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Mythopoeic Awards
Statuette used as award trophy.
Awarded forOutstanding works in the fields of myth, fantasy, and the scholarly study of these areas
Presented byMythopoeic Society
First awarded1971
Most recent winners

The Mythopoeic Awards for literature and literary studies are given annually for outstanding works in the fields of myth, fantasy, and the scholarly study of these areas. Established by the Mythopoeic Society in 1971, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award is given for "fiction in the spirit of the Inklings", and the Scholarship Award for non-fiction work.[1][2] The award is a statuette of a seated lion, with a plaque on the base. It has drawn resemblance to, and is often called, the "Aslan".[3]

The Mythopoeic Award is one of the "principal annual awards" for fantasy according to critic Brian Stableford.[4] From 1971 to 1991, there was one award per category, annual but not always awarded before 1981. Dual awards in each category were established in 1992: Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards for Adult Literature and Children's Literature; Scholarship Awards in Inklings Studies, and Myth and Fantasy Studies.[1][5] In 2010, a Student Paper Award was introduced for the best paper presented at Mythcon by an undergraduate or graduate student;[6] it was renamed the Alexei Kondratiev Award several months after its creation.[7]

The 2023 winners were announced virtually at the Mythopoeic Society's Online Midsummer Seminar 2023.[8]

Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards[edit]

In the following tables, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the novel was first published. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature". Entries with a blue background and an asterisk (*) next to the writer's name have won the award; those with a white background are the other nominees on the shortlist.[9][10]

  *   Winners

Fantasy (1971–1991)[edit]


Year Author[10] Novel[10] Publisher or publication[10]
1971 Mary Stewart* The Crystal Cave Hodder & Stoughton, William Morrow
Lloyd Alexander The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian E. P. Dutton
Katherine Kurtz Deryni Rising Ballantine Books
Roger Zelazny Nine Princes in Amber Doubleday
1972 Joy Chant* Red Moon and Black Mountain George Allen & Unwin
John Gardner Grendel Alfred A. Knopf, Gollancz
Isidore Haiblum The Tsaddik of the Seven Wonders Ballantine Books
Ursula K. Le Guin The Tombs of Atuan Atheneum Books
Michael Moorcock The Corum Trilogy Berkley Books
Joan North The Light Maze Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Thomas Burnett Swann The Forest of Forever Ace Books
Evangeline Walton The Children of Llyr Ballantine Books
1973 Evangeline Walton* The Song of Rhiannon Ballantine Books
Poul Anderson Dancer from Atlantis Nelson Doubleday
Katherine Kurtz Deryni Checkmate Ballantine Books
Ursula K. Le Guin The Farthest Shore Atheneum Books
Thomas Burnett Swann Green Phoenix DAW Books
Roger Zelazny The Guns of Avalon Doubleday
1974 Mary Stewart* The Hollow Hills Hodder & Stoughton
Poul Anderson Hrolf Kraki's Saga Ballantine Books
Susan Cooper The Dark Is Rising Macmillan
Sanders Anne Laubenthal Excalibur Ballantine Books
Katherine Kurtz High Deryni Ballantine Books
1975 Poul Anderson* A Midsummer Tempest Doubleday
Richard Adams Watership Down Rex Collings
Patricia A. McKillip The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Atheneum Books
H. Warner Munn Merlin's Ring Ballantine Books
Thomas Burnett Swann How Are the Mighty Fallen DAW Books
Evangeline Walton Prince of Annwn Ballantine Books


