Self-Published Science Fiction Contest (SPSFC) is a competition focusing self-published science-fiction novels, created and spearheaded by Hugh Howey (author of the Silo series) and Duncan Swan (author of Monstre). Read more about its inception on Hugh’s blog, and for more info, visit the official website here.

Jump to Queen’s Book Asylum’s special SPSFC feature: a series of interviews with the competition’s authors!


General Timeline




Phase 1 – Initial batches


Green: Passed to next phase

Red: Cut

Team Queen’s Book Asylum + Fantasy Book Critic

Team Fantasy-Faction

Team FanFiAddict

Team Book Invasion

Nigh by Alan Miller

Life on Planet Earth by Andy Gorman

The United World by Craig Priestley

Broken Ascension by Dave Walsh

Synthesis:Weave by Rexx Deane

The Peacemaker’s Code by Deepak Malhotra

Percival Gynt and the Conspiracy of Days by Drew Melbourne

Soldierina by Better Hero Army

Dropnauts by J. Scott Coatsworth

Emergence – The Emiliana Chronicles by Jacki Rawlinson

The Wakeful Wanderer’s Guide to New New England & Beyond by Jim Infantino

The Vacuum of Space by Julia Huni

The Clarity of Cold Steel by Kevin P Wright

Code of Conduct by Kristine Smith

The Stars Within by Lena Alison Knight

Road to Juneau by Liam Quane

Alien Advantage by Lorain O’Neil

Streamrider by Mark Huntley-James

The Orthogonal Galaxy by Michael L. Lewis

Convergence (A DRMR Novel, Book 1) by Michael Patrick Hicks

The Aspirant by Nick Adams

Aerovoyant by P.L. Tavormina

The Cult Shadow by Pedro Cordero

Folder by Raymond Bolton

The Empress Capsule by R. K. Thorne

The Scent of Metal by Sabrina Chase

The Fourth Sage by Stefan Bolz

The Merry Maids by Stefanie Contreras

Effacement by Hieronymus Hawkes

Novum Chronicles by Joseph Rhea

Team Tar Vol On

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Team At Boundary’s Edge

Time Burrito by Aaron Frale

Defiant by Aaron Hodges

Sand Runner by Agnes Jasinska

Mazarin Blues by Al Hess

The Nothing Within by Andy Giesler

Destroyer by Brian Turner

Company Daughter by Cal Primer

Rhonda Wray: Raptor Wrangler by Charon Dunn

The Flight of the Kingfisher by Chloe Garner

Bragg For Hire by Chris Woomer

Delphine Descends by Darrel Moore

Daros by Dave Dobson

The Immune by David Kazzie

Melody by David Stangland

The Boy Who Walked Too Far by Dominic Watson

Crystal Deception by Doug J. Cooper

Ironshield by Edward Nile

Terms of Service by Elliott Scott

The Lead Cloak by Erik Hanberg

Tracker220 by Jamie Krakover

Beneath 5th City by Jesse Sprague

Blood Animus by Kyle McKeon

The Dark That Dwells by Matt Digman and Ryan Roddy

Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R. Fletcher

KHAOS by Michael Reid Jr

The Shift by Mihai Pruna

The Exodus Betrayal by Nicola Scrimgeour

Devour the Stars by Robin Coots

Entity by Shannon Lindsay

Life in the North by Tao Roung Wong

Team File 770

Team Meteor Reviews

Team Space Lasagna

Phase 2 – Semifinalists

SPSFC Semi-finalists

Phase 3 – Finalists

Tune in for when the 300 turn 10…


There can only be one

SPSFC Interviews

  • Escaping First Contact: Interview with T. S. Beier

    T. S. Beier interview

    Welcome to Queen’s Book Asylum’s tour stop for T. S. Beier’s Escaping First Contact. Albeit we are late with our post, the Asylum had the pleasure of chatting about this exciting, modern twist on classic sci-fi.

  • Merchants of Knowledge and Magic: Interview with Erika McCorkle

    Erika McCorkle interview

    Welcome to Queen’s Book Asylum’s (slightly late) tour stop for Merchants of Knowledge and Magic, organized by Escapist Book Tours. We sat down to chat with Erika McCorkle about her epic fantasy debut, the first book in a series of interconnected novels comprising the Merchants of the Pentagonal Dominion series.

  • Rise Red Kingdom: #MarchOfTheSequels Interview with Kerstin Espinosa Rosero

    Kerstin Espinosa Romero interview

    Motivated by Sue Bavey’s #MarchOfTheSequels event and by the recent release of Rise Red Kingdom, Arina sat down to talk with Kerstin Espinosa Rosero about interdimensional dragons, their summoners, and her illustrations for the popular tv show Arcane.

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