WSFA Small Press Award - The Committee

Small Press Award Committee:
Cathy Green (2015-2016)
Paul Haggerty (2014-2015)
Charity Helton (2014-2015)
Sarah Mitchell (2013-2016)
Gayle Surrette (2014-2015)
Carolyn Frank (Administrator)

WSFA Small Press Award - 2015

The WSFA Small Press Award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2014). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association and presented at their annual convention, Capclave, held this year on October 9-11th in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The Washington Science Fiction Association is pleased to announce the Winner of the 2015 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction (published in 2014):
The 2015 WSFA Small Press Award was presented by Alex Shvartsman, winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award, during the Capclave 2015 Convention in Gaithersburg Maryland. The winner of the 2015 WSFA Small Press Award was Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon, published in Apex Magazine Issue 56, January 2014.
The award was accepted by Paul Haggerty, chair of the WSFA Small Press Award committee, on behalf of Ursula Vernon. Here's a copy of Ursula's Acceptance Speech, as delivered by Paul. This year's ceremony was videotaped by Fast Forward and can be viewed on YouTube
The complete list of other finalists:
  • "All of Our Past Places" by Kat Howard, published in Unlikely Story #9: The Journal of Unlikely Cartography, June 2014)
  • "Careful Magic" by Karen Healey, published in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.
  • "Cookie Cutter Superhero" by Tansy Rayner Roberts, published in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.
  • "The Lesser Evil" by Day Al-Mohamed, in Sword & Laser, edited by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt, April 29, 2014.
  • "The Magician and Laplace's Demon" by Tom Crosshill, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, December 2014.
  • "N is for Nanomachine" by C.S. MacCath in A is for Apocalypse, edited by Rhonda Parrish, Niteblade, August 2014.
  • "Qasida" by Rosaleen Love in Secret Lives of Books, edited by Alisa Krasnostein, Twelfth Planet Press, June 2014.
  • "Vanilla" by Dirk Flinthart in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.
The first award was presented at the 2007 Capclave in Rockville Maryland and WSFA looks forward to continuing this tradition for many years to come. See our Past Winners page for full details of the winner and the other finalists.
See our Rules section for complete eligibility and nomination information.