The Mythopoeic Awards for literature and literary studies are given by the Mythopoeic Society to authors of outstanding works in the fields of myth, fantasy, and the scholarly study of these areas.
From 1971 to 1991 there were two awards, annual but not always awarded before 1981, recognizing Mythopoeic Fantasy and Mythopoeic Scholarship (Inklings Studies). Dual awards in each category were established in 1992: Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards for Adult Literature and Children's Literature; Scholarship Awards in Inklings Studies and Myth and Fantasy Studies. In 2010 a Student Paper Award was introduced for the best paper presented at Mythcon by an undergraduate or graduate student; it was renamed the Alexei Kondratiev Award several months after its creation.
The 2016 finalists were announced at the beginning of June and the awards were announced August 7, 2016, at the annual conference.
Mythopoeic Fantasy AwardsEdit
The Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards recognize single-author fantasy that "best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings”". Dual awards for Adult and Children's Literature replaced a single award in 1992 and they have been combined once since then (1997). The Mythopoeic Society publishes a record of all finalists; from 1992 there are three to five books on each final ballot.
An eligible book is a "novel, multi-volume novel, or single-author story collection" published during the preceding three years, although it may appear on the final ballot only once — a multi-volume novel when its last volume is published.
- 1971 – The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
- 1972 – Red Moon and Black Mountain by Joy Chant
- 1973 – The Song of Rhiannon by Evangeline Walton
- 1974 – The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart
- 1975 – A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
- 1981 – Unfinished Tales by J. R. R. Tolkien
- 1982 – Little, Big by John Crowley
- 1983 – The Firelings by Carol Kendall
- 1984 – When Voiha Wakes by Joy Chant
- 1985 – Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen
- 1986 – Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
- 1987 – The Folk of the Air by Peter S. Beagle
- 1988 – Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
- 1989 – Unicorn Mountain by Michael Bishop
- 1990 – The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers
- 1991 – Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult LiteratureEdit
- 1992 – A Woman of the Iron People by Eleanor Arnason
- 1993 – Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
- 1994 – The Porcelain Dove by Delia Sherman
- 1995 – Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip
- 1996 – Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand
- 1997 – The Wood Wife by Terri Windling (combined with Children's Literature award)
- 1998 – The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye by A. S. Byatt
- 1999 – Stardust by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
- 2000 – Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle
- 2001 – The Innamorati by Midori Snyder
- 2002 – The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
- 2003 – Ombria in Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip
- 2004 – Sunshine by Robin McKinley
- 2005 – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- 2006 – Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
- 2007 – Solstice Wood by Patricia A. McKillip
- 2008 – The Orphan's Tales by Catherynne M. Valente
- 2009 – Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone by Carol Berg
- 2010 – Lifelode by Jo Walton
- 2011 – Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
- 2012 – The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein
- 2013 – Digger by Ursula Vernon
- 2014 – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
- 2015 – Tales from Rugosa Coven by Sarah Avery
- 2016 – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- 2017 - Kingfisher by Patricia A. McKillip
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's LiteratureEdit
Children's Literature is "books for younger readers (from “Young Adults” to picture books for beginning readers), in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia." Books are allocated to one of the two categories by consensus.
- 1992 – Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
- 1993 – Knight's Wyrd by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
- 1994 – The Kingdom of Kevin Malone by Suzy McKee Charnas
- 1995 – Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl
- 1996 – The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones
- 1997 – The Wood Wife by Terri Windling (combined with Adult Literature award)
- 1998 – Young Merlin trilogy (consisting of Passager, Hobby, and Merlin) by Jane Yolen
- 1999 – Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
- 2000 – The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley
- 2001 – Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun
- 2002 – The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson
- 2003 – Summerland by Michael Chabon
- 2004 – The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
- 2005 – A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
- 2006 – The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
- 2007 – Corbenic by Catherine Fisher
- 2008 – Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
- 2009 – Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- 2010 – Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
- 2011 – The Queen's Thief Series consisting of The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
- 2012 – The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
- 2013 – Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
- 2014 – Doll Bones by Holly Black
- 2015 – A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
- 2016 – Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
- 2017 - The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz
Mythopoeic Scholarship AwardsEdit
There are dual Mythopoeic Scholarship Awards since 1992 (and a Student Paper Award, not covered here, since 2010). The Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies dates from 1971, in effect, if its name was expanded in 1992.
Scholarly works have three years to win the award once and may be on the final ballot three times.
