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
 competition
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.

Nova is co-sponsored by Arthur Goldstuck of  WorldWideWorx 

2018 Nova Short Story Competition

In a nutshell: entry details must be submitted using the 2018 entry form; genres of science fiction or fantasy; 2000-8000 words. Please read all the 2018 rules before submitting entries.

Download a zipfile of rules and entry forms

Alternatively, download separate copies of

  • Entry Form
  • Rules
  • Guidelines
  • Membership Application Form

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

    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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