World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology

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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
First awarded 1988
Currently held by Danel Olson (Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4)
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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.[1][2] 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.[3]

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.[3][4] The panel of judges is typically made up of fantasy authors[5] and is chosen each year by the World Fantasy Awards Administration, which has the power to break ties.[3] The final results are presented at the World Fantasy Convention at the end of October.[4]

Award winners and finalists[edit]


WFC 2004 was held in Tempe, Arizona. Judges were John Clute, Sherwood Smith, Michael Stackpole, Alain Nevant, and Scott Wyatt.


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.


WFC 2006 was held in Austin, Texas. Judges were Steve Lockley, Barbara Roden, Victoria Strauss, Jeff VanderMeer, and Andrew Wheeler.


WFC 2007 was held in Saratoga Springs, New York. Judges for the event were Gavin Grant, Ed Greenwood, Jeremy Lassen, Jeff Mariotte, and Carsten Polzin.


WFC 2008 was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

  • 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)


WFC 2009 was held in San Jose, California. Judges were Jenny Blackford, Peter Heck, Ellen Klages, Chris Roberson, and Delia Sherman.


WFC 2010 was held in Columbus, Ohio in October 2010. Judges were Greg Ketter, Kelly Link, James Minz, Jürgen Snoeren, and Gary K. Wolfe.[6]

  • 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)


WFC 2011 was held in San Diego, California in October 2011. Judges were Andrew Hook, Sacha Mamczak, Mark Rich, Sean Wallace, and Kim Wilkins.[7]


WFC was held in Toronto, Canada in November 2012. The judges were John Berlyne, James P. Blaylock, Stephen Gallagher, Mary Kay Kare and Jacques Post.[8]

  • 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.[9]

  • 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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tan, Corrie (2013-09-17). "'It's not like I can sell awards for money'". The Star. Star Publications. Archived from the original on 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  2. ^ Hermann, Brenda (1991-12-20). "Comic Book Wins Fiction Award For First, And Maybe Last, Time". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Archived from the original on 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Locus Index to SF Awards: About the World Fantasy Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  4. ^ a b "World Fantasy Award Judges". World Fantasy Awards Administration. Archived from the original on 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  5. ^ Walling, René (2011-06-28). "The Coming of the Great Old Ones: A Statistical Look at the World Fantasy Awards for Best Novel". Tor Books. Archived from the original on 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  6. ^ 2010 World Fantasy Award judges
  7. ^ 2011 World Fantasy Award judges
  8. ^ 2012 World Fantasy Award Ballot
  9. ^ Locus Online News

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