Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction 2021

Mike Resnick at Imaginales 2016 in France.

The inaugural Mike Resnick Memorial Award for the best unpublished science fiction short story by a new writer was presented today at Dragon Con. The award is sponsored by Galaxy’s Edge (published by Arc Manor) and Dragon Con. (Result courtesy of Sean CW Korsgaard.)

Winner: Z. T. Bright: The Measure of a Mother’s Love

Second: Lucas Carroll-Garrett: Hive at the Dead Star

Third: Christopher Henckel: Echoes of Gelise


  • Shirley Song: Times, Needles, and Gravity 
  • Torion Oey: Feel

The first place winner receives a trophy, a cash award of $250 and has their story bought (at the magazine’s prevailing rate) by Galaxy’s Edge for publication in the magazine. The second place winner receives a prize of $100 and the third place winner a prize of $50.

The runners-ups will have their stories displayed on the Galaxy’s Edge website for a period of two-months.

The shortlist was judged by Nancy Kress, Sheree Renee Thomas, Jody Lynn Nye, Lois McMaster Bujold and William B. Fawcett. 

Submissions for next year’s award are now being taken. The deadline to enter is April 15, 2022.

Lezli Robyn announcing results.

[Update 09/07/2021: Corrected second and third place finishers per Lezli Robyn.]

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4 thoughts on “Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction 2021

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  2. Thanks for sharing this news on File 770. We’re so very happy for all the finalists, and so thankful for all the work the judges did to pick the winner. I would just love to request a correction to your piece, please! Z. T. Bright did indeed win first place in THE MIKE RESNICK MEMORIAL AWARD with “The Measure of a Mother’s Love”, but it was Lucas Carroll-Garrett who took 2nd place. The results were as follows:

    WINNER: Z. T. Bright, The Measure of a Mother’s Love
    2nd Place: Lucas Carroll-Garrett, Hive at the Dead Star
    3rd Place: Christopher Henckel, Echoes of Gliese\

    ?Thank you, so very much!

  3. Lezli Robyn: Thanks for the correction. I’ve redone the post, so it should be right now.

  4. As a big fan of Mike Resnick, I’m happy he’s being honored like this… and Shahid and Lezli both did Mike, Galaxy’s Edge, and themselves proud with speeches honoring Mike, and offering some truly beautiful words about each of the finalists.

    I’m genuinely excited to see where the award goes from here… and to read the winning story!

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