List of Gaylactic Spectrum Award winners and nominees for best short fiction

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The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards are given to works of science fiction, fantasy and horror that explore LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) topics in a positive way. They were founded in 1998, first presented by the Gaylactic Network in 1999, and in 2002 they were given their own organization, the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Foundation.[1]

Awards are given in categories for novels, short fiction and best other work, although in some years the award for short fiction has not been presented due to lack of sufficient nominees or no nominee of high enough quality. Other categories have also been added and removed in intervening years, and works produced before the inception of the awards are eligible to be inducted into the "Hall of Fame". The short fiction category is open to submissions of short written works released during the prior calendar year in North America that includes "significant positive GLBT content". The long list of nominees is reduced to a short list of finalists, and the results are generally announced and presented at Gaylaxicon, a convention dedicated to LGBT science fiction, although they have also been presented at Worldcon in the past.[2][3] This article lists all the "Best short fiction" award nominees and winners, and short fiction hall of fame inductees.[4]

Each award consists of an etched image on lucite on a stand, using a spiral galaxy in a triangle logo, which is based on the logo the Gaylactic Network. The award winner's name, work title, award year and award category are etched on a small plaque on the base or on the plexiglass itself. A small cash stipend is awarded to winners in the Best Short Fiction category. The cost of the awards is paid for through individual donations and fundraising events.[4]

Logo of the Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation

Steve Berman has the record for most nominations, having been a finalist four times without winning. No writer has won the short fiction award more than once.[5]

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the award ceremonies; the books were released in the preceding years. Entries with a lavender background have won the relevant award; those with a white background are the finalist nominees. Superscript letters after the result indicate simultaneous nominations in other categories.