Year Author[10] Novel[10] Publisher or publication[10]
1981 J. R. R. Tolkien* Unfinished Tales George Allen & Unwin
Joy Chant The Grey Mane of Morning George Allen & Unwin
Stephen R. Donaldson The Wounded Land Del Rey
Ursula K. Le Guin The Beginning Place Harper and Row
Morgan Llywelyn Lion of Ireland Houghton Mifflin
1982 John Crowley* Little, Big Bantam Books
Tanith Lee Delusion's Master DAW Books
Elizabeth A. Lynn The Woman Who Loved the Moon Berkley Books
Julian May The Many-Colored Land Houghton Mifflin
Nancy Springer The Sable Moon Pocket Books
Gene Wolfe The Claw of the Conciliator Timescape Books
1983 Carol Kendall* The Firelings Bodley Head Children's Books
Marion Zimmer Bradley The Mists of Avalon Alfred A. Knopf
Stephen R. Donaldson The One Tree Del Rey
David Eddings Queen of Sorcery Del Rey
P. C. Hodgell God Stalk Atheneum Books
Robin McKinley The Blue Sword Greenwillow Books
Robin McKinley The Door in the Hedge Greenwillow Books
Diana L. Paxson Lady of Light Pocket Books
Meredith Ann Pierce The Darkangel Little Brown & Co
1984 Joy Chant* When Voiha Wakes Golden Apple
Other nominees not available
1985 Jane Yolen* Cards of Grief Ace Books
Charles de Lint Moonheart Ace Books
R. A. MacAvoy The Damiano Trilogy Bantam Books
Robin McKinley The Hero and the Crown Greenwillow Books
J. R. R. Tolkien The Book of Lost Tales George Allen & Unwin
1986 Barry Hughart* Bridge of Birds St. Martin's Press
Barbara Hambly Dragonsbane Del Rey
P. C. Hodgell Dark of the Moon Atheneum Books
Diana Wynne Jones Fire and Hemlock Greenwillow Books
Ursula K. Le Guin Always Coming Home Harper and Row
Manuel Mujica Lainez The Wandering Unicorn Berkley Books
1987 Peter S. Beagle* The Folk of the Air Del Rey
Guy Gavriel Kay The Fionavar Tapestry Berkley Books
Tanith Lee Tales from the Flat Earth DAW Books
Jane Yolen Merlin's Booke Ace Books
1988 Orson Scott Card* Seventh Son Tor Books
Emma Bull War for the Oaks Ace Books
Pat Murphy The Falling Woman Tor Books
Connie Willis Lincoln's Dreams Bantam Books
1989 Michael Bishop* Unicorn Mountain Arbor House / William Morrow
James P. Blaylock The Last Coin Ace Books
Orson Scott Card Red Prophet Tor Books
Kara Dalkey The Nightingale Ace Books
Diana L. Paxson The White Raven William Morrow & Co
Michaela Roessner Walkabout Woman Bantam Books


Year Author[10] Novel[10] Publisher or publication[10]
1990 Tim Powers* The Stress of Her Regard Ace Books
Orson Scott Card Prentice Alvin Tor Books
Patricia A. McKillip The Changeling Sea Atheneum Books
Pat Murphy The City, Not Long After Doubleday
Matt Ruff Fool on the Hill The Atlantic Monthly Press
1991 Ellen Kushner* Thomas the Rhymer William Morrow & Co
Guy Gavriel Kay Tigana Penguin Canada
Ursula K. Le Guin Tehanu Atheneum Books
James Morrow Only Begotten Daughter William Morrow & Co
Jane Yolen The Books of Great Alta Tor Books

Adult Literature[edit]


Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature honorees[10]
Year Author Novel Publisher or publication
1992 Eleanor Arnason* A Woman of the Iron People William Morrow & Co
Pamela Dean Tam Lin Tor Books
Greer Ilene Gilman Moonwise Roc
Patricia A. McKillip The Sorceress and the Cygnet Ace Books
Sheri S. Tepper Beauty Doubleday
1993 Jane Yolen* Briar Rose Tor Books
James P. Blaylock The Paper Grail Ace Books
Tim Powers Last Call William Morrow & Co
Susan Shwartz The Grail of Hearts Tor Books
Connie Willis Doomsday Book Bantam Spectra
1994 Delia Sherman* The Porcelain Dove Dutton Adult
Peter S. Beagle The Innkeeper's Song Ace Books
Patricia A. McKillip The Cygnet and the Firebird Ace Books
Robin McKinley Deerskin Ace Books
1995 Patricia A. McKillip* Something Rich and Strange Bantam Spectra
Pamela Dean The Dubious Hills Tor Books
Robert Holdstock The Hollowing HarperCollins
Rachel Pollack Temporary Agency St. Martin's Press
1996 Elizabeth Hand* Waking the Moon HarperCollins
Michael Bishop Brittle Innings Bantam Books
James P. Blaylock All the Bells on Earth Ace Books
Patricia A. McKillip The Book of Atrix Wolfe Ace Books
Kenneth Morris The Dragon Path Tom Doherty Assoc.

