Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction
Awards and Scholarships

The Center for the Study of Science Fiction presents four awards for excellence in science fiction writing and scholarship. Click the links below for full information.

Annually during the Campbell Conference, the Center presents these major, international awards for science fiction:

Since 1973. The John W. Campbell Memorial Award honors the best science fiction novel of the year. Juried award. Details.

Since 1987. The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award honors the best short science fiction of the year. Juried award. Details.

Since 1996. Each year, the Hall of Fame honors four individuals on the basis of continued excellence and long-term contribution to the science fiction and fantasy field. Two inductees were living contributors, and two were posthumous. (Since 2005 housed and presented at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.) Details.

The Center also offers these annual student scholarships and awards:

Since 2005. Prize for the author of an outstanding SF story written for a KU English class. Details.

Since 2009. Award to help outstanding scholars and writers afford to study either SF literature or SF writing at the University of Kansas. Details. To get an idea of the SF courses available at KU offers, see this page.

Since 2010. Because, as James Gunn says, revision is where the real work of writing happens, we began offering the tongue-in-cheek distinction of the Silver Lining Award to recognize the Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop author whose revised story best demonstrates how well they internalized our revision recommendations and the concepts we discussed, who turned in the most-improved story over its original form. Just for fun - though the honoree goes home with a shiny robot and gets immortalized on the permanent trophy! List of winners coming soon.

Starting 2015. Award to help outstanding SF writers attend the Center's summer writing workshops, particularly for attendees coming from other states and countries and KU grad students. Details. For more about the workshops, see this page.

updated 3/27/2015

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