World Fantasy Convention

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An annual traveling convention started in 1975 devoted to the fantasy genre. It bestows the World Fantasy Awards.

The conventions are each independent and selected by the World Fantasy Board of Directors. There is no central organization, as such. Some of the organizations which run individual World Fantasy conventions are for-profit, some are 501(c)(3) and some are in-between. Individual conventions are limited to 1,000 members, though there are a number of classes of attendees who do not count towards that limit.


World Fantasy Awards[edit]

The World Fantasy Awards have been given since 1975 by the World Fantasy Convention. Convention members are eligible to make nominations, but the winners are determined by a panel of judges. Only living persons are eligible to win the award, which is given in several categories, including a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Formerly nicknamed the Howard Award, the trophy originally consisted of a cartoon caricature bust of H. P. Lovecraft designed in his inimitable style by artist Gahan Wilson. The awards in this form were given from 1975 (the occasion of the First World Fantasy Convention held in Providence, RI) through 2016, at which time the committee of the World Fantasy Convention controversially discontinued the use of Lovecraft's image due to complaints by recipients and others about the late author’s racism.

Convention History[edit]

No. Convention Dates Locale GoHs, Notes
1 1st World Fantasy Convention October 31–November 2, 1975 Providence, RI Robert Bloch
2 2nd World Fantasy Convention October 29-31, 1976 New York City C. L. Moore, Michael Moorcock
3 World Fantasy Convention III October 28-30, 1977 Los Angeles Richard Matheson
4 4th World Fantasy Convention October 13-15, 1978 Fort Worth, TX Fritz Leiber, Alicia Austin
5 5th World Fantasy Convention October 12-14, 1979 Providence , RI Stephen King, Frank Belknap Long, Michael Whelan
6 6th World Fantasy Convention October 31–November 2, 1980 Hunt Valley, MD Jack Vance, Boris Vallejo
7 7th World Fantasy Convention October 30–November 1, 1981 Berkeley, CA Alan Garner, Peter S. Beagle, Brian Froud
8 World Fantasy Convention '82 October 29-31, 1982 New Haven, CT Peter Straub, Joseph Payne Brennan, Don Maitz
9 World Fantasy Convention 1983 October 28-30, 1983 Chicago Gene Wolfe, Manly Wade Wellman, Rowena Morrill
10 World Fantasy Convention 1984 October 12-14, 1984 Ottawa, ON Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen, Jeffrey Jones
11 1985 World Fantasy Convention October 31–November 3, 1985 Tucson, AZ Stephen R. Donaldson, Victoria Poyser, Evangeline Walton
12 12th World Fantasy Convention October 29–November 2, 1986 Providence, RI Ramsey Campbell, Charles L. Grant, J. K. Potter
13 13th World Fantasy Convention October 29–November 1, 1987 Nashville, TN Piers Anthony, Frank Kelly Freas
14 14th World Fantasy Convention / Fantasycon XIII October 28-31, 1988 London James Herbert, Michael Foreman, Diana Wynne Jones
15 15th World Fantasy Convention October 27-29, 1989 Seattle, WA Ursula K. LeGuin, Avram Davidson, S. P. Somtow, Robert McCammon, Yoshitaka Amano
16 16th World Fantasy Convention November 2-4, 1990 Schaumburg, IL F. Paul Wilson, L. Sprague de Camp, Susan Allison, David B. Mattingly
17 17th World Fantasy Convention November 1-3, 1991 Tucson, AZ Susan and Harlan Ellison, Arlin Robins
18 1992 World Fantasy Convention October 29–November 1, 1992 Pine Mountain, GA Michael Bishop, John Farris, Martin H. Greenberg, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Gould
19 1993 World Fantasy Convention October 28-31, 1993 Bloomington, MN Poul Anderson, John Crowley, Roger Zelazny, Tom Canty, Basil Copper
20 1994 World Fantasy Convention October 27-31, 1994 New Orleans Damon Knight, George Alec Effinger, George R. R. Martin, Tim Powers, Kate Wilhelm
21 1995 World Fantasy Convention October 26-29, 1995 Baltimore, MD Terry Bisson, Lucius Shepard, Howard Waldrop, Rick Berry, Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
22 World Fantasy Convention 1996 October 31–November 3, 1996 Schaumburg, IL Katherine Kurtz, Joe R. Lansdale, Ellen Asher, Ron Walotsky
