The winner of the 2017 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction was announced October 7, 2017: “The Tomato Thief”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/16).
Finalists included “A Salvaging of Ghosts”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16); “The Mytilenian Delay”, Neil James Hudson (Hyperpowers); “Radio Silence”, Walter H. Hunt (Alien Artifacts); “Foxfire, Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16); “Vengeance Sewn With Fey Cord”, Christine Lucas (The Future Fire 4/16); “The Witch’s Knives”, Margaret Ronald (Strange Horizons 10/16); “Jupiter or Bust”, Brad R. Torgersen (Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show 3-4/16); “Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left”, Fran Wilde (Shimmer 9/16).
The award, recognizing the “best original short fiction” published by small presses in the previous year, was presented at Capclave in Gaithersburg MD at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, held October 6-8, 2017. The winner was chosen by members of WSFA. Vernon receives a $500 cash prize, and both the author and publisher of the winning story receive certificates and trophies. For more information, see the WSFA Small Press Award site.