World Fantasy Awards 2023℠

2023 World Fantasy Awards Judges


Dale Bailey                          2490 27th Avenue Circle NE; Hickory, NC  28601; USA

Prefers HC, then PDF, ePUB, MOBI (in order)

Ginny Smith                    P.O. Box 4563; Frankfort, KY 40604-4563; USA

Prefers ePUB, PDF, then HC (in order)

A.C. Wise                        P.O. Box 663; Downingtown, PA 19335; USA

Prefers HC, PDF, ePUB, MOBI (in order)

Ian Whates                      41 Wheatsheaf Road, Alconbury Weston, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE28 4LF, UK


Prefers HC, MOBI, PDF, ePUB (in order)

Kelly Robson 315 – 96 Saint Patrick Street; Toronto, ON CANADA; M5T1V2

Prefers MOBI, ePUB, HC (in order

Judges’ order of preference as listed above:  HC=Hard Copy; MOBI=Mobipocket ebook format; EPUB=Electronic Publication; PDF=Portable Document Format; MSWord= Microsoft Word Document)


The judges for the 2023 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2022, have now been empaneled. The judges read and consider eligible materials between the receipt of this letter and June 1, 2023, the earlier the better. If, for instance, something is received on May 31 the judges may well have only one day to read it before their deliberations conclude. Anything received after June 1 will receive little or no consideration.

The awards will be presented at the convention, to be held Thursday through Sunday, October 26-29, 2023, at the Sheraton Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO 64108  USA.

Currently, an attending membership costs $210US, which does not include the Awards Banquet, tickets for which must be purchased separately. Virtual memberships are $105US. Supporting memberships are $50US. Banquet tickets will be available in late Summer, 2023. Information and forms can be found on the convention website:

Send materials you wish to be considered by the panel directly to the addresses above, and very importantly, please mark all packages as PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS – NOT FOR SALE OR RESALE – NO COMMERCIAL VALUE — WORLD FANTASY AWARDS MATERIALS. Also, please make sure to send a file hard copy of all materials to my office at the address above so a comprehensive submission list may be kept. This is how we ensure the judges have received eligible items, and you can be sure that your work has been given fair attention.

Qualifications:  All books must have been published in 2022; magazines must have a 2022 cover date; only living persons are eligible.

Fantasy Types:  All forms of fantasy are eligible, e.g. high, epic, dark, contemporary, literary, horror, etc.

Categories:  Life Achievement; Best Novel; Best Novella (10,001 to 40,000 words); Best Short Story; Best Anthology; Best Collection; Best Artist; Special Award—Professional; Special Award—Non‑Professional.

When submitting works shorter than novel length, please provide a word count for the judges’ benefit.

Please note that the nominees in the Life Achievement category will not be released, though the winners will be announced well before the awards banquet.

All questions pertaining to the convention should be directed to the Convention Chairs.

Questions concerning eligibility, the judges, and the awards administration may be sent to my attention.

Once again, the World Fantasy Awards Administration and the convention are most pleased to be working with you. With your continued good will and support, we shall successfully uphold the already prestigious reputation of the World Fantasy Awards.

As always, thank you very much for your time, and for your assistance.

Pete Pautz

Peter Dennis Pautz

World Fantasy Awards Association

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