James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award

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The James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award is an annual literary prize for works of SF or fantasy from the previous year which expand or explore the understanding of gender. The idea for the award was originally proposed by Karen Joy Fowler and Pat Murphy at the 1991 WisCon.

The award honored the memory of SF writer James Tiptree, Jr. (1915-1987). Tiptree was the main pen name used by psychologist Alice Bradley Sheldon when she was writing SF. The first winner of the award was Gwyneth Jones for her novel, White Queen, in 1992. Double awards are not uncommon.

In 2019, the Award was renamed the Otherwise Award over sudden concerns about Sheldon’s suicide pact with her husband, which resulted in their 1987 deaths. It has been acknowledged that a connection to Tiptree remains via the title of one of her collections, Warm Worlds and Otherwise.


Year Author Work
Retrospective Suzy McKee Charnas Motherlines and Walk to the End of the World
Retrospective Ursula K. Le Guin The Left Hand of Darkness
Retrospective Joanna Russ The Female Man and When It Changed
1991 Eleanor Arnason A Woman of the Iron People
1991 Gwyneth Jones White Queen
1992 Maureen F. McHugh China Mountain Zhang
1993 Nicola Griffith Ammonite
1994 Ursula K. Le Guin The Matter of Seggri
1994 Nancy Springer Larque on the Wing
1995 Elizabeth Hand Waking The Moon
1995 Theodore Roszak The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein
1996 Ursula K. Le Guin Mountain Ways
1996 Mary Doria Russell The Sparrow
1997 Candas Jane Dorsey Black Wine
1997 Kelly Link Travels with the Snow Queen
1998 Raphael Carter Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation
1999 Suzy McKee Charnas The Conqueror's Child
2000 Molly Gloss Wild Life
2001 Hiromi Goto The Kappa Child
2002 M. John Harrison Light
2002 John Kessel Stories for Men
2003 Matt Ruff Set This House in Order: A Romance Of Souls
2004 Joe Haldeman Camouflage
2004 Johanna Sinisalo Not Before Sundown
2005 Geoff Ryman Air
2006 Catherynne M. Valente The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden
2006 Shelley Jackson Half Life
2007 Sarah Hall The Carhullan Army
2008 Patrick Ness The Knife of Never Letting Go
2008 Nisi Shawl Filter House
2009 Greer Gilman Cloud and Ashes: Three Winter's Tales
2009 Fumi Yoshinaga Ōoku: The Inner Chambers
2010 Dubravka Ugresic Baba Yaga Laid an Egg
2011 Andrea Hairston Redwood and Wildfire
2012 Caitlin R. Kiernan The Drowning Girl
2012 Kiini Ibura Salaam Ancient, Ancient
2013 N. A. Sulway Rupetta
2014 Monica Byrne The Girl in the Road
2014 Jo Walton My Real Children
2015 Eugene Fischer The New Mother
2015 Pat Schmatz Lizard Radio
2016 Anna-Marie McLemore When the Moon Was Ours
2017 Virginia Bergin Who Runs The World?
2018 Gabriela Damián Miravete "They Will Dream in the Garden"
Renamed Otherwise Award
2019 Akwaeke Emezi "Freshwater"
2020 Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki "Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon"

In 2015 the Tiptree Motherboard began awarding annual Fellowships of $500 per recipient to two creators who are doing work that pushes forward the Tiptree mission in making visible the many forces that are changing gender today and tomorrow.

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