Wednesday, July 25, 2018

2018 World Fantasy Award Nominees

Location: World Fantasy Convention, Baltimore, Maryland

Comments: For years, the World Fantasy Award was the domain of white male authors. It was, as far as I can tell, the whitest and malest of all the major awards. Thankfully, those days seem to be confined to the past, and the award is now a wonderful celebration of the diversity of the field of fantasy fiction. This year's list of nominees represents the full range of the field with a number of fresh new faces placed alongside some old stalwarts of the genre.

This year also reflects the trend started last year of having several nominees cross over with the other major awards. Several of the nominees on this list were also nominated for the Hugo, the Nebula, the Locus, or the Mythopoeic Award. There has always been some amount of crossover, but it appears that it is becoming more common in the past few years. I'm not entirely sure what this might mean and given that this is just based upon my perception and not on any kind of detailed analysis, it might not even be an actual trend. It feels like a trend, and may merit a more thorough investigation.

Best Novel

(tie) The Changeling by Victor LaValle
(tie) Jade City by Fonda Lee

Other Nominees:
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymir by John Crowley
Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Best Long Fiction

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

Other Nominees:
The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle
Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
The Teardrop Method by Simon Avery

Best Short Fiction

The Birding: A Fairy Tale by Natalia Theodoridou

Other Nominees:
Carnival Nine by Caroline Yoachim
Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand by Fran Wilde
Old Souls by Fonda Lee
Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse

Best Anthology

The New Voices of Fantasy edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman

Other Nominees:
Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales edited by Ellen Datlow
The Book of Swords edited by Gardner Dozois
The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin
The Best of Subterranean edited by William Schafer

Best Collection

The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen

Other Nominees:
Down and Out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers by Tim Powers
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Tender by Sofia Samatar
Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages

Lifetime Achievement

Charles de Lint
Elizabeth Wollheim

Other Nominees:

Best Artist

Gregory Manchess

Other Nominees:
Victo Ngai
Omar Rayyan
Rima Staines
Fiona Staples

Special Award, Professional

Harry Brockway, Patrick McGrath, and Danel Olson

Other Nominees:
C.C. Finlay
Irene Gallo
Greg Ketter
Leslie Klinger

Special Award, Non-Professional

Justina Ireland and Troy L. Wiggins

Other Nominees:
Scott H. Andrews
Khaalidah Muhammed-Ali and Jen R Albert
Ray B. Russell and Rosalie Parker
Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas

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

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  1. So delighted to hear about Charles De Lint. About time!

    1. @Sue: Definitely. I'll probably be at World Fantasy Con, although I may just be Lobbyconning the event if I don't work as a volunteer.