Announcing the 2016 British Fantasy Award Winners

The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners of the 2016 British Fantasy Award. Winners were announced on Sunday, September 25, at the awards banquet at Fantasycon by the Sea 2016 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

You can read the full list below, with winners in bold.

Best Anthology

  • The Doll Collection, ed. Ellen Datlow (Tor Books)
  • African Monsters, ed. Margrét Helgadóttir and Jo Thomas (Fox Spirit Books)
  • Aickman’s Heirs, ed. Simon Strantzas (Undertow Publications)
  • Best British Horror 2015, ed. Johnny Mains (Salt Publishing)
  • The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, ed. Mark Morris (Spectral Press)

Best Artist

  • Julie Dillon
  • Ben Baldwin
  • Vincent Chong
  • Evelinn Enoksen
  • Sarah Anne Langton
  • Jeffrey Alan Love

Best Collection

  • Ghost Summer: Stories, Tananarive Due (Prime Books)
  • Monsters, Paul Kane (The Alchemy Press)
  • Probably Monsters, Ray Cluley (ChiZine Publications)
  • Scar City, Joel Lane (Eibonvale Press)
  • Skein and Bone, V.H. Leslie (Undertow Publications)
  • The Stars Seem So Far Away, Margrét Helgadóttir (Fox Spirit Books)

Best Comic/Graphic Novel

  • Bitch Planet, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Robert Wilson IV and Cris Peter (Image Comics) (#2–5)
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why, G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt and Adrian Alphona (Marvel)
  • Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
  • Red Sonja, Gail Simone and Walter Geovani (Dynamite Entertainment) (#14–18)
  • Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics) (#25–32)
  • The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman, J.H. Williams III and Dave Stewart (Vertigo)

Best Fantasy Novel (Robert Holdstock Award)

  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Macmillan)
  • Guns of the Dawn, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
  • Half a War, Joe Abercrombie (HarperVoyager)
  • The Iron Ghost, Jen Williams (Headline)
  • Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
  • Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Macmillan)

Best Film/Television Production

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Peter Harness (BBC One)
  • Inside No. 9: The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (BBC Two)
  • Jessica Jones: “AKA WWJD?”, Scott Reynolds (Netflix)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris (Warner Bros. Pictures et al.)
  • Midwinter of the Spirit, Stephen Volk (ITV Studios)
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt (Lucasfilm et al.)

Best Horror Novel (August Derleth Award)

  • Rawblood, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • A Cold Silence, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)
  • The Death House, Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
  • Lost Girl, Adam Nevill (Pan Books)
  • The Silence, Tim Lebbon (Titan Books)
  • Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (Orbit)

Best Independent Press

  • Angry Robot (Marc Gascoigne)
  • The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards)
  • Fox Spirit Books (Adele Wearing)
  • Newcon Press (Ian Whates)

Best Magazine/Periodical

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. Scott H. Andrews (Firkin Press)
  • Black Static, ed. Andy Cox (TTA Press)
  • Holdfast Magazine, ed. Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee (Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee)
  • Interzone, ed. Andy Cox (TTA Press)
  • Strange Horizons, ed. Niall Harrison (Strange Horizons)

Best Newcomer (Sydney J. Bounds Award)

  • Zen Cho, for Sorcerer to the Crown (Macmillan)
  • Becky Chambers, for The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Peter Newman, for The Vagrant (HarperVoyager)
  • Steven Poore, for The Heir to the North (Kristell Ink)
  • Marc Turner, for When the Heavens Fall (Titan Books)

Best Nonfiction

  • Letters to Tiptree, ed. Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History, ed. Stephen Jones (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)
  • Fantasy-Faction, ed. Marc Aplin and Jennie Ivins (Fantasy-Faction)
  • Ginger Nuts of Horror, ed. Jim Mcleod (Jim McLeod)
  • King for a Year, ed. Mark West (Mark West)
  • Matrilines, Kari Sperring (Strange Horizons)

Best Novella

  • The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn,” Usman T. Malik (
  • Albion Fay, Mark Morris (Spectral Press*)
  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor ( Publishing)
  • The Bureau of Them, Cate Gardner (Spectral Press*)
  • Witches of Lytchford, Paul Cornell ( Publishing)

Best Short Fiction

  • Fabulous Beasts,” Priya Sharma (
  • “The Blue Room,” V.H. Leslie (Skein and Bone)
  • “Dirt Land,” Ralph Robert Moore (Black Static #49)
  • “Hippocampus,” Adam Nevill (Terror Tales of the Ocean)
  • “Strange Creation,” Frances Kay (Tenebris Nyxies)
  • “When The Moon Man Knocks,” Cate Gardner (Black Static #48)

* now published by Snowbooks

Several of the winners shared their reactions on social media. Usman T. Malik posted a heartfelt response to the win on his Facebook page:

I didn’t get a chance to note here that some of the best writers in the world were on the BFA ballot. Mark Morris (I read his novel “Toadie” in one electricty-less night in Wadee Neelam when I was 13 years old and loved it) was my peer and competitor in my category. That is so surreal. So were Cate Gardner, brilliant writer and wonderful person whom I’m thrilled to call a friend; Nnedi Okorafor whose novel “Who Fears Death” is an enchanting and fearsome beast I consumed in 2 weeks of commuting between Gainesville and Orlando; and Paul Cornell, another spellbinding storyteller. I would have been honored to lose to any of them and you should buy their books and devour them as quickly as you can.

Congrats again to the winners and finalists. Thanks, Ellen [Datlow], for taking this story and making me polish it to a shine. Thank you again, Vince [Haig], for agreeing to accept the award on my behalf and for sending me this lovely picture. And thanks, all, for continuing to supports writers and artists. We need your eyes and your love.

The Twitter account for Gollancz Fest Writers snapped this photo of Best Newcomer Zen Cho accepting her award…

Zen Cho British Fantasy Award Best Newcomer Sorcerer to the Crown

…with Cho offering her own context on Twitter:

And Ellen Datlow responded to the win both by tweeting

…and by posting this rather appropriate photo to Facebook, with the caption “My dolls approve!”

Ellen Datlow The Doll Collection British Fantasy Awards winner best anthology 2016


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