Established in 1969 and based in Johannesburg, Science Fiction & Fantasy South Africa (SFFSA) is a club for fans of both science fiction and fantasy. Membership benefits include:

Monthly meetings
Annual mini-conventions
An extensive library
Quarterly Probe fanzine
NOVA Short Story
Much much more!

International and country members are more than welcome

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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 entries are published in Probe.

As a popular service to our entrants, critiques of entries may be requested. They cost R25 each, are completely optional, and comprise an intelligently collated paragraph or two of comments made by our provisional judges.

The competition is co-sponsored by Arthur Goldstuck of WorldWideWorx

2019 Nova Short Story Competition

2019 is a special year for SFFSA, because it is our Golden Anniversary. While we cannot promise gold as a prize, we can promise that it will be special. In addition to the usual cash prizes, we are offering trophies this year.

These were previously offered as floating trophies; for our Golden Anniversary, we decided to offer them as permanent trophies.

For the winning story and highest-places SFFSA member

The larger trophy will be presented to the outright winner of Nova 2019. The smaller trophy will be presented to the highest-placed SFFSA member. Should the winner be an SFFSA member, the smaller trophy will be presented to the second highest-placed SFFSA member.

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In a nutshell

  • Entry details must be submitted using the 2019 entry form;
  • genres of science fiction or fantasy;
  • 2000-8000 words;
  • Only entries less than 5000 words are eligible for Mondi Incantati

  • Please read all the 2019 rules before submitting entries.

    Download a zipfile of rules and entry forms

    Alternatively, download separate copies of

  • Entry Form
  • Rules
  • Guidelines
  • Membership Application Form

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    Previous Winners

    The winners of previous Nova Competitions can be found here. A complete list of all winners since 1971 can be downloaded as well.

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    The Nova Short Story Competition FAQ can be found here.

    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.

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