The Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction is an annual juried award presented to the author of a piece of short speculative fiction (20,000 words or fewer) published during the previous calendar year. It seeks to recognize fiction that is "irreplacable" and that "will become essential to speculative fiction readers."[1] The award is named in honour of Eugie Foster, a prolific speculative writer and editor.[1] It was first presented in 2016 at the awards banquet at Dragon Con, and has continued to be presented at the same venue in years since.[2]

Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction
Awarded forInnovative and essential short speculative fiction first published in the previous calendar year
LocationDragon Con
First awarded2016

Winners and nomineesEdit

In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the work was first published. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature". Entries with a blue background and an asterisk (*) next to the writer's name have won the award; those with a white background are the other nominees on the shortlist.

  *   Winners

Year Author Work Publisher or publication Ref.
2016 Catherynne M. Valente* "The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild" Clarkesworld [3][4]
Aliette de Bodard "Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight" Clarkesworld [3]
Tamsyn Muir "The Deepwater Bride" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction [3]
Ursula Vernon "Pocosin" Apex Magazine [3]
Alyssa Wong "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers"[external link] Nightmare Magazine [3]
2017 N. K. Jemisin* "The City Born Great" [5][6]
Amal El-Mohtar "Seasons of Glass and Iron"[external link] The Starlit Wood [5]
Suzanne Palmer "Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man" Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine [5]
Catherynne M. Valente "The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery" Beneath Ceaseless Skies [5]
Alyssa Wong "You'll Surely Drown Here If You Stay" Uncanny Magazine [5]
2018 Fran Wilde* "Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand" Uncanny Magazine [7][8]
Violet Allen "Infinite Love Engine" Lightspeed [7]
Tobias S. Buckell "Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance" Cosmic Powers [7]
Matthew Kressel "The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)" [7]
Sarah Pinsker "And Then There Were (N-One)"[external link] Uncanny Magazine [7]
2019 Simone Heller* "When We Were Starless" Clarkesworld [9] [10]
Siobhan Carroll "The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes" Beneath Ceaseless Skies [9]
Alix E. Harrow "A Witch's Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies" Apex [9]
Cae Hawksmoor "Barleycorn" Abyss & Apex [9]
Kathleen Jennings "The Heart of Owl Abbas" [9]
2020 Siobhan Carroll* "For He Can Creep"[external link] [11]
L Chan "The House Wins in the End" The Dark [11]
Andy Dudak "Love in the Time of Immuno-Sharing" Analog [11]
Thoraiya Dyer "A Civilization Dreams of Absolutely Nothing" Analog [11]
Jerome Stueart "Postlude to the Afternoon of a Faun" The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction [11]
2021 Elaine Cuyegkeng* "The Genetic Alchemist's Daughter" Black Cranes [12]
KT Bryski "The Bone-Stag Walks" Lightspeed [12]
Usman T. Malik "City of Red Midnight: A Hikayat" [12]
Lavie Tidhar "Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law" [12]
Alix E. Harrow "The Sycamore and the Sybil" Uncanny Magazine [12]
2022 Sarah Pinsker* “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather“ Uncanny Magazine [13]
Caroline M. Yoachim “Colors of the Immortal Palette” Uncanny Magazine [13]
Aimee Ogden “A Flower Cannot Love the Hand” Beneath Ceaseless Skies [13]
Catherynne M. Valente “L'Espirit de L'Escalier” [13]
Adam-Troy Castro “A Tableau of Things That Are” Lightspeed Magazine [13]


  1. ^ a b "Inaugural Eugie Award to Be Presented at Dragon Con 2016". 24 May 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  2. ^ Glyer, Mike (11 January 2017). "Eugie Foster Award Gears Up for 2017". File 770. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "2016 Eugie Award Finalists". Locus. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Announcing the 2017 Eugie Award Nominees". 13 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e "2017 Eugie Award Finalists". Locus. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Jemisin Wins Eugie Award". Locus. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e "2018 Eugie Award Finalists". Locus. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  8. ^ Glyer, Mike (1 September 2018). "Fran Wilde wins 2018 Eugie Foster Award". File 770. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e "2019 Eugie Award Finalists". Locus. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  10. ^ ""Heller Wins 2019 Eugie Award"". Locus. 3 Sep 2019. Retrieved 10 Sep 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e ""2020 Eugie Award Finalists"". Locus. 5 Jun 2020. Retrieved 2 Aug 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d e "2021 Eugie Award Winner". Locus Online. Locus. 7 September 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  13. ^ a b c d e "The Eugie Award". Eugie 30 June 2022. Retrieved 6 September 2022.

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