2021 Zsoldos Péter Award

By Bence Pintér: The 2020 and 2021 winners of the Zsoldos Péter Award, Hungary’s oldest sci-fi award, were announced April 20.

The award was established in 1997 to preserve the memory of Zsoldos Péter, the most prominent Hungarian science fiction writer of the last century. It was presented at HungaroCon until 2015.

This is the first award ceremony since the award was renewed, and no longer managed by the Avana Association. (Avana has established its own award called the Monolith Award.) The 2020 announcement was postponed due to the pandemic. 

The award jury is Vera Benczik, Péter H. Nagy, József Bitter, Kristóf Makai, István Szabó, Réka Szilárdi and Bogi Takács.

2021 Zsoldos Péter Award 

Best Novel

  • Markovics Botond (Brandon Hackett): Eldobható testek (Agave Könyvek)

Best Short Story

  • Veres Attila: A világ helyreállítása (Az év magyar science fiction és fantasynovellái 2020, GABO)

Best Translation

  • Susanna Clarke: Piranesi (translated by Molnár Berta Eleonóra, Agave Könyvek)

2020 Zsoldos Péter Award 

Best Novel

Best Short Story

  • Sepsi László: Rossz beszéd (Az év magyar science fiction és fantasynovellái 2019, GABO)

Best Translation

  • Johanna Sinisalo: A Nap Magja (translated by  G. Bogár Edit, Metropolis Media)

Also announced were these fan-voted awards:

Reader’s Choice Award 2020

  • Szélesi Sándor: Az ellopott troll (Metropolis Media)

Reader’s Choice Award 2021

  • Markovics Botond (Brandon Hackett): Eldobható testek (Agave Könyvek)

Here are links to a report about the award by me (in Hungarian), the official website (in Hungarian), background in English here. I wrote about Moskát Anita’s 2020 winning novel in the European SFF roundup published at File 770.

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