2018 Premio Vegetti


The winners of the Premio Vergetti were announced May 26 in San Marino. The Premio Vegetti is given by World SF Italia, Italy’s professional association for sff writers and a vestige of the World SF organization once led by Harry Harrison. The award is their counterpart to the Nebula.

Romanzo di Fantascienza / Science Fiction Novel

  • Pulphagus di Lukha B. Kremo (Ed. Urania-Mondadori 2016)

The jury for this category is President: Matteo Vegetti, jurors V. Barbera, A. M. Bonavoglia, and A. Cersosimo

Saggio di Fantascienza / Science Fiction Essay

  • Da Frankenstein a Star Trek di Franco Piccinini (Ed. Della Vigna 2016)

The jury for this category is: President: Matteo Vegetti, and jurors M. Alberghini, C. Onniboni , C. Villani

Antologia di Fantascienza / Science Fiction Anthology

  • L’enigma di Pitagora e altre storie di Filippo Radogna (Ed. Altrimedia 2017)

The jury for this category is President Matteo Vegetti, and jurors D. Longoni, F. Piccinini, and L. Pietrafes

Premio Vegetti Jury Controversy

The Premio Vegetti proves juried awards aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be.

On August 26, World SF Italia, Italy’s professional association for sff writers and a vestige of the World SF organization once led by Harry Harrison and others, announced the winner of its counterpart to the Nebula, the Premio Vegetti, at a gala dinner in San Marino. The ceremony went ahead although one of the jurors admitted he did not read two of the five finalists.

The finalists in alphabetical order were:

  • Angeli di plastica di Emanuela Valentini (Delos Digital, 2016)
  • Eden di Maurizio J. Bruno (Tabula Fati, 2016)
  • L’impero restaurato di Sandro Battisti (Mondadori, 2015)
  • Lungo la notte di Fabio F. Centamore (Delos Digital, 2016)
  • Ritorno a Frisland di Enrico Di Stefano (Della Vigna, 2015)

The finalists are chosen by the members of World SF Italia, and then a jury chooses the winner.

In the SF novel category the members of the jury were:

  • President of the jury: Matteo Vegetti.
  • Jury: Anna Maria Bonavoglia, Adalberto Cersosimo, Andrea Vaccaro

Italian writers have learned that Adalberto Cersosimo never received the two novels published by Delos, and had, therefore, not voted for them. While he might have brought this to the attention to the president of the jury, or the publisher, he simply decided not to vote for those two books.

Those trying to find out what happened discovered publisher Delos sent Cersosimo’s copies of the PDF files to an out-of-date email address. However, the award finalists were announced in January, and Cersosimo could have asked after the Delos books any time in the months that followed.

World SF Italia president Donato Altomare was informed of the situation and gave out the award anyway. The winner was:

  • L’impero restaurato di Sandro Battisti (Mondadori, 2015)