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Edited by Dev Agarwal, Focus is the BSFA's magazine for writers. It is packed with articles, advice, recommendations, and reflections on the creative process of writing SFF and also on writing as a business.

Focus is published once or twice a year, and is always open to pitches and submissions. Contributors are advised to familiarise themselves with the content and style of the magazine before submitting. Possible topics and themes include (but are not limited to):

  • Writing realistic characters
  • Recommended reading
  • Reflections on how to write and edit 
  • Story prompts and exercises
  • Current issues and trends in the genre
  • Science and related topics of SFF interest
  • Dissecting the craft of great SFF writers
  • Deep dives into particular tropes or types of scenes
  • Blending and transcending genres
  • Worldbuilding
  • Diversity and representation
  • Independent, small press, and self-publishing
  • Freelance careers as a business model
  • Workshopping, critiques, collaborating
  • Background research
  • Creative practice as research
  • Writing for diverse media
  • Orbiter success stories

  • If you've got something to share, and you think Focus might be the right venue for it, get in touch with the editor.


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