  Winners and joint winners
  Finalists/Short-listed nominees
  No award given
Year Author(s) Title Published in Publisher Result Ref.
1999
- !No Award NA [6]
2000
Arnason, EleanorEleanor Arnason "Dapple" Asimov's SF 09/99 Bantam Dell Won [6]
2000
Friesner, EstherEsther Friesner "Chanoyu" Asimov's SF 03/99 Bantam Dell Nom [6]
2000
Constantine, StormStorm Constantine "Thorn Boy, The !"The Thorn Boy" Novella Eidolon Nom [6]
2001
- !No Award NA[A] [7]
2001
Egan, GregGreg Egan "Oracle" Asimov's SF 07/00 Bantam Dell Nom[A] [7]
2002
Latner, Alexis GlynnAlexis Glynn Latner "Kindred" Bending the Landscape: Horror  Overlook Won [8]
2002
Berman, SteveSteve Berman "Anthvoke, The !"The Anthvoke" Strange Horizons & Trysts Lethe Press Nom [8]
2002
Phillips, IanIan Phillips "Devil and Mrs. Faust, The !"The Devil and Mrs. Faust"        See Dick Deconstruct Attagirl Press Nom [8]
2002
Bell, M. ShayneM. Shayne Bell "If On A Moonlit Night" Realms of Fantasy 12/01 Sovereign Media Nom [8]
2002
Richerson, CarrieCarrie Richerson "Love On A Stick" Bending the Landscape: Horror  Overlook Nom [8]
2002
Tiedemann, MarkMark Tiedemann "Passing" Bending the Landscape: Horror  Overlook Nom [8]
2002
Shawl, NisiNisi Shawl "Shiomah's Land" Asimov's SF 03/01 Bantam Dell Nom [8]
2002
Asaro, CatherineCatherine Asaro "Soul of Light" Sextopia Circlet Press Nom [8]
2002
Klages, EllenEllen Klages "Triangle" Bending the Landscape: Horror Overlook Nom [8]
2003
Monette, SarahSarah Monette "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland" Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #11 Small Beer Press Won [9]
2003
Treleaven, ScottScott Treleaven "Bugcrush" Queer Fear 2 Arsenal Pulp Press Nom [9]
2003
Knippenberg, RobertRobert Knippenberg "For the Mortals Among Us" Mind & Body Circlet Press Nom [9]
2003
Ford, Michael ThomasMichael Thomas Ford "Night of the Werepuss" Queer Fear 2 Arsenal Pulp Nom [9]
2003
Nickle, DavidDavid Nickle "Polyphemus' Cave" Queer Fear 2 Arsenal Pulp Nom [9]
2003
Dedman, StephenStephen Dedman "Till Human Voices Wake Us" Queer Fear 2 Arsenal Pulp Nom [9]
2003
Hogarth, MCAMCA Hogarth "Unspeakable" Strange Horizons Strangehorizons.com Nom [9]
2004
Anderson, BarthBarth Anderson "Lark Till Dawn, Princess" Mojo: Conjure Stories Warner Aspect Won [10]
2004
Pratt, TimTim Pratt "Down With the Lizards and the Bees" Realms of Fantasy 08/03 Sovereign Media Nom [10]
2004
Rochelle, WarrenWarren Rochelle "Golden Boy, The !"The Golden Boy" Silver Gryphon Golden Gryphon Nom [10]
2004
Berman, SteveSteve Berman "Kiss" X-Factor 10/03 Magazine Nom [10]
2004
Pratt, TimTim Pratt "Living With the Harpy" Strange Horizons Strangehorizons.com Nom [10]
2004
Bernobich, BethBeth Bernobich "Poison" Strange Horizons Strangehorizons.com Nom [10]
2004
Dellamonica, A MA M Dellamonica "Riverboy, The !"The Riverboy" Land/Space Tesseract Nom [10]
2004
Shawl, NisiNisi Shawl "Tawny Bitch, The !"The Tawny Bitch" Mojo: Conjure Stories Warner Aspect Nom [10]
2004
Moore, Nancy JaneNancy Jane Moore "Walking Contradiction" Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction Pocket Books Nom [10]
2005
Hall, RichardRichard Hall "Country People" Shadows of the Night Southern Tier Won [11]
2005
Lundoff, CatherineCatherine Lundoff "At the Roots of the World Tree" Kenoma E-zine Nom [11]
2005
Anderson, ColleenColleen Anderson "Hold Back The Night" Open Space Red Deer Nom [11]
2005
Lawrence, JayeJaye Lawrence "Kissing Frogs" Fantasy & Science Fiction 05/04 Spilogale Inc Nom [11]
2005
McConnell, DavidDavid McConnell "Mask, The !"The Mask" Shadows of the Night Southern Tier Nom [11]
2005
Szymanski, ThereseTherese Szymanski "Morning After, The !"The Morning After" Shadows of the Night Southern Tier Nom [11]
2005
Finlay, Charles ColemanCharles Coleman Finlay "Pervert" Fantasy & Science Fiction 03/04 Spilogale Inc Nom [11]
2005
Rosenfeld, CarolCarol Rosenfeld "Rabbit Rerun" Shadows of the Night Southern Tier Nom [11]
2005
Griffith, NicolaNicola Griffith "Song of Bullfrogs, Cry of Geese" With her Body Aqueduct Nom [11]
2006
- !No Award (nominees carried over to next year) NA [12]
2007
Gerrold, DavidDavid Gerrold "In the Quake Zone" Down These Dark Spaceways SFBC Won (joint) [13]
2007
Parks, JoyJoy Parks "Instinct" Future Is Queer, The !The Future Is Queer Arsenal Pulp Won (joint) [13]
2007
Barzak, ChristopherChristopher Barzak "Language of Moths, The !"The Language of Moths" Realms of Fantasy Sovereign Media Won (joint) [13]
2007
Pollack, RachelRachel Pollack "Beatrix Gates, The !"The Beatrix Gates" Future Is Queer, The !The Future Is Queer Arsenal Pulp Nom [13]
2007
Valente, Catherynne MCatherynne M Valente "Bones Like Black Sugar" Fantasy magazine Prime Nom [13]
2007
Pelland, JenniferJennifer Pelland "Captive Girl, The !"The Captive Girl" Helix SF 08/06 Helix Nom [13]
2007
Berman, SteveSteve Berman "Caught by Skin" Sex in the System Thunder's Mouth Nom [13]
2007
Potter, AlexanderAlexander Potter "Facing Down Your Demons" All Hell Breaking Loose DAW Nom [13]
2007
Baker, L-JL-J Baker "Fairy Tale Ending" Tales from the Asylum From the Asylum Nom [13]
2007
Duchamp, L TimmelL Timmel Duchamp "Obscure Relations" Future Is Queer, The !The Future Is Queer Arsenal Pulp Nom [13]
2007
Bruce, CamillaCamilla Bruce "Plums" Shifting Again Torquere Nom [13]
2007
Draven, AlexAlex Draven "Sleeping Bears Lie" Shifting Too Torquere Nom [13]
2007
Wright, KristinaKristina Wright "Specter of Sin, The !"The Specter of Sin" Call of the Dark Bella Books Nom [13]
2007
