The Eugie Award

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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. Starting with the 2020, we will add a video presentation of the award online, along with a reading of a section of each finalist.

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.


Eugie Award Video Announcement

Here you will find the extended video announcement for the 2020 Eugie Awards, including brief readings of the nominated stories. Coming 9:30pm, Sunday.

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2020 Eugie Award

The finalists for 2020:

  • "A Civilization Dreams of Absolutely Nothing" by Thoraiya Dyer (Analog Science Fiction and Fact)
  • "For He Can Creep" by Siobhan Carroll (Tor.com)
  • "The House Wins in the End" by L Chan (The Dark)
  • "Love in the Time of Immuno-Sharing" by Andy Dudak (Analog Science Fiction and Fact)
  • "Postlude to the Afternoon of a Faun" by Jerome Stueart (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)

 


Thank you to those who nominated works in 2020, including John Joseph Adams, Scott H. Andrews, Karen Bovenmyer, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow, Wendy S. Delmater, C.C. Finlay, Charles Gannon, Michelle Halket, Emily Hockaday, Melissa Hofelich, Vanessa Rose Phin, Trevor Quachri, Lawrence Schoen, Lynne M Thomas, Sean Wallace, Sheila Williams.

 

 

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Description



 

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.


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.

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Previous Years

The 2019 Eugie Award recipient: "When We Were Starless" by Simone Heller

The finalists for 2019:


Thank you to those who nominated works in 2019, including John Joseph Adams, Scott H. Andrews, Karen Bovenmyer, Bill Campbell, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow, Lesley Conner, Wendy S. Delmater, C.C. Finlay, Ellie Knoll, Vanessa Rose Phin, Lawrence M. Schoen, Lynne M Thomas, Sheila Williams, Sean Wallace, Troy Wiggins.

 



The 2018 Eugie Award recipient: Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand by Fran Wilde.

The finalists for 2018:


Thank you to those who nominated works for 2017, including: John Joseph Adams, Scott H. Andrews, Eugen Bacon, Neil Clarke, Jane Crowley, Dani Daly, Ellen Datlow, Wendy S. Delmater, C.C. Finlay, Emily Hockaday, Mike Resnick, Scott Roberts, Lawrence M. Schoen, Jason Sizemore, Lynne M Thomas, Troy Wiggins.

Our 2018 team included: Scott Hancock, Michael Fay, Martin Leing, K. McLarin, Alasdair Stuart, Alison Campbell-Wise, Debbie Yutko. And our judges: Stephen L. Antczak, Alex Hofelich, And Lisa Yaszek. Also thanks to Addy Neilson who made the pins and plaque. Matthew M. Foster--Chair

 



The 2017 Eugie Award recipient: The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin.

The finalists for 2017:


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:


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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To contact us about the awards use (EugieAward@EugieFoster.com) eugieaward (at) eugiefoster (dot) com.

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