Steven Harper Wins 2022 WSFA Small Press Award

The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) announced on October 1 that Steven Harper is the winner of the 2022 WSFA Small Press Award for best short fiction published by a small press in 2021. Harper’s honor was revealed during Capclave in Rockville, MD.

“Eight Mile and the City” by Steven Harper, from When Worlds Collide, ed. by S. C. Butler & Joshua Palmatier, Zombies Need Brains, LLC (July 2021), is the winning story.

The award was announced by Capclave Guest of Honor Ursula Vernon, the only 3-time winner of the WSFA Small Press Award.

The other finalists for the 2021 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction were:

  • “The Birdsong Fossil” by DK Mok, Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban Futures, (April 2021) World Weaver Press ed. by Christoph Rupprecht, Deborah Cleland, Norie Tamura, Rajat Chaudhuri, and Sarena Ulibarri;
  • “Dress of Ash” by Y. M. Pang, Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories, ed. by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law, Laksa Media Groups Inc. (2021);
  • “Fisherman’s Soup” by Kristina Ten, Mermaids Monthly, (May 26, 2022) ed. by Julia Rios, Meg Frank, and Ashley Deng;
  • “From the Ashes Flew the Ladybug” by Alexandra Seidel, The Deadlands, Issue 7 (November 2021) ed. by E. Catherine Tobler;
  • “Laughter Among the Trees” by Suzan Palumbo, The Dark Magazine, Issue 69 (February 2021) ed by Sean Wallace;
  • “Space Pirate Queen of the Ten Billion Utopias” by Elly Bangs, Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 138 (November 2021) ed. by John Joseph Adams;
  • “Standing Orders” by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Derelicts, ed. by David B. Coe and Joshua Palmatier, Zombies Need Brains, LLC (July 2021); 
  • “A Stranger Goes Ashore” by Adam R. Shannon, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Issue 328 (April 22, 2021) ed. by Scott H. Andrews; and
  • “A Universe All to Himself” by Ryan Priest, Metaphorosis, (April 2021) ed. by B. Morris Allen.

1 thought on “Steven Harper Wins 2022 WSFA Small Press Award

  1. It is worth noting that the WSFA Small Press Award uses blind judging. The names of the authors and the publications are removed before the committee picks the finalists and the club members vote for the winner.

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