Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award
Finalists

This page lists the finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short science fiction by year of publication; the Award is presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, as the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction. We hope to release lists of finalists for as many previous Awards as possible, so check back for updates. Finalists are listed alphabetically by author's last name. When results are final, this page is updated to show the winning story highlighted in blue.

2014 Sturgeon Award Finalists

"Bloom," Gregory Norman Bossert. Asimov's, Dec 2013.

"The Weight of the Sunrise," Vylar Kaftan. Asimov's, Feb 2013.

"They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass," Alaya Dawn Johnson. Asimov's, Jan 2013.

"Over There," Will McIntosh. Asimov's, Jan 2013.

"The Wildfires of Antarctica," Alan DeNiro. Tyrannia and Other Renditions, Small Beer Press (originally appeared in Oct/Nov Asimov's).

"The Irish Astronaut," Val Nolan. Electric Velocipede, May 2013.

"In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind," Sarah Pinsker. Strange Horizons, July 2013.

"Mystic Falls," Robert Reed. Clarkesworld, Nov 2013.

"Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer," Kenneth Schneyer. Clockwork Phoenix 4, Mythic Delirium Books.

"The Urashima Effect," E. Lily Yu. Clarkesworld, June 2013.

Nominations for this year came from John Joseph Adams, Rebecca Bates, Neil Clarke, Frank Ludlow, Andy Duncan, Ellen Datlow, Gordon van Gelder, Niall Harrison, Rich Horton, Kim Stanley Robinson, Trevor Quachri, Lois Tilton, Dave Truesdale, Leslie What, and Sheila Williams. Thank you very much for your participation!

2013 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Kate Bachus "Things Greater Than Love" Strange Horizons, March
Aliette de Bodard "Immersion" Clarkesworld, June
Aliette de Bodard "Scattered Along the River of Heaven" Clarkesworld, January
Andy Duncan "Close Encounters"
NOTE: Duncan, a juror, removed the story from consideration.
The Pottawatomie Giant
Molly Gloss "The Grinnell Method" Strange Horizons, September
Jay Lake "The Weight of History, The Lightness of the Future" Subterranean, Spring
Ken Liu "The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species" Lightspeed, August
Ken Liu "Mono No Aware" The Future is Japanese
Linda Nagata "Nahiku West" Analog, October
Robert Reed Eater-of-Bone Eater-of-Bone
Bruce Sterling "The Peak of Eternal Light" Edge of Infinity
E. Catherine Tobler "(To See the Other) Whole Against the Sky" Clarkesworld, November
Nancy Kress After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

Nominations for this year came from Abyss & Apex, J J Adams, Rebecca Bates, Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Bethke, Ellen Datlow, Jim DeMaiolo, Vincent Docherty, Niall Harrison, Rich Horton, Frank Ludlow, Chris McKitterick, Rudy Rucker, Jonathan Strahan, Michael Damian Thomas, Christy Tidwell, Lois Tilton, Dave Truesdale, and Sheila Williams. Thank you very much for your participation! 

2012 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Charlie Jane Anders "Six Months, Three Days" Tor.com, June
Paul Cornell "The Copenhagen Interpretation" Asimov's, July
Yoon Ha Lee "Ghostweight" Clarkesworld, January
Kij Johnson "The Man Who Bridged the Mist"
NOTE: Johnson, a juror, removed the story from consideration.
Asimov's, Oct / Nov
Jake Kerr "The Old Equations" Lightspeed, July
Ken Liu "The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary" Panverse Three
Ken Liu "The Paper Menagerie" F&SF, March / April
Paul McAuley "The Choice" Asimov's, Dec / Jan
Catherynne M. Valente "Silently and Very Fast" Clarkesworld, October

Nominations for this year came from John Joseph Adams, Lou Anders, Rebecca Bates, Aliette de Bodard, Neil Clarke, Gardner Dozois, Niall Harrison, Patrick Neilsen Hayden, David Hartwell, Chris McKitterick, Eric Reynolds, Jonathan Strahan, Stephen Sullivan, Lois Tilton, Dave Truesdale, and Sheila Williams. Thank you very much for your participation!

2011 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Eleanor Arnason "Mammoths of the Great Plains" (chapbook)
Damien Broderick "Under the Moons of Venus" Subterranean (Spring)
Elizabeth Hand "The Maiden Flight of McAuley's Bellerophon" Stories: All-New Tales
Geoffrey A. Landis "The Sultan of the Clouds" Asimov's, September
Yoon Ha Lee "Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain" Lightspeed, September
Paul Park "Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance" F&SF, January / February
Robert Reed "Dead Man's Run" F&SF, November / December
Alastair Reynolds "Troika" Godlike Machines
Steve Rasnic Tem "A Letter from the Emperor" Asimov's, January
Lavie Tidhar "The Night Train" Strange Horizons, 14 June
Peter Watts "The Things" Clarkesworld, January

Nominations for this year came from Rebecca Bates, Neil Clarke, Gardner Dozois, Greg Feeley, Gordon Van Gelder, Niall Harrison, David Hartwell, Rich Horton, Mark Kelly, Chris McKitterick, Eric Reynolds, Stanley Schmidt, Jonathan Strahan, Lois Tilton, Dave Truesdale, Nathaniel Williams, Sheila Williams, George Zebrowski. Thank you very much for your participation!