(Adult and Children's awards combined)

Terri Windling* The Wood Wife Tor Books
John Barnes One for the Morning Glory Tor Books
Patricia A. McKillip Winter Rose Ace Books
Nancy Springer Fair Peril Avon Books
Gene Wolfe The Book of the Long Sun Tor Books
1998 A. S. Byatt* The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye Chatto & Windus
Peter S. Beagle Giant Bones Roc
Charles de Lint Trader Tor Books
Neil Gaiman Neverwhere BBC Books
Patrick O'Leary The Gift Tor Books
1999 Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess* Stardust DC Comics
Charles de Lint Someplace to be Flying Tor Books
R. E. Klein The History of our World Beyond the Wave Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Patricia A. McKillip Song for the Basilisk Ace Books
James Stoddard The High House Warner Books


Year Author[10] Novel[10] Publisher or publication[10]
2000 Peter S. Beagle* Tamsin Roc
A. S. Byatt Elementals Chatto & Windus
Lisa Goldstein Dark Cities Underground Tor Books
Peg Kerr The Wild Swans Aspect
Yves Meynard The Book of Knights Tor Books
2001 Midori Snyder* The Innamorati Tor Books
Win Blevins RavenShadow Forge
Charles de Lint Forests of the Heart Tor Books
Guy Gavriel Kay The Sarantine Mosaic Penguin Books Canada
2002 Lois McMaster Bujold* The Curse of Chalion Eos
Neil Gaiman American Gods William Morrow
Sarah A. Hoyt Ill Met by Moonlight Ace Books
Ursula K. Le Guin The Other Wind Harcourt Brace & Company
Tim Powers Declare HarperCollins
2003 Patricia A. McKillip* Ombria in Shadow Ace Books
Nina Kiriki Hoffman A Fistful of Sky Ace Books
Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman The Fall of the Kings Bantam Books
2004 Robin McKinley* Sunshine Berkley Publishing Group
Lois McMaster Bujold Paladin of Souls Eos
Kij Johnson Fudoki Tor Books
Ursula K. Le Guin Changing Planes Harcourt Inc.
Patricia A. McKillip In the Forests of Serre Ace Books
2005 Susanna Clarke* Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Bloomsbury
Kage Baker The Anvil of the World Tor Books
Elizabeth Hand Mortal Love William Morrow
Patricia A. McKillip Alphabet of Thorn Ace Books
Gene Wolfe The Wizard Knight Tor Books
2006 Neil Gaiman* Anansi Boys William Morrow
Margaret Atwood The Penelopiad Knopf Canada
Lois McMaster Bujold The Hallowed Hunt Eos
Tanith Lee Metallic Love Bantam Spectra
Tim Pratt The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl Bantam Spectra
2007 Patricia A. McKillip* Solstice Wood Ace Books
Peter S. Beagle The Line Between Tachyon Publications
Susanna Clarke The Ladies of Grace Adieu Bloomsbury
Keith Donohue The Stolen Child Nan A. Talese
Susan Palwick The Necessary Beggar Tor Books
Tim Powers Three Days to Never William Morrow
2008 Catherynne M. Valente* The Orphan's Tales Bantam Spectra
Theodora Goss In the Forest of Forgetting Prime Books
Nalo Hopkinson The New Moon's Arms Grand Central Publishing
Guy Gavriel Kay Ysabel Roc
John C. Wright Chronicles of Chaos Tor Books
2009 Carol Berg* Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone Roc
Daryl Gregory Pandemonium Del Rey
Ursula K. Le Guin Lavinia Harcourt
Patricia A. McKillip The Bell at Sealey Head Ace Books
Gene Wolfe An Evil Guest Tor Books


