World Fantasy Special Award: Professional

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World Fantasy Special Award—Professional
Awarded for The best professional work not covered by other World Fantasy Award categories
Presented by World Fantasy Convention
First awarded 1975
Currently held by Irene Gallo (art direction of Tor.com)
William K. Schafer (Subterranean Press)
Official website worldfantasy.org/awards/

The World Fantasy Awards are given each year by the World Fantasy Convention for the best fantasy fiction and art published in English during the previous calendar year. The awards have been described by book critics such as The Guardian as a "prestigious fantasy prize",[1] and one of the three most prestigious speculative fiction awards, along with the Hugo and Nebula Awards (which cover both fantasy and science fiction).[2][3] The World Fantasy Special Award—Professional is given each year to individuals for their professional work in the previous calendar year in fields related to fantasy that are not covered by other World Fantasy Award categories. These have included editors of magazines and novels, publishers, and authors of non-fiction works. In the first few years of the award, some publishing companies were nominated along with individual editors and publishers, and the reason an individual was nominated was not always specified. Individuals are also eligible for the Special Award—Non-Professional category. The World Fantasy Special Award—Professional has been awarded annually since 1975.[4]

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.[4][5] The panel of judges is typically made up of fantasy authors[6] and is chosen each year by the World Fantasy Awards Administration, which has the power to break ties.[4] The final results are presented at the World Fantasy Convention at the end of October.[5] Winners are presented with a statue in the form of a bust of H. P. Lovecraft.[1]

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the eligible work was produced. The table includes the stated work or company the individual was nominated for, which may not have been the only fantasy-related professional work they did during the previous calendar year. "N/A" in the reason column represents a nomination where no reason was given. Entries with a blue background and an asterisk (*) next to the individual's name have won the award; those with a white background are the other nominees on the shortlist.

  *   Winners

Year Winner/nominee Reason Ref.
1975 Ballantine, IanIan Ballantine* N/A [7]
Ballantine, BettyBetty Ballantine*
Wollheim, Donald A.Donald A. Wollheim N/A [7]
1976 Grant, Donald M.Donald M. Grant* publishing [8]
Wollheim, Donald A.Donald A. Wollheim publishing/editing [8]
Arkham House publishing [8]
Long, Frank BelknapFrank Belknap Long Howard Phillips Lovecraft: Dreamer on the Nightside [8]
Conover, WillisWillis Conover Lovecraft at Last [8]
Camp, L. Sprague deL. Sprague de Camp Lovecraft: A Biography [8]
1977 Torgeson, ShelleyShelley Torgeson* Alternate World Recordings [9]
Torgeson, RoyRoy Torgeson*
Arkham House publishing [9]
Ferman, Edward L.Edward L. Ferman editing/publishing The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction [9]
DAW Books publishing [9]
Ballantine Books publishing [9]
1978 Bleiler, Everett F.Everett F. Bleiler* N/A [10]
Ferman, Edward L.Edward L. Ferman The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction [10]
Wollheim, Donald A.Donald A. Wollheim DAW Books [10]
Rey, Judy-Lynn delJudy-Lynn del Rey Ballantine Books [10]
Rey, Lester delLester del Rey
1979 Ferman, Edward L.Edward L. Ferman* The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction [11]
Grant, Donald M.Donald M. Grant Donald M. Grant, Publisher [11]
1980 Grant, Donald M.Donald M. Grant* Donald M. Grant, Publisher [12]
LoBrutto, PatPat LoBrutto Doubleday [12]
Turner, JamesJames Turner Arkham House [12]
Wollheim, Donald A.Donald A. Wollheim DAW Books [12]
Rey, Lester delLester del Rey Ballantine Del Rey Fantasy [12]
1981 Wollheim, Donald A.Donald A. Wollheim* DAW Books [13]
Underwood, TimTim Underwood Underwood–Miller [13]
Miller, ChuckChuck Miller
Carr, TerryTerry Carr anthologies [13]
Rey, Lester delLester del Rey Ballantine Del Rey [13]
Hartwell, David G.David G. Hartwell Timescape Books [13]
Ferman, Edward L.Edward L. Ferman The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction [13]
1982 Ferman, Edward L.Edward L. Ferman* The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction [14]
Hartwell, David G.David G. Hartwell Timescape Books [14]
Klein, T. E. D.T. E. D. Klein The Twilight Zone Magazine [14]
Underwood, TimTim Underwood Underwood–Miller [14]
Miller, ChuckChuck Miller
Grant, Donald M.Donald M. Grant Donald M. Grant, Publisher [14]
1983 Grant, Donald M.Donald M. Grant* Donald M. Grant, Publisher [15]
Rey, Lester delLester del Rey Ballantine Del Rey [15]
Hartwell, David G.David G. Hartwell Timescape Books [15]
LoBrutto, PatPat LoBrutto Doubleday [15]
Winter, Douglas E.Douglas E. Winter writing/reviewing [15]
1984 Ballantine, IanIan Ballantine* The High Kings [16]
Ballantine, BettyBetty Ballantine*
Chant, JoyJoy Chant*
Sharp, GeorgeGeorge Sharp*
Larkin, DavidDavid Larkin*
Ferman, Edward L.Edward L. Ferman The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction [16]
LoBrutto, PatPat LoBrutto Doubleday [16]
Camp, L. Sprague deL. Sprague de Camp Dark Valley Destiny [16]
Camp, Catherine Crook deCatherine Crook de Camp
Griffin, Jane WhittingtonJane Whittington Griffin
Bleiler, Everett F.Everett F. Bleiler The Guide to Supernatural Fiction [16]
1985 Allsburg, Chris VanChris Van Allsburg* The Mysteries of Harris Burdick [17]
Klein, T. E. D.T. E. D. Klein The Twilight Zone Magazine [17]
LoBrutto, PatPat LoBrutto Doubleday [17]
McCarthy, ShawnaShawna McCarthy Asimov's Science Fiction [17]
Underwood, TimTim Underwood Underwood–Miller [17]
Miller, ChuckChuck Miller
Boyer, Robert H.Robert H. Boyer Fantasists on Fantasy [17]
Zahorski, Kenneth J.Kenneth J. Zahorski
1986 LoBrutto, PatPat LoBrutto* Doubleday [18]
Windling, TerriTerri Windling editing [18]
Grant, Donald M.Donald M. Grant Donald M. Grant, Publisher [18]
Canty, ThomasThomas Canty A Monster at Christmas [18]
Hale, PhilPhil Hale
1987 Yolen, JaneJane Yolen* Favorite Folktales from Around the World [19]
Windling, TerriTerri Windling Ace Books [19]
Ounsley, SimonSimon Ounsley Interzone [19]
Pringle, DavidDavid Pringle
Hartwell, David G.David G. Hartwell Arbor House [19]
Grant, Donald M.Donald M. Grant Donald M. Grant, Publisher [19]
Sullivan, JackJack Sullivan The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural [19]
1988 Hartwell, David G.David G. Hartwell* Arbor House, Tor Books, anthologies [20]
Koontz, Dean R.Dean R. Koontz service to the field [20]
Windling, TerriTerri Windling Ace Books, Armadillo [20]
McCarthy, ShawnaShawna McCarthy Bantam Spectra [20]
King, TappanTappan King The Twilight Zone Magazine [20]
Dozois, GardnerGardner Dozois Asimov's Science Fiction, anthologies [20]
Scithers, GeorgeGeorge Scithers Weird Tales [20]


2004[edit]

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

2005[edit]

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.

2006[edit]

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

2007[edit]

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.

  • Winner: Ellen Asher (for work at SFBC)
  • Mark Finn (for Blood & Thunder: The Life of Robert E. Howard, MonkeyBrain)
  • Deanna Hoak (for copyediting)
  • Greg Ketter (for DreamHaven Books)
  • Leonard S. Marcus, ed. (for The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy, Candlewick)

2008[edit]

WFC 2008 was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. from October 30 to November 2. Judges for the event were Peter Coleborn, Robert Hoge, Dennis L. McKiernan, Mark Morris, and Steve Pasechnick.

  • Winner: Peter Crowther (for PS Publishing)
  • Allison Baker and Chris Roberson (for MonkeyBrain Books)
  • Alan Beatts and Jude Feldman (for Borderlands Books)
  • Gordon Van Gelder (for F&SF)
  • Jeremy Lassen and Jason Williams (for Night Shade Books)
  • Shawna McCarthy (for Realms of Fantasy)

2009[edit]

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

  • Winner: Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (for Small Beer Press and Big Mouth House)
  • Farah Mendlesohn (for Rhetorics of Fantasy)
  • Stephen H. Segal & Ann VanderMeer (for Weird Tales)
  • Jerad Walters (for A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft)
  • Jacob Weisman (for Tachyon Publications)

2010[edit]

WFC 2010 was held in Columbus, Ohio in October 2010. Judges were Greg Ketter, Kelly Link, Jim Minz, Jürgen Snoeren, and Gary K. Wolfe.[21]

  • Winner: Jonathan Strahan (for editing anthologies)
  • Peter & Nicky Crowther (for PS Publishing)
  • Ellen Datlow (for editing anthologies)
  • Hayao Miyazaki (for Ponyo)
  • Barbara & Christopher Roden (for Ash-Tree Press)
  • Jacob & Rina Weisman (for Tachyon Publications)

See also[edit]

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