Comments: Although the Mythopoeic Society had an established track record of refusing to list the non-winning nominees for the Scholarship Award, they had always listed all of the non-winning nominees in the Fantasy Literature category. In 1984, for no particularly apparent reason, the Society opted not to supply outsiders with a list of also-ran nominees and only revealed the winning entry - Joy Chant's When Voiha Wakes. As has so often been the case when these sorts of curve balls are thrown in genre awards, I have no idea why the Mythopoeic Society chose to do this, and I suspect that I never will.
Best Adult Fantasy Literature
When Voiha Wakes by Joy Chant
Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies
The Road to Middle-earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology by Tom Shippey
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