The Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (or Eugie Award) celebrates the best in innovative fiction. This annual award is presented at Dragon Con, the nation’s largest fan-run convention.
The Eugie Award honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain. We will be looking for stories that are beautiful, thoughtful, and passionate, and change us and the field. The recipient is a story that is unique and will become essential to speculative fiction readers.
2018 Eugie Award
The 2018 Eugie Award recipient: Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand by Fran Wilde.
The finalists for 2018:
- “And Then There Were (N-One)” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, March/April 2017)
- "Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand" by Fran Wilde (Uncanny Magazine, September 2017)
- "Infinite Love Engine" by Violet Allen (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2017)
- "The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)" by Matthew Kressel (Tor.com, March 2017)
- “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance” by Tobias S. Buckell (Cosmic Powers, 2017)
The Award: The author of the selected work receives a plaque and a $1000 prize. All finalists receive a pin.
Eligibility: Original speculative short fiction of 20,000 words or fewer, published—including in print, ebook, or online, individually, or in a magazine, collection, or anthology—for the first time in the English language in the previous year (2016).
Our System: This is a juried award, that includes multiple visions and voices in a three tier system. This begins with the long list nominations coming from publishers and editors, acting in those roles, finding the works that shook the industry. We also have select readers to fill in any gaps, including non-traditionally published works. The second tier is our selection committee of spec fiction fans, reading as fans, to find what speaks to them while looking for stories that are timeless. Finally, a judging panel examines the finalists in depth to determine the Award recipient.
The 2017 Eugie Award recipient: The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin.
The finalists for 2017:
- “The City Born Great” by N.K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)
- "The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery" by Catherynne M. Valente (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2016)
- "Seasons of Glass and Iron" by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales)
- "Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man" by Suzanne Palmer (Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, July 2016)
- “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay” by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)
Thank you to those who nominated works for 2017, including: John Joseph Adams, Mike Allen, Morris Allen, Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow, Wendy S. Delmater, Charles Coleman Finlay, Niall Harrison, Emily Hockaday, Dominik Parisien, Trevor Quachri, Mike Resnick, Scott Roberts, Jason Sizemore, Lynne M Thomas, Sean Wallace, Sheila Williams, Navah Wolfe.
Our 2017 team included: Davey Beauchamp, Divya Breed, Tina Connolly, Scott Hancock, Michael Fay, Amy Herring, Martin Leing, K. McLarin, James Nicoll, David Steffen, Alasdair Stuart, Debbie Yutko. And our judges: Alex Hofelich, Chesya Burke, And Lisa Yaszek. Also thanks to Addy Neilson who made the pins and plaque.
Matthew M. Foster--Chair
The Eugie Award was presented for the first time in 2016—for works published in 2015.
The 2016 Eugie Award recipient: The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild by Catherynne M. Valente.
The finalists for 2016:
- “The Deepwater Bride” by Tamsyn Muir (F&SF, July/Aug 2015)
- “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong (Nightmare, Oct 2015)
- "The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild" by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld, Jan & Mar 2015)
- "Pocosin" by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, Jan 2015)
- "Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight" by Aliette De Bodard (Clarkesworld, Jan 2015)
Thank you to those who nominated works for 2016, including: John Joseph Adams, Mike Allen, Scott H. Andrews, Michele Barasso, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow, Charles Coleman Finlay, Niall Harrison, Emily Hockaday, Michael Kelly, Jonathan Laden, Mike Resnick, Scott Roberts, Edmund R. Schubert, Jason Sizemore, Jonathan Strahan, Lynne M Thomas, and Sean Wallace.
Our 2016 team included: Davey Beauchamp, Scott Hancock, Michael Fay, Amy Herring, Martin Leing, K. McLarin, Alasdair Stuart, Debbie Yutko. And our judges: Alex Hofelich, Rachael Jones, And Lisa Yaszek. Also thanks to Addy Neilson who made the pins and plaque.
Matthew M. Foster--Chair
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