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Essay Prize

The Foundation Essay Prize 2017

The essay competition for 2017 is now admitting entrants. 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 (July 2017).

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 7th November 2016. 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 2017 issue of Foundation

Below is a list of past 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 Hintion'
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:No competition
2010:No competition

Winner: 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’

Special citation: ‘Cannibalizing “Ancient” Technologies and Art Forms: William Gibson’s Utilization of Avant-Garde and Art Deco’, by Sander Klapcsik