2010 Sturgeon Award Finalists

John Barnes "Things Undone" Baen's Universe, December
Damien Broderick
"This Wind Blowing, and This Tide" Asimov's, April/May
Sara Genge
"As Women Fight"
Asimov's, October/November
Kij Johnson "Spar"
NOTE: Johnson, a juror, removed story from consideration. Not for young readers.
Clarkesworld, October
Ted Kosmatka and Michael Poore
"Blood Dauber"
Asimov's, December
Tanith Lee
"Clockatrice"
Fantasy Magazine, October
James Morrow
"Shambling Towards Hiroshima" Tachyon Publications (stand-alone novella)
Tim Pratt
"Her Voice in a Bottle"
Subterranean, Winter 2009
Robert Reed
"True Fame"
Asimov's, April/May
Lewis Shiner
"The Death of Che Guevara"
Subterranean, Fall 2009
Rachel Swirsky
"Eros, Philia, Agape"
Tor.com
Peter Watts
"The Island"
The New Space Opera 2

Nominations for this year came from John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, Scott Edelman, Rich Horton, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Chris McKitterick, Stanley Schmidt, Lois Tilton, Larry Taylor, Gordon Van Gelder, Sheila Williams, and George Zebrowski. Thank you very much for your participation!

2009 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Paolo Bacigalupi "The Gambler" Fast Forward 2
Ted Chiang "Exhalation" Eclipse 2
Charles Coleman Finlay "The Political Prisoner" F&SF, August
Cory Doctorow & Benjamin Rosenbaum "True Names" Fast Forward 2
James Alan Gardner "The Ray Gun: A Love Story" Asimov's, February
Kathleen Ann Goonan "Memory Dog" Asimov's, Apr/May
Kij Johnson "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss"
NOTE: Johnson, a juror, removed story from consideration.
Asimov's, July
Ian McDonald "The Tear" Galactic Empires
Maureen McHugh "Special Economics" Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Hannu Rajaniemi "His Master's Voice" Interzone 218
Michael Swanwick "From Babel's Fall'n Glory We Fled" Asimov's, February

Nominations for this year came from Lou Anders, Rebecca Bates, Aliette de Bodard, Andy Cox, Ellen Datlow, Wendy S. Delmater, Gardner Dozois, L. Timmel Duchamp, Eugie Foster, Kelly Green, Eileen Gunn, Anthony Hildebrand, Andrew Hook, Jim Kelly, Mark R. Kelly, Chris McKitterick, Eric Reynolds, Stanley Schmidt, Mike Payne, Larry Taylor, Lois Tilton, Dave Truesdale, Fran Van Cleave, Gordon Van Gelder, and Sheila Williams.

2008 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Barron, Laird "The Forest" Inferno, Dec, Tor
Bear, Elizabeth "Tideline" Asimov's, March
Chiang, Ted "The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate" F&SF, Sept
Ford, Jeffrey "The Dreaming Wind" Coyote Road, Viking Juvenile, July
Fowler, Karen Joy "Always" Asimov's, Apr/May
Johnson, Kij "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs Of North Park After the Change"
NOTE: Johnson, a juror, removed story from consideration.
Coyote Road, Viking Juvenile, July
Jones, Gwyneth "The Tomb Wife" F&SF, August
Kessel, John "The Last American" Foundation 100, August
McLeod, Ian R. "The Master Miller's Tale" F&SF, May
Moles, David R. "Finisterra" F&SF, Dec
Sinisalo, Johanna "Baby Doll" SFWA European Hall of Fame, Tor, June
Wolfe, Gene "Memorare" F&SF, April

Nominations for this year came from Lou Anders, Rebecca Bates, Suzanne Church, Ellen Datlow, Wendy Delmater, Gardner Dozois, L. Timmel Duchamp, Scott Edelman, Nick Gevers, Eileen Gunn, Brian Hades, David Hartwell, Jim Kelly, Mark R. Kelly, Bridget McKenna, C. Powell, Eric Reynolds, Stanley Schmidt, Ekaterina Sedia, Mike Payne, Sue Ramey, Steve Silver, Larry Taylor, Lois Tilton, Gordon Van Gelder, and Sheila Williams.

