World Fantasy Award

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The World Fantasy Award is a literary prize that has been awarded annually since 1975 at the World Fantasy Convention , an annual meeting of collectors and those professionally or otherwise interested in art or literature from the field of light and dark fantasy, which takes place around the beginning of November, for outstanding achievements the field of fantasy is awarded. The number of members participating in the event is limited to 850.

Until 2015, the prize trophy was a bust of HP Lovecraft designed by Gahan Wilson . The award was therefore occasionally referred to as the HP Lovecraft Award , not to be confused with the Howie Award given at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival . After a discussion about Lovecraft's racism, the statuette has since represented a leafless tree in front of the full moon.

Works from the field of fantasy that have been nominated within the nomination period are awarded; Works can be nominated within one year of their publication.

For the World Fantasy Award, the year in which the award was given is used for the award ceremony.


The prize is currently awarded in the following categories:

  • Life Achievement
  • Novel
  • Novella (short novel)
  • Short Fiction (story / short story)
  • Anthology
  • Collection
  • Artist
  • Special Award: Professional
  • Special Award: Non-Professional

Life Achievement


This category includes works that are 40,000 words or more in length.

year author Original title German title
1975 Patricia A. McKillip The Forgotten Beasts of Eld The forgotten animals of Eld
1976 Richard Matheson Bid time return
1977 William Kotzwinkle Doctor advice Dr. rat
1978 Fritz Leiber Our Lady of Darkness Mistress of the Dark
1979 Michael Moorcock Gloriana Gloriana
year author Original title German title
1980 Elizabeth A. Lynn Watchtower The Zwingfeste
1981 Gene Wolfe The Shadow of the Torturer The torturer's shadow
1982 John Crowley Little, big Little big or the parliament of the fairies
1983 Michael Shea Niffs the lean The journey into the underworld / fishing in the sea of ​​demons
1984 John M. Ford The Dragon Waiting The dragon's throne
1985 Barry Hughart Bridge of Birds The bridge of the birds
Robert Holdstock Mythago Wood Forest of myths
1986 Dan Simmons Song of Kali Goddess of death
1987 Patrick Süskind The perfume
1988 Ken Grimwood Replay Replay - The second game
1989 Peter Straub Koko Koko
year author Original title German title
1990 Jack Vance Lyonesse: Madouc Madouc
1991 James Morrow Only Begotten Daughter The only begotten daughter
Ellen Kushner Thomas the Rhymer Thomas the bard
1992 Robert R. McCammon Boy's Life Innocence and calamity
1993 Tim Powers Last call
1994 Lewis Shiner Glimpses Shadow sounds
1995 James Morrow Towing Jehovah The God's Supper
1996 Christopher Priest The Prestige The magician's cabinet
1997 Rachel Pollack Godmother Night
1998 Jeffrey Ford The Physiognomy
1999 Louise Erdrich The Antelope Wife The antelope woman
year author Original title German title
2000 Martin Scott Thraxas The dragon slayer
2001 Sean Stewart Galveston
Tim Powers Declare Declare - on the mountain of angels
2002 Ursula K. Le Guin The Other Wind Return to Earth Sea
2003 Graham Joyce The Facts of Life
Patricia A. McKillip Ombria in Shadow Shadows over Ombria
2004 Jo Walton Tooth and Claw The clan of the talons
2005 Susanna Clarke Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
2006 Haruki Murakami Kafka on the Shore Kafka on the beach
2007 Gene Wolfe Soldier of Sidon
2008 Guy Gavriel Kay Ysabel
2009 Jeffrey Ford The Shadow Year
Margo Lanagan Tender Morsels Liga's world
year author Original title German title
2010 China Miéville The City & The City The city & the city
2011 Nnedi Okorafor Who Fears Death Who fears death
2012 Lavie Tidhar Osama Osama
2013 G. Willow Wilson Alif the Unseen Alif the invisible
2014 Sofia Samatar A Stranger in Olondria
2015 David Mitchell The Bone Clocks The bone clocks
2016 Anna Smaill The Chimes The sound of memory
2017 Claire North The Sudden Appearance of Hope The day Hope disappeared
2018 Victor LaValle The changing
Fonda Lee Jade City
2019 CL Polk Witchmark Witchmark: The Trail of the Dead

Novella (short novel)

This category includes works with a length of 17,500 to 40,000 words.

First awarded in 1982.

