The 2013 World Fantasy Awards Ballot

The 2013 World Fantasy Awards Ballot

alif-the-unseenThe 2013 World Fantasy Awards Ballot, compiled by the voting attendees of the World Fantasy Convention, has just been released.

The coveted Life Achievement Award is being given to two recipients for the first time (I think). Susan Cooper (author of The Dark is Rising sequence) and Tanith Lee (author of The Silver Metal Lover, The Secret Books of Paradys, and dozens of others) are both masters of the genre. They will receive the award on November 3 in Brighton, UK, during the World Fantasy Convention.

The winners in every other category will be be selected by a panel of judges. Here’s the complete list of nominees, with links to our previous coverage:

Life Achievement

  • Susan Cooper
  • Tanith Lee


John Joseph Adams EpicNovella

  • “Hand of Glory,” Laird Barron (The Book of Cthulhu II)
  • “Let Maps to Others,” K.J. Parker (Subterranean, Summer ’12)
  • The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon)
  • “The Skull,” Lucius Shepard (The Dragon Griaule)
  • “Sky,” Kaaron Warren (Through Splintered Walls)

Short Story

  • “The Telling,” Gregory Norman Bossert (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nov 29 2012)
  • “A Natural History of Autumn,” Jeffrey Ford (F&SF , July-August 2012)
  • “The Castle That Jack Built,” Emily Gilman (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Jan 26, 2012)
  • “Breaking the Frame,” Kat Howard (Lightspeed, August 2012)
  • “Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” Meghan McCarron (, Jan 4, 2012)


  • Epic: Legends of Fantasy, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Tachyon)
  • Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, Eduardo Jimenez Mayo, Chris N. Brown, eds. (Small Beer)
  • Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, Jonathan Oliver, ed. (Solaris)
  • Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4, Danel Olson, ed. (PS Publishing)
  • Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Random House)

Where Furnaces BurnCollection

  • At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson (Small Beer)
  • Where Furnaces Burn, Joel Lane (PS Publishing)
  • The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume One: Where on Earth and Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands, Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
  • Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
  • Jagannath, Karin Tidbeck (Cheeky Frawg)


  • Vincent Chong
  • Didier Graffet and Dave Senior
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • J.K. Potter
  • Chris Roberts

Special Award — Professional

  • Peter Crowther & Nicky Crowther for PS Publishing
  • Lucia Graves for the translation of The Prisoner of Heaven (Weidenfeld & Nicholson; Harper) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Adam Mills, Ann VanderMeer, & Jeff VanderMeer for the Weird Fiction Review website
  • Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi for ChiZine Publications
  • William K. Schafer for Subterranean Press

Hannes Bok A Life in Illustration-smallSpecial Award — Non-professional

  • Scott H. Andrews for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • L. Timmel Duchamp for Aqueduct Press
  • S.T. Joshi for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2 (PS Publishing)
  • Charles A. Tan for Bibliophile Stalker blog
  • Jerad Walters for Centipede Press
  • Joseph Wrzos for Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration (Centipede Press)

See the complete list of 2012 winners here.

Read complete details on the nominations at the World Fantasy Convention website.

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Minor point, but in the interests of accuracy, the World Fantasy Awards are not chosen entirely by voting members of the convention. Members get to place a couple in each category on the short list, but it is the 5 judges who decide on the others in each category, and then only the judges vote on the winners.

That is, unless the rules have changed from when I was a judge in 1998. (Always ready to do the CYA thing.) 🙂

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