2023 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2023 Mythopoeic Awards finalists. Winners will be announced during the society’s Online Midsummer Seminar 2023, “Fantasy Goes to Hell,” to be held August 5-6, 2023 on Zoom and Discord.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • When Women Were Dragons, Kelly Barnhill (Doubleday; Hot Key)
  • The Ballad of Perilous Graves, Alex Jennings (Redhook; Orbit UK)
  • When the Angels Left the Old Country, Sacha Lamb (Levine Querido)
  • Thistlefoot, GennaRose Nethercott (Anchor Books)
  • The Cartographers, Peng Shepherd (Orion; Morrow)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • Freddie vs. the Family Curse, Tracy Badua (Clarion)
  • The Ogress and the Orphans, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • The Beatryce Prophecy, Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
  • The Counterclockwise Heart, Brian Farrey (Algonquin Young Readers)
  • Strangeworlds Travel Agency trilogy, L.D. Lapinski (Aladdin)
  • Black Bird, Blue Road, Sofiya Pasternack (Versify)
  • The Last Mapmaker, Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • Charles Williams and C.S. Lewis: Friends in Co-inherence, Paul S. Fiddes (Oxford University Press)
  • Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places that Inspired Middle-earth, John Garth (Princeton University Press)
  • A Sense of Tales Untold: Exploring the Edges of Tolkien’s Literary Canvas, Peter Grybauskas (Kent State University Press)
  • Tolkien as a Literary Artist, Thomas Kullmann & Dirk Siepmann (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Tolkien, Enchantment, and Loss: Steps on the Developmental Journey John Rosegrant (Kent State University Press)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Fantasy: How It Works, Brian Attebery (Oxford University Press)
  • Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature, Taylor Driggers (Bloomsbury Academic)
  • Fairy Tales of London: British Urban Fantasy, 1840 to the Present, Hadas Elber-Aviram (Bloomsbury Academic)
  • The Dragon in the West: From Ancient Myth to Modern Legend, Daniel Ogden (Oxford University Press)
  • Magic Words, Magic Worlds: Form and Style in Epic Fantasy, Matthew Oliver (McFarland)
  • Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene: Imagining Futures and Dreaming Hope in Literature and Media, Marek Oziewicz, Brian Attebery & Tereza Dědinová, eds. (Bloomsbury Academic)

For more information, see the official awards announcement.

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