2017 World Fantasy Awards Judges

*Elizabeth Engstrom
§ **Daryl Gregory
*Nalo Hopkinson
§ *Juliet Marillier
*Betsy Mitchell (Judge Mitchell greatly prefers PDF submissions)

(Judging is often easier with hard copies, but those judges marked with an * can accept pdfs; ** can accept mobi; *** both; § can accept ePub)
Co-Chairs: Renee Babcock and Jonathan Miles
World Fantasy Convention 2017; PO Box 29976; Austin, TX 78755


The judges for the 2017 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2016, have now been impaneled. The judges read and consider eligible materials between the date of this letter and June 1, 2017, so it is desirable for them to receive materials between now and June 1, the earlier the better. If, for instance, something is received on May 31 the judges may well have only one day to read it before their deliberations conclude. Anything received after June 1 will receive little or no consideration.

The awards will be presented at the convention, to be held Thursday, November 2 through Sunday, November 5, 2017, at the Wyndham Riverwalk, 111 East Pecan Street; San Antonio, TX 78205; USA; 210-354-2800.

An attending membership costs $225, which does not include the Awards Banquet, tickets for which must be purchased separately. Banquet tickets will be available in July. Information and forms can be found on the convention website at World Fantasy 2017.

If you have any materials that you wish to be considered by the panel, please contact me, and very importantly, please mark all packages as PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS – NOT FOR SALE OR RESALE – NO COMMERCIAL VALUE — WORLD FANTASY AWARDS MATERIALS. Also, please make sure to send a file copy of all materials to my office at World Fantasy Awards Association; 8050 Mukilteo Speedway, # 43; Mukilteo, WA 98275-0043; USA so a comprehensive submission list may be kept. This is the how we ensure the judges have received eligible items, and you can be sure that your work has been given fair attention.

  • Qualifications: All books must have been published in 2016; magazines must have a 2016 cover date; only living authors and editors are eligible.
  • Fantasy Types: All forms of fantasy are eligible, e.g. high, epic, dark, contemporary, literary.
  • Categories: Life Achievement; Best Novel; Best Novella (10,001 to 40,000 words); Best Short Story; Best Anthology; Best Collection; Best Artist; Special Award Professional; Special Award Non Professional.

Please note that the nominees in the Life Achievement category will not be released, though the winners will be announced well before the awards banquet.

All questions pertaining to the convention should be directed to the Convention Chair.

Questions concerning eligibility, the judges, and the awards administration may be sent to my attention.

Once again, the World Fantasy Awards Administration and the convention are most pleased to be working with you. With your continued good will and support, we shall successfully uphold the already prestigious reputation of the World Fantasy Awards.

As always, thank you very much for your time, and for your assistance.

Respectfully,
Pete Pautz