Sampo Award

An award given at Westercon for service to fandom by the Sampo.

From the Westercon 33 Program Book: "The Sampo Award is presented each year at the Westercon for previously unrecognized services to fandom, to honor the "unsung heroes" of the science fiction fan community. The award takes its name from a magic handmill in Finnish folklore that grinds out whatever its possessor needs. Similarly, the Sampo Award honors those individuals who tirelessly produce the energy, work, and imagination that keeps fandom going.

The Sampo Award was created in 1970 by the now-defunct Sampo Productions (of Bay Area fandom) and was awarded by them until 1976. Beginning in 1977 it has been administered by an independent committee of judges sponsored by the Los Angeles Fantasy Society."

Year Award Notes
1970 Felice Rolfe
1971 Fred Patten
1972 Bruce Pelz
1973 Vonda N. McIntyre
1974 Emil Petaja
1975 Lee Gold and Barry Gold
1976 Poul Anderson and Karen Anderson
1977 Bob Vardeman
1978 Ted Dikty
1979 Bill Warren
1980 Dave Nee

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