2015 British Fantasy Awards

BFS_Logo_red_SMALLThe winners of the 2015 British Fantasy Awards were announced October 25 at FantasyCon.

Best anthology

  • Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue, ed. Christie Yant (Lightspeed Magazine)

Best artist

  • Karla Ortiz

Best collection

  • Nick Nightmare Investigates, Adrian Cole (The Alchemy Press and Airgedlámh Publications)

Best comic/graphic novel

  • Through the Woods, Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Best fantasy novel: The Robert Holdstock Award

  • Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Best film/television episode

  • Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (Marvel Studios)

Best horror novel: The August Derleth Award

  • No One Gets Out Alive, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)

Best independent press

  • Fox Spirit Books (Adele Wearing)

Best magazine/periodical

  • Holdfast Magazine, ed. Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee (Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee)

Best newcomer: The Sydney J. Bounds Award

  • Sarah Lotz, for The Three (Hodder & Stoughton)

Best non-fiction

  • Letters to Arkham: The Letters of Ramsey Campbell and August Derleth, 1961–1971, ed. S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing)

Best novella

  • Newspaper Heart, Stephen Volk (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories)

Best short story

  • “A Woman’s Place,” Emma Newman (Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets)

The Special Award: The Karl Edward Wagner Award

  • Juliet E. McKenna

The winners were decided by the following jury members: Best anthology: Carole Johnstone, Elaine Hillson and Rhian Bowley. Best artist: Donna Scott, Jared Shurin and P.M. Buchan. Best collection: Dave Brzeski, Ole A. Imsen and Thana Niveau. Best comic/graphic novel: Jared Shurin, Jay Eales and Laurel Sills. Best fantasy novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): Aleksandra Kesek, Gary Couzens and Lucy Smee. Best film/television episode: Adrian Faulkner, Catherine Mann and Gary Couzens. Best horror novel (the August Derleth Award): Cate Gardner, Jim Mcleod and Laura Mauro. Best independent press: Bill Thompson, Elloise Hopkins, Robin K Hickson, Robin Lupton and Sarah Carter. Best magazine/periodical: Donna Scott, Mark West and Phil Sloman. Best newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award): Ian Hunter, Lizzie Barrett and Simon Bestwick. Best non-fiction: Jason Arnopp, Johnny Mains and Laura Mauro. Best novella: Jo Thomas, Paul Holmes and Stephen Bacon. Best short story: Catherine Mann, Allen Stroud and David Tallerman. The Karl Edward Wagner Award was decided by a vote of the British Fantasy Society committee.

The physical award is a handmade wooden bookend featuring Lee Thompson’s BFS logo, commissioned from Sarah Goss, who works in traditional woodcarving and restoration.

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7 thoughts on “2015 British Fantasy Awards

  1. Best fantasy novel: The Robert Holdstock Award — Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)


  2. Congratulations to Christine Yant!

    Kyra, if you have time, tell me why I should buy Cuckoo Song… I have heard a little about it, but you seem to have some feels, and I am curious.

  3. 1) The protagonist is awesome.

    2) The perspective it is told from is extremely interesting and, to my knowledge, unique in fantasy literature, despite this type of character appearing in many fantasy stories; it is the first time I have seen a tale told from this particular point of view. (Obviously, there may be examples I am unaware of.)

    3) It is well-plotted and beautifully paced.

    4) The antagonists have rational, or at least comprehensible, reasons for their actions.

    5) I consider it the best SFF book I have read so far published in 2014 OR 2015, bearing in mind I haven’t read anywhere near everything, especially for 2015. (And for perspective, if you go back to 2013 or before, there are SFF books I would consider equal to it or better, e.g. Seraphina, or Ancillary Justice.) Nonetheless, it was a Wow book for me.

  4. Well, that moves it up on the next to be acquired pile. It was pretty high anyway, but you have enticed me with your wanton words…

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