British Fantasy Awards 2016 Nominees

BFS_Logo_red_SMALLThe shortlist for the British Fantasy Awards 2016 has been released.

Four nominees in each category were decided by the votes of BFS members, attendees of FantasyCon 2015, and attendees of FantasyCon 2016. Up to two further nominees in each category were added by the juries as “egregious omissions” under the rules.

The winners will be decided by the juries, and announced September 25 at FantasyCon 2016 in Scarborough.

Best Anthology

  • African Monsters, ed. Margrét Helgadóttir and Jo Thomas (Fox Spirit Books)
  • Aickman’s Heirs, ed. Simon Strantzas (Undertow Publications)
  • Best British Horror 2015, ed. Johnny Mains (Salt Publishing)
  • The Doll Collection, ed. Ellen Datlow (Tor Books)
  • The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, ed. Mark Morris (Spectral Press)

Best Artist

  • Ben Baldwin
  • Vincent Chong
  • Julie Dillon
  • Evelinn Enoksen
  • Sarah Anne Langton
  • Jeffrey Alan Love

Best Collection

  • Ghost Summer: Stories, Tananarive Due (Prime Books)
  • Monsters, Paul Kane (The Alchemy Press)
  • Probably Monsters, Ray Cluley (ChiZine Publications)
  • Scar City, Joel Lane (Eibonvale Press)
  • Skein and Bone, V.H. Leslie (Undertow Publications)
  • The Stars Seem So Far Away, Margrét Helgadóttir (Fox Spirit Books)

Best Comic/Graphic Novel

  • Bitch Planet, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Robert Wilson IV and Cris Peter (Image Comics) (#2–5)
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why, G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt and Adrian Alphona (Marvel)
  • Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
  • Red Sonja, Gail Simone and Walter Geovani (Dynamite Entertainment) (#14–18)
  • Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics) (#25–32)
  • The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman, J.H. Williams III and Dave Stewart (Vertigo)

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • Guns of the Dawn, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
  • Half a War, Joe Abercrombie (HarperVoyager)
  • The Iron Ghost, Jen Williams (Headline)
  • Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
  • Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Macmillan)
  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Macmillan)

Best Film/Television Production

  • Inside No. 9: The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (BBC Two)
  • Jessica Jones: AKA WWJD?, Scott Reynolds (Netflix)
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Peter Harness (BBC One)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris (Warner Bros. Pictures et al.)
  • Midwinter of the Spirit, Stephen Volk (ITV Studios)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt (Lucasfilm et al.)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • A Cold Silence, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)
  • The Death House, Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
  • Lost Girl, Adam Nevill (Pan Books)
  • Rawblood, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
  • The Silence, Tim Lebbon (Titan Books)
  • Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (Orbit)

Best Independent Press

  • The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards)
  • Angry Robot (Marc Gascoigne)
  • Fox Spirit Books (Adele Wearing)
  • Newcon Press (Ian Whates)

Best Magazine/Periodical

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. Scott H. Andrews (Firkin Press)
  • Black Static, ed. Andy Cox (TTA Press)
  • Holdfast Magazine, ed. Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee (Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee)
  • Interzone, ed. Andy Cox (TTA Press)
  • Strange Horizons, ed. Niall Harrison (Strange Horizons)

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)

  • Becky Chambers, for The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Zen Cho, for Sorcerer to the Crown (Macmillan)
  • Peter Newman, for The Vagrant (HarperVoyager)
  • Steven Poore, for The Heir to the North (Kristell Ink)
  • Marc Turner, for When the Heavens Fall (Titan Books)

Best Non-fiction

  • The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History, ed. Stephen Jones (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)
  • Fantasy-Faction, ed. Marc Aplin and Jennie Ivins (Fantasy-Faction)
  • Ginger Nuts of Horror, ed. Jim Mcleod (Jim McLeod)
  • King for a Year, ed. Mark West (Mark West)
  • Letters to Tiptree, ed. Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Matrilines, Kari Sperring (Strange Horizons)

Best Novella

  • Albion Fay, Mark Morris (Spectral Press)
  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (
  • The Bureau of Them, Cate Gardner (Spectral Press)
  • The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn, Usman T. Malik (
  • Witches of Lytchford, Paul Cornell (

Best Short Fiction

  • “The Blue Room,” V.H. Leslie (Skein and Bone)
  • “Dirt Land,” Ralph Robert Moore (Black Static #49)
  • “Fabulous Beasts,” Priya Sharma (
  • “Hippocampus,” Adam Nevill (Terror Tales of the Ocean)
  • “Strange Creation,” Frances Kay (Tenebris Nyxies)
  • “When The Moon Man Knocks,” Cate Gardner (Black Static #48)

The British Fantasy Society committee will decide the winner of the Karl Edward Wagner Award, and the other winners will be decided by the British Fantasy Awards 2016 jurors:

Best Anthology: Gary Couzens, Louie Reynolds, Zean Fairbanks-Gilbert

Best Artist: Caroline Callaghan, Howard Watts, Jay Eales

Best Collection: Carole Johnstone, E.G. Cosh, Simon Bestwick

Best Comic/Graphic Novel: Ian Hunter, Jo Thomas, P M Buchan

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): Elaine Hillson, Rhian Bowley, Ross Warren

Best Film/Television Production: Catherine Hill,  Jim Steel, Johnny Mains

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award): Aleksandra Kesek, Nina Allan, Sarah Carter

Best Independent Press: El Ashfield, Ole Andreas Imsen, Richard Webb

Best Magazine/Periodical: Kate Coe, Marcus Gipps, Sean Wallace

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award): Elloise Hopkins, Lizzie Barrett, Robin Lupton

Best Non-Fiction: Kevin McVeigh, Martin Petto, Ruth EJ Booth

Best Novella: Jo Tomas, Laura Mauro, Mark West

Best Short Story: Stephen Bacon, Penny Jones, Phil Sloman

The jurors were appointed by the awards administrator, Stephen Theaker, under the supervision of the British Fantasy Society committee. The BFS committee itself is the jury for the Special Award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award).

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4 thoughts on “British Fantasy Awards 2016 Nominees

  1. Uprooted gets yet another nomination for an award. I really am going to have to read it. 🙂
    Congrats to all the nominees!

  2. Nice to see some recognition for Guns of the Dawn. I enjoyed the hell out of that book.

  3. Yay for Paul Cornell’s “Witches of Lytchford”! (And yay for others, sure!)

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