World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology
|World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology|
|Awarded for||The best anthology of fantasy stories by multiple authors published in English in the prior calendar year|
|Presented by||World Fantasy Convention|
|Currently held by||Danel Olson (Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4)|
The World Fantasy Awards are given each year by the World Fantasy Convention for the best fantasy fiction published in English during the previous calendar year. The awards have been described as one of the three most prestigious speculative fiction awards, along with the Hugo and Nebula Awards. The World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology is given each year for anthologies of fantasy stories by multiple authors published in English. An anthology can have any number of editors, and works in the anthology may have been previously published; awards are also given out for collections of works by a single author in the collection category. The World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology has been awarded annually since 1988, though from 1977 through 1987 anthologies were admissible as nominees in the collection category. During the 10 years they were admissible for that category they won the award 7 times and were 38 of the 56 nominations.
World Fantasy Award nominees and winners are decided by attendees and judges at the annual World Fantasy Convention. A ballot is posted in June for attendees of the current and previous two conferences to determine two of the finalists, and a panel of five judges adds three or more nominees before voting on the overall winner. The panel of judges is typically made up of fantasy authors and is chosen each year by the World Fantasy Awards Administration, which has the power to break ties. The final results are presented at the World Fantasy Convention at the end of October.
Award winners and finalists
- Winner: Strange Tales, edited by Rosalie Parker (Tartarus Press)
- The Dark: New Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor)
- Gathering the Bones, edited by Jack Dann, Ramsey Campbell & Dennis Etchison (Voyager Australia; Voyager UK; Tor US)
- The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, edited by Jeff VanderMeer & Mark Roberts (Night Shade Books)
- Trampoline: An Anthology, edited by Kelly Link (Small Beer Press)
WFC 2005 was held in Madison, Wisconsin, and was chaired by Meg Turville-Heitz. Judges were Alis Rasmussen (Kate Elliott), Jeffrey Ford, Tim Lebbon, Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Jessica Amanda Salmonson.
- Winner: Acquainted with the Night, edited by Barbara & Christopher Roden (Ash-Tree Press)
- Winner: Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, edited by Sheree R. Thomas (Warner Aspect)
- The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (Viking)
- Polyphony 4, edited by Deborah Layne & Jay Lake (Wheatland Press)
- The First Heroes: New Tales of the Bronze Age, edited by Harry Turtledove & Noreen Doyle (Tor)
- Winner: The Fair Folk, edited by Marvin Kaye (Science Fiction Book Club)
- Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth, edited by Stephen Jones (Fedogan & Bremer)
- Polyphony 5, edited by Deborah Layne and Jay Lake (Wheatland Press)
- Adventure Vol. 1, edited by Chris Roberson (MonkeyBrain)
- Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction, edited by Neil Williamson and Andrew J. Wilson (Crescent Books)
- Winner: Salon Fantastique, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (Thunder's Mouth)
- Cross Plains Universe: Texans Celebrate Robert E. Howard, edited by Scott A. Cupp and Joe R. Lansdale (MonkeyBrain and the Fandom Association of Central Texas)
- Retro Pulp Tales, edited by Joe R. Lansdale (Subterranean)
- Twenty Epics, edited by David Moles and Susan Marie Groppi (All-Star Stories)
- Firebirds Rising, edited by Sharyn November (Firebird)
- Winner: Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, edited by Ellen Datlow, Editor (Tor)
- Five Strokes to Midnight, edited by Gary A. Braunbeck and Hank Schwaeble (Haunted Pelican Press)
- Wizards: Magical Tales From The Masters of Modern Fantasy, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois (Berkley)
- The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (Viking)
- Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories, edited by John Klima (Bantam Spectra)
- Winner: Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ekaterina Sedia (Senses Five Press)
- The Living Dead, edited by John Joseph Adams (Night Shade Books)
- The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow (Del Rey)
- The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-First Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, & Gavin J. Grant (St. Martin's)
- Steampunk, edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon Publications)
- Winner: American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny: From Poe to the Pulps/From the 1940s to Now, edited by Peter Straub (Library of America)
- Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow (Solaris)
- Songs of The Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Subterranean/Voyager)
- Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations, edited by Danel Olson (Ash-Tree)
- Eclipse Three, edited by Jonathan Strahan (Night Shade)
- The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology, edited by Gordon Van Gelder (Tachyon)
- Winner: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (Penguin)
- The Way of the Wizard, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Prime)
- Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
- Stories: All-New Tales, Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio, eds. (Morrow; Headline Review)
- Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, S.T. Joshi, ed. (PS)
- Swords & Dark Magic, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders, eds. (Eos)
- Winner: The Weird, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Corvus; Tor, published May 2012)
- Blood and Other Cravings, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor)
- A Book of Horrors, Stephen Jones, ed. (Jo Fletcher Books)
- The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Harper Voyager US)
- Gutshot, Conrad Williams, ed. (PS Publishing)
WFC was held in Brighton, UK in November 2013.
- Winner: Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4, Danel Olson, ed. (PS Publishing)
- Epic: Legends of Fantasy, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Tachyon)
- Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, Eduardo Jiménez Mayo & Chris N. Brown, eds. (Small Beer)
- Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, Jonathan Oliver, ed. (Solaris)
- Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Random House)
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- 2011 World Fantasy Award judges
- 2012 World Fantasy Award Ballot
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- World Fantasy Awards, complete list of all winning and nominated works