2017 Endeavour Award Finalists

Five books written by writers from the Pacific Northwest are finalists for the 19th annual Endeavour Award. The Award comes with an honorarium of $1,000. The winner will be announced November 17 at OryCon in Portland, Oregon.

  • Arabella of Mars by Portland, OR, writer David D. Levine, Tor Books;
  • Dreams of Distant Shores by North Bend, OR, writer Patricia McKillip, Tachyon;
  • Eocene Station by Victoria, BC, writer Dave Duncan, Five Rivers Publishing;
  • Lovecraft Country by Seattle, WA, writer Matt Ruff, Harper; and
  • Waypoint Kangaroo by Portland, OR, writer Curtis Chen, Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press

The Endeavour Award honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. All entries are read and scored by seven readers randomly selected from a panel of preliminary readers. The five highest scoring books then go to three final judges, who are all professional writers or editors from outside of the Pacific Northwest.

The judges for the 2017 Award are.

  • Ginjer Buchanan

In the early 1970s, Ginjer Buchanan moved from Pittsburgh, PA. to New York City where she made her living as a social worker, while doing freelance editorial work. In 1984, she took a job as an editor at Ace Books. She was promoted several times over the years and in 2007, became Editor-in-Chief, Ace/Roc Books. In April of 2014, she retired. She is now enjoying sleeping late, reading a lot, watching an inordinate amount of television, and polishing the Hugo she won at Loncon, for Best Editor–Long Form.

  • John R. Douglas

John R. Douglas was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States and married fellow fan, Ginjer Buchanan in 1975. In 1978, he stumbled into a job in publishing and spent over twenty years working as an editor for four different major mass market publishers. Although he handled Science Fiction and Fantasy for all of them, he also edited mysteries, thrillers and other genre fiction and many kinds of non-fiction. He has been an editorial freelancer since late 1999 continuing to work with words in many different ways.

  • Andy Duncan

Andy Duncan’s stories have been honored with a Nebula Award, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and three World Fantasy Awards. His third collection, An Agent of Utopia: New and Selected Stories, is upcoming from Small Beer Press. A native of Batesburg, S.C., and an alumnus of Clarion West 1994, he teaches writing at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

Award Eligibility for 2018: To be eligible for next year’s Endeavour Award the book — either a novel or a single-author collection of stories — must be either science fiction or fantasy. The majority of the book must have been written, and the book accepted for publication, while the author was living in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, or the Yukon.)

The deadline to enter books published during 2017 is February 15, 2018. Full information on entering the Award is available on the Endeavour Web site. Click on Entry Form in the left-hand column for a fill-in PDF of the form.

The Endeavour Award is sponsored by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

[Thanks to Jim Fiscus for the story.]

2016 Endeavour Award Winner

Left: Laura Anne Gilman, 2016 Endeavour Award Finalist. Right: Brenda Cooper, 2016 Endeavour Award Winner. Photo by James Fiscus..

Left: Laura Anne Gilman, 2016 Endeavour Award Finalist. Right: Brenda Cooper, 2016 Endeavour Award Winner. Photo by James Fiscus..

The 18th annual Endeavour Award was won by Edge of Dark, a novel by Kirkland, WA, writer Brenda Cooper. The award was presented at OryCon on November 18, along with an honorarium of $1,000.00.

It is Cooper’s second Endeavour Award, the previous coming in 2008 for The Silver Ship and the Sea.

The other finalists were:

  • Irona 700 by Victoria, BC, writer Dave Duncan, Open Road Integrated Media;
  • The Price of Valor by Bothell, WA, writer Django Wexler, Roc Books;
  • Silver on the Roa by Seattle, WA, writer Laura Anne Gilman, Saga Press
  • Tracker by Spokane, WA, writer C.J. Cherryh, Daw Books.

The Endeavour Award honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy  book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest.

