IAFA 2020 Award Winners

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts has reported the 2020 winners of the various awards usually presented at their annual conference, which was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

THE CRAWFORD AWARD

[Presented annually by the IAFA for a first book of fantasy.]

  • Tamsyn Muir, Gideon the Ninth (Tor.com)

THE JAMIE BISHOP MEMORIAL AWARD

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

  • Valentina Gosetti and E.J. Kent, “Maribas et la sorcellerie masculine” [“Marinas and Male Witchcraft”]

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,]

  • Brittany Roberts Brittany Roberts, ”The Soviet Anthropocene: Desiccation, Desertification, and Environmental Horror in Dmitri Svetozarov’s Dogs

THE IMAGINING INDIGENOUS FUTURISM AWARD

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

  • Julia A. Thompsan, “White Hope”

THE DAVID G. HARTWELL EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARD

[For an outstanding student paper.] 

  • Filip Boratyn “Magic(s) of the Anthropocene: Enchantment vs. Terroir in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach.”

DELL MAGAZINES AWARD

[An Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. More details here.]

  • Rona Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Imitation Game”

LORD RUTHVEN AWARDS

[Presented for the best fiction on vampires and the best academic work on the study of the vampire figure in culture and literature.]

  • Vampire Non-Fiction: Sorcha Ní Fhlainn for Post-Modern Vampires: Film, Fiction and Popular Culture
  • Fiction: Bryan D. Dietrich and Marge Simon for The Demeter Diaries
  • Media: TV series What We Do in the Shadows

[Note: Some of these have been previously reported here or at Locus Online.]

2019 Lord Ruthven Awards

The winners of the 2019 Lord Ruthven Assembly Awards, presented for the best fiction on vampires and the best academic work on the study of the vampire figure in culture and literature, were announced at this year’s International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

This year the members voted for:

Lord Ruthven Award: Fiction

  • Theodora Goss, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

Lord Ruthven Award: Non-Fiction

  • Amy J. Ransom, I Am Legend as American Myth

Amanda Firestone, Ph.D., President of the assembly said they did not give a Media award this year for lack of strong candidates.

The awards take their name from the vampire antagonist in John Polidori’s “The Vampyre” (1819) and are given by the Lord Ruthven Assembly, an organization affiliated with the IAFA whose objectives include the serious pursuit of scholarship and research focusing on the vampire/revenant figure in a variety of disciplines. The Lord Ruthven Assembly as a public group on Facebook.

2018 Lord Ruthven Awards

The winners of the 2018 Lord Ruthven Assembly awards, presented for the best fiction on vampires and the best academic work on the study of the vampire figure in culture and literature, were announced at this year’s International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

The current officers of the Lord Ruthven Assembly are: Amanda Firestone, Ph.D., (President); longtime vampire writer Margaret Carter (VP) and Carol McMullen-Pettit (Secretary/treasurer).

This year the members voted for:

Lord Ruthven Award: Fiction

  • Charlaine Harris: The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories

Lord Ruthven Award: Non-Fiction

  • Gary A. Smith: Vampire Films of the 1970s

Lord Ruthven Award: Media/Popular Culture

  • Midnight, Texas Season 1

Special Recognition

  • Powers of Darkness: The Lost Translation of Dracula for both the “translation” from Stoker’s text and the scholarship added by Hans de Roos.

The awards take their name from the vampire antagonist in John Polidori’s “The Vampyre” (1819) and are given by the Lord Ruthven Assembly, an organization affiliated with the IAFA whose objectives include the serious pursuit of scholarship and research focusing on the vampire/revenant figure in a variety of disciplines. The Lord Ruthven Assembly as a public group on Facebook.

2017 Lord Ruthven Awards

The winners of the 2017 Lord Ruthven Awards, presented for the best fiction on vampires and the best academic work on the study of the vampire figure in culture and literature, were announced at this year’s International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts.

Lord Ruthven Award: Non-Fiction

  • 2017: David J. Skal, Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula

Lord Ruthven Award: Fiction

  • 2017: Anne Rice, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis

Lord Ruthven Award: Media/Popular Culture

  • 2017: Vamped / The Vampire Historian

The awards take their name from the vampire antagonist in John Polidori’s “The Vampyre” (1819) and are given by the Lord Ruthven Assembly, an organization affiliated with the IAFA whose objectives include the serious pursuit of scholarship and research focusing on the vampire/revenant figure in a variety of disciplines.