Saturday, October 15, 2011

2011 WSFA Small Press Award Nominees

Location: CapClave in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Comments: In 2011, CapClave moved from Rockville to Gaithersburg, but the WSFA Small Press Award kept chugging right along, with Carrie Vaughn taking home the honor for her story Amaryllis.

But the real story of the 2011 WSFA Small Press Awards is in the nominee list which was studded with stories by excellent writers such as Sarah Monette, Jack McDevitt, and Catherynne M. Valente, but also contained stories by less established authors such as RJ Astruc. A key component of the WSFA Small Press Awards is that nominees are self-selected, either by the author or by the publication their story appeared in, but the short list is then selected by a jury that evaluates the stories on an anonymous basis. The mix of nominees that appeared on the short list in 2011 demonstrates that the award had evolved into a prestigious enough honor that established authors were willing to submit their work for consideration, and also that less well-known authors were given a fair shake by the process.

WSFA Small Press Award

Amaryllis by Carrie Vaughn

Other Nominees:
After the Dragon by Sarah Monette
The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt
The Days of Flaming Motorcycles by Catherynne M. Valente
Enid and the Prince by RJ Astruc
Lord Bai's Discovery by Jean Marie Ward

Go to previous year's nominees: 2010
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2012

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