The Finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been Announced

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year have been selected. We’re honored that a story published on, Daryl Gregory ‘s “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,” and two Publishing titles, Brooke Bolander’s The Only Harmless Great Thing, and Kelly Robson’s Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, have been selected.

Click through for the full list—congratulations to all the finalists!

2019 Finalists for the Theodore A. Sturgeon Memorial Award

  • “Freezing Rain, A Chance of Falling,” by L.X. Beckett (Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 2018)
  • “The Only Harmless Great Thing,” by Brooke Bolander ( Publishing)
  • “The Secret Life of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington,” by P. Djèlí Clark (Fireside Fiction, February 2018)
  • “Umbernight,” by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld, February 2018)
  • “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,” by Daryl Gregory (, September 2018)
  • “When We Were Starless,” by Simone Heller (Clarkesworld, October 2018)
  • “The Starship and the Temple Cat,” by Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, February 2018)
  • “When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis,” by Annalee Newitz (, December 2018)
  • “Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach,” by Kelly Robson ( Publishing)
  • “On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog,” by Adam Shannon (Apex, December 2018)
  • “Yard Dog,” by Tade Thompson. Fiyah (July 2018)

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award was established in 1987 by James Gunn, the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at Kansas University, in collaboration with Theodore Sturgeon’s heirs.

The awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on Friday, June 21, 2019. You can find more information on the awards over at the Gunn Center.


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