2017 IAFA Awards

Awards presented at the 38th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Florida on March 19 included:

William L. Crawford Fantasy Award

  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Other books making the Crawford shortlist: Maria Turtschaninoff’s novel Maresi (Pushkin/Abrams), Rose Lemberg’s poetry collection Marginalia to Stone Bird (Aqueduct), and Michael Wehunt’s story collection Greener Pastures (Shock Totem).

IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award

  • Edward James

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) Distinguished Scholarship Award is an annual career award, presented annually since 1986, recognizing distinguished contributions to the scholarship and criticism of the fantastic.

David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award

  • Grant Dempsey

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts presents an annual award and stipend to the graduate student submitting the most outstanding paper at the Association’s conference.

 

Grant Dempsey with Hartwell Award plaque.

Jamie Bishop Memorial Award

  • David Dalton

The Jamie Bishop Memorial Award is a prize for a critical essay on the fantastic written in a language other than English. The IAFA defines the fantastic to include science fiction, folklore, and related genres in literature, drama, film, art and graphic design, and related disciplines.

Walter James Miller Memorial Award

  • Ida Yoshinaga

The Walter James Miller Memorial Award for Student Scholarship in the International Fantastic is given annually to the author of the best ICFA student paper devoted to a work or works of the fantastic originally created in a language other than English. In addition to its scholarly excellence, the winning paper must also demonstrate the author’s command of the relevant linguistic, national, and cultural contexts of the work or works discussed.

The names of the winners were first announced in February.

IAFA Announces 2016 Awards

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has announced its 2016 award winners.

Crawford Award: The winner of the 2016 Crawford Award for a first book of fantasy fiction is Kai Ashante Wilson for The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps (Tor).

The other books on the Crawford shortlist included:

  • Natasha Pulley, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Bloomsbury)
  • Ken Liu, The Grace of Kings (Saga Press)
  • Indra Das, The Devourers (Penguin India)
  • Seth Dickinson, The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Tor)
  • Adrienne Celt, The Daughters (Liveright)

Participating at various stages of this year’s nomination and selection process were previous Crawford winners Sofia Samatar, Jedediah Berry, and Candas Jane Dorsey, as well as Cheryl Morgan, Niall Harrison, Farah Mendlesohn, Ellen Klages, Graham Sleight, Karen Burnham, Jonathan Strahan, Liza Groen Trombi, and Stacie Hanes.  

The award will be presented on March 19 during the 37th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Florida.

IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award: Cristina Bacchilega

Jamie Bishop Memorial Award: This award, for a work of scholarship written in a language other than English, has been won by Natacha Vas-Deyres and Patrick Bergeron.

Walter James Miller Memorial Award:  Kristy Eager is the winner of this award for a student paper on a work or works of the fantastic originally created in a language other than English.

Other award news: The IAFA’s general award for an outstanding student paper, formerly called the Graduate Student Award, has been rechristened the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, in tribute to editor and long-time IAFA Board member and book room manager David Hartwell. The winner will be announced at a later date.

2015 Crawford Award

Zen Cho’s story collection Spirits Abroad and Stephanie Feldman’s novel The Angel of Losses have tied for the 2015 William L. Crawford Fantasy Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for an outstanding first fantasy book. Each of the winners will receive the full award.

Also on this year’s Crawford shortlist were Ghalib Islam, Fire in the Unnameable Country; Sarah Tolmie, The Stone Boatmen; Greg Bechtel, Boundary Problems; and Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist  (Ecco).

Participating in this year’s nomination and selection process were Farah Mendlesohn, Ellen Klages, Graham Sleight, Karen Burnham, Candas Jane Dorsey, Jedediah Berry, Niall Harrison, and last year’s winner Sofia Samatar.

The award will be presented on March 21 during the 36th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Florida.

Other award winners announced by the IAFA today are:

IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award
Colin Milburn

Jamie Bishop Memorial Award
(for a work of scholarship written in a language other than English)
Fernando Ángel Moreno
Mikel Peregrina
Steven Bermúdez Antúnez.

Awards for student scholarship will be announced later.