The 48th annual World Fantasy Awards finalists have been announced. Winners will be presented at the World Fantasy Convention in New Orleans, LA, later this year. Life Achievements Awards will be presented to Samuel R. Delany and Terri Windling.
Last year’s winners were Alaya Dawn Johnson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Celeste Rita Baker, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Aoko Matsuda, Rovina Cai, C.C. Finlay, and Brian Attebery, with Life Achievement awards to Megan Lindholm and Howard Waldrop.
Eight of this year’s finalists have won the World Fantasy Award before: Ellen Datlow (10 times), Jeffrey Ford (7), Irene Gallo (2), Elizabeth Hand (4), William K. Schafer (1), Angela Slatter (1), Sheree R. Thomas (2), and Charles Vess (4). In addition Terri Windling has won 9 times before, while Samuel R. Delany has never been cited for any World Fantasy Award until now.
Of this year’s five best novel finalists, only P. Djèlí Clark has been nominated before, twice; the other four are first-timers. Of the novella finalists, only Elizabeth Hand has been nominated before, 11 times with 4 wins. Of the short fiction finalists, Malik has been nominated once before, Clark twice before, and Pinsker twice before.
Of this year’s 50 different finalists, 29 of them, or 58%, are first-timers: Anders, Bacon, Bardot, Ghatia, Cho, Cuervo, Dinesh, Doubinsky, Ekpeki, Fawkes, Garcia, Goodwin, Guignard, Igbokwe, Khaw, Liu, Mohamed, Muffaz, Nguyen, Phin, Polydoros, Ransom, Ring, Shell, Skiba, Suri, Takeda, Ward, and Wise.
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