BSFA Publications

We publish three regular magazines: Vector and Focus (print), and The BSFA Review (digital).

From time to time we publish other magazines; notably recent years have had collections of the stories shortlisted for the awards, and in 2015, Best of Vector: The State of the Art ed. Paul Kincaid and Maureen Kincaid Speller was published. 2018 will see a special anniversary publication, celebrating sixty years of the BSFA.

How to Subscribe

By becoming a BSFA member (only £29 p.a. for UK residents), you will receive Vector, Focus, The BSFA Review, the BSFA Awards booklet, occasional one-off special publications, and other membership benefits.


Vector, the critical journal of the BSFA, was founded in 1958. Over the years Vector has changed shape and form many times. The journal is currently edited by Polina Levontin and Jo Lindsay Walton, and published two to three times a year. Our contributors include academics, critics, fans, authors, and artists, both from the UK and from around the world. Although the journal’s focus is primarily critical examinations, analyses, surveys, and insight into written science fiction, fantasy, horror, and slipstream, we also deal with these genres in other media, such as film, television, theatre, games, radio and podcasts, music, and digital art.

If you would like to submit an article, please query at We welcome proposals to guest edit special themed issues. Forthcoming themes include “African and Afrodiasporic Speculative Fiction” and “Economics and Science Fiction.” For the latest news from Vector, visit the journal’s website.

Vector Vaults: Other information about Vector’s publication history can be found at the ISFDB. If you are trying to track down an individual back issue of Vector, feel free to query us at An older Vector site, from 2006, is archived here.

Torque Control: This name has been used both for the editorials in the print edition of Vector, and for the Vector editors’ blog.

The BSFA Review

The BSFA Review, once the reviews section of Vector, was spun off as a digital publication in 2017. The Review is emailed direct to members, packed with reviews of the latest genre fiction. We aim to cover as much of the field as possible, whether it is science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror or slipstream. This means that as well as fiction and non-fiction we also try to feature reviews of comics, graphic novels, spoken word, films, plays, and exhibitions. The current editor of The BSFA Review is Susan Oke.

You can get it emailed to you by signing up for the BSFA Newsletter.


Focus is the BSFA’s writing magazine, devoted to the craft and practice of writing genre fiction.

Enjoy reading behind the scenes as professional genre writers share their tips on writing to one’s best ability, how to get through the submissions process and share insights on their own writing process.

Whether you are a budding writer, or have a few publishing successes behind you, you’re bound to find it fascinating and inspirational.

Focus is currently edited by Dev Agarwal.


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