Year Author[10] Novel[10] Publisher or publication[10]
2010 Jo Walton* Lifelode NESFA Press
Barbara Campbell Trickster's Game trilogy DAW Books
Greer Gilman Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter's Tales Small Beer Press
Robert Holdstock Avilion Gollancz
Catherynne M. Valente Palimpsest Bantam Spectra
2011 Karen Lord* Redemption in Indigo Small Beer Press
Guy Gavriel Kay Under Heaven Roc
Patricia A. McKillip The Bards of Bone Plain Ace Books
Devon Monk A Cup of Normal Fairwood Press
Sharon Shinn Troubled Waters Ace Books
2012 Lisa Goldstein* The Uncertain Places Tachyon Publications
Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus Doubleday
Richard Parks The Heavenly Fox PS Publishing
Catherynne M. Valente Deathless Tor Books
Jo Walton Among Others Tor Books
2013 Ursula Vernon* Digger Sofawolf Press
Alan Garner Weirdstone trilogy Collins, Fourth Estate
Caitlin R. Kiernan The Drowning Girl Roc
R. A. MacAvoy Death and Resurrection Prime Books
Tim Powers Hide Me Among the Graves William Morrow
2014 Helene Wecker* The Golem and the Jinni Harper
Yangsze Choo The Ghost Bride William Morrow
Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane William Morrow
Max Gladstone Three Parts Dead Tor Books
Mark H. Williams Sleepless Knights Atomic Fez Publishing
2015 Sarah Avery* Tales from Rugosa Coven Dark Quest
Stephanie Feldman The Angel of Losses Ecco
Theodora Goss Songs for Ophelia Papaveria Press
Joanne M. Harris The Gospel of Loki Gollancz
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez Locke & Key IDW Publishing
2016 Naomi Novik* Uprooted Del Rey
Holly Black The Darkest Part of the Forest Little Brown & Co
Kazuo Ishiguro The Buried Giant Knopf
E. K. Johnston A Thousand Nights Disney-Hyperion
Daniel José Older Shadowshaper Arthur A. Levine Books
2017 Patricia A. McKillip* Kingfisher Ace Books
Andrea Hairston Will Do Magic For Small Change Aqueduct Press
Mary Robinette Kowal Ghost Talkers Tor Books
Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Cycle Scholastic
Jo Walton Thessaly trilogy Tor Books
2018 John Crowley* Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr Saga Press
Alice Hoffman The Rules of Magic Simon & Schuster
G. A. Kathryns Snow City Sycamore Sky Books
Ellen Klages Passing Strange Tor.com
Victor LaValle The Changeling Spiegel & Grau
2019 Naomi Novik* Spinning Silver Del Rey
Mishell Baker Borderline; Phantom Pains; Impostor Syndrome Saga
Madeline Miller Circe Little, Brown
Sarah Rees Brennan In Other Lands Big Mouth House
Ruthanna Emrys The Litany of Earth; Winter Tide; Deep Roots Tor.com


Year Author[10] Novel[10] Publisher or publication[10]
2020 Theodora Goss* Snow White Learns Witchcraft Mythic Delirium Books
P. Djèlí Clark The Haunting of Tram Car 015 Tor.com
Alix E. Harrow The Ten Thousand Doors of January Redhook
Jo Walton Lent Tor Books
G. Willow Wilson The Bird King Grove Press
2021 TJ Klune* The House in the Cerulean Sea Tor
Alice Hoffman Magic Lessons Simon Schuster
Jordan Ifueko Raybearer Amulet
Silvia Moreno-Garcia Mexican Gothic Del Rey
Garth Nix The Left-Handed Booksellers of London Katherine Tegen Books
2022 Jo Walton* Or What You Will Tor
Katherine Addison The Witness for the Dead Tor
Ryka Aoki Light From Uncommon Stars Tor
P. Djèlí Clark A Master of Djinn Tordotcom
Susanna Clarke Piranesi Bloomsbury
Garth Nix Terciel and Elinor Katherine Tegen Books
2023 Sacha Lamb* When the Angels Left the Old Country Levine Querido
Kelly Barnhill When Women Were Dragons Doubleday
Alex Jennings The Ballad of Perilous Graves Redhook
GennaRose Nethercott Thistlefoot Anchor Books
Peng Shepherd The Cartographers William Morrow

Children's Literature[edit]


