Alfie Awards

The Alfie Awards (named after SF writer Alfred Bester, the winner of the first Hugo Award ever) were created by George R. R. Martin in 2015 as his answer to the mess made of the Hugos by the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies. He awarded them again in 2016.

The Alfies were awarded at the Hugo Loser's Party organized by Martin following the Hugo Ceremony at Sasquan and again at MidAmeriCon 2. The actual Alfie trophy harked back to some of the earliest Hugo trophies which were rocket-shaped automobile hood ornaments mounted on blocks. Each Alfie trophy was different, and each featured a rocket-like hood ornament which had been cleaned, polished and plated to a new, shining finish.

The Rabid Puppies and Sad Puppies created bloc votes during Hugo nominations which managed to put their candidates on the ballot, pushing off legitimate works. In a number of categories, where the nominees were all from a bloc, the Hugo voters in protest voted No Award, and no Hugo Award was made in that category.

In 2015 the Alfies were given in those categories to the work which was not part of a bloc and which came closest to getting on the ballot, but failed due to the bloc votes. In 2016, they were given to the top nominee pushed off the final ballot by the bloc vote.

In addition, Martin gave out some Special Committee Awards, which were his own choices to recognize particularly outstanding actions.

2015 Alfies

Category Winner Number of nominations
Best Editor, Short Form John Joseph Adams 149
Best Editor, Long Form Liz Gorinsky of Tor 105
Best Short Story "Jackalope Wives" by Ursula Vernon 76
Best Novella "The Slow Regard of Silent Things" by Patrick Rothfuss 124
Special Committee Awards
Eric Flint For remaining a calm voice of reason among the blogging community during the heavily debated Puppygate and for his common sense and ability to report without becoming heated beyond reason
Annie Bellet and Marko Kloos For turing down their nominations for Best Novel and Best Short Story for their courage and their willingness to stand up
Robert Silverberg for attending every single Hugo ceremony since 1953

2016 Alfies

Category Winner
Best Short Story "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers" by Alyssa Wong
Best Related Work Letters to Tiptree, edited by Alisa Krasnostein & Alexandra Pierce
Best Graphic Novel Bitch Planet, Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma & Robert Wilson
Best Professional Artist Julie Dillon
Best Fanzine Journey Planet
Best Fancast Tea & Jepoardy by Emma Newman and Peter Newman
Best Fan Writer Alexandra Erin
Special Committee Award Black Gate for turning down two Hugo nominations in protest of slate nominating.
Special Committee Award Locus for their continued work in the field