Bowes, RichardRichard Bowes "There's A Hole In The City" SciFiction SciFi.Com Nom [13]
2007
DeCina, KimberlyKimberly DeCina "Voce" Sleeping Beauty, Indeed Torquere Nom [13]
2007
Watts, JuliaJulia Watts "We Recruit" Stake Through the Heart Bella Nom [13]
2008
Lewis, JoshuaJoshua Lewis "Ever So Much More Than Twenty" So Fey Lethe Press Won [14]
2008
Augustin, K.S.K.S. Augustin "Prime Suspect" eBook Total-E-Bound Nom [14]
2008
Berman, SteveSteve Berman "Bittersweet" Journal of Mythic Arts Endicott Studio Nom [14]
2008
Black, HollyHolly Black "Coat of Stars, The !"The Coat of Stars" So Fey Lethe Press Nom [14]
2008
Cassandra Clare & Ruby deBrazier "Charming, A Tale of True Love" So Fey Lethe Press Nom [14]
2008
Decker, M.M. Decker "Side Effects" Alleys & Doorways Torquere Nom [14]
2008
Ellwood, LeighLeigh Ellwood "Healing, The !"The Healing" eBook Phaze Nom [14]
2008
Gidney, CraigCraig Gidney "Bird of Ice, A !"A Bird of Ice" So Fey Lethe Press Nom [14]
2008
Kelly, James PatrickJames Patrick Kelly "Dividing the Sustain" New Space Opera Eos Nom [14]
2008
Kelly, KiernanKiernan Kelly "Dancing on the Head of a Pin" eBook Torquere Nom [14]
2008
Lewis, Valerie Z.Valerie Z. Lewis "Steel Anniversary, The !"The Steel Anniversary" Alleys & Doorways Torquere Nom [14]
2008
Lundoff, CatherineCatherine Lundoff "Medusa's Touch" Crave: Tales of Lust, Love, and Longing Lethe Press Nom [14]
2008
Talbot, JuliaJulia Talbot "Reflection of Love, The !"The Reflection of Love" Alleys & Doorways Torquere Nom [14]
2008
Vanderhooft, JoSelleJoSelle Vanderhooft "Were" Alleys & Doorways Torquere Nom [14]
2009
- !No Award (nominees carried over to next year) NA
2010
Duncan, HalHal Duncan "The Behold of the Eye" Lone Star Stories/Wilde Stories 2009' Lethe Press Won (joint)
2010
Scott, MelissaMelissa Scott "The Rocky Side of the Sky" Periphery Lethe Press Won (joint)
2010
Gilman , Carolyn IvesCarolyn Ives Gilman "Angels Alone" Periphery Lethe Press Nom
2010
Lane , JoelJoel Lane "Behind the Curtain" Dark Horizons Issue 52/Wilde Stories 2009 Lethe Press Nom
2010
Currier , JamesonJameson Currier "The Bloomsbury Nudes" Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet Dark Scribe Press Nom
2010
Walsh , KaiteKaite Walsh "City of the Dead" Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades Lethe Press Nom
2010
Jeffers , AlexAlex Jeffers "Firooz and His Brother" Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction May 2008/Wilde Stories Lethe Press Nom
2010
Dawn , AmberAmber Dawn "Here Lies the Last Lesbian Rental in East Vancouver" Fist of the Spider Woman Arsenal Pulp Press Nom
2010
Scalise , MichelleMichelle Scalise "I Am the Shadow That Walks There" Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet Dark Scribe Press Nom
2010
Thomas , LeeLee Thomas "I'm Your Violence" Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet Dark Scribe Press Nom
2010
Evans , Aurelia T.Aurelia T. Evans "In Circles" Fist of the Spider Woman Arsenal Pulp Press Nom
2010
Brenchley , ChazChaz Brenchley "In the Night Street Baths" Lace and Blade - Norilana Books/Wilde Stories 2009 Lethe Press Nom
2010
Scott , MelissaMelissa Scott "One Horse Town" Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades Lethe Press Nom
2010
Cobalt , KalKal Cobalt "Parts" Wired Hard 4 Circlet Press Nom
2010
Amara , AstridAstrid Amara "Remember" Tangle Blind Eye Books Nom
2010
Jernigan , ZacharyZachary Jernigan "The Succession of Knoorikios Khnum" Wired Hard 4 Circlet Press Nom
2010
McConchie , LynLyn McConchie "Waiting Tables and Time" Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades Lethe Press Nom
2011 -
- !No Award NA

A Short fiction was part of other works this year.

Short fiction Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the award ceremonies; the works were all first published before the founding of the awards in 1998. As of 2008, one short story has been inducted into the Hall of Fame:

Year Author(s) Title Published in Publisher Result Ref.
2000
Theodore Sturgeon            "World Well Lost, The !"The World Well Lost"               Universe 06/1953        Clark Publishing            Inducted [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "About the Gaylactic Spectrum Award". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2000–2008. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  2. ^ "Books and Publishing June 1999". Locus Publications. 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  3. ^ "News Log July 2003". Locus Publications. 2003. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Gaylactic Spectrum Award Official Rules". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2000–2008. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  5. ^ Kelly, Mark R. (2003–2007). "Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Records and Tallies". Locus Publications. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "2000 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  7. ^ a b "2001 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i "2002 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "2003 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "2004 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i "2005 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  12. ^ "2006 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "2007 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "2008 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards". Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 

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