23 1997 World Fantasy Convention / Fantasycon XXI October 30–November 2, 1997 London Joan Aiken, Iain Sinclair, Bob Eggleton, Hugh B. Cave, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Doug Bradley
24 World Fantasy Convention 1998 October 29–November 1, 1998 Monterey, CA Cecelia Holland, Richard Laymon, Frank M. Robinson, Gahan Wilson
25 25th World Fantasy Convention November 4-7, 1999 Providence, RI Charles de Lint, Leo & Diane Dillon, Patricia A. McKillip, Robert Silverberg, Samuel R. Delany
26 World Fantasy Convention 2000 October 26-29, 2000 Corpus Christi, TX K. W. Jeter, John Crowley, Charles Vess
27 World Fantasy Convention 2001 November 1-4, 2001 Montreal Fred Saberhagen, Joel Champetier, Donato Giancola
28 2002 World Fantasy Convention October 31–November 3, 2002 Minneapolis Dennis Etchison, Jonathan Carroll, Kathe Koja, Dave McKean, Stephen Jones
29 World Fantasy Convention 2003 October 30–November 2, 2003 Washington, DC Brian Lumley, Jack Williamson , Allen Koszowski, W. Paul Ganley
30 World Fantasy Convention 2004 October 28-31, 2004 Tempe, AZ Betty Ballantine, Gwyneth Jones, Janny Wurts, Ellen Datlow
31 World Fantasy Convention 2005 November 3-6, 2005 Madison, WI Graham Joyce, Robert Weinberg, Terri Windling, Kinuko Y. Craft
32 World Fantasy Convention 2006 November 2-5, 2006 Austin, TX John Jude Palencar, Glen Cook, Dave Duncan and Robin Hobb, Glenn Lord, Gary Gianni
33 World Fantasy Convention 2007 November 1-4, 2007 Saratoga Springs, NY Carol Emshwiller, Kim Newman, Lisa Tuttle, Jean Giraud (Moebius)
34 World Fantasy Convention 2008 October 30–November 2, 2008 Calgary, AB David Morrell, Barbara Hambly, Tom Doherty, Todd Lockwood
35 World Fantasy Convention 2009 October 29–November 1, 2009 San Jose, CA Garth Nix, Michael Swanwick, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Lisa Snellings
36 World Fantasy Convention 2010 October 28-31, 2010 Columbus, OH Dennis McKiernan, Esther Friesner, David Hartwell, Darrell K. Sweet
37 World Fantasy Convention 2011 October 27-30, 2011 San Diego, CA Jo Fletcher, Neil Gaiman, Parke Godwin, Shawna McCarthy, Ruth Sanderson, Connie Willis
38 World Fantasy Convention 2012 November 1-4, 2012 Toronto Elizabeth Hand, John Clute, Richard A. Kirk
39 World Fantasy Convention 2013 / FantasyCon 2013 October 31–November 3, 2013 Brighton, UK Richard Matheson, Richard Christian Matheson, Joanne Harris, Joe Hill, Alan Lee
40 World Fantasy Convention 2014 November 6-9, 2014 Arlington, VA Guy Gavriel Kay, Les Edwards, Stuart David Schiff, Lail Finlay
41 World Fantasy Convention 2015 November 5-8, 2015 Saratoga Springs, NY Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Steven Erikson, David Drake, Glen Cook
42 World Fantasy Convention 2016 October 27-30, 2016 Columbus, OH Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Randal Spangler
43 World Fantasy Convention 2017 November 2-5, 2017 San Antonio, TX Karen Joy Fowler, Gordon Van Gelder, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell
44 World Fantasy Convention 2018 November 1-4, 2018 Baltimore, MD Kaaron Warren, Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, Michael J. Walsh, Aliette de Bodard
45 World Fantasy Convention 2019 October 31–November 3, 2019 Los Angeles Margo Lanagan, Beth Meacham, Tad Williams
46 World Fantasy Convention 2020 (virtual) October 29–November 1, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT
Stephen Gallagher, Anne Groell, David Cherry
Held as an online virtual convention due to the Covid-19 epidemic
47 World Fantasy Convention 2021 November 4-7, 2021 Montreal Nisi Shawl, John Picacio, André-François Ruaud
48 World Fantasy Convention 2022 November 3-6, 2022 New Orleans Ginjer Buchanan, Victor LaValle, Jo Walton, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Iris Compiet, Andrei Codrescu, Ursula Vernon, Brandon O'Brien
49 World Fantasy Convention 2023 October 26–29, 2023 Kansas City, MO Jonathan Strahan, Kij Johnson, Adam-Troy Castro, Elizabeth Leggett, Vincent Villafranca
50 World Fantasy Convention 2024 October 16-20, 2024 Niagara Falls, NY Heather Graham, Scott H. Andrews, Galen Dara
51 World Fantasy Convention 2025 October 31–November 3, 2025 Brighton, UK TBA

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