Year Author[10] Novel[10] Publisher or publication[10]
1992 Salman Rushdie* Haroun and the Sea of Stories Granta
Bruce Coville Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Diana Wynne Jones Castle in the Air Methuen
Will Shetterly Elsewhere Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Zilpha Keatley Snyder Song of the Gargoyle Delacorte Press
1993 James D. Macdonald* Knight's Wyrd HMH Books for Young Readers
T. A. Barron The Ancient One Philomel Books
Bruce Coville Jennifer Murdley's Toad Jane Yolen Books
Peni R. Griffin Hobkin Margaret K. McElderry
Ursula K. Le Guin Fish Soup Atheneum
1994 Suzy McKee Charnas* The Kingdom of Kevin Malone Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Lynne Reid Banks The Mystery of the Cupboard HarperCollins Children's Books
Lois Lowry The Giver Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Will Shetterly Nevernever HMH Books for Young Readers
Patricia C. Wrede Calling on Dragons Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
1995 Patrice Kindl* Owl in Love HMH Books for Young Readers
Emma Bull The Princess and the Lord of Night Harcourt Children's Books
Peni R. Griffin Switching Well Margaret K. McElderry
Robin McKinley A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories Greenwillow Books
Jane Yolen Good Griselle Harcourt Children's Books
1996 Diana Wynne Jones* The Crown of Dalemark Mandarin
Susan Cooper The Boggart Macmillan
Luli Gray Falcon's Egg Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Sherwood Smith Wren's War Jane Yolen Books
Sylvia Waugh The Mennyms Julia McRae

(Adult and Children's awards combined)

Terri Windling* The Wood Wife Tor Books
John Barnes One for the Morning Glory Tor Books
Patricia A. McKillip Winter Rose Ace Books
Nancy Springer Fair Peril Avon Books
Gene Wolfe The Book of the Long Sun Tor Books
1998 Jane Yolen* Young Merlin trilogy Harcourt Children's Books
Susan Cooper The Boggart and the Monster Margaret K. McElderry
Dahlov Ipcar A Dark Horn Blowing Viking Press
Robin McKinley Rose Daughter Greenwillow Books
1999 Diana Wynne Jones* Dark Lord of Derkholm Gollancz
Kara Dalkey Heavenward Path Harcourt Children's Books
Gail Carson Levine Ella Enchanted HarperTrophy
Gerald Morris The Squire's Tale HMH Books for Young Readers
J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Bloomsbury


Year Author[10] Novel[10] Publisher or publication[10]
2000 Franny Billingsley* The Folk Keeper Atheneum
David Almond Skellig Hodder Children's Books
Tamora Pierce Circle of Magic Scholastic
J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Bloomsbury
Cynthia Voigt Kingdom Atheneum / Anne Schwartz Books
2001 Dia Calhoun* Aria of the Sea Winslow Press
Rita Murphy Night Flying Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Donna Jo Napoli Beast Atheneum
Laurel Winter Growing Wings Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Jane Yolen Boots and the Seven Leaguers Harcourt Children's Books
2002 Peter Dickinson* The Ropemaker Delacorte Press
Diane Duane The Wizard's Dilemma Harcourt Trade Publishers
Eva Ibbotson Island of the Aunts Dutton
Gail Carson Levine The Two Princesses of Bamarre HarperCollins
2003 Michael Chabon* Summerland Miramax
Holly Black Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale Simon & Schuster
Nancy Farmer The House of the Scorpion Atheneum
Neil Gaiman Coraline Bloomsbury
Vivian Vande Velde Heir Apparent Harcourt
2004 Clare B. Dunkle* The Hollow Kingdom Henry Holt
Kate DiCamillo The Tale of Despereaux Candlewick Press
Cornelia Funke Inkheart Chicken House
Shannon Hale The Goose Girl Bloomsbury
Terry Pratchett The Wee Free Men Doubleday
2005 Terry Pratchett* A Hat Full of Sky Doubleday
Kevin Crossley-Holland Arthur Trilogy Orion Publishing Group
Nancy Farmer Sea of Trolls Atheneum
Monica Furlong Doran Trilogy Random House Books for Young Readers
Garth Nix The Abhorsen Trilogy HarperCollins
2006 Jonathan Stroud* The Bartimaeus Trilogy Doubleday
Holly Black Valiant Simon & Schuster
Diane Duane Wizards at War Harcourt Trade Publishers
Clare B. Dunkle By These Ten Bones Henry Holt and Co.
2007 Catherine Fisher* Corbenic Greenwillow Books
Nina Kiriki Hoffman Spirits That Walk in Shadow Viking Press
Diana Wynne Jones The Pinhoe Egg Greenwillow Books
Martine Leavitt Keturah and Lord Death Front Street
Terry Pratchett Wintersmith Doubleday
2008 J. K. Rowling* Harry Potter series Bloomsbury
Holly Black Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale; Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie; Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Derek Landy Skulduggery Pleasant HarperCollins
Nancy Springer Dusssie Walker Books for Young Readers
Kate Thompson The New Policeman HarperTeen
2009 Kristin Cashore* Graceling Harcourt Children's Books
Neil Gaiman The Graveyard Book HarperCollins
Diana Wynne Jones House of Many Ways HarperCollins
Ingrid Law Savvy Dial
Terry Pratchett Nation Doubleday