year author Original title
1982 Park Godwin The Fire When It Comes
1983 Karl Edward Wagner Beyond Any Measure
Charles L. Grant Confess the Seasons
1984 Kim Stanley Robinson Black Air
1985 Geoff Ryman The Unconquered Country
1986 TED small Nadelman's God
1987 Orson Scott Card Hatrack River
1988 Ursula K. Le Guin Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight
1989 George RR Martin The Skin Trade
year author Original title
1990 John Crowley Great work of time
1991 Pat Murphy Bones
1992 Robert Holdstock
& Garry Kilworth
The Ragthorn
1993 Peter Straub The Ghost Village
1994 Terry Lamsley Under the crust
1995 Elizabeth hand Last Summer at Mars Hill
1996 Michael Swanwick Radio waves
1997 Mark Helprin A city in winter
1998 Richard Bowes Streetcar Dreams
1999 Ian R. MacLeod The Summer Isles
year author Original title
2000 Jeff VanderMeer The Transformation of Martin Lake
Laurel winter Sky eyes
2001 Steve Rasnic Tem
& Melanie Tem
The man on the ceiling
2002 SP Somtow The Bird Catcher
2003 Zoran Zivkovic The Library
2004 Greer Gilman A crowd of bone
2005 Michael Shea The Growlimb
2006 Joe Hill Voluntary Committal
2007 Jeffrey Ford Botch Town
2008 Elizabeth hand Illyria
2009 Richard Bowes If Angels Fight
year author Original title
2010 Margo Lanagan Sea Hearts
2011 Elizabeth hand The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon
2012 KJ Parker A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong
2013 KJ Parker Let Maps to Others
2014 Andy Duncan  &  Ellen Klages Wakulla Springs
2015 Daryl Gregory We Are All Completely Fine
2016 Kelly Barnhill The Unlicensed Magician
2017 Kij Johnson The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe
2018 Ellen Klages Passing strange
2019 Kij Johnson The privilege of the happy ending

Short Fiction / Short Story (story / short story)

Here, narratives and short stories are usually offered together in a single category called Short Fiction (type: f ). If there is no short story among the nominated works, the category Short Story (Art: s ) is used instead.

year Art author Original title
1975 f Robert Aickman Pages from a Young Girl's Journal
1976 f Fritz Leiber Belsen Express
1977 f Russell Kirk There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding
1978 f Ramsey Campbell The Chimney
1979 f Avram Davidson Naples
year Art author Original title
1980 s Ramsey Campbell Mackintosh Willy
Elizabeth A. Lynn The Woman Who Loved the Moon
1981 f Howard Waldrop The Ugly Chickens
1982 s Dennis Etchison The Dark Country
Stephen King Do the Dead Sing?
1983 f Tanith Lee The Gorgon
1984 s Tanith Lee Elle Est Trois, (La Mort)
1985 s Alan Ryan The Bones Wizard
Scott Baker Still Life with Scorpion
1986 s James P. Blaylock Paper Dragons
1987 s David J. Schow Red light
1988 s Jonathan Carroll Friend's Best Man
1989 f John M. Ford Winter Solstice, Camelot Station
year Art author Original title
1990 s Neil Gaiman
& Charles Vess
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1991 s Steven Millhauser The illusionist
1992 s Fred Chappell The Somewhere Doors
1993 s Joe Haldeman Graves
Dan Simmons This Year's Class Picture
1994 s Fred Chappell The lodger
1995 s Stephen King The Man in the Black Suit
1996 f Gwyneth Jones The Grass Princess
1997 f James P. Blaylock Thirteen Phantasms
1998 f PD Cacek Dust Motes
1999 s Kelly Link The Specialist's Hat
year Art author Original title
2000 f Ian R. MacLeod The Chop Girl
2001 s Andy Duncan The Pottawatomie Giant
2002 s Albert E. Cowdrey Queen for a day
2003 s Jeffrey Ford Creation
2004 f Bruce Holland Rogers Don Ysidro
2005 f Margo Lanagan Singing My Sister Down
2006 f George Saunders CommComm
2007 f M. Rickert Journey Into the Kingdom
2008 s Theodora Goss Singing of Mount Abora
2009 s Kij Johnson 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss
year Art author Original title
2010 s Karen Joy Fowler The Pelican Bar
2011 f Joyce Carol Oates Fossil figures
2012 s Ken Liu The Paper Menagerie
2013 s Gregory Norman Bossert  The telling
2014 f Caitlin R. Kiernan The Prayer of Ninety Cats
2015 f Scott Nicolay Do You Like to Look at Monsters?
2016 f Alyssa Wong Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers
2017 f GV Anderson The stone creature
2018 s Natalia Theodoridou The Birding: A Fairy Tale
2019 f Mel Kassel Ten Deals with the Indigo Snake
Emma Törzs Like a River Loves the Sky

Anthology / Collection

Until 1987, the prize was awarded in a single category, which was initially called Collection / Anthology and later, in reverse order, Anthology / Collection (Art: A / C ). Since 1988, separate categories Anthology (Type: A ) and Collection (Type: C ) have been offered.

