Essay Prize

[This year's Prize is now closed and the winner announced - please see below. The Essay Prize for 2019 will be advertised later this year.]

The Foundation Essay Prize 2018

We are pleased to announce our next essay-writing competition. The award is open to all post-graduate research students and to all early career researchers (up to five years after the completion of your PhD) who have yet to find a full-time or tenured position. The prize is guaranteed publication in the next summer issue of Foundation (August 2018).

To be considered for the competition, please submit a 6000-word article on any topic, period, theme, author, film or other media within the field of science fiction and its academic study. All submitted articles should comply with the guidelines to contributors as set out on the SF Foundation website. Only one article per contributor is allowed to be submitted.

The deadline for submission is Monday, 4th December 2017. All competition entries, with a short (50 word) biography, should be sent to the regular email address: The entries will be judged by the editorial team and the winner will be announced in the spring 2018 issue ofFoundation.

Below is a list of past and current winners:

2001: Wendy Pearson, 'Science Fiction as Pharmacy: Plato, Derrida, Ryman'

2002: Matthew Wolf-Meyer, 'Technics, Memes, Ideology: The Affirmation of Lies and the Pursuit of the Future'

2003: No Award

2004: Elizabeth Throesch, 'Engendering New Perspectives and Envisaging New Spaces: the early work of "scientific romancer" Charles Howard Hinton'

2005: Michael LeBlanc, 'Beyond Science Fiction: Judith Merril and Isaac Asimov's Quest to Save the Future'

2006: Jolene McCann, 'Establishing "the library of a lift up literature": Judith Merril's Spaced Out Library'

2007: No competition

2008: Jason Bourget, 'Biological Determinism, Masculine Politics and the Failure of Libertarianism in Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'

2009-10: No competition

2011: Chris Pak, '"A Fantastic Reflex of Itself, An Echo, A Symbol, A Myth, A Crazy Dream”: Terraforming as Landscaping Nature’s Otherness in H.G. Wells’s The Shape of Things to Come and Olaf Stapledon’s Last and First Men and Star Maker

2012-15: No competition

2016: Selena Middleton, 'Utopia and the Colonized Pastoral: Africa, Myth and Blackness in Greg Bear’s Queen of Angels'

2017: Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay: 'Speculative Utopianism in Kalpavigyan: Mythologerm and Women’s Science Fiction' 

2018: Emily Cox, 'Denuding the Gynoid: The Woman-Machine as Bare Life in Alex Garland's Ex Machina'