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2020 World Fantasy Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2020 World Fantasy Awards have been announced by the World Fantasy Convention. These awards recognize excellence in fantasy-themed literature and art, and have been part of the convention since its inception in 1975.

This year’s judges are Gwenda Bond, Galen, Dara, Michael Kelly, Victor LaValle, and Adam Roberts. The 2020 convention will be held virtually instead of Salt Lake City as originally planned.

 

Lifetime Achievement

  • Rowena Morrill
  • Karen Joy Fowler
2020 World Fantasy Award Final Ballot

Novel

  • Queen of the Conquered, by Kacen Callender (Orbit)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook Books/Orbit UK)
  • The Raven Tower, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com)
  • The Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa (trans. by Stephen Snyder) (Pantheon/Harvill Secker)
Novella
  • “The Butcher’s Table,” by Nathan Ballingrud (Wounds: Six Stories From the Border of Hell)
  • Desdemona and the Deep, by C.S.E. Cooney (Tor.com)
  • In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com)
  • The Deep, by Rivers Solomon with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes (Saga Press/Hodder & Stoughton UK)
  • Silver in the Wood, by Emily Tesh (Tor.com)

Short Fiction

  • “For He Can Creep,” by Siobhan Carroll (Tor.com, July 10, 2019)
  • “Read After Burning,” by Maria Dahvana Headley, (A People’s Future of the United States)
  • “The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye,” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, Jul-Aug 2019)
  • “Blood is Another Word For Hunger,” by Rivers Solomon (Tor.com, July 24, 2019)
  • “Postlude to the Afternoon of a Faun,” by Jerome Stueart (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2019)
  • “Everyone Knows That They‘re Dead. Do You?,” by Genevieve Valentine (The Outcast Hours)

Anthology

  • Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow (Saga Press)
  • The Outcast Hours, edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin (Solaris)
  • The Mythic Dream, edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe (Saga Press)
  • New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, edited by Nisi Shawl (Solaris)
  • The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage Books)

Collection

  • Homesick: Stories, by Nino Cipri (Dzanc Books)
  • Song For the Unraveling of the World: Stories, by Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
  • Unforeseen, by Molly Gloss (Saga Press)
  • A Lush and Seething Hell: Two Tales of Cosmic Horror, by John Hornor Jacobs (Harper Voyager)
  • Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories, by Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer Press)

Artist

  • Tommy Arnold
  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Wendy Froud
  • Kathleen Jennings

Special Award – Professional 

  • C. C. Finlay, for F&SF editing
  • Leslie Klinger, for The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft: Beyond Arkham (Liveright)
  • Ellen Oh, for We Need Diverse Books
  • Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, for The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games (New York University Press)
  • Sheree Renée Thomas, for contributions to the genre

Special Award – Non-Professional

  • Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Laura E. Goodin and Esko Suoranta, for Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
  • Michael Kelly, for Undertow Publications and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction
  • Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe, for the Coode Street Podcast
  • Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny Magazine
  • Terri Windling, for Myth & Moor

Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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