quest this year was to find the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” fiction of 2013 (and give the writers some rum! Probably…)

This year’s shortlists are selected from a record 234 submissions, coming from over fifty different publishers and imprints.

The Red Tentacle (Novel), selected by Kate Griffin, Nick Harkaway, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabel Wright:

  • Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
  • Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
  • The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut), also selected by the above panel:

  • Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
  • A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic)

The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art), selected by Craig Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Hazel Thompson and Emma Vieceli.

  • Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz) / Design and illustration by Sinem Erkas
  • The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot) / Art by Will Staehle
  • Homeland and Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Titan)  / Design by Amazing15
  • Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)  / Art by Gianmarco Magnani
  • Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (Century) / Art by Joey Hi-Fi

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Seven Dials Club on 12th February and will receive a total of £2,000 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s distinctive Tentacle trophies and bottles of The Kraken Rum.

Will any of The Kitschies shortlist titles be reflected in the shortlists for the BSFA awards, which will be announced next week? What do you think? I know, but… my lips are sealed!


Registrations re-enabled, spammers blocked (with any luck)

Hi all. You may remember that I disabled self-registration on the site not long before Christmas. Well a few days ago I had three or four new members asking me how they could register on the site (welcome, new people). So I decided it was time to activate registrations again.

We got over two hundred registrations in the following three days. Two Hundred! I like to think that the BSFA has a popular site, but, come on.

So I researched WordPress plugins, and found that the plainly-named Stop Spammers plugin should be our friend. I’ve just installed it, and we’ll see how it goes.

Now, the plugin describes itself as “very aggressive”, so there’s always the danger of false positives. By which I mean, it might detect an IP address as a source of spam, when that address is in fact perfectly innocent.

So if you find the site behaves strangely; if you find you can’t log on; if you try to register and are stopped (and you’re not a spammer): please let me know.

You can email me via webadmin at