“Happy? Sad?” by Arthur Davis is the winner of the 2018 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science fiction and Fantasy Writing. The award is given to “the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student,” and is accompanied by a $500 cash prize, publication in Asimov’s, and an invitation to ICFA (International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts), held March 14-18, 2018 at the Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside in Orlando FL.
- Winner: “Happy? Sad?”, Arthur Davis
- First Runner-up: “Four Days to Opening Night”, Claire Spaulding
- Second Runner-up: “The Corpse Return”, Rebecca Kuang
- Third Runner-up: “Shitbucket”, Brittney Hubley
- Honorable Mention: “Flood Daughter”, Alexandra Barr
- Honorable Mention: “Venus Return”, Garrison Kammer
- Honorable Mention: “Sapphire, Dagger, Hall”, C.E. McGill
The Dell Magazines Award, formerly the Isaac Asimov Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing, was established in 1993 by Asimov’s and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. The awards are co-sponsored by Asimov’s magazine and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and supported by the School of Mass Communications, University of South Florida, Tampa FL. For more information, visit the Dell Award website.