The BSFA Award for Short Fiction – Longlist

The writing and publication of short stories, novelettes and novellas are the life-blood of science fiction. The variety of anthologies, magazines, websites and other means of publishing short fiction provide a continual supply of content to eager genre fans.

For writers, short fiction can be a stepping-stone or a specialist art form, or a mix of both. Many amazing writers have found an audience as creators of short works.

The BSFA award for short fiction seeks to find and recognise excellent work in the format. We want to help you discover writers and stories you might not have read before.

The longlist nominations represent the works read and recognised by members as being a significant achievement during 2020.

  • A Voyage to Queensthroat by Anya Johanna DeNiro (Strange Horizons) – Link / Link to Listen
  • All I Asked For by Anne Charnock (Future Care Capital) – Link
  • All Your Bases, Yada-Yada by Paula Hammond (Brain Games, Third_Flatiron) – Link to Purchase
  • Always Forever Today, Andrew Hook (Frequencies of Existence) – Link to Purchase
  • Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super, by A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny Magazine) – Link
  • Carnival by Milton Davis (Hadithi and the State of Black Speculative Fiction) – Link to Reading / Link to Purchase
  • Cofiwch Aberystwyth by Val Nolan (Interzone, TTA Press) – Link to Purchase
  • Convergence in Chorus Architecture by Dare Segun Falowo (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora) – Link to Purchase
  • Devil’s Road by Gary Gibson (NewCon) – Link to Purchase
  • Fairy Tales for Robots by Sofia Samatar (Made to Order) – Link to Purchase
  • Firewalkers by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Solaris) – Link to Purchase
  • Flight by Claire Wrenwood (Tor.com) – Link
  • Fog and Pearls at the King’s Cross Junction by Aliya Whiteley (London Centric) – Link to Purchase
  • Georgie in the Sun by Natalia Theodoridou (Uncanny Magazine) – Link
  • Give Me My Wings by Eneasz Brodski (Gotta Wear Eclipse Glasses) – Link to Purchase
  • Grubane by Karl Drinkwater (Organic Apocalypse) – Link to Purchase
  • Honeybones by Georgina Bruce (TTA Press) – Link to Purchase
  • Ife-Iyoku, Tale of Imadeyunuagbon by Oghenechovwe Ekpeki (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora) – Link to Download / Link to Reading / Link to Purchase
  • In the Storm, a Fire by Andrew Dana Hudson and Jay Springett (And Lately, The Sun) – Link to Purchase / Link to Reading
  • Infinite Tea in the Demara Cafe by Ida Keogh (London Centric) – Link to Purchase
  • Isn’t Your Daughter Such a Doll by Tobi Ogundiran (Shoreline of Infinity) – Link to Story
  • Ivory’s Story by Eugen M. Bacon (NewCon) – Link to Purchase / Link to Reading
  • Make America Great Again by Val Nolan (Interzone, TTA Press) – Link to Purchase
  • Mist Songs of Delhi by Sid Jain (PodCastle) – Link to Listen
  • Odette by Zen Cho (Shoreline of Infinity) – Link to Reading / Link to Story
  • Paper Hearts by Justina Robson (NewCon) – Link to Purchase
  • Placed into Abyss (Mise en Abyse) by Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com) – Link
  • Rat and Finch are Friends, by Innocent Chizaram Ilo (Strange Horizons) – Link to Story / Link to Listen
  • Red_Bati by Dilman Dila (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora) – Link to Purchase
  • Rocket Man by Louis Evans (Interzone, TTA Press) – Link to Story / Link to Reading / Link to Purchase
  • Saving Simon by Allen Stroud (Forgotten Sidekicks, Kristell Ink) – Link to Purchase
  • Selkie Summer by Ken McLeod (NewCon) – Link to Purchase
  • Seven Days in Geocenter by Yu Yu (self-published) – Link
  • Seven Dreams of a Valley by Prashanth Srivatsa (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) – Link
  • Sin Eater by Ian R. MacLeod (Made to Order) – Link to Purchase
  • Singularity by Davide Mana (Shoreline of Infinity) – Link to Purchase / Link to Story
  • Soaring, the World on their Shoulders by Cécile Cristofari (Interzone, TTA Press) – Link to Purchase
  • SoulShine by Koji A. Dae (Gotta Wear Eclipse Glasses) – Link to Purchase
  • The Abduction of Europe by Andrew Hook, in Frequencies of Existence (NewCon) Link to Purchase
  • The Continuity by Philip Berry (And Lately, The Sun) – Link to Excerpt / Link to Purchase
  • The Good Shepherd by Stewart Hotson (London Centric) – Link to Purchase
  • The Menace from Farside by Ian McDonald (Tor.com) – Link to Purchase
  • The Road to Woop Woop by Eugen Bacon (The Road to Woop Woop and Other Stories) Link to Purchase / Link to Reading
  • The Roman Road by Vajra Chandrasekera (Fireside) – Link
  • The Thirteenth Floor by Robert Bagnall (Gotta Wear Eclipse Glasses) – Link to Purchase
  • The Torch by Samantha Walton (Gutter Magazine) – Link
  • The Translator, at Low Tide by Vajra Chandrasekera (Clarkesworld Magazine) – Link
  • The Unclean by Nuzo Onoh (Dominion: An Anthology of Black Speculative Fiction) – Link to Purchase
  • Time’s Own Gravity by Alexander Glass (Interzone, TTA Press) – Link to Purchase
  • To Set at Twilight in a Land of Reeds by Natalia Theodoridou (Clarkesworld Magazine) – Link
  • Warsuit by Gary Gibson (Interzone, TTA Press) – Link to Purchase
  • We are Still Here by Anya Ow (Shoreline of Infinity) – Link to Purchase / Link to Story
  • We Will Become as Monsters by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (The Future Fire) – Link
  • Yellow and the Perception of Reality by Maureen McHugh (Tor.com) – Link
  • You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez and Julie Maroh (DC Comics) – Link to Purchase
  • You Will Never Be Forgotten by Mary South (New Yorker) – Link

Over the next few days, we will be in contact with long list nominees and wherever possible, updating this page with links to samples of as many of these works as we can.

Voting for the shortlist will open on the 18th of January for BSFA members, and will close on the 5th of February. The final vote will then open, and the winner is planned to be announced at this year’s Eastercon, ConFusion.