The 2015 World Fantasy Award shortlist has been released.
The ballot was picked by a two-step process. The two items in each category receiving the most nominations from members of the World Fantasy Convention were placed on the final ballot. The remainder were added by the judges. The 2015 World Fantasy Awards judges are Gemma Files, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister and Robert Shearman.
- Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor (Tor Books)
- Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairs (Broadway Books/Jo Fletcher Books)
- David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks (Random House/Sceptre UK)
- Jeff VanderMeer, Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Originals)
- Jo Walton, My Real Children (Tor Books US/Corsair UK)
- Daryl Gregory, We Are All Completely Fine (Tachyon Publications)
- Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, “Where the Trains Turn” (Tor.com, Nov. 19, 2014)
- Michael Libling, “Hollywood North” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Nov./Dec. 2014)
- Mary Rickert, “The Mothers of Voorhisville” (Tor.com, Apr. 30, 2014)
- Rachel Swirsky, “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)” (Subterranean Press magazine, Summer 2014)
- Kai Ashante Wilson, “The Devil in America” (Tor.com, April 2, 2014)
- Kelly Link, “I Can See Right Through You” (McSweeney’s 48)
- Scott Nicolay, Do You Like to Look at Monsters? (Fedogan & Bremer, chapbook)
- Ursula Vernon, Jackalope Wives (Apex Magazine, January 2014)
- Kaaron Warren, “Death’s Door Café” (Shadows & Tall Trees 2014)
- Alyssa Wong, “The Fisher Queen,” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2014)
- Ellen Datlow, ed., Fearful Symmetries (ChiZine Publications)
- George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, eds., Rogues (Bantam Books/Titan Books)
- Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, eds., Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History (Crossed Genres)
- Michael Kelly, ed. Shadows & Tall Trees 2014 (Undertow Publications)
- Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, eds., Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales (Candlewick Press)
- Rebecca Lloyd, Mercy and Other Stories (Tartarus Press)
- Helen Marshall, Gifts for the One Who Comes After (ChiZine Publications)
- Robert Shearman, They Do the Same Things Different There (ChiZine Publications)
- Angela Slatter, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings (Tartarus Press)
- Janeen Webb, Death at the Blue Elephant (Ticonderoga Publications)
- Samuel Araya
- Galen Dara
- Jeffrey Alan Love
- Erik Mohr
- John Picacio
- John Joseph Adams, for editing anthologies and Nightmare and Lightspeed magazines
- Jeanne Cavelos, for Odyssey Writing workshops
- Sandra Kasturi and Brett Alexander Savory, for ChiZine Publications
- Gordon Van Gelder, for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
- Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press
- Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies: Literary Adventure Fantasy
- Matt Cardin, for Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti (Subterranean Press)
- Stefan Fergus, for Civilian Reader
- Ray B. Russell and Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
- Patrick Swenson, for Fairwood Press
The winners will be announced at the World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY from November 5-8.
Already announced are the World Fantasy Life Achievement Winners: Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper.
WFC To Continue With Lovecraft Bust? Last year Daniel Jose Older collected over 2,500 signatures on a petition calling for the replacement of “avowed racist and a terrible wordsmith” H.P. Lovecraft on the World Fantasy Award.
The Guardian reported last September that the “board of the World Fantasy awards has said that it is ‘in discussion’ about its winners’ statuette”.
When Sofia Samatar won in 2014, she made a statement about the controversy in her acceptance speech, which she later expanded into a blog post —
2. The Elephant in the Room I think I used those words. I think I said “I can’t sit down without addressing the elephant in the room, which is the controversy surrounding the image that represents this award.” I said it was awkward to accept the award as a writer of color. (See this post by Nnedi Okorafor, the 2011 winner, if you are confused about why.) I also thanked the board for taking the issue seriously, because at the beginning of the ceremony, Gordon van Gelder stood up and made an announcement to that effect: “The board is taking the issue very seriously, but there is no decision yet.” I just wanted them to know that here I was in a terribly awkward position, unable to be 100% thrilled, as I should be, by winning this award, and that many other people would feel the same, and so they were right to think about changing it.
In May, File 770 reached out to the WFC Board about the status of the Lovecraft image but received no acknowledgement.
[Thanks to Michael J. Walsh for the story.]
Update 07/12/2015: Incorporated official revisions to ballot. See details here