2012 winners: Jakub Ćwiek and Maja Lidia Kossakowska
2011 winners: Jacek Dukaj and Anna Kańtoch
The Janusz A. Zajdel Award (Nagroda imienia Janusza A. Zajdla), often called just Zajdel,
is the annual award given by the Polish science fiction and fantasyfandom for the best stories published in the previous year. The winners are chosen in a vote by fans present at the Polcon convention from up to five nominations in each of two categories:
Novel: works longer than 100 standard pages (of 1800 characters),
Short story: shorter works.
Instant-runoff voting with "No award" as one of the choices is the method used.
Vote counts are not announced.
The award was created in 1985 under the name Sfinks (not to be confused with the Sfinks Award [pl], an award of the SFinks [pl] magazine). After the death of the first winner Janusz A. Zajdel in the same year, the name was changed in his memory.
Until 1989, the award was given by Polish science fiction fan associations, voting as units; since 1990, all fans present at Polcon can vote.
Until 1991, there was a single award given for the best story; since 1992, there are two categories: novel and short story.
In 2014, a free online e-book of the stories nominated for year 2013 was made available.