British Fantasy Award

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The British Fantasy Awards were established in 1971 by the British Fantasy Society to honor the best fantasy and horror works of the year. They are awarded at FantasyCon.

The award for Best Novel was established in memory of United States writer/editor/publisher August Derleth, with the physical award consisting of a statuette of the god Cthulhu (from the works of H. P. Lovecraft), made of white ivory and supported upon a wooden base. The first winner of this award was The Knight of the Swords by Michael Moorcock.

The Sydney J. Bounds Award For Best Newcomer was created in 2007, replacing the Icarus Award which was given out between the years 1988 and 1995, and the Best Newcomer Award, which was given out in 2007 and 2008.

The Society's Special Award, which has been given out most years since 1973, was renamed the Karl Edward Wagner Award in 1997.

Starting in 2012, the Best Novel award was split into the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel and the Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

Category Name Year Begun Notes
Novel The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel 1972 changed from Best Novel to Best Horror Novel in 2012
Novel The Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2012 fantasy and science fiction were together from 1972-2011
Novella Best Novella 2005 novellas were included under Best Short Fiction from 1973-2004
Short Story Best Short Story 1973
Non-Fiction Best Non-Fiction 2007
Anthology / Collection Best Anthology 1991 was Best Anthology / Collection from 1991-1998
Anthology / Collection Best Collection 1991 was Best Anthology / Collection from 1991-1998
Magazine / Periodical Best Magazine / Periodical 2009
Comic / Graphic Novel Best Comic / Graphic Novel 1973
Film / Television Best Film / Television Production 1973
Screenplay Best Screenplay 2013
Audio Best Audio 2018 for audio productions and podcasts
Artist Best Artist 1977 was Best Artwork from 1977-1979
Independent Press Best Independent Press 1977 has also been called Best Small Press Award, The PS Publishing Best Small Press Award, and The PS Publishing Independent Press Award
Newcomer Sydney J. Bounds Award For Best Newcomer 1988 named for Bounds in 2007; was Icarus Award from 1988-1995 and Best Newcomer from 2007-2008
Special Award Karl Edward Wagner Award 1973 named for Wagner in 1997

Award 1971
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