The surprise success of the South African science fiction movie District 9 is expected to boost this year’s Science Fiction/Fantasy South Africa national short story competition.

This annual competition, known as the Nova Short Story Competition, has been running since 1972, encourages writing in the science fiction and fantasy field and promotes local talent. This year again sees a double competition where stories will be judged as either general or South African in theme and backdrop.
The South Afican section prize is sponsored by World Wide Worx, and will be judged by its MD, Arthur Goldstuck, a former winner in this section of the competition.
A special prize for under-18s will also be awarded if enough entries of suitable quality are received.
Further information and an entry form may be obtained on the SFSA web site at by clicking on the Nova story competition link, or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to SFSA Short Story Competition, PO Box 8022, Edenglen 1613. Alternatively, send e-mail to
The closing date for the competition is 30 September 2010.