2017 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) has announced the finalists for the 2017 WSFA Small Press Award:

  • “Foxfire, Foxfire,” by Yoon Ha Lee, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016);
  • “Jupiter or Bust,” by Brad R. Torgersen, published in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, ed. by Scott Roberts, (March/ April 2016);
  • “The Mytilenian Delay,” by Neil James Hudson, in Hyperpowers, ed. by Bascombe James, published by Third Flatiron Publishing (May 2016);
  • “Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left,” by Fran Wilde, published in Shimmer Magazine, ed. by E. Catherine Tobler, (September 2016);
  • “Radio Silence,” by Walter H. Hunt in Alien Artifacts, ed. by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, published by Zombies Need Brains, (2016);
  • “A Salvaging of Ghosts,” by Aliette de Bodard, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016);
  • “The Tomato Thief,” by Ursula Vernon, published in Apex Magazine, ed. by Jason Sizemore, (January 2016);
  • “Vengence Sewn With A Fey Cord,” by Christine Lucas, published in The Future Fire, ed. by Djibril al-Ayad, (April 2016);
  • “The Witch’s Knives,” by Margaret Ronald, published in Strange Horizons, ed. by Niall Harrison, Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Lila Garrott, Catherine Krahe, An Owomoyela, and Vajra Chandrasekera, (October 2016).

The WSFA Small Press Award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2016). 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 winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association and will be presented at Capclave, held this year on October 6-8, 2017 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

3 thoughts on “2017 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

  1. I think “Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left” is the only one of these I’ve read, but I loved it, and it was on my Hugo ballot.

  2. Nice to see Brad actually writing something rather than simply basking in his victim status. I thought he’d given up.

  3. I’m pleased to see a story from a Third Flatiron anthology on the list. I just sold a story to Third Flatiron for their forthcoming Strange Beasties anthology (due out late September). “In the Days of Mister Cuddles” will be the lead-off story.

    (I mentioned the story here about a year ago, describing it as about half R.A. Lafferty, half The Addams Family, plus a dash of Ursula Vernonesque cuteness.)

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