All entries are read and scored by seven readers randomly selected from a panel of preliminary readers. The five highest scoring books then go to three final judges, who are all professional writers or editors from outside of the Pacific Northwest. The judges for the 2016 Award were Jack McDevitt, Michaela Roessner, and Gordon Van Gelder.

Award Eligibility for 2017: To be eligible for next year’s Endeavour Award the book – a novel or a single-author collection of stories — must be science fiction or fantasy. The majority of the book must have been written, and the book accepted for publication, while the author was living in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, or the Yukon.)

The deadline to enter books published during 2016 is February 15, 2017. Full information on entering the Award is available on the Endeavour Website: www.osfci.org/endeavour. Click on Entry Form in the left-hand column for a fill-in PDF of the form.

[Thanks to James W.Fiscus for the story.]

2016 Endeavour Award Shortlist

Five novels written by writers from the Pacific Northwest are finalists for the 18th annual Endeavour Award.

  • Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper of Kirkland, WA (Pyr Books)
  • Irona 700 by Dave Duncan of Victoria, BC (Open Road Integrated Media)
  • The Price of Valor by Django Wexler of Bothell, WA (Roc Books)
  • Silver on the Road by Laura Anne Gilman of Seattle, WA (Saga Press)
  • Tracker by C.J. Cherryh of Spokane, WA (Daw Books)

The finalists were announced at Westercon over the Independence Day weekend.

The Award comes with an honorarium of $1,000. The winner will be announced November 18, 2016, at OryCon, Oregon’s primary science fiction convention.

The Endeavour Award honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. All entries are read and scored by seven readers randomly selected from a panel of preliminary readers. The five highest scoring books then go to three final judges, who are all professional writers or editors from outside of the Pacific Northwest. The Endeavour Award is sponsored by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

The judges for the 2016 Award are Jack McDevitt, Michaela Roessner, and Gordon Van Gelder.

Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt is the author of twenty-one novels, eleven of which have been Nebula Award finalists. Seeker won the award in 2007. In 2003, Omega received the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel. He has also won the Robert A. Heinlein award, and a recognition from the Georgia Writers’ Association, both for lifetime achievement. McDevitt resides in Brunswick, Georgia.

Michaela Roessner

Michaela Roessner has had four novels and shorter works published in a number of publications. Her first novel Walkabout Woman won the Crawford and John W. Campbell awards. Roessner teaches creative writing at Western State Colorado University’s low-residency MFA program and online classes for Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Gordon Van Gelder

Gordon Van Gelder worked as an editor for St. Martin’s Press for twelve years. He was the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction for sixteen years, during which time he won the Hugo Award twice and the World Fantasy Award twice. He is currently the publisher of F&SF. He lives in New Jersey.

[Thanks to Jim Fiscus for the story.]

2015 Endeavour Award Photos

Bronwyn Lake, Jay Lake's daughter and Ken Scholes accepting the Endeavour Award for Jay Lake. Finalist Patricia Briggs was not able to attend. Photo by Jim Fiscus.

Bronwyn Lake, Jay Lake’s daughter and Ken Scholes accepting the Endeavour Award for Jay Lake. Finalist Patricia Briggs was not able to attend. Photo by Jim Fiscus.

L-R: finalist Ken Scholes; Bronwyn Lake, Jay Lake's daughter; finalist Shannon Page; finalist Django Wexler. Finalist Patricia Briggs was not able to attend. Photo by Jim Fiscus.

L-R: finalist Ken Scholes; Bronwyn Lake, Jay Lake’s daughter; finalist Shannon Page; finalist Django Wexler. Finalist Patricia Briggs was not able to attend. Photo by Jim Fiscus.

Thanks to Jim Fiscus for these photos and captions. The news post about the award is here.

Jay Lake Wins 2015 Endeavour Award

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Last Plane to Heaven_9780765377999.indd

Last Plane to Heaven, the final collection of stories by the late Jay Lake, won the 2015 Endeavour Award announced November 20 at OryCon.