year Art Editor / Author Original title
1975 A / C Manly Wade Wellman Worse Things Waiting
1976 A / C Avram Davidson The Inquiries of Dr. Eszterhazy
1977 A / C Kirby McCauley Frights
1978 A / C Hugh B. Cave Murgunstrumm and Others
1979 A / C Charles L. Grant [Ed.] Shadows
year Art Editor / Author Original title
1980 A / C Jessica Amanda Salmonson [Ed.] Amazons!
1981 A / C Kirby McCauley [Ed.] Dark Forces
1982 A / C Terri Windling
& Mark Alan Arnold [Eds.]
1983 A / C Charles L. Grant [Ed.] Nightmare Seasons
1984 A / C Robertson Davies High spirits
1985 A / C Clive Barker Clive Barker's Books of Blood, Vols. I-III
1986 A / C Robin McKinley [Ed.] Imaginary Lands
1987 A / C James Tiptree, Jr. Tales of the Quintana Roo
1988 A. Kathryn Cramer
& Peter D. Pautz [Eds.]
The Architecture of Fear
David G. Hartwell [Ed.] The Dark Descent
C. Lucius Shepard The Jaguar Hunter
1989 A. Ellen Datlow
& Terri Windling [Eds.]
The Year's Best Fantasy: First Annual Collection
C. Harlan Ellison Angry Candy
Gene Wolfe Storeys from the Old Hotel
year Art Editor / Author Original title
1990 A. Ellen Datlow
& Terri Windling [Eds.]
The Year's Best Fantasy: Second Annual Collection
C. Richard Matheson Richard Matheson: Collected Stories
1991 A. Stephen Jones
& Ramsey Campbell [Eds.]
Best New Horror
C. Carol Emshwiller The Start of the End of It All and Other Stories
1992 A. Ellen Datlow
& Terri Windling [Eds.]
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourth Annual Collection
C. Lucius Shepard The Ends of the Earth
1993 A. Dennis Etchison [Ed.] MetaHorror
C. Jack Cady The Sons of Noah & Other Stories
1994 A. Lou Aronica
& Amy Stout
& Betsy Mitchell [Eds.]
Full spectrum 4
C. Ramsey Campbell Alone with the horrors
1995 A. Ellen Datlow [Ed.] Little Deaths
C. Bradley Denton The Calvin Coolidge Home for Dead Comedians
and A Conflagration Artist
1996 A. A. Susan Williams
& Richard Glyn Jones [Eds.]
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women
C. Gwyneth Jones Seven Tales and a Fable
1997 A. Patrick Nielsen Hayden [Ed.] Starlight 1
C. Jonathan Lethem The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye
1998 A. Nicola Griffith
& Stephen Pagel [Eds.]
Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
C. Brian McNaughton The Throne of Bones
1999 A. Jack Dann
& Janeen Webb [Eds.]
Dreaming down under
C. Karen Joy Fowler Black glass
year Art Editor / Author Original title
2000 A. Ellen Datlow
& Terri Windling [Eds.]
Silver Birch, Blood Moon
C. Charles de Lint Moonlight and Vines
Stephen R. Donaldson Reave the Just and Other Tales
2001 A. Sheree R. Thomas [Ed.] Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora
C. Andy Duncan Beluthahatchie and Other Stories
2002 A. Dennis Etchison [Ed.] The Museum of Horrors
C. Nalo Hopkinson Skin folk
2003 A. Ellen Datlow
& Terri Windling [Eds.]
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest
Jeff VanderMeer
& Forrest Aguirre
Leviathan Three
C. Jeffrey Ford The Fantasy Writer's Assistant and Other Stories
2004 A. Rosalie Parker [Ed.] Strange tales
C. Elizabeth hand Bibliomancy
2005 A. Barbara Roden
& Christopher Roden [Eds.]
Acquainted with the night
Sheree R. Thomas [Ed.] Dark Matter: Reading the Bones
C. Margo Lanagan Black Juice
2006 A. Marvin Kaye [Ed.] The Fair Folk
C. Bruce Holland Rogers The Keyhole Opera
2007 A. Ellen Datlow
& Terri Windling [Eds.]
Salon Fantastique
C. M. Rickert Map of Dreams
2008 A. Ellen Datlow [Ed.] Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural
C. Robert Shearman Tiny deaths
2009 A. Ekaterina Sedia [Ed.] Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy
C. Jeffrey Ford The Drowned Life
year Art Editor / Author Original title
2010 A. Peter Straub [Ed.] American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny: From Poe to the Pulps / From the 1940s to Now
C. Lyudmila Stefanovna Petrushevskaya There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales
Gene Wolfe The Very Best of Gene Wolfe / The Best of Gene Wolfe
2011 A. Kate Bernheimer [Ed.] My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me
C. Karen Joy Fowler What I Didn't See and Other Stories
2012 A. Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer [Eds.] The weird
C. Tim Powers The Bible Repairman and Other Stories
2013 A. Danel Olson [Ed.] Postscripts # 28 / # 29: Exotic Gothic 4
C. Joel Lane Where Furnaces Burn
2014 A. George RR Martin & Gardner Dozois [Eds.] Dangerous women
C. Caitlin R. Kiernan The Ape's Wife and Other Stories
2015 A. Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant [Eds.] Monstrous Affections
C. Angela Slatter The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings
C. Helen Marshall Gifts for the One Who Comes After
2016 A. Silvia Moreno-Garcia & Paula R. Stiles [Eds.] She Walks in Shadows
C. CSE Cooney Bone Swans
2017 A. Jack Dann [ed.] Dreaming in the Dark
C. Jeffrey Ford A Natural History of Hell
2018 A. Peter S. Beagle & Jacob Weisman [Eds.] The New Voices of Fantasy
C. Jane Yolen The Emerald Circus
2019 A. Irene Gallo [ed.] Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Short Fiction
C. Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell The Tangled Lands

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