Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2018 WSFA Small Press Award Nominees

Location: CapClave in Rockville, Maryland.

Comments: The 2018 WSFA Small Press Award features eight nominees written by authors who have never won the award, meaning that no matter which one emerges as the victor at CapClave in September, they will be a first-time winner. As with previous years, the list of nominees for the WSFA Small Press Award has some minor crossover with other awards - in this case, with the Hugo Award finalists for 2018 in the form of The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer.

This year's set of nominees continues the tradition of having a couple of outstanding stories which would not seem out of place on a Hugo or Nebula ballot, a couple of pretty good stories, and a couple of stories that just aren't as good as the rest. Unlike previous years, this set of stories doesn't include any that make me scratch my head and wonder how they ever got submitted for consideration let alone got through the selection process to become nominees. In short, while the top of the list this year is pretty much as good as it is every year, the bottom isn't quite as low as it had been in some previous years.

WSFA Small Press Award

Winner:
TBD

Other Nominees:
The Cat of Five Virtues by Richard Parks
Floaters Can’t Float by Pip Coen
Oba Oyinbo by Jonathan Edelstein
The Oracle and the Warlord by Karina Sumner-Smith
Probably Still the Chosen One by Kelly Barnhill
The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer
Through Milkweed and Gloom by Wendy Nikel
A Vague Inclination to Please by Brandon Daubs

Go to previous year's nominees: 2017
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2019

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