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings StudiesEdit
- 1971 – C. S. Kilby; Mary McDermott Shideler
- 1972 – Walter Hooper
- 1973 – Master of Middle-earth by Paul H. Kocher
- 1974 – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christian by Kathryn Lindskoog
- 1975 – C. S. Lewis: A Biography by Roger Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper
- 1976 – Tolkien Criticism by Richard C. West; C. S. Lewis, An Annotated Checklist by Joe R. Christopher and Joan K. Ostling; Charles W. S. Williams, A Checklist by Lois Glenn
- 1981 – Christopher Tolkien
- 1982 – The Inklings by Humphrey Carpenter
- 1983 – Companion to Narnia by Paul F. Ford
- 1984 – The Road to Middle-earth by T. A. Shippey
- 1985 – Reason and Imagination in C. S. Lewis by Peter J. Schakel
- 1986 – Charles Williams, Poet of Theology by Glen Cavaliero
- 1987 – J. R. R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality and Religion by Richard Purtill
- 1988 – C. S. Lewis by Joe R. Christopher
- 1989 – The Return of the Shadow by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
- 1990 – The Annotated Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Douglas A. Anderson
- 1991 – Jack: C. S. Lewis and His Times by George Sayer
- 1992 – Word and Story in C. S. Lewis, edited by Peter J. Schakel and Charles A. Huttar
- 1993 – Planets in Peril by David C. Downing
- 1994 – J. R. R. Tolkien, A Descriptive Bibliography by Wayne G. Hammond with the assistance of Douglas A. Anderson
- 1995 – C. S. Lewis in Context by Doris T. Myers
- 1996 – J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist and Illustrator by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
- 1997 – The Rhetoric of Vision: Essays on Charles Williams, ed. by Charles A. Huttar and Peter Schakel
- 1998 – A Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien's Road to Faërie by Verlyn Flieger
- 1999 – C. S. Lewis: A Companion and Guide by Walter Hooper
- 2000 – Roverandom by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond
- 2001 – J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century by Tom Shippey
- 2002 – Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on the History of Middle-earth, edited by Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter
- 2003 – Beowulf and the Critics by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Michael D. C. Drout
- 2004 – Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth by John Garth
- 2005 – War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Janet Brennan Croft
- 2006 – The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
- 2007 – The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
- 2008 – The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Diana Glyer; appendix by David Bratman
- 2009 – The History of the Hobbit by John D. Rateliff, Part One: Mr. Baggins; Part Two: Return to Bag-end
- 2010 – Tolkien, Race, and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits by Dimitra Fimi
- 2011 – Planet Narnia by Michael Ward
- 2012 – Tolkien and Wales by Carl Phelpstead
- 2013 – Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien by Verlyn Flieger
- 2014 – Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays by Jason Fisher, ed.
- 2015 – C. S. Lewis and the Middle Ages by Robert Boenig
- 2016 – Charles Williams: The Third Inkling by Grevel Lindop
- 2017 - The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy StudiesEdit
- 1992 – The Victorian Fantasists, edited by Kath Filmer
- 1993 – Strategies of Fantasy by Brian Attebery
- 1994 – Twentieth-Century Fantasists, edited by Kath Filmer
- 1995 – Old Tales and New Truths: Charting the Bright-Shadow World by James Roy King
- 1996 – From the Beast to the Blonde by Marina Warner
- 1997 – When Toys Come Alive by Lois Rostrow Kuznets
- 1998 – The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, edited by John Clute and John Grant
- 1999 – A Century of Welsh Myth in Children's Literature by Donna R. White
- 2000 – Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness by Carole G. Silver
- 2001 – King Arthur in America by Alan Lupack and Barbara Tepa Lupack
- 2002 – The Owl, the Raven & the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales by G. Ronald Murphy
- 2003 – Fairytale in the Ancient World by Graham Anderson
- 2004 – The Myth of the American Superhero by John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett
- 2005 – Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography by Stephen Thomas Knight
- 2006 – National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England by Jennifer Schacker
- 2007 – Gemstone of Paradise: The Holy Grail in Wolfram's Parzival by G. Ronald Murphy, S.J.
- 2008 – The Shadow-Walkers: Jacob Grimm's Mythology of the Monstrous by Tom Shippey
- 2009 – Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children's Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper by Charles Butler
- 2010 – One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L'Engle and Orson Scott Card by Marek Oziewicz
- 2011 – The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale by Caroline Sumpter
- 2012 – The Enchanted Screen by Jack Zipes
- 2013 – Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths by Nancy Marie Brown
- 2014 – Tree of Salvation: Yggdrasil and the Cross in the North by G. Ronald Murphy
- 2015 – Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth by Brian Attebery
- 2016 – The Evolution of Modern Fantasy: From Antiquarianism to the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series by Jamie Williamson
- 2017 - Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church by Richard Firth Green
Winners of multiple awardsEdit
Several authors have won at least two Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards.
- Peter S. Beagle 1987 before division, 2000 Adult Literature
- Joy Chant 1972, 1984 before division
- Neil Gaiman 1999, 2006 Adult Literature
- Diana Wynne Jones 1996, 1999 Children's
- Patricia A. McKillip 1995, 2003, 2007, 2017 Adult
- Mary Stewart 1971, 1974 before division
- Ursula Vernon 2013 Adult, 2016 Children's
- Jane Yolen 1985 before division, 1993 Adult, 1998 Children's
McKillip has been a finalist for one of the fantasy awards with 15 different books. Robin McKinley (once a winner) and Yolen have been finalists seven times; Gaiman and Jones six times, Powers five times.
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