“Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny 9-10/20) is the winner of the 2021 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction. Kingfisher is a pen name for Ursula Vernon. Other finalists were:
- “Heritage Hill”, Matthew R. Davis (Outback Horrors Down Under)
- “Myself”, Rebecca Enzor (DreamForge 12/20)
- “Memories Taste Best When Marinated With Sadness”, Feng Gooi (Hexagon Fall ’20)
- “Foster-Child of Silence and Slow Time”, Brian Hugenbruch (My Battery Is Low and It Is Getting Dark)
- “The Longest Season in the Garden of the Tea Fish”, Jo Miles (Strange Horizons 4/20)
- “Guest Athletes”, Jennifer R. Povey (The Phantom Games: Dimensions Unknown Vol. III)
- “Reformed”, Caias Ward (Mysterion 3/23/20)
- “Open House on Haunted Hill”, John Wiswell (Diabolical Plots 6/15/20)
The award, recognizing “the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year,” was presented at Capclave, held October 1-3, 2021 at the Rockville Hilton in Rockville MD. The winner was chosen by members of WSFA. For more, see the WSFA Small Press Award site.
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