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Janusz A Zajdel Award

Entry updated 22 September 2018. Tagged: Award.

The Polish Fandom Award was founded in 1984 at Polcon, the Polish national Convention, and named Sfinks, to be awarded for literary achievements in the field of science fiction (later also Fantasy) in the preceding calendar year, so the first award for the year 1984 was granted at the convention in 1985. However, only a month before Polcon '85 Janusz A Zajdel prematurely died, so to honour and commemorate him the award was renamed as The Janusz A Zajdel Award. Popularly known as the Zajdel, it is believed to be the most prestigious literary award within the field, although its critics point out that the electorate is merely a small group of Polish fans, who must be attendees of the convention. Initially, winners were selected by regional sf fan clubs. Since 1991 the system has been based on a two-stage ballot, similar to the Hugo Award, with a first stage of nominations (in the past occasionally questioned by the award's most fervent critics, who claimed that being nominated depended upon successful networking with certain circles of Polish sf/fantasy readers and activists) and the final ballot, open only to members of the current year's Polcon, who select a winner in preferential voting.

Nowadays the Janusz A Zajdel Award has two categories: novel (works of more than approximately 30,000 words) and short story. In its early years it was granted only for novels, and then for some time either for a short story or a novel. The year given in lists below is the year of presentation, not of publication. The ceremony is held during Polcon; Jadwiga Zajdel, the writer's widow, attends and awards statues and certificates to winners. [KW]

see also: Poland.


Short story from 1991

  • 1991: Andrzej Sapkowski, "Mniejsze zło" (March 1990 Miesięcznik Fantastyka; trans Danusia Stok as "The Lesser Evil" in The Last Wish, 2008)
  • 1992: Marek S Huberath, "Kara większa" (July 1991 Nowa Fantastyka; trans Wiesiek Powaga as "The Greater Punishment" in The Dedalus Book of Polish Fantasy, anth 1996, ed Wiesiek Powaga)
  • 1993: Andrzej Sapkowski, "Miecz przeznaczenia" ["The Sword of Destiny"] (in Miecz przeznaczenia ["The Sword of Destiny"] coll 1992)
  • 1994: Andrzej Sapkowski, "W leju po bombie" ["In a Bomb Crater"] (April 1993 Fenix)
  • 1995: Ewa Białołęcka, "Tkacz iluzji" ["The Illusion Weaver"] (August 1994 Nowa Fantastyka)
  • 1996: Konrad T Lewandowski, "Noteka 2015" (April 1995 Nowa Fantastyka)
  • 1997: Rafał A Ziemkiewicz, "Śpiąca Królewna" ["Sleeping Beauty"] (in Czerwone dywany, odmierzony krok ["Red Carpets, A Measured Stride"] coll 1995)
  • 1998: Ewa Białołęcka, "Błękit Maga" ["The Azure of a Mage"] (March 1997 Nowa Fantastyka)
  • 1999: Anna Brzezińska, "Kochał ją, że strach" ["He Loved Her Like Crazy"] (October 1998 Magia i miecz)
  • 2000: Antonina Liedtke, "CyberJoly Drim" (January 1999 Fenix)
  • 2001: Jacek Dukaj, "Katedra" ["The Cathedral"] (in W kraju niewiernych ["In the Land of the Unbelievers"] coll 2000)
  • 2002: Andrzej Ziemiański, "Autobahn nach Poznań" (February 2001 Science Fiction)
  • 2003: Andrzej Pilipiuk, "Kuzynki" ["Cousins"] (July 2002 Science Fiction)
  • 2004: Andrzej Ziemiański, "Zapach szkła" ["The Scent of Glass"] (in 3 parts in October, November, December 2003 Nowa Fantastyka)
  • 2005: Anna Brzezińska, "Wody głębokie jak niebo" ["Waters as Deep as the Sky"] (October 2004 Nowa Fantastyka)
  • 2006: Jarosław Grzędowicz, "Wilcza zamieć" ["Wolf Blizzard"] (in Deszcze niespokojne ["Rough Rains"] anth 2005)
  • 2007: Maja Lidia Kossakowska, "Smok tańczy dla Chung Fonga" ["A Dragon Dances for Chung Fong"] (in Księga smoków ["Book of Dragons"] anth 2006)
  • 2008: Wit Szostak, "Miasto grobów. Uwertura" ["City of Graves. Overture"] (in Księga strachu 2 ["Book of Fear 2"] anth 2007)
  • 2009: Anna Kańtoch, "Światy Dantego" ["Dante's Worlds"] (in Epidemie i zarazy ["Epidemics and Plagues"] anth 2008)
  • 2010: Robert M Wegner, "Wszyscy jesteśmy Meekhańczykami" ["We Are All Meekhans"] (in Opowieści z meekhańskiego pogranicza Północ-Południe ["Tales from the Meekhan Frontier North-South"] coll 2009)
  • 2011: Anna Kańtoch, "Duchy w maszynach" ["Spirits in Machines"] (in Jeszcze nie zginęła ["Not Yet Perished"] anth 2010)
  • 2012: Jakub Ćwiek, "Bajka o trybach i powrotach" ["A Fairytale about Cogs and Returns"] (in Księga wojny ["Book of War"] anth 2011)
  • 2013:
  • 2014: Anna Kantoch, "Człowiek nieciągły" ["The Discontinuous Man"]


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