CFP: [Collections] Science Fiction Foundation Anual Essay Prize

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Fatima Ahad

Science Fiction Foundation
2008 Essay Prize
Deadline for Submission: May 31 2008

Judges for 2008:
Joan Haran (Research Fellow, Cardiff University)
Paul McAuley (Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award)
Justina Robson (Arthur C. Clarke and BSFA Awards Finalist, author of
the ‘Quantum Gravity’ series)

Essay submissions are invited for the annual Foundation Essay Prize.
Authors must be postgraduate students at the time of submission (e.g. MA,

The essay, which must be in English, should be between 5000 and 8000
words long (including notes).
Essays substantially over this limit will not be considered. The essay
may be on any aspect of science fiction.

Please send your submissions to Fatima Ahad in Word format, at

The winning essay will receive £250 and be published in Foundation; all
submissions to the prize will be regarded as submissions to the journal,
and will be considered for publication.

• Postgraduate: this means MA, PhD, higher qualification than an
ordinary degree. This term is not commonly used in America and some
confusion can arise between graduate / postgraduate.

• At the time of submission: all students must be registered for a
postgraduate degree at the time they submit their essay.
If you have already graduated then you are not eligible. However, if you
have submitted your final dissertation / had your Viva, but have not yet
graduated at the time of submitting your essay to the competition, then
you are still eligible.
If you are waiting to start a postgraduate course (gap year / applying
for funding etc) then you are also not eligible until you have formally
entered onto your course and are registered.

• Any aspect of science fiction: a standard response to questions
about whether fantasy / speculative fiction topics are eligible can be:

“Preference will be given to criticism of science fiction works or
authors. However, the judges will consider essays concerning associated
areas of speculative fiction such as fantasy or alternate history,
provided that the subject matter and the critical approach taken to it
are suitably rigorous.”

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