Award winner and finalists, 2010–2019[10]
Year Author Novel Publisher or publication
2010 Grace Lin* Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Little, Brown
Kage Baker The Hotel Under the Sand Tachyon
Shannon Hale Books of Bayern Bloomsbury
Malinda Lo Ash Little, Brown
Lisa Mantchev Eyes Like Stars Feiwel & Friends
2011 Megan Whalen Turner* The Queen's Thief series Greenwillow Books
Catherine Fisher Incarceron and Sapphique Dial
Terry Pratchett I Shall Wear Midnight Doubleday
Polly Shulman The Grimm Legacy Putnam Juvenile
Heather Tomlinson Toads and Diamonds Henry Holt and Co.
2012 Delia Sherman* The Freedom Maze Big Mouth House
Lisa Mantchev Théâtre Illuminata series Feiwel & Friends
Tamora Pierce Beka Cooper series Random House
Maggie Stiefvater The Scorpio Races Scholastic
Catherynne M. Valente The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Feiwel & Friends
2013 Sarah Beth Durst* Vessel Margaret K. McElderry
Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado Giants Beware! First Second
Merrie Haskell The Princess Curse HarperCollins
Christopher Healy The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Walden Pond Press
Sherwood Smith The Spy Princess Viking Juvenile
2014 Holly Black* Doll Bones Margaret K. McElderry
William Alexander Ghoulish Song Margaret K. McElderry
Joseph Bruchac Killer of Enemies Tu Books
Sara Beth Durst Conjured Walker Books
Robin McKinley Shadows Nancy Paulsen Books
2015 Natalie Lloyd* A Snicker of Magic Scholastic
Jonathan Auxier The Night Gardener Harry N. Abrams
Merrie Haskell The Castle Behind Thorns Katherine Tegan Books
Diana Wynne Jones and Ursula Jones The Islands of Chaldea Greenwillow Books
Robin LaFevers His Fair Assassin series Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2016 Ursula Vernon* Castle Hangnail Dial
Cassie Beasley Circus Mirandus Dial
Robert Beatty Serafina and The Black Cloak Disney-Hyperion
Sarah Beth Durst The Girl Who Could Not Dream Clarion Books
Terry Pratchett Tiffany Aching Series Doubleday
2017 Adam Gidwitz* The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog Dutton
S. E. Grove The Mapmakers Trilogy Viking
Bridget Hodder The Rat Prince Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Grace Lin When the Sea Turned to Silver Little, Brown
Delia Sherman The Evil Wizard Smallbone Candlewick
2018 Garth Nix* Frogkisser! Scholastic
Cassie Beasley Tumble and Blue Dial
Stephanie Burgis The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart Bloomsbury Children's Books
Nidhi Chanani Pashmina First Second
A. F. Harrold The Song from Somewhere Else Bloomsbury Children's Books
2019 Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead* Bob Feiwel and Friends
Jorge Aguirre & Rafael Rosado Giants Beware!; Dragons Beware!; Monsters Beware! First Second
Jonathan Auxier Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster Abrams
Sarah Beth Durst The Stone Girl's Story Clarion Books
Emily Tetri Tiger vs. Nightmare First Second


Year Author[10] Novel[10] Publisher or publication[10]
2020 Yoon Ha Lee* Dragon Pearl Disney/Hyperion
Erin Entrada Kelly Lalani of the Distant Sea Greenwillow Books
Hilary McKay The Time of Green Magic Macmillan
Suzanne Nelson A Tale Magnolius Alfred A. Knopf
Anne Ursu The Lost Girl Walden Pond Press
2021 T. Kingfisher* A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking Argyll
Lev Grossman The Silver Arrow Little, Brown
Kat Leyh Snapdragon First Second
Tae Keller When You Trap a Tiger Random House
Carlos Hernandez The Sal and Gabi duology: Sal and Gabi Break the Universe and Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe Rick Riordan Presents
Jenn Reese A Game of Fox and Squirrels Henry Holt
2022 Lori M. Lee* Pahua and the Soul Stealer Rick Riordan Presents
Eden Royce* Root Magic Walden Pond Press
Sayantani DasGupta Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond trilogy Scholastic
Regina M. Hansen The Coming Storm Atheneum Books
Tae Keller When You Trap a Tiger Random House
2023 Kelly Barnhill* The Ogress and the Orphans Algonquin Young Readers
Tracy Badua Freddie vs. the Family Curse Clarion
Kate DiCamillo The Beatryce Prophecy Candlewick Press
Brian Farrey The Counterclockwise Heart Algonquin Young Readers
L.D. Lapinski Strangeworlds Travel Agency trilogy
Sofiya Pasternack Black Bird, Blue Road Versify
Christina Soontornvat The Last Mapmaker Candlewick Press

