List of Gaylactic Spectrum Award winners and nominees for best short fiction

The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards are given to works of science fiction, fantasy and horror that explore LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) topics in a positive way. They were founded in 1998, first presented by the Gaylactic Network in 1999, and in 2002 they were given their own organization, the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Foundation.[1]

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Awards are given in categories for novels, short fiction and best other work, although in some years the award for short fiction has not been presented due to lack of sufficient nominees or no nominee of high enough quality. Other categories have also been added and removed in intervening years, and works produced before the inception of the awards are eligible to be inducted into the “Hall of Fame”. The short fiction category is open to submissions of short written works released during the prior calendar year in North America that includes “significant positive GLBT content”. The long list of nominees is reduced to a short list of finalists, and the results are generally announced and presented at Gaylaxicon, a convention dedicated to LGBT science fiction, although they have also been presented at Worldcon in the past.[2][3] This article lists all the “Best short fiction” award nominees and winners, and short fiction hall of fame inductees.[4]

Each award consists of an etched image on lucite on a stand, using a spiral galaxy in a triangle logo, which is based on the logo the Gaylactic Network. The award winner’s name, work title, award year and award category are etched on a small plaque on the base or on the plexiglass itself. A small cash stipend is awarded to winners in the Best Short Fiction category. The cost of the awards is paid for through individual donations and fundraising events.[4]

Logo of the Gaylactic Spectrum Award Foundation

Steve Berman has the record for most nominations, having been a finalist four times without winning. No writer has won the short fiction award more than once.[5]

. . . List of Gaylactic Spectrum Award winners and nominees for best short fiction . . .

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the award ceremonies; the books were released in the preceding years. Entries with a lavender background have won the relevant award; those with a white background are the finalist nominees. Superscript letters after the result indicate simultaneous nominations in other categories.

