We are hosting critiquing workshops at Mancunicon!


What is Mancunicon?

Mancunicon is the 2016 Eastercon, the British National Science Fiction Convention. Eastercon has been held over the Easter weekend each year since 1955, and is a gathering place for science fiction fans from around the UK and elsewhere. Mancunicon will build on that long tradition, and, we hope, bring something new as well. Covering books, film, TV, art and costume over a wide range of science fiction and fantasy, the programme will include talks, discussions, exhibits, quizzes, workshops and entertainment.

Manchester Speculative Fiction writing group has been established for a little over five years. Our group has a number of published authors: Graeme Shimmin, Craig Pay, Eric Steele, Eliza Chan, Katya Fawl and many others. Over the years we’ve helped a number of writers achieve publication for the very first time, so we’d like to offer our critiquing experience to Mancunicon attendees. We will be running two ‘Crit Sandwich’ workshops on the Saturday and Sunday mornings. During each two-hour workshop we will offer constructive criticism on either one or two short stories or the start of a novel submitted by email in advance. This is an open call for submissions for attendees to 1 or 2 science fiction short stories not exceeding 10,000 words in total OR the first 10,000 words of a science fiction novel. Closing date for submissions is midnight Tuesday 22nd March. Submissions will be selected on a case-by-case basis.

Please send submissions to: