Janusz A. Zajdel Award

The Janusz A. Zajdel Award (Nagroda imienia Janusza A. Zajdla), often called just Zajdel, is the annual award given by the Polish science fiction and fantasy fandom for the best stories published in the previous year.

Janusz A. Zajdel Award
The statuette of the Janusz A. Zajdel Award.
CountryPoland
Presented bythe Polish science fiction and fantasy fandom
First awarded1984
Websitezajdel.art.pl
2013 winner: Rober Wegner
2012 winners: Jakub Ćwiek and Maja Lidia Kossakowska
2011 winners: Jacek Dukaj and Anna Kańtoch

It is the most prestigious of several Polish awards for that genre of literature.[1][2]

Categories edit

The winners are chosen in a vote by fans present at the annual Polcon convention from up to five nominations in each of two categories:[3]

  • Novel: works longer than approximately 30,000 words[4]
  • Short story: shorter works.

Instant-runoff voting with "No award" as one of the choices is the method used.[3] Vote counts are not announced.

History edit

The award was created in 1984 (to be awarded from 1985) under the name Sfinks (not to be confused with the Sfinks Award [pl], an award of the SFinks [pl] magazine). After the death of the first winner, Janusz A. Zajdel, in 1985, the name was changed in his memory. Zajdel's widow, Jadwiga Zajdel, has presented the award to the winners since then.[4][5]

Until 1989, the award was given by Polish science fiction fan associations, voting as units; since 1990, all fans present at Polcon convention can vote. Since 1991 the system has been based on two-tier ballot, compared to the system used in the Hugo Award.[4][6]

Until 1991, there was a single award given for the best story; since 1992, there are two categories: novel and short story.[6] The year 1991 also saw the introduction of the Zajdel statuette, designed by sculptor Wiesław Bielak [pl].[6]

In 2014, a free online e-book of the stories nominated for year 2013 was made available.[7]

Winners edit

The year given is the year of publication. Since 1992, novels and short stories have been judged separately. The winners of the award are:[8]

Year Novel Short story
1984 Janusz Andrzej Zajdel, Paradyzja
1985 Marek Baraniecki, Głowa Kasandry [pl]
1986 no award
1987 no award
1988 Edmund Wnuk-Lipiński, Rozpad połowiczny
1989 no award
1990 Andrzej Sapkowski, Mniejsze zło
1991 Marek S. Huberath, Kara większa [pl]
1992 Feliks Wiktor Kres, Król Bezmiarów [pl] Andrzej Sapkowski, Miecz przeznaczenia
1993 no award Andrzej Sapkowski, W leju po bombie [pl]
1994 Andrzej Sapkowski, Krew elfów Ewa Białołęcka, Tkacz Iluzji [pl]
1995 Rafał Aleksander Ziemkiewicz, Pieprzony los kataryniarza Konrad Tomasz Lewandowski, Noteka 2015 [pl]
1996 Tomasz Kołodziejczak, Kolory sztandarów [pl] Rafał A. Ziemkiewicz, Śpiąca królewna [pl]
1997 Marek S. Huberath, Druga podobizna w alabastrze [pl] Ewa Białołęcka, Błękit Maga
1998 Rafał A. Ziemkiewicz, Walc stulecia Anna Brzezińska, A kochał ją, że strach [pl]
1999 Marek S. Huberath, Gniazdo światów Antonina Liedtke, CyberJoly Drim [pl]
2000 Anna Brzezińska, Żmijowa harfa [pl] Jacek Dukaj, Katedra
2001 Jacek Dukaj, Czarne oceany Andrzej Ziemiański, Autobahn nach Poznań [pl]
2002 Andrzej Sapkowski, Narrenturm Andrzej Pilipiuk, Kuzynki [pl]
2003 Jacek Dukaj, Inne pieśni Andrzej Ziemiański, Zapach szkła [pl]
2004 Jacek Dukaj, Perfekcyjna niedoskonałość Anna Brzezińska, Wody głębokie jak niebo [pl]
2005 Jarosław Grzędowicz, Pan Lodowego Ogrodu, volume 1 Jarosław Grzędowicz, Wilcza zamieć [pl]
2006 Jarosław Grzędowicz, Popiół i kurz [pl] Maja Lidia Kossakowska, Smok tańczy dla Chung Fonga
2007 Jacek Dukaj, Lód Wit Szostak, Miasto grobów. Uwertura
2008 Rafał Kosik, Kameleon [pl] Anna Kańtoch, Światy Dantego [pl]
2009 Anna Kańtoch, Przedksiężycowi [pl], volume 1 Robert M. Wegner, Wszyscy jesteśmy Meekhańczykami [pl]
2010 Jacek Dukaj, Król Bólu i pasikonik [pl] Anna Kańtoch, Duchy w maszynach [pl]
2011 Maja Lidia Kossakowska, Grillbar Galaktyka [pl] Jakub Ćwiek, Bajka o trybach i powrotach
2012 Robert M. Wegner, Niebo ze stali [pl] Robert M. Wegner, Jeszcze jeden bohater [pl]
2013 Krzysztof Piskorski, Cienioryt [pl] Anna Kańtoch, Człowiek nieciągły [pl]
2014 Michał Cholewa, Forta [pl] Anna Kańtoch, Sztuka porozumienia [pl]
2015 Robert M. Wegner,Pamięć wszystkich słów [pl] Robert M. Wegner, Milczenie owcy [pl]
2016 Krzysztof Piskorski, Czterdzieści i cztery [pl] Łukasz Orbitowski and Michał Cetnarowski [pl], Wywiad z Borutą [pl]
2017 Rafał Kosik, Różaniec [pl] Marta Kisiel [pl], Szaławiła [pl]
2018 Robert Wegner, Każde martwe marzenie [pl] Marta Kisiel [pl], Pierwsze słowo [pl]
2019[9] Radek Rak, Baśń o wężowym sercu albo wtóre słowo o Jakóbie Szeli [pl]
[A Tale of the Serpent's Heart or the Second Word about Jakub Szela]
Marta Potocka, "Chomik" ["Hamster"]
2020 Agnieszka Hałas [pl], Czerń nie zapomina Krzysztof Matkowski and Krzysztof Rewiuk, Święci z Vukovaru
2021 Magdalena Salik [pl], Płomień [pl] Michał Cholewa, Ucieczka
2022 Radek Rak, Agla. Alef [pl] Michał Cholewa, Na granicy

Winner summaries edit

2019: Radek Rak, Baśń o wężowym sercu... edit

The novel is loosely based on the legends about Jakub Szela, the leader of a 1846 peasant uprising known as the Galician slaughter. It gained several other literary awards.[10]

2019: Marta Potocka, "Chomik" edit

Marta Potocka is a young writer, with several short stories. She works as a programmer. Her winning work "Chomik" ["Hamster"] was published in the e-zine Esensja [pl], no. 5, 2019. The story is set in the near future Poland. The heavily criticized Social Insurance Institution is closed and the basic social security payment is introduced to everybody subject to the condition that to qualify for it the person must join the program of Social Monitoring. The Social Insurance Institution is replaced with the Social Balance Institution, whose function is to control that people spend as much money as possible. Those who do not want to spend are called "hamsters", i.e., "hoarders". An employee of SII tries to handle a particularly tough "hamster" and fails, but instead uncovers a much larger problem. [10] Chomik is available online.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ List of Contributors, Central European University Press, 2008-05-10, pp. 315–320, doi:10.1515/9786155211508-017 (inactive 2024-02-02), ISBN 978-615-5211-50-8, retrieved 2024-01-21{{citation}}: CS1 maint: DOI inactive as of February 2024 (link)
  2. ^ Klaniczay, G. bor; P¢cs, ?va (2008-01-01). Witchcraft Mythologies and Persecutions. Central European University Press. p. 295. ISBN 978-963-7326-87-5.
  3. ^ a b "FAQ". Nagroda Zajdla (in Polish). Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  4. ^ a b c "SFE: Janusz A Zajdel Award". sf-encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  5. ^ Związek Stowarzyszeń "Fandom Polski", ed. (2006). Nagroda im. Janusza A. Zajdla: antologia utworów nominowanych za rok. Warszawa: Związek Stowarzyszeń "Fandom Polski". p. 205. ISBN 9788392125693.
  6. ^ a b c "Historia". Nagroda Zajdla (in Polish). Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  7. ^ "Opowiadania nominowane do Zajdla jako e-booki!" Archived 2014-09-14 at the Wayback Machine, July 9, 2014 (retrieved August 18, 2014)
  8. ^ "Laureaci". Nagroda Zajdla (in Polish). Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  9. ^ Nominacje Nagrody Fandomu Polskiego im. Janusza A. Zajdla w latach 2010−2019
  10. ^ a b Radek Rak i Marta Potocka laureatami Nagrody im. Janusza A. Zajdla za 2019 rok
  11. ^ Chomik , Marta Potocka

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