Sunday, December 31, 1972

1972 Mythopoeic Award Nominees

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Comments: In 1972, Joy Chant won the Best Adult Fantasy Literature Award, which isn't all that remarkable until one considers the context. The Hugo Awards and Nebula Awards had only recently given awards to female writers. In the same time period, it was nigh impossible for a woman to receive even a nomination for the World Fantasy Award, which would be a male-dominated affair for years to come. And yet, not only did the Mythopoeic Awards give their fiction award to a female novelist for the second year in a row, they also nominated Evangeline Walton, Joan North, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Isidore Haiblum in this year's ballot. When one considers that the Mythopoeic Society was created to honor the Inklings - a group that was exclusively male - their obvious commitment to recognizing the literary contributions of women so soon after their awards were founded is noteworthy.

Best Adult Fantasy Literature

Red Moon and Black Mountain by Joy Chant

Other Nominees:
The Children of Llyr by Evangeline Walton
The Corum Trilogy (Knight of Swords, Queen of Swords, and King of Swords) by Michael Moorcock
The Forest of Forever by Thomas Burnett Swann
Grendel by John Gardner
The Light Maze by Joan North
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Tsaddik of the Seven Wonders by Isidore Haiblum

Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

Walter Hooper

Other Nominees:

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