IAFA 2021 Award Winners

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts held a virtual ceremony on March 21 honoring winners of awards usually presented at their annual conference, which went online this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Several award winners were named ahead of the conference.)

THE CRAWFORD AWARD

[Presented annually by the IAFA for a first book of fantasy.] Previously announced in March.

  • Nghi Vo for The Empress of Salt and Fortune (Tordotcom)

THE JAMIE BISHOP MEMORIAL AWARD

[For a work of scholarship written in a language other than English.]

  • Maria Beliaeva Solomon

THE WALTER JAMES MILLER MEMORIAL AWARD

[For a student paper on a work or works of the fantastic originally created in a language other than English,]

  • Natalie Deam

THE IMAGINING INDIGENOUS FUTURISM AWARD

[Recognizes emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.] Previously announced in January.

  • Lennixx-Nickoli Treat Bad for “THE BOX”

THE DAVID G. HARTWELL EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARD

[For an outstanding student paper.] 

  • Robert Nguyen

DELL MAGAZINES AWARD

[An Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing.] Previously announced in February.

  • 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.”

IAFA DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

[An annual career award, presented annually since 1986, recognizing distinguished contributions to the scholarship and criticism of the fantastic.]

  • Stacy Alaimo

2020 Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award

The 2020 IAFA Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award winner is Lennixx-Nickolai Treat Bad Moccasin for “THE BOX”. The winner receives $1,000.

The award recognizes emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.

Also announced as a shortlisted entry was Paul Johnson’s “Calling line 17”.

The award judge is author Andrea Hairston who said about the winner —

Lennixx-Nickolai Treat Bad Moccasin did a fascinating science fictional concept connecting the elders to the future with androids. The characters were complex and engaging. He crafts a compelling family drama with a great twist at the end. Indeed, the storyline is full of difficult choices, heartrending dilemmas, and delightful surprises. He riffs on our current struggles with grace, faces the horror, and offers us hope.

Hairston likewise congratulated Paul Johnson:

In his story technology is not in the service of separating us from the universe, but a way to reconnect our spirits.