The IAFA William L. Crawford Fantasy Award (short: Crawford award) is a literary award given to a writer whose first fantasy book was published during the preceding calendar year. It's one of several awards presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) and is presented at the International Conference of the Fantast in the Arts each March in Orlando.
Eligibility: a title must be the author’s first fantasy book; it is permissible for an author active in a different genre to be submitted, as long as this is their first fantasy book. Children’s fiction and YA are eligible.
The Prize was conceived and established with the help of Andre Norton, who continued to sponsor it for many years. The award is named after the publisher and editor William L. Crawford (1911-1984). In addition to novels and novellas, collections of poetry, short stories, and fiction aimed at younger readers are all eligible. It was administered by noted Locus Magazine reviewer, Gary K. Wolfe from 1985 to 2023. The current administrator is critic Farah Mendlesohn.
Crawford honorees have gone on to win a dozen World Fantasy Awards (including a Life Achievement Award for Charles de Lint), five Shirley Jackson Awards, five Locus Awards, four Hugo Awards, four Nebula Awards, and 27 other awards of various kinds. Two Crawford-winning novels have been adapted as feature films, Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni’s Mistress of Spices in 2005 and Christopher Barzak’s One for Sorrow in 2014 (under the title Jamie Marks is Dead). While the majority of honorees have been residents of the United States, the international dimension of the award is reflected by winners from Canada, the U.K., Sweden, Barbados, India, Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia.
List of recipients
|Year||Recipient||Title of Book||Ref|
|1985||Charles de Lint||Moonheart|
|1986||Nancy Willard||Things Invisible to See|
|1987||Judith Tarr||The Hound and the Falcon trilogy|
|1988||Elizabeth Marshall Thomas||Reindeer Moon|
|1989||Michaela Roessner||Walkabout Woman|
|1990||Jeanne Larsen||The Silk Road|
|1991||Michael Scott Rohan||Winter of the World trilogy|
|1993||Susan Palwick||Flying in Place|
|1994||Judith Katz||Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound|
|1995||Jonathan Lethem||Gun,With Occasional Music|
|1997||Candas Jane Dorsey||Black Wine|
|1998||Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni||Mistress of Spices|
|1999||David B. Coe||Lon Tobyn Chronicles|
|2000||Anne Bishop||Black Jewels trilogy|
|2001||Kij Johnson||The Fox Woman|
|2002||Jasper Fforde||The Eyre Affair|
|2003||Alexander C. Irvine||A Scattering of Jades|
|2004||K. J. Bishop||The Etched City|
|2005||Steph Swainston||The Year of Our War|
|2006||Joe Hill||Twentieth Century Ghosts|
|2007||M. Rickert||Map of Dreams|
|2008||Christopher Barzak||One for Sorrow|||
|2010||Jedediah Berry||The Manual of Detection|
|2011||Karen Lord||Redemption in Indigo|||
|2014||Sofia Samatar||A Stranger in Olandria|||
|2015||Zen Cho and Stephanie Feldman||The Angel of Losses|||
|2016||Kai Ashante Wilson||The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps|
|2017||Charlie Jane Anders||All the Birds in the Sky|
|2018||Carmen Maria Machado||Her Body and Other Parties|||
|2019||R. F. Kuang||The Poppy War|||
|2020||Tamsyn Muir||Gideon the Ninth|||
|2021||Nghi Vo||The Empress of Salt and Fortune|||
|2022||Usman T. Malik||Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan|||
|2023||Simon Jimenez||The Spear Cuts Through Water|
Past judges have included: Amelia Beamer, Jedediah Berry, Liz Bourke, Karen Burnham, John Clute, Daryl Gregory, Ellen Klages, Kelly Link, Adrienne Martine, Kathleen Massie-Ferch, Farah Mendlesohn, Cheryl Morgan, Sofia Samatar, Jonathan Strahan, Liza Groen Trombi, Genevieve Valentine, Paul Witcover.
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