2007 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Bacigalupi, Paolo Yellow Card Man Asimov's Dec
Flynn, Michael F. Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth Asimov's Oct/Nov
Ford, Jeffrey Botch Town The Empire of Ice Cream, Golden Gryphon
McDonald, Ian The Djinn's Wife Asimov's Jul
Melko, Paul The Walls of the Universe Asimov's, Apr/May
Reed, Robert A Billion Eves Asimov's, Oct
Rickert, M. You Have Never Been Here Feeling Very Strange
Rosenbaum, Benjamin The House Beyond Your Sky Strange Horizons, Sept
Rowe, Christopher Another Word for Map Is Faith F&SF Aug
Shunn, William Inclination Asimov's, Apr/May
Swanwick, Michael Lord Weary's Empire Asimov's Dec
Wilson, Robert Charles The Cartesian Theater Futureshocks, Roc
Wilson, Robert Charles Julian: A Christmas Story PS Publishing chapbook

Nominations for this year came from Lou Anders, Rebecca Bates, Suzanne Church, Ellen Datlow, Gardner Dozois, Eugie Foster, Nicholas Gevers, Eileen Gunn, Brian Hades, Jim Kelly, Bridget McKenna, C. Powell, Eric Reynolds, Ekaterina Sedia, Steven H. Silver, Larry Taylor, Lois Tilton, Gordon Van Gelder, and Sheila Williams.

2006 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Bacigalupi, Paolo The Calorie Man F&SF, Oct/Nov
Gregory, Daryl Second Person, Present Tense Asimov's, Sept
Link, Kelly Magic for Beginners F&SF, Sept
McDaid, John G. Keyboard Practice F&SF, Jan
McDonald, Ian The Little Goddess Asimov's, Jun
McIntyre, Vonda Little Faces SciFiction, Feb
Sterling, Bruce The Blemmye's Stratagem F&SF, Jan
Stoddard, Jason Panacea SciFiction, Sept
Van Pelt, James The Inn at Mount Either Analog, May
Willis, Connie Inside Job Asimov's, Jan

Nominations for this year came from Rebecca Bates, Suzanne Church, Kathryn Cramer, Ellen Datlow, Gardner Dozois, L. Timmel Duchamp, Eugie Foster, Nicholas Gevers, Brian Hades, David Hartwell, Mark R. Kelly, Bridget McKenna, Sue Ramey, Stanley Schmidt, Ekaterina Sedia, Steven H. Silver, Larry Taylor, Lois Tilton, and Gordon Van Gelder.

2005 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Berman, Judith The Fear Gun Asimov's, Jun
Bisson, Terry Scout's Honor SciFiction
Cooper, Brenda Savant Songs Analog
Denton, Brad Sergeant Chip F&SF
Feeley, Gregory Arabian Wine Asimov's, Apr/May
Gerrold, David Dancer in the Dark F&SF, Apr
Kessell, John The Baum Plan for Financial Independence SciFiction
Lanagan, Margo Singing My Sister Down Black Juice
Link, Kelly Stone Animals Conjunctions #43
Moscoe, Mike The Strange Redemption of Sister Mary Ann Analog, Nov
Okorafor-Mbachu, Nnedi The Magical Negro DARK MATTER
Reed, Robert MERE Golden Gryphon
Rosenbaum, Benjamin Start the Clock F&SF, Aug
Rowe, Christopher The Voluntary State SciFiction, 5/5
Sargent, Pamela Venus Flowers at Night Microcosmos
Tilton, Lois The Gladiator's War: A Dialogue Asimov's, Jun
Tomasula, Steve Risk-Taking Gene as Expressed…. Denver Quarterly, Fall 04
Uttley, Stephen Invisible Kingdoms F&SF
Watson, Ian An Appeal to Adolf Conqueror Fantastic
Wolfe, Gene The Lost Pilgrim The First Heroes

2004 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Bacigalupi, Paolo The Fluted Girl F&SF, 6/03
Baker, Kage The Empress of Mars Asimov's, 7/03
Barton, William Off on a Starship Asimov's 9/03
Castro, Adam-Troy The Tangled Strings of Marionettes F&SF, 7/03
Ford, Jeffrey The Empire of Ice Cream SciFiction, 2/26/03
Kelly, Jim Bernardo's House Asimov's 6/03
Kessell, John It's All True SciFiction, 11/5
Levine, David D. The Tale of the Golden Eagle F&SF, 6/03
Nestvold, Ruth Looking Through Lace Asimov's, 9/03
Sanders, William Dry Bones Asimov's, 5/03
Shepard, Lucius Only Partly Here Asimov's, 3/03
Skillingstead, Jack Dead Worlds Asimov's, 6/03

2003 Sturgeon Award Finalists

Ted Chiang Liking What You See: A Documentary Stories of Your Life and Others, Tor
Richard Chwedyk Bronte's Egg F&SF, 8/02
Greg Egan Singleton Interzone, 2/02
Paul di Filippo A Year in the Linear City PS Publishing
Gregory Frost Madonna of the Maquiladora Asimov's, 5/02
John Kessel Stories for Men Asimov's, 10/02
Ursula K. LeGuin The Seasons of the Ansarac Infinite Matrix, 6/3
Ursula K. LeGuin The Wild Girls Asimov's, 3/02
Ian R. MacLeod Breathmoss Asimov's, 5/02
Robert Reed Coelacanths F&SF, 3/02
Lucius Shepard Over Yonder SciFiction, 1/02
Bruce Sterling In Paradise F&SF, 9/02
Charles Stross Halo Asimov's, 6/02

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Theodore Sturgeon Resources

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