2014 WSFA Small Press Award Seeks Nominees

SF authors, small press publishers and WSFA members have until April 5 to nominate stories for the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for short fiction, now in its eighth year.

The award honors the accomplishments of small presses in promoting and preserving sf. Eligible nominees are works of short fiction up to 17,500 words long in the sf, horror and fantasy genres, published by a small press.

The winner will be chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association. Blind voting is done using texts with the identity of the author and publisher stripped.

According to The Rules: “Small press publishers and periodicals may nominate up to three (3) stories, published by themselves or others. A writer may nominate one (1) story, published by herself/himself or others. A WSFA member may nominate one (1) story.” Then five members of WSFA screen the submissions and produce the list of finalists.

This year’s WSFA Small Press Award Committee is: Paul Haggerty, Charity Helton, Sarah Mitchell, Jimmy Rogers, Gayle Surrette, and Carolyn Frank (Administrator)

The award will be presented at Capclave 14 over the October 10-12 weekend.

[Thanks to Michael J. Walsh for the story.]

2013 WSFA Small Press Award

The 2013 Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Short Fiction was given to “Good Hunting” by Ken Liu.

The story was published in Strange Horizons, edited by Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, and Julia Rios (October 2013).

Presented at Capclave last weekend, the award consists of certificates for both the author and publisher, and a trophy and $250 for the author. Accepting the award for Ken Liu was Jamie Todd Rubin.

The award-winner was selected by blind voting — all voting done with the identity of the author hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.