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2020 World Fantasy Awards Finalists – Locus Online – Locus Online

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2019 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the virtual World Fantasy 2020 (WFC) convention, scheduled for October 29 – November 1, 2020.

The Life Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Karen Joy Fowler and Rowena Morrill.

The World Fantasy Awards finalists are:

Best Novel

  • Queen of the Conquered, Kacen Callender (Orbit US)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)
  • The Raven Tower, Ann Leckie (Orbit US & UK)
  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa (Pantheon; Harvill Secker)

Best Novella

  • “The Butcher’s Table”, Nathan Ballingrud (Wounds)
  • Desdemona and the Deep, C.S.E. Cooney (Tor.com Publishing)
  • In an Absent Dream, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Deep, Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes (Saga)
  • Silver in the Wood, Emily Tesh (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Short Fiction

  • “For He Can Creep”, Siobhan Carroll (Tor.com 7/10/19)
  • “Read After Burning”, Maria Dahvana Headley (A People’s Future of the United States)
  • “The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 7-8/19)
  • “Blood Is Another Word for Hunger”, Rivers Solomon (Tor.com 7/24/19)
  • “Postlude to the Afternoon of a Faun”, Jerome Stueart (F&SF 3-4/19)
  • “Everyone Knows That They’re Dead. Do You?”, Genevieve Valentine (The Outcast Hours)

Best Anthology

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

Best Collection

  • Homesick, Nino Cipri (Dzanc)
  • Song for the Unraveling of the World, Brian Evenson (Coffee House)
  • Unforeseen, Molly Gloss (Saga)
  • A Lush and Seething Hell, John Hornor Jacobs (Harper Voyager US)
  • Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea, Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer)

Best 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 & Esko Suoranta, for FafnirNordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
  • Michael Kelly, for Undertow Publications and The Year’s Best Weird Fiction series
  • Jonathan Strahan & Gary K. Wolfe, for The Coode Street Podcast
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
  • Terri Windling, for Myth & Moor

This year’s judges are Gwenda Bond, Galen Dara, Michael Kelly, Victor LaValle, and Adam Roberts. For more information, see the WFC website.


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