Welcome to the BFS website and thank you for thinking of joining us!
Since 1971, the British Fantasy Society has been the focal point for fans, writers, publishers, film-makers, artists… everyone and anyone who is a lover of the fantasy and horror in all their forms.
As a member you’re now part of what we think is the friendliest genre society bar none, a society run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and one that brings you benefits including:
• The BFS journal featuring new writing, features and reviews, editorials and opinion pieces.
• The e-newsletter.
• Exclusive publications – chap books, anthologies and the like, published exclusively for BFS members and not available anywhere else.
• Free entry into the BFS short story competition.
• Free specialist writing workshops.
• Discounted membership of FantasyCon, the friendliest convention of them all.
• Organised open nights and book launches.
We’re here promoting fantasy and horror all year round so if you have an idea, or want to get more involved, don’t keep quiet. At this website you’ll find a wealth of other information, the forum, news and views and a list of contact emails. Please drop one of us a line with whatever it is you have to say and we promise not to ignore you.
Thank you for wanting to be a member of the British Fantasy Society; I hope you have reason to remain a member for many, many years to come.
‘Whenever a fledgling horror or fantasy writer comes up to me, at a convention or somewhere else, and asks me how they can get their work published, I invariably advise them that their first step should be to join the British Fantasy Society.’ – Stephen Jones, editor of Best New Horror
‘The British Fantasy Society and Fantasycon, its annual convention, are two of the main reasons I’m in this position, doing the job I love. There can be no better way for young writers, artists and editors, starting down this path, to meet and interact with other writers, artists, editors, publishers – in fact, I would urge anyone hoping to make their living within the fantasy and horror genres to join. At once.’ – Jo Fletcher, Publisher, Jo Fletcher Books
Members will receive copies of all society publications, including the BFS Journal, which we aim (but don’t always manage) to publish quarterly, and an irregularly published reviews ezine, Shelflings. The BFS Journal contains fiction and articles, interviews and columns. The BFS may also publish additional works during the year, and these will also be sent to all members as part of their membership package if it is financially possible for the BFS to do so.
As long as stocks last, new members will receive copies of two exclusive hardback BFS anthologies: Unexpected Journeys, edited by Juliet McKenna, and The Burning Circus, edited by Johnny Mains.
Discounts and Other Benefits:
Discount off the registration fee for the society’s annual convention, Fantasycon.
Free entry in the BFS Short Story Competition.
The right to vote in the British Fantasy Awards.
Current subscription rates:
United Kingdom – £35.00 (£40.00 Joint Membership)
Europe – £45.00 (£50.00 Joint Membership)
Rest of World – £60.00 (£65.00 Joint Membership)
Joint membership provides for just one set of all the publications to be provided, but the discounts on FantasyCon and other benefits mentioned above apply to both parties.
How to become a member, or renew your membership:
Simply join and pay via the PayPal option below.
For other payment options, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do to help. Please Note: We process new memberships and send out welcome emails once a month, so don’t worry if you don’t hear back from us immediately.