2016 World Fantasy Awards Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards Ballot for works published in 2015 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, held October 27-30, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus OH. The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to David G. Hartwell and Andrzej Sapkowski.

The World Fantasy Awards finalists are:


Long Fiction

  • The Unlicensed Magician, Kelly Barnhill (PS)
  • “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn”, Usman T. Malik (Tor.com 4/22/15)
  • “Guignol”, Kim Newman (Horrorology)
  • “Waters of Versailles”, Kelly Robson (Tor.com 6/10/15)
  • “Farewell Blues”, Bud Webster (F&SF 1-2/15)

Short Fiction

  • “The Neurastheniac”, Selena Chambers (Cassilda’s Song)
  • “Pockets”, Amal El-Mohtar (Uncanny 1-2/15)
  • “The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History”, Sam J. Miller (Uncanny 1-2/15)
  • “The Deepwater Bride”, Tamsyn Muir (F&SF 7-8/15)
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)




  • Richard Anderson
  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • Thomas S. Kuebler

Special Award, Professional

Special Award, Nonprofessional

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Jedediah Berry & Eben Kling, for The Family Arcana: A Story in Cards (Ninepin)
  • John O’Neill, for Black Gate
  • Alexandra Pierce & Alisa Krasnostein, for Letters to Tiptree (Twelfth Planet)
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
  • Helen Young, for Tales After Tolkien Society