Comments: In 2016, WSFA once again chose nine finalists for the WSFA Small Press Award. Once again, all of the stories selected were at least as good as the short fiction finalists for the Hugo Award (and in one case there was overlap between the lists), and in many cases, the WSFA Small Press Award nominees wholly outclassed their Hugo Award finalist counterparts. This is starting to become a pattern, and so long as the Sad and Rabid Puppies continue their campaigns, this seems likely to continue.
Fortunately for fans looking for excellent stories, there are awards like the WSFA Small Press Award that can provide recognition for quality works while the Hugo Awards remain under attack by a dedicated minority of voters petulantly demanding that the majority give them their way. This year's crop of WSFA Small Press Award nominees continues to uphold the high standard of excellence that their predecessors set, as the list is full of superior stories from top to bottom ranging from near-future hard science fiction pieces, to space operas, to ghost stories, to swashbuckling fantasy tales.
WSFA Small Press Award
The Art of Deception by Stephanie Burgis (reviewed in 2016 WSFA Small Press Award Voting)
Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer (reviewed in Clarkesworld: Issue 100 (January 2015), 2016 Hugo Voting - Best Short Story, and 2016 WSFA Small Press Award Voting)
The Haunting of Apollo A7LB by Hannu Rajaniemi (reviewed in 2016 WSFA Small Press Award Voting)
Leashing the Muse by Larry Hodges (reviewed in 2016 WSFA Small Press Award Voting)
Leftovers by Leona R. Wisoker (reviewed in 2016 WSFA Small Press Award Voting)
Go to previous year's nominees: 2015
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2017
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