The Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (or Eugie Award) celebrates the best in innovative fiction. In 2017, this annual award will again be 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.
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 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 the 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
To contact us about the awards use (EugieAward@EugieFoster.com) eugieaward (at) eugiefoster (dot) com.