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Milford SF Writers' Conference

Each year a small group of published writers of speculative fiction get together for one special week in a secluded residential location in beautiful Snowdonia, North Wales, to critique work, discuss ideas and generally connect with other writers. Note: Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy and all their sub genres.

Milford 2016 will be held 10th to 17th September.
It's fully booked, but you can go on the waiting list in case a place becomes available.

Milford 2017 will be held 9th to 16th September. Booking open now.

Book now for 2016 or 2017

If you wish to go on the mailing list for future Milfords, email jacey(at), or phone 01484 606230.

Information about attending.
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  • Limited to a maximum of 15 participants
  • Open to writers from the UK and abroad.
  • Newcomers are always welcome. (places ringfenced for newcomers until 4 weeks after Easter each year.)
  • Adult and children's authors, novelists and short story writers, multi-published authors and relative newcomers. Must be science fiction/fantasy.
  • Attendees must have sold at least one story to a recognised market to qualify for attendance. If in doubt about qualifications, please talk to us.
  • Constructive peer-group critiquing.
  • Networking. A healthy exchange of ideas.
  • Mornings are your own. Hard-working afternoons. Sociable evenings.
  • Friendly, constructive atmosphere.
  • Beautiful surroundings. Comfortable accommodation.
  • Locally produced & organic food. Special diets catered for.
  • Price in 2016 - £605 (Deposit £115. Balance £490)
  • Price in 2017 - £610 (Deposit £150. Balance £460)
  • Price includes accommodation and all meals.

Because Milford has been over-subscribed for the past few years we ask that people do not attend more than two years in a row without stepping back and taking a break of at least a year. If you have attended for two years running and then apply for a third consecutive year you will only get a place at the last minute if we are under-booked.

Outdoor crit session 2014

Crit session round the sundial, September 2014



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Due to the generosity of the committee of 8Squared Con, and an anonymous (writer) donor, Milford SF Writers' Conference is able to offer two bursaries for self-identifying science fiction/fantasy writers of colour, i.e. of black or minority ethnicity, to attend the 2017 Milford SF Writers' Conference in the UK from 9th - 16th September. Writers from all over the world (far and near) are invited to apply as long as they write in English. Applicants must be 'Milford qualified' (i.e at least one SF story sale).

The bursary will cover the cost of the conference fee and full board accommodation (i.e. room and all meals). The bursary value is £610. The bursary does not cover the cost of transport to or from the conference from either inside or outside the UK.

This is intended to be an encouragement and not a quota. We only have two bursaries available, however we operate an equal opportunities policy so all SF/F writers who are 'Milford qualified' are welcome to apply for the full-price Milford SF Writers' Conference places subject to availability.


2015 Milford write up

Milford 2015


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