Thursday, June 4, 2015

2015 Mythopoeic Award Nominees

Location: Mythcon 46 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Comments: As has become the norm for the Mythopoeic Awards, this year's set of nominees is strong in all four categories. In addition, the set of nominees is predominantly comprised of works by women, especially in the fiction categories where eight of the ten nominated works were penned by female authors. While the nonfiction categories are not quite so dominated by women, there are four nominated works either written or co-written by women. Given this, one might suppose it somewhat apropos that one of the most interesting nominees in the Inklings Studies category is a series about C.S. Lewis and gender. One can only step back and observe that this year's nominees continue the tradition of the Mythopoeic Awards being one of the most reliably intriguing of all the genre related awards.

Best Adult Fantasy Literature

Tales from Rugosa Coven by Sarah Avery

Other Nominees:
The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman
The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris
Locke & Key series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Songs for Ophelia by Theodora Goss

Best Children's Fantasy Literature

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Other Nominees:
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell
His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers
The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones and Ursula Jones
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages by Robert Boenig

Other Nominees:
Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, Together with Sellic Spell by J.R.R. Tolkien; edited by Christopher Tolkien
Tolkien at Exeter College: How an Undergraduate Created Middle-earth by John Garth
C.S. Lewis and Gender series (The Feminine Ethos in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy, and Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender) by Monika B. Hilder
Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey edited by John William Houghton, Janet Brennan Croft, Nancy Martsch, John D. Rateliff, and Robin Anne Reid

Myth and Fantasy Studies

Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth by Brian Attebery

Other Nominees:
As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality by Michael Saler
From the Forest: The Hidden Roots of our Fairy Tales by Sara Maitland
George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness and Fairytale Levity by Daniel Gabelman
Peter Pan’s Shadows in the Modern Literary Imagination by Kristen Stirling

Go to previous year's nominees: 2014
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2016

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