Lake died in June 2014 following a fight with cancer.

The Award comes with an honorarium of $1,000 and honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest.

The four other finalists for this year’s Endeavour Award were:

  • Metatropolis by Saint Helens, OR writer Ken Scholes and Jay Lake (WordFire Press);
  • Night Broken by Benton City, WA writer Patricia Briggs (Ace Books);
  • Our Lady of the Islands by Portland, OR writer Shannon Page and Jay Lake (Per Aspera Press);
  • The Shadow Throne by Bothell, WA writer Django Wexler (Roc Books.)

The judges for the 2015 Award were Russell Davis, Esther Friesner, and Fran Wilde.

2016 Award Eligibility: To be eligible for the 2016 Endeavour Award the book — either a novel or a single-author collection of stories — must be either science fiction or fantasy. The majority of the book must have been written, and the book accepted for publication, while the author was living in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, or the Yukon.) The deadline to enter books published during 2015 is February 15, 2016. Full information on entering the Award is available on the Endeavour Award website.

The Endeavour Award is sponsored by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

[Thanks to Jim Fiscus for the story.]

2014 Endeavour Award Shortlist

The 2014 Endeavour Award nominees are:

  • King of Swords, by Dave Duncan
  • Meaning of Luff, by Matthew Hughes
  • Nexus, by Ramez Naam
  • Protector, by C.J. Cherryh
  • Requiem, by Ken Scholes

The Endeavour Award honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book (either a novel or a single-author collection) created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. The judges this year are Catherine Asaro, Scott Edelman, and Matthew Johnson. The winner will be announced at OryCon on November 7.

2013 Endeavour Award

The 2013 Endeavour Award winner is Goodbye For Now by Laurie Frankel (Doubleday) reports David Levine.

The Endeavour Award, which honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest, was presented November 8 at OryCon 35 in Portland.

The winning entry was chosen by 2013 Endeavour judges Noreen Doyle, Susan Forest and John Scalzi. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.

(David Levine himself took home a different fabulous prize from OryCon – an Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc. Lifetime Achievement Award. Click to see photo.)

2011 Endeavour Award Winner

Cherie Priest of Washington State has won the 2011 Endeavour Award for her novel Dreadnought.  A $1000 honorarium accompanies the award, now in its thirteenth year. The winner was announced over the weekend at OryCon.

The Endeavour Award honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest.  The other finalists were A Cup of Normal by Devon Monk; The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip; Black Prism by Brent Weeks; and Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs.

The judges for the 2011 Award were Bud Sparhawk, John Joseph Adams, and Jo Walton.

The full press release follows the jump.

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2011 Endeavour Award Nominees

The finalists for the 2011 Endeavour Award are four novels and a collection of short stories:

  • A Cup of Normal by Devon Monk (Fairwood Press)
  • The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip (Ace Books)
  • Black Prism by Brent Weeks (Orbit US)
  • Dreadnought by Cherie Priest (Tor Books)
  • Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (Ace Books)

The Endeavour Award honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest.  All entries are read and scored by seven readers randomly selected from a panel of preliminary readers.  The five highest scoring books then go to three judges, who are all professional writers or editors.

The judges for the 2011 Award are editor John Joseph Adams and writers Bud Sparhawk and Jo Walton.

The Award comes with an honorarium of $1,000.00.  The winner will be announced November 11, 2011, at OryCon.

The full press release follows the jump.

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2010 Endeavour Award Winner

Alaska writer David Marusek is winner of the 2010 Endeavour Award for his novel Mind Over Ship, published by Tor Books. The Award, the twelfth annual, is accompanied by an honorarium of $1,000.00 and an engraved glass plaque. Award was announced at OryCon. 

The full press release follows the jump.

Endeavour Award finalists Camille Alexa and Cat Rambo, presenter Steve Perry, and Award winner David Marusek. Finalists Patricia Briggs and Kay Kenyon were not present.

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