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

The following authors have received two or more Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards.

Wins Author Years
4 Patricia A. McKillip 1995, 2003, 2007, 2017 (Adult)
3 Ursula Vernon 2013 (Adult), 2016, 2021 (Children's)
Jane Yolen 1985, 1993 (Adult), 1998 (Children's)
2 Peter S. Beagle 1987, 2000 (Adult)
Joy Chant 1972, 1984
John Crowley 1982, 2018 (Adult)
Neil Gaiman 1999, 2006 (Adult)
Diana Wynne Jones 1996, 1999 (Children's)
Naomi Novik 2016, 2019 (Adult)
Delia Sherman 1994 (Adult), 2012 (Children's)
Mary Stewart 1971, 1974
Jo Walton 2010, 2022 (Adult)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Awards[edit]

There are two Mythopoeic Scholarship Awards since 1992 (and a Student Paper Award related to Mythcon, not covered here, since 2010).[6] The Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies dates from 1971, in effect, its name was expanded in 1992.[11]

Scholarly works have three years to win the award once and may be on the final ballot three times.[12]

Inklings Studies[edit]

Winners are listed below.[11]

Myth & Fantasy Studies[edit]

Winners are listed below.[11]

  • 1992 – The Victorian Fantasists, edited by Kath Filmer
  • 1993 – Strategies of Fantasy by Brian Attebery
  • 1994 – Twentieth-Century Fantasists, edited by Kath Filmer
  • 1995 – Old Tales and New Truths: Charting the Bright-Shadow World by James Roy King
  • 1996 – From the Beast to the Blonde by Marina Warner
  • 1997 – When Toys Come Alive by Lois Rostrow Kuznets
  • 1998 – The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, edited by John Clute and John Grant
  • 1999 – A Century of Welsh Myth in Children's Literature by Donna R. White
  • 2000 – Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness by Carole G. Silver
  • 2001 – King Arthur in America by Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack
  • 2002 – The Owl, the Raven & the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales by G. Ronald Murphy
  • 2003 – Fairytale in the Ancient World by Graham Anderson
  • 2004 – The Myth of the American Superhero by John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett
  • 2005 – Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography by Stephen Thomas Knight
  • 2006 – National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England by Jennifer Schacker
  • 2007 – Gemstone of Paradise: The Holy Grail in Wolfram's Parzival by G. Ronald Murphy, S.J.
  • 2008 – The Shadow-Walkers: Jacob Grimm's Mythology of the Monstrous by Tom Shippey
  • 2009 – Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children's Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper by Charles Butler
  • 2010 – One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L'Engle and Orson Scott Card by Marek Oziewicz
  • 2011 – The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale by Caroline Sumpter
  • 2012 – The Enchanted Screen by Jack Zipes
  • 2013 – Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths by Nancy Marie Brown
  • 2014 – Tree of Salvation: Yggdrasil and the Cross in the North by G. Ronald Murphy
  • 2015 – Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth by Brian Attebery
  • 2016 – The Evolution of Modern Fantasy: From Antiquarianism to the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series by Jamie Williamson
  • 2017 – Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church by Richard Firth Green
  • 2018 – Children's Fantasy Literature: An Introduction by Michael Levy and Farah Mendlesohn
  • 2019 – Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children's Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology by Dimitra Fimi
  • 2020 – A Modernist Fantasy: Modernism, Anarchism, and the Radical Fantastic by James Gifford
  • 2021 – Fantasies of Time and Death: Dunsany, Eddison, Tolkien by Anna Vaninskaya
  • 2022 – The Modern Myths: Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination by Philip Ball
  • 2023 – Fantasy: How It Works by Brian Attebery


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