The KU Centers for the Study of Science Fiction present several awards for
excellence in science fiction writing and scholarship. Click the links below for
during the Conference, the Center
hosts the presentation of these major, international awards for science fiction:
John W. Campbell Memorial Award
Since 1973. The John W. Campbell Memorial Award honors the best science
fiction novel of the year. Juried award. Details.
Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award
Since 1987. The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award honors the best short
science fiction of the year. Juried award. Details.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
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.)
Center also hosts several annual student scholarships and awards:
Mark Bourne Speculative Fiction Writing Scholarship
Since 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.
more about the workshops, see
James E. Gunn Award for Science Fiction Writing
Since 2005. Prize for the author of an outstanding SF story written for a KU
Christopher Gunn Graduate Research Assistantship
or Scholarship in Science Fiction Studies
Since 2009. Award to help outstanding scholars and writers afford to study either SF literature or SF writing
through the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. GRAs work out a project
proposal with the Center directors in advance of their service, and
scholarship recipients must submit a project proposal that assists the Center's
mission to be considered. Details.
To see the courses available at KU offered through the Center and to get
an idea of SF courses offered through affiliated departments, see
Since 2010. Because, as James Gunn said, revision is where the real
work of writing happens, we began offering the tongue-in-cheek distinction of the
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.