Winner: Jazmin Collins, Arcadia University, for, “My Gardening Journal: Tales from a Psychic Gardener.”
First Runner-up: Samuel Owens, the University of Chicago, for “The Piano Player.”
Second Runner-up: Jack Hawkins, Vanderbilt University, for “Chronicler of a Dying World.”
Honorable Mention: Samuel Owens, University of Chicago, for “Man’s End.”
The $500 award goes to the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student.
The winner will be asked to read the winning story at an exclusive Zoom award ceremony to be held in conjunction with the online International Conference on the Fantastic in mid-March 2021. The winning story will be published in print or online by Asimov’s Science Fiction. (The Dell Award was formerly known as the Isaac Asimov Award.)
The award was started in 1992 by Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine editor Sheila Williams and science fiction writer and journalism professor Rick Wilber who are the co-judges.