Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Award Season

Well, award season is in full bloom. Here's a brief rundown of short fiction awards
  1. Nebula Awards
  2. Hugo Awards 
  3. Theodore Sturgeon Award 
  4. Million Writers Award 
  5. Wigleaf Top Fifty Award
  6. Best of the Net
  7. World Fantasy Awards
  8. James Tiptree, Jr. Award
  9. Bram Stoker Awards
  10. Locus Awards
  11. Shirley Jackson Award 
  12. British Fantasy Awards
No doubt I'm forgetting many. Remind me in the comments, and I'll add them here.

So, why an article on short fiction awards, you ask? And I answer something like this. As writers, our objective ought to be to write the best possible stories we can. Awards offer us a chance to read stories that are considered by our peers and/or readers to be the best stories available. Thus, it's almost certainly a Good Thing for us to read as many of these as we can.

I can't vouch for you, but it is an ambition of mine to have my name appear on one or more of these lists before I die (and certainly after I die, since I intend to do some serious judge-haunting).

Thoughts? And don't forget that we at Write 1 Sub 1 intend to get onto the "Best of" bandwagon this year too, with our first annual anthology of the best published works by members in the 2012 calendar year. How cool is that?


  1. The Tiptree Award is novels only.

    The Shirley Jackson Award has both a short fiction and novelette category however.

    1. Actually, the Tiptree is open to any work, though it's novels that win. Thanks for the Jackson Award info.

  2. Ooh, it would be great to be nominated for something. Anything really. Needy? Moi?

    There's also the British Fantasy Awards which features a lot of UK writers.

  3. Great list, Steve. I hope to someday join these ranks -- as well as some of the illustrious "year's best" anthologies. For now, I'll just keep plodding along...

  4. I also have my eyes on the prize. Earlier this year, I set the goal to make the Hugo or Nebula shortlist within five years. But heck, I wouldn't complain about the others on that list.

  5. Thanks for posting this. there are some really awesome stories up there.

  6. Awesome links! What a cool way to read some free fiction that you know must be quality. There may be a certain amount of studying going on . . . .