The winner of the 2022 Dell Magazines Award For Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing was announced on February 6. The award goes to the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student.
Winner: Jack Hawkins from Vanderbilt University for, “Hellish Takeout.”
First Runner-up: Juliette Morazain from Université de Montréal for, “Walk On.”
Second Runner-up: Getty Hesse from the University of Oklahoma for, “Teatro Anatomico.”
Third Runner-up: Jazmin Collins from Arcadia University for, “From a Smile to a Smirk.”
Honorable Mention: Jake Mouallem from the University of Alberta for, “Been.”
Honorable Mention: Bree (Taylor) Meiklejohn from the University of Alberta for, “Our Own Image.”
The winner receives a $500 award and will be invited to the IAFA annual International Conference on the Fantastic in mid-March in Orlando, FL. The winning story will be published in print or online by Asimov’s Science Fiction. (The Dell Award was formerly known as the Isaac Asimov Award.)
The award was started in 1992 by Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine editor Sheila Williams and science fiction writer and journalism professor Rick Wilber who are the co-judges. It is co-sponsored by Dell Magazines and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and supported by the Graduate Program in Creative Writing: Low-Residency MA/MFA in Genre Fiction at Western Colorado University.