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]

Convention Dates GoHs, Notes
1st World Fantasy Convention October 31 - November 2, 1975 Robert Bloch
2nd World Fantasy Convention October 29-31, 1976 C. L. Moore, Michael Moorcock
World Fantasy Convention III October 28-30, 1977 Richard Matheson
4th World Fantasy Convention October 13-15, 1978 Fritz Leiber, Alicia Austin
5th World Fantasy Convention October 12-14, 1979 Stephen King, Frank Belknap Long, Michael Whelan
6th World Fantasy Convention October 31 - November 2, 1980 Jack Vance, Boris Vallejo
7th World Fantasy Convention October 30 - November 1, 1981 Alan Garner, Peter S. Beagle, Brian Froud
World Fantasy Convention '82 October 29-31, 1982 Peter Straub, Joseph Payne Brennan, Don Maitz
World Fantasy Convention 1983 October 28-30, 1983 Gene Wolfe, Manly Wade Wellman, Rowena Morrill
World Fantasy Convention 1984 October 12-14, 1984 Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen, Jeffrey Jones
1985 World Fantasy Convention October 31 - November 3, 1985 Stephen R. Donaldson, Victoria Poyser, Evangeline Walton
12th World Fantasy Convention October 29 - November 2, 1986 Ramsey Campbell, Charles L. Grant, J. K. Potter
13th World Fantasy Convention October 29 - November 1, 1987 Piers Anthony, Frank Kelly Freas
14th World Fantasy Convention / Fantasycon XIII October 28-31, 1988 James Herbert, Michael Foreman, Diana Wynne Jones
15th World Fantasy Convention October 27-29, 1989 Ursula K. LeGuin, Avram Davidson, S. P. Somtow, Robert McCammon, Yoshitaka Amano
16th World Fantasy Convention November 2-4, 1990 F. Paul Wilson, L. Sprague de Camp, Susan Allison, David B. Mattingly
17th World Fantasy Convention November 1-3, 1991 Susan and Harlan Ellison, Arlin Robins
1992 World Fantasy Convention October 29 - November 1, 1992 Michael Bishop, John Farris, Martin H. Greenberg, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Gould
1993 World Fantasy Convention October 28-31, 1993 Poul Anderson, John Crowley, Roger Zelazny, Tom Canty, Basil Copper
1994 World Fantasy Convention October 27-31, 1994 Damon Knight, George Alec Effinger, George R. R. Martin, Tim Powers, Kate Wilhelm
1995 World Fantasy Convention October 26-29, 1995 Terry Bisson, Lucius Shepard, Howard Waldrop, Rick Berry, Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
World Fantasy Convention 1996 October 31 - November 3, 1996 Katherine Kurtz, Joe R. Lansdale, Ellen Asher, Ron Walotsky
1997 World Fantasy Convention / Fantasycon XXI October 30 - November 2, 1997 Joan Aiken, Iain Sinclair, Bob Eggleton, Hugh B. Cave, R. Chetwynd-Hayes, Doug Bradley
World Fantasy Convention 1998 October 29 - November 1, 1998 Cecelia Holland, Richard Laymon, Frank M. Robinson, Gahan Wilson
25th World Fantasy Convention November 4-7, 1999 Charles de Lint, Leo & Diane Dillon, Patricia A. McKillip, Robert Silverberg, Samuel R. Delany
World Fantasy Convention 2000 October 26-29, 2000 K. W. Jeter, John Crowley, Charles Vess
World Fantasy Convention 2001 November 1-4, 2001 Fred Saberhagen, Joel Champetier, Donato Giancola
2002 World Fantasy Convention October 31 - November 3, 2002 Dennis Etchison, Jonathan Carroll, Kathe Koja, Dave McKean, Stephen Jones
World Fantasy Convention 2003 October 30 - November 2, 2003 Brian Lumley, Jack Williamson , Allen Koszowski, W. Paul Ganley
World Fantasy Convention 2004 October 28-31, 2004 Betty Ballantine, Gwyneth Jones, Janny Wurts, Ellen Datlow
World Fantasy Convention 2005 November 3-6, 2005 Graham Joyce, Robert Weinberg, Terri Windling, Kinuko Y. Craft
World Fantasy Convention 2006 November 2-5, 2006 John Jude Palencar, Glen Cook, Dave Duncan and Robin Hobb, Glenn Lord, Gary Gianni
World Fantasy Convention 2007 November 1-4, 2007 Carol Emshwiller, Kim Newman, Lisa Tuttle, Jean Giraud (Moebius)
World Fantasy Convention 2008 October 30 - November 2, 2008 David Morrell, Barbara Hambly, Tom Doherty, Todd Lockwood
World Fantasy Convention 2009 October 29 - November 1, 2009 Garth Nix, Michael Swanwick, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Lisa Snellings
World Fantasy Convention 2010 October 28-31, 2010 Dennis McKiernan, Esther Friesner, David Hartwell, Darrell K. Sweet
World Fantasy Convention 2011 October 27-30, 2011 Jo Fletcher, Neil Gaiman, Parke Godwin, Shawna McCarthy, Ruth Sanderson, Connie Willis
World Fantasy Convention 2012 November 1-4, 2012 Elizabeth Hand, John Clute, Richard A. Kirk
World Fantasy Convention 2013 / FantasyCon 2013 October 31 - November 3, 2013 Richard Matheson, Richard Christian Matheson, Joanne Harris, Joe Hill, Alan Lee
World Fantasy Convention 2014 November 6-9, 2014 Guy Gavriel Kay, Les Edwards, Stuart David Schiff, Lail Finlay
World Fantasy Convention 2015 November 5-8, 2015 Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Steven Erikson, David Drake, Glen Cook
World Fantasy Convention 2016 October 27-30, 2016 Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Randal Spangler
World Fantasy Convention 2017 November 2-5, 2017 Karen Joy Fowler, Gordon Van Gelder, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell
World Fantasy Convention 2018 November 1-4, 2018 Kaaron Warren, Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, Michael J. Walsh, Aliette de Bodard
World Fantasy Convention 2019 October 31 - November 3, 2019 Margo Lanagan, Beth Meacham, Tad Williams
World Fantasy Convention 2020 (virtual) October 29 - November 1, 2020 Stephen Gallagher, Anne Groell, David Cherry
(held as an online virtual convention due to the Covid-19 epidemic)
World Fantasy Convention 2021 November 4-7, 2021 Nisi Shawl, John Picacio, André-François Ruaud
World Fantasy Convention 2022 November 3-6, 2022 Ginjer Buchanan, Victor LaValle, Jo Walton, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Iris Compiet, Andrei Codrescu

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