Monday, July 15, 2013

2013 Mythopoeic Award Nominees

Location: Mythcon 44 in East Lansing, Michigan.

Comments: In 2013, the Adult Fantasy Literature category was won by Digger, an omnibus graphic novel collecting the entire series by Ursula Vernon. The fact that a graphic novel won a Mythopoeic Award is not surprising - after all there have been several excellent graphic novels that have featured fantasy themes, such as Phil Foglio's Girl Genius series, Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, and Alan Moore's Watchmen. The unusual thing is that when Digger won, the Mythopoeic Society, unlike some other award distributing organizations, didn't have a conniption and change their rules to prevent a graphic novel from winning in the future, or relegate graphic novels to their own subcategory so they wouldn't sully "real" literature.

Best Adult Fantasy Literature

Digger (Volumes 1-6) by Ursula Vernon

Other Nominees:
Death and Resurrection by R.A. MacAvoy
The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Hide Me Among the Graves Tim Powers
Weirdstone trilogy (The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The Moon of Gomrath, and Boneland) by Alan Garner

Best Children's Fantasy Literature

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

Other Nominees:
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell
The Spy Princess by Sherwood Smith

Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger

Other Nominees:
C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages by Robert Boening
C.S. Lewis, Poetry, and the Great War 1914-1918 by John Bremer
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit by Corey Olsen
Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays edited by Jason Fisher

Myth and Fantasy Studies

Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths by Nancy Marie Brown

Other Nominees:
As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality by Michael Saler
The Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald by Bonnie Gaarden
Critical Discourses of the Fantastic, 1712-1831 by David Sandner
Fairy Tale Queens: Representations of Early Modern Queenship by Jo Eldridge Carney

Go to previous year's nominees: 2012
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2014

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