  Winners and joint winners
  Finalists/Short-listed nominees
  No award given
Year Author(s) Title Published in Publisher Result Ref.
1999 No Award NA [6]
2000 Eleanor Arnason “Dapple” Asimov’s SF 09/99 BantamDell Won [6]
2000 Esther Friesner “Chanoyu” Asimov’s SF 03/99 BantamDell Nom [6]
2000 Storm Constantine “The Thorn Boy” Novella Eidolon Nom [6]
2001 No Award NA[A] [7]
2001 Greg Egan “Oracle” Asimov’s SF 07/00 BantamDell Nom[A] [7]
2002 Alexis Glynn Latner “Kindred” Bending the Landscape: Horror  Overlook Won [8]
2002 Steve Berman “The Anthvoke” Strange Horizons & Trysts Lethe Press Nom [8]
2002 Ian Phillips “The Devil and Mrs. Faust”        See Dick Deconstruct Attagirl Press Nom [8]
2002 M. Shayne Bell “If On A Moonlit Night” Realms of Fantasy 12/01 Sovereign Media Nom [8]
2002 Carrie Richerson “Love On A Stick” Bending the Landscape: Horror  Overlook Nom [8]
2002 Mark Tiedemann “Passing” Bending the Landscape: Horror  Overlook Nom [8]
2002 Nisi Shawl “Shiomah’s Land” Asimov’s SF 03/01 BantamDell Nom [8]
2002 Catherine Asaro “Soul of Light” Sextopia Circlet Press Nom [8]
2002 Ellen Klages “Triangle” Bending the Landscape: Horror Overlook Nom [8]
2003 Sarah Monette “Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland” Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #11 Small Beer Press Won [9]
2003 Scott Treleaven “Bugcrush” Queer Fear 2 Arsenal Pulp Press Nom [9]
2003 Robert Knippenberg “For the Mortals Among Us” Mind & Body Circlet Press Nom [9]
2003 Michael Thomas Ford “Night of the Werepuss” Queer Fear 2 Arsenal Pulp Nom [9]
2003 David Nickle “Polyphemus’ Cave” Queer Fear 2 Arsenal Pulp Nom [9]
2003 Stephen Dedman “Till Human Voices Wake Us” Queer Fear 2 Arsenal Pulp Nom [9]
2003 MCA Hogarth “Unspeakable” Strange Horizons Strangehorizons.com Nom [9]
2004 Barth Anderson “Lark Till Dawn, Princess” Mojo: Conjure Stories Warner Aspect Won [10]
2004 Tim Pratt “Down With the Lizards and the Bees” Realms of Fantasy 08/03 Sovereign Media Nom [10]
2004 Warren Rochelle “The Golden Boy” Silver Gryphon Golden Gryphon Nom [10]
2004 Steve Berman “Kiss” X-Factor 10/03 Magazine Nom [10]
2004 Tim Pratt “Living With the Harpy” Strange Horizons Strangehorizons.com Nom [10]
2004 Beth Bernobich “Poison” Strange Horizons Strangehorizons.com Nom [10]
2004 A M Dellamonica “The Riverboy” Land/Space Tesseract Nom [10]
2004 Nisi Shawl “The Tawny Bitch” Mojo: Conjure Stories Warner Aspect Nom [10]
2004 Nancy Jane Moore “Walking Contradiction” Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction Pocket Books Nom [10]
2005 Richard Hall “Country People” Shadows of the Night Southern Tier Won [11]
2005 Catherine Lundoff “At the Roots of the World Tree” Kenoma E-zine Nom [11]
2005 Colleen Anderson “Hold Back The Night” Open Space Red Deer Nom [11]
2005 Jaye Lawrence “Kissing Frogs” Fantasy & Science Fiction 05/04 Spilogale Inc Nom [11]
2005 David McConnell “The Mask” Shadows of the Night Southern Tier Nom [11]
2005 Therese Szymanski “The Morning After” Shadows of the Night Southern Tier Nom [11]
2005 Charles Coleman Finlay “Pervert” Fantasy & Science Fiction 03/04 Spilogale Inc Nom [11]
2005 Carol Rosenfeld “Rabbit Rerun” Shadows of the Night Southern Tier Nom [11]
2005 Nicola Griffith “Song of Bullfrogs, Cry of Geese” With her Body Aqueduct Nom [11]
2006 No Award (nominees carried over to next year) NA [12]
2007 David Gerrold “In the Quake Zone” Down These Dark Spaceways SFBC Won (joint) [13]
2007 Joy Parks “Instinct” The Future Is Queer Arsenal Pulp Won (joint) [13]
2007 Christopher Barzak “The Language of Moths” Realms of Fantasy Sovereign Media Won (joint) [13]
2007 Rachel Pollack “The Beatrix Gates” The Future Is Queer Arsenal Pulp Nom [13]
2007 Catherynne M Valente “Bones Like Black Sugar” Fantasy magazine Prime Nom [13]
2007 Jennifer Pelland “The Captive Girl” Helix SF 08/06 Helix Nom [13]
2007 Steve Berman “Caught by Skin” Sex in the System Thunder’s Mouth Nom [13]
2007 Alexander Potter “Facing Down Your Demons” All Hell Breaking Loose DAW Nom [13]
2007 L-J Baker “Fairy Tale Ending” Tales from the Asylum From the Asylum Nom [13]
2007 L Timmel Duchamp “Obscure Relations” The Future Is Queer Arsenal Pulp Nom [13]
2007 Camilla Bruce “Plums” Shifting Again Torquere Nom [13]
2007 Alex Draven “Sleeping Bears Lie” Shifting Too Torquere Nom [13]
2007 Kristina Wright “The Specter of Sin” Call of the Dark Bella Books Nom [13]
2007 Richard Bowes “There’s A Hole In The City” SciFiction SciFi.Com Nom [13]
2007 Kimberly DeCina “Voce” Sleeping Beauty, Indeed Torquere Nom [13]
2007 Julia Watts “We Recruit” Stake Through the Heart Bella Nom [13]
2008 Joshua Lewis “Ever So Much More Than Twenty” So Fey Lethe Press Won [14]
2008 K.S. Augustin “Prime Suspect” eBook Total-E-Bound Nom [14]
2008 Steve Berman “Bittersweet” Journal of Mythic Arts Endicott Studio Nom [14]
2008 Holly Black “The Coat of Stars” So Fey Lethe Press Nom [14]
2008 Cassandra Clare & Ruby deBrazier “Charming, A Tale of True Love” So Fey Lethe Press Nom [14]
2008 M. Decker “Side Effects” Alleys & Doorways Torquere Nom [14]
2008 Leigh Ellwood “The Healing” eBook Phaze Nom [14]
2008 Craig Gidney “A Bird of Ice” So Fey Lethe Press Nom [14]
2008 James Patrick Kelly “Dividing the Sustain” New Space Opera Eos Nom [14]
2008 Kiernan Kelly “Dancing on the Head of a Pin” eBook Torquere Nom [14]
2008 Valerie Z. Lewis “The Steel Anniversary” Alleys & Doorways Torquere Nom [14]
2008 Catherine Lundoff “Medusa’s Touch” Crave: Tales of Lust, Love, and Longing Lethe Press Nom [14]
2008 Julia Talbot “The Reflection of Love” Alleys & Doorways Torquere Nom [14]
2008 JoSelle Vanderhooft “Were” Alleys & Doorways Torquere Nom [14]
2009 No Award (nominees carried over to next year) NA
2010 Hal Duncan “The Behold of the Eye” Lone Star Stories/Wilde Stories 2009′ Lethe Press Won (joint)
2010 Melissa Scott “The Rocky Side of the Sky” Periphery Lethe Press Won (joint)
2010 Carolyn Ives Gilman “Angels Alone” Periphery Lethe Press Nom
2010 Joel Lane “Behind the Curtain” Dark Horizons Issue 52/Wilde Stories 2009 Lethe Press Nom
2010 Jameson Currier “The Bloomsbury Nudes” Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet Dark Scribe Press Nom
2010 Kaite Walsh “City of the Dead” Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades Lethe Press Nom
2010 Alex Jeffers “Firooz and His Brother” Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction May 2008/Wilde Stories Lethe Press Nom
2010 Amber Dawn “Here Lies the Last Lesbian Rental in East Vancouver” Fist of the Spider Woman Arsenal Pulp Press Nom
2010 Michelle Scalise “I Am the Shadow That Walks There” Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet Dark Scribe Press Nom
2010 Lee Thomas “I’m Your Violence” Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet Dark Scribe Press Nom
2010 Aurelia T. Evans “In Circles” Fist of the Spider Woman Arsenal Pulp Press Nom
2010 Chaz Brenchley “In the Night Street Baths” Lace and Blade – Norilana Books/Wilde Stories 2009 Lethe Press Nom
2010 Melissa Scott “One Horse Town” Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades Lethe Press Nom
2010 Kal Cobalt “Parts” Wired Hard 4 Circlet Press Nom
2010 Astrid Amara “Remember” Tangle Blind Eye Books Nom
2010 Zachary Jernigan “The Succession of Knoorikios Khnum” Wired Hard 4 Circlet Press Nom
2010 Lyn McConchie “Waiting Tables and Time” Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades Lethe Press Nom
2011 – No Award NA

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