World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story
|World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story|
|Awarded for||The best fantasy story of 10,000 words or less published in the prior calendar year|
|Presented by||World Fantasy Convention|
|Currently held by||Gregory Norman Bossert ("The Telling")|
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 Short Story is given each year for fantasy short stories published in English or translated into English. A work of fiction is defined by the organization as a short story if it is between 10,000 words or less in length; awards are also given out for longer pieces in the novel and novella categories. The World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story has been awarded annually since 1975, though before 1982—when the novella category was instated—the category was named "Best Short Fiction" and covered works of up to 40,000 words.
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 judges panel 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
WFC 1989 was held in held Seattle, Washington, and was chaired by Robert Doyle. Judges were Susan Allison, Ed Bryant, Lisa Goldstein, Peter Dennis Pautz and Jon White.
- Winner: "Winter Solstice, Camelot Station", John M. Ford
- "Night They Missed the Horror Show", Joe R. Lansdale
- "Life of Buddha", Lucius Shepard
- "Metastasis", Dan Simmons
- Winner: "Don Ysidro", Bruce Holland Rogers (Polyphony 3, Wheatland Press)
- Circle of Cats, Charles de Lint (Viking)
- "Ancestor Money", Maureen F. McHugh (SCIFICTION)
- "Gus Dreams of Biting the Mailman", Alex Irvine (Trampoline, Small Beer Press)
- "O One", Chris Roberson (Live Without a Net, Roc)
WFC 2005 was held in Madison, Wisconsin, and is chaired by Meg Turville-Heitz. Judges were Alis Rasmussen (Kate Elliott), Jeffrey Ford, Tim Lebbon, Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Jessica Amanda Salmonson.
- Winner: "Singing My Sister Down", Margo Lanagan (Black Juice, Allen & Unwin Australia)
- "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm", Theodora Goss (Polyphony 4, Wheatland Press)
- "The Faery Handbag", Kelly Link (The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm, Viking)
- "Reports of Certain Events in London", China Miéville (McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, Vintage)
- "Northwest Passage", Barbara Roden (Acquainted With The Night, Ash Tree Press)
- Winner: "CommComm", George Saunders (The New Yorker, August 1, 2005)
- "Two Hearts", Peter S. Beagle (F&SF, October/November 2005)
- "Best New Horror", Joe Hill (Postscripts 3, Spring 2005)
- "The Other Grace", Holly Phillips (In the Palace of Repose, Prime Books)
- "La Peau Verte", Caitlín R. Kiernan (To Charles Fort, With Love, Subterranean Press)
- Winner: "Journey Into the Kingdom", M. Rickert (F&SF, May 2006)
- "The Way He Does It", Jeffrey Ford (Electric Velocipede 10, Spring 2006)
- "A Siege of Cranes", Benjamin Rosenbaum (Twenty Epics, All-Star Stories)
- "Another Word for Map Is Faith", Christopher Rowe (F&SF, August 2006)
- "Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy)", Geoff Ryman (F&SF, October/November 2006)
- Winner: "Singing of Mount Abora", Theodora Goss (Logorrhea, Bantam Spectra)
- "The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics", Daniel Abraham (Logorrhea, Bantam Spectra)
- "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change", Kij Johnson (The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Viking)
- "Damned if you Don't", Rob Shearman (Tiny Deaths, Comma Press)
- "The Church on the Island", Simon Kurt Unsworth (At Ease with the Dead, Ash-Tree Press)
WFC 2009 was held in San Jose, California.
- Winner: "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss", Kij Johnson (Asimov's 7/08)
- "Caverns of Mystery", Kage Baker (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy)
- "Pride and Prometheus", John Kessel (F&SF 1/08)
- "Our Man in the Sudan", Sarah Pinborough (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror Stories)
- "A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica", Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld Magazine 5/08)
- Winner: "The Pelican Bar", by Karen Joy Fowler (Eclipse Three)
- "A Journal of Certain Events of Scientific Interest from the First Survey Voyage of the Southern Waters by HMS Ocelot, As Observed by Professor Thaddeus Boswell, DPhil, MSc, or, A Lullaby", by Helen Keeble (Strange Horizons 6/09)
- "Singing on a Star", by Ellen Klages (Firebirds Soaring)
- "The Persistence of Memory, or This Space for Sale", by Paul Park (Postscripts 20/21: Edison’s Frankenstein )
- "In Waiting", by R. B. Russell (Putting the Pieces in Place)
- "Light on the Water", by Genevieve Valentine (Fantasy 10/09)
- Winner: "Fossil—Figures," by Joyce Carol Oates (Stories: All-New Tales)
- "Beautiful Men," by Christopher Fowler (Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts, edited by Stephen Jones, Ulysses Press)
- "Booth's Ghost," by Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn't See and Other Stories, Small Beer Press)
- "Ponies," by Kij Johnson (Tor.com)
- "Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us," by Mercurio D. Rivera (Black Static #18, 08/09.10)
- Winner: "The Paper Menagerie", Ken Liu (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 3-4/11)
- "X for Demetrious", Steve Duffy (Blood and Other Cravings)
- "Younger Women", Karen Joy Fowler (Subterranean Magazine Summer 2011)
- "A Journey of Only Two Paces", Tim Powers (The Bible Repairman and Other Stories)
- "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees", E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld Magazine 4/11)
WFC was held in Brighton, UK in November 2013.
- Winner: “The Telling”, Gregory Norman Bossert (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 11/29/12)
- “A Natural History of Autumn”, Jeffrey Ford (F&SF 7-8/12)
- “The Castle That Jack Built”, Emily Gilman (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 1/26/12)
- “Breaking the Frame”, Kat Howard (Lightspeed 8/12)
- “Swift, Brutal Retaliation”, Meghan McCarron (Tor.com 1/4/12)
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- 2010 World Fantasy Award judges
- 2011 World Fantasy Award Winners
- 2012 World Fantasy Award Ballot
- Locus Online News
- World Fantasy Convention official site
- World Fantasy Awards, complete list of all winning and nominated works