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Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

Entry updated 28 August 2023. Tagged: Award.

Award given in memory of Theodore Sturgeon, who died in 1985, to the previous year's best sf/fantasy story in English under 17,500 words. It was founded in 1987 by James Gunn and Sturgeon's heirs, and since then has been announced annually during a July ceremony at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, at which the John W Campbell Memorial Award is also announced. The winner and place-getters are chosen by a committee, largely of sf writers, which was chaired until 1994 by Orson Scott Card, with whose self-published critical magazine Short Form the Sturgeon Award was affiliated during the magazine's life. Normally a single winner is agreed: the tied decision for 2008 was unprecedented. [PN/DRL]


  • 1987: Judith Moffett, "Surviving" (June 1986 F&SF)
  • 1988: Pat Murphy, "Rachel in Love" (April 1987 Asimov's)
  • 1989: George Alec Effinger, "Schrödinger's Kitten" (September 1988 Omni)
  • 1990: Michael Swanwick, "The Edge of the World" (in Full Spectrum 2, anth 1989, ed Lou Aronica, Shawna McCarthy, Amy Stout and Pat LoBrutto)
  • 1991: Terry Bisson, "Bears Discover Fire" (August 1990 Asimov's)
  • 1992: John Kessel, "Buffalo" (January 1991 F&SF)
  • 1993: Dan Simmons, "This Year's Class Picture" (in Still Dead, anth 1992, ed John M Skipp and Craig Spector)
  • 1994: Kij Johnson, "Fox Magic" (December 1993 Asimov's)
  • 1995: Ursula K Le Guin, "Forgiveness Day" (November 1994 Asimov's)
  • 1996: John G McDaid, "Jigoku no Mokushiroku (The Symbolic Revelation of the Apocalypse)" (mid-December 1995 Asimov's)
  • 1997: Nancy Kress, "The Flowers of Aulit Prison" (October/November 1996 Asimov's)
  • 1998: Michael F Flynn, "House of Dreams" (October 1997 Asimov's)
  • 1999: Ted Chiang, "Story of Your Life" (in Starlight 2, anth 1998, ed Patrick Nielsen Hayden)
  • 2000: David Marusek, "The Wedding Album" (June 1999 Asimov's)
  • 2001: Ian McDonald, Tendeléo's Story (2000 chap)
  • 2002: Andy Duncan, "The Chief Designer" (June 2001 Asimov's)
  • 2003: Lucius Shepard, "Over Yonder" (2-18 January 2002 Sci Fiction)
  • 2004: Kage Baker, "The Empress of Mars" (July 2003 Asimov's)
  • 2005: Bradley Denton, "Sergeant Chip" (September 2004 F&SF)
  • 2006: Paolo Bacigalupi, "The Calorie Man" (October/November 2005 F&SF)
  • 2007: Robert Charles Wilson, "The Cartesian Theater" (in Futureshocks, anth 2006, ed Lou Anders)
  • 2008: (tie) Elizabeth Bear, "Tideline" (June 2007 Asimov's) and David R Moles, "Finisterra" (December 2007 F&SF)
  • 2009: James Alan Gardner, "The Ray Gun: A Love Story" (February 2008 Asimov's)
  • 2010: James Morrow, Shambling Towards Hiroshima (2009)
  • 2011: Geoffrey A Landis, "The Sultan of the Clouds" (September 2010 Asimov's)
  • 2012: Paul McAuley, "The Choice" (February 2011 Asimov's)
  • 2013: Molly Gloss, "The Grinnell Method" (3-10 September 2012 Strange Horizons)
  • 2014: Sarah Pinsker, "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss" (1-8 July 2013 Strange Horizons)
  • 2015: Cory Doctorow, "The Man Who Sold the Moon" (in Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, anth 2014, ed Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer)
  • 2016: Kelly Link, "The Game of Smash and Recovery" (17 October 2015 Strange Horizons)
  • 2017: Catherynne M Valente, "The Future is Blue" (in Drowned Worlds: Tales from the Anthropocene and Beyond, anth 2016, ed Jonathan Strahan)
  • 2018: Charlie Jane Anders, "Don't Press Charges and I Won't Sue" (in Global Dystopias, anth 2017, ed Junot Díaz)
  • 2019: Annalee Newitz, "When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis" (December 2018 Slate)
  • 2020: Suzanne Palmer, "Waterlines" (July/August 2019 Asimov's)
  • 2021: Rebecca Campbell, "An Important Failure" (August 2020 Clarkesworld)
  • 2022: Nalo Hopkinson, "Broad Dutty Water: A Sunken Story" (November/December 2021 F&SF)
  • 2023: Samantha Mills, "Rabbit Test" (November/December 2022 Uncanny Magazine)


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