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John W Campbell Award

Entry updated 23 October 2023. Tagged: Award.

Award for the best new sf or fantasy author, selected by votes of sf fans and invariably presented at the Worldcon as part of the Hugo ceremony. There is a two-year eligibility period: an author first published in 2000 would be eligible for the 2001 or 2002 award but not thereafter. Sponsored by Condé-Nast, publishers of Analog, the John W Campbell Award was instituted in 1972 in tribute to John W Campbell Jr, its well-known editor, who died in 1971. Davis Publications continued the sponsorship when Analog passed into their hands. The anthology series New Voices, edited by George R R Martin, was devoted to printing original novellas (written a few years later) by, in each volume, a given year's finalists; it ceased after five volumes. Several of the winners were, at the time of receiving the award, primarily fantasy writers.

Following ongoing controversy about the association of John W Campbell Jr's name with the award – in view of his expressed opinions on such fraught topics as race (see Race in SF) and Slavery – it was announced in late August 2019 by Trevor Quachri, the current editor of Analog, that the award would henceforth be called The Astounding Award for Best New Writer. [PR/PN/DRL]


Winners of the renamed Astounding Award

  • 2020: R F Kuang
  • 2021: Emily Tesh
  • 2022: Shelley Parker-Chan
  • 2023: Travis Baldree

see also: Women SF Writers.


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