2019 World Fantasy Awards Winners

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2018 have been announced. The awards were presented November 3, 2019 during World Fantasy 2019 (WFC) at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles CA.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Hayao Miyazaki and Jack Zipes.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Witchmark, C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Novella

Best Short Fiction (tie)

  • WINNER: “Ten Deals with the Indigo Snake”, Mel Kassel (Lightspeed 10/18)
  • WINNER: “Like a River Loves the Sky”, Emma Törzs (Uncanny 3-4/18)
  • “The Ten Things She Said While Dying: An Annotation”, Adam-Troy Castro (Nightmare 7/19)
  • “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies”, Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/18)
  • “The Court Magician”, Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed 1/18)

Best Anthology

Best Collection

Best Artist

  • WINNER: Rovina Cai
  • Galen Dara
  • Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess

Special Award – Professional

  • C.C. Finlay, for F&SF editing
  • Irene Gallo, for Art Direction at Tor Books and Tor.com
  • Catherine McIlwaine for Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition (The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford)
  • Molly Barton, Jeff Li, James Stuart & Julian Yap for Serial Box

Special Award – Non-Professional

  • WINNER: Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Mike Allen, for Mythic Delirium
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
  • E. Catherine Tobler, for Shimmer
  • Terri Windling, for Myth & Moor

This year’s judges were Nancy Holder, Kathleen Jennings, Garry Douglas Kilworth, Stephen Graham Jones, and Tod McCoy. For more information, see the WFC website.

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2 thoughts on “2019 World Fantasy Awards Winners

  • November 5, 2019 at 3:21 am

    It would be nice if a list of ALL the nominees who were submitted could be published at least on the web. I would like to have proof that my fourth book Academic Mayhem: The Medford Family Chronicles Volume IV was nominated and considered for this award. I would like to know also any useful comments or feedback from the judges who may have enjoyed my book at least. Hoping they did read it. 🙂

  • November 5, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    At the post awards panel with two of the judges, they said that they received hundreds of books to consider. Similar comments have been made by previous year’s judges. World Fantasy has never posted such a list and only reveals the finalists and does not list the votes received by members. The Hugo Awards does post a list of works that received nomination votes in addition to the detailed voting numbers.


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