The Washington Science Fiction Association (WFSA) has announced their Small Press Award for Short Fiction. The award was announced on October 2nd at the Capclave science fiction convention and the selected winner is “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher published by Uncanny Magazine.
This award recognizes the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year. The award also recognizes the effort of small press publishers as they provide critical opportunities to the area of speculative fiction. Lastly, the award follows a selection process where voting is done with the identity of the author hidden to help voters make their decision solely on the quality of the story.
The full short list of nominees:
- “Foster-Child of Silence and Slow Time” by Brian Hugenbruch, My Battery Is Low And It Is Getting Dark, ed. by Crystal Sarakas and Joshua Palmatier, Zombies Need Brains LLC (July 2020)
- “Guest Athletes” by Jennifer R. Povey, The Phantom Games: Dimensions Unknown Vol. III ed. by John Paul Catton, Excalibur Books (October 10, 2020)
- “Heritage Hill” by Matthew R. Davis, Outback Horrors Down Under: An Anthology of Antipodean Terrors, ed. By Steve Dillon, Things in the Well, (October 2020)
- “The Longest Season in the Garden of the Tea Fish” by Jo Miles, Strange Horizons (April 2020) ed. by Gautam Bhatia, Rasha Abdulhadi, et al.
- “Memories Taste Best When Marinated With Sadness” by Feng Gooi, Hexagon Magazine, Issue 2 (Fall 2020) ed. by J.W. Stebner
- “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher, Uncanny Magazine, (September/October 2020) ed. by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas
- “Myself” by Rebecca Enzor, DreamForge, Issue 7 (December 2020) ed. by Scot Noel
- “Open House on Haunted Hill” by John Wiswell, Diabolical Plots (June 15, 2020) ed. by David Steffen
- “Reformed” by Caias Ward, Mysterion, (March 23, 2020), ed. by Donald S. Crankshaw and Kristin Janz