The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) announced the winner of the 2019 WSFA Small Press Award in a ceremony at Capclave on October 19:
- “The Thing in the Walls Wants Your Small Change,” by Virginia M. Mohlere, published in Luna Station Quarterly, Issue 34, ed. by Jennifer Lyn Parsons, (May 30, 2018)
The award, which honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction, showcases the best original short fiction from those publishers in the previous year (2018). The winner receives a trophy and a monetary prize of $500.
The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association (www.wsfa.org). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.
The other finalists were:
- “Baggage,” by Leslie Burton-Lopez, published in When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology, Fairfield Scribes, (October 2018);
- “The Djinni and the Accountant,” by Hal J. Friesen, published in Fire: Demons, Dragons, and Djinn, ed. by Rhonda Parrish, Tyche Books, (August 2018);
- “Familiar in Her Angles,” by E.A. Brenner, published in Metaphorosis, ed. by Morris Allen, (September 21, 2018);
- “The Hydraulic Emperor,” by Arkady Martine, pubished in Uncanny Magazine, Issue 20, ed. by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas (January/February 2018);
- “The Spider and the Stars,” by DK Mok, published in Glass and Gardens: Sloarpunk Summers, ed. by Sarena Ulibarri, World Weaver Press (June 2018);
- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” by Brooke Bolander, published in Uncanny Magazine, Issue 23, ed. by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas (July/August 2018);
- “The Thing in the Walls Wants Your Small Change,” by Virginia M. Mohlere, published in Luna Station Quarterly, Issue 34, ed. by Jennifer Lyn Parsons, (May 30, 2018); and
- “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” by Alix E. Harrow, published in Apex Magazine, Issue 105, ed. by Jason Sizemore, (February 2018).
Mohlere tweeted her appreciation for the award: