The Nova Short Story Competition is our annual competition for budding writers of science fiction and fantasy short stories. The competition is open for entry from April until 30 September annually. Winning entries, finalists and selected other entries are published in Probe. The winning story is also published in Mondi Incantati, and Italian anthology of the best stories of Trofeo RiLL.
Nova 2017 Results
Place Prize Title Author
1 R 2 000 The Last Baby Jill Morsbach
2 R 1 000 The Cloaker Odell Coetzee
3 R 500 The Family Tree Gary Kuyper
The competition is co-sponsored by Arthur Goldstuck of WorldWideWorx
The Nova Short Story Competition FAQ can be found here.
Mondi Incantati (Enchanted Worlds) is a yearly anthology of the best stories organised by RiLL, Riflessi di Luce Lunare (Reflections of Moonlight), an Italian non-profit organisation. Since 1994, RiLL has organized the RiLL Trophy (Trofeo RiLL) for the best fantasy story, a literary contest to discover fantasy authors. RiLL has been collaborating with SFFSA since 2015. We have a reciprocal arrangement where the winning story of Nova is published in Mondi Incantati, and the winning story of Trofeo RiLL is published in Probe.
Trofeo RiLL undertake the translation of the Italian story for Probe. They also translate the Nova winning story into Italian for Mondi Incantati. They generously send SFFSA two copies of Mondi Incantati; one for our library, and one for the Nova winner.
Did you know?The first short story competition was held in 1971. First prize was an awesome R15! The winning entry, as judged by Arthur Bleksley, was Man Proposes by WG Lipsett.
For more details, you are welcome to email the convenor of the Short Story Competition.