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SciFan Fire and Ice Competition

The SciFan 'Fire and Ice' Competition 2017 asked entrants to get in touch with their dark sides. They did just that...

Thanks to everyone who took part. The winners were announced at FantastiCon as follows:-


The judging panel shortlisted six stories. 

  • *** The overall winner of the £100 1st prize goes to Dan Staniforth for his excellent story, Forged


  • *** In 2nd place, winning £50, is JX Plant with All The Time in the World


  • *** In 3rd place, winning £25, is RL Kerrigan with A Worm in the Toffee Apple


Three stories were highly commended by the judges. These were


  • The Button by Tim Gayda


  • The Light of Their Lives by Boris Glikman


  • Speak Before You Think by Katherine Duncan


Leading the judging panel for this competition was best-selling author and seasoned book reviewer, Danuta Reah. Danuta has commented specifically on the quality of the entry which was outstanding. This has had its downside as we never longlist more stories than will fit into the final anthology and we have several good entries that just didn’t quite make the cut. We hope to see these authors coming back to us in future competitions.


What were we looking for?

We were looking for the darkest, most twisted dystopian stories. The topic was 'Fire and Ice'. The entries were amazing. Longlisting has never been harder, but we made some tough decisions and cut the knot at 25 stories. After the judging is finished our editors will get to work on the long list and see which stories will make it all the way into the Fire and Ice anthology.


The Longlist (in alphabetical order)

A Worm in the Toffee Apple by RL Kerrigan

All the King's Men by Katie Lewis

All the Time in the World by JX Plant

Blind Alley by Emily Wootton

By the Grace of the Two Suns by Edward Newbould

Cold Dark by Sam Hurcom

Damned If You Do by Alan Paine

Elemental Sacrifice by John Hoggard

Fire and Ice by Louisa Morillo

Forged by Dan Staniforth

Frost Fires by Pierre Le Gue

Frozen Fire by Rachel Lovat

Justice in the Pool by Jonathan Edwards

Lagoon by RL Kerrigan

Lucantha by Sue Hoffmann

On the Slope of Survival by Lynn McInroy

Responsibility Discharged (Fired and Iced) by CM Angus

Separation of Fire and Ice by Miriam Callahan

Speak Before You Think by Katherine Duncan

The Button by Tim Gayda

The Cold Ones by Joseph D Wheeldon

The Despoilers by Dominic Bell

The Light of Their Lives by Boris  Glikman

The Mandarin by Robin Bilton

The Yellow Bus by Helen  Parker



The Charity

Every competition generates a charitable donation for a nominated charity. This competition will donate to the UK's largest Fibromyalgia Charity, Fibromyalgia Action UK, a charity very close to our hearts.


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