John W. Campbell and
Theodore Sturgeon Award Trophies

The Theodore Sturgeon Award for the best short science fiction of the year was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his widow Jayne Sturgeon and Sturgeon's children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.

The John W. Campbell Award for the best science-fiction novel of the year is one of the three major annual awards for science fiction. The first Campbell Award was presented at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973. Since then the Award has been presented in various parts of the world: at California State University at Fullerton; at St. John's College, Oxford; at the World SF Writers Conference in Dublin; in Stockholm; at the World SF meeting in Dublin again; and since 1979 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence during the Campbell Conference.

James Gunn and Chris McKitterick with the Sturgeon and Campbell trophies.

Trophies are given to winners in Lawrence, Kansas, during the Campbell Awards Banquet. Below are photos of the trophies.

Sturgeon Award Trophies

Descriptions of the trophy are below each photo.

The original Sturgeon Award trophy, designed by Elden Tefft. 
This permanent trophy bears the names of every winner on two engraved plaques.
The original Sturgeon Award trophy, designed by Elden Tefft.
Why the Q with an arrow through it? See Sturgeon's essay here regarding "Ask the next question."
This permanent trophy bears the names of every winner on two engraved plaques.

Starting in 2004, winners of the Sturgeon Award began receiving personalized trophies, designed by Kij Johnson. 
The permanent trophy stands beside the new trophies in this photo.
Starting in 2004, winners of the Sturgeon Award began receiving personalized trophies,
designed by Kij Johnson. The permanent trophy stands beside the new trophies in this photo.

Closeup of the Sturgeon Award plaque with the first winners.
Close-up of the Sturgeon Award plaque with the first winners.

Closeup of the second Sturgeon Award plaque with the more-recent winners.
Close-up of the second Sturgeon Award plaque with the more-recent winners.

Campbell Award Trophies

Descriptions of the trophy are below each photo.

The original Campbell Award trophy, designed by Elden Tefft. 
This permanent trophy bears the names of every winner on two engraved plaques.
The original Campbell Award trophy, designed by Elden Tefft.
The design represents a stylized Mobius strip.
This permanent trophy bears the names of every winner on two engraved plaques.

Starting in 2004, winners of the Campbell Award began receiving 
personalized trophies, designed by Kij Johnson. The permanent trophy stands beside the new trophies in this photo.
Starting in 2004, winners of the Campbell Award began receiving personalized trophies,
designed by Kij Johnson. The permanent trophy stands beside the new trophies in this photo.

Closeup of the Campbell Award plaque with the first winners.
Close-up of the Campbell Award plaque with the first winners.

Closeup of the second Campbell Award plaque with the more-recent winners.
Close-up of the second Campbell Award plaque with the more-recent winners.

page updated 3/2/2014
(trophy photos from 2005)

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