Jill Morsbach wins the 2017 Nova Award

23 Jan 2018

Congratulations to PEN SA member Jill Morsbach, who has won the 2017 Nova Award for her story “The Last Baby”. Jill wins R2000 as part of the prize.

The Nova Short Story Competition is [Science Fiction and Fantasy South Africa’s] 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 other entries are published in Probe. The winning story is also published in Mondi Incantati, an Italian anthology of the best stories of Trofeo RiLL.

“The Last Baby”, said judge Prof Gerald Gaylard of Wits University, was a story in which “we have made off-world colonies on the moon and mars, but they cannot save earth from an asteroid, and they cannot save us from ourselves and our own drive to perfection. A hubristic tale cautioning us not to abandon our hearts. I particularly appreciated the aesthetic relationship between vulnerability and apocalypse in this story.”

The next Nova Award will open for entries on 1 April 2018.

View more info on the award, including the runners-up for the award, on SFFSA’s website

(Image courtesy of SFFSA)