The Mythopoeic Awards

A while back when I was researching awards (which is not as bad as it sounds – publishers want to know what awards your book might be eligible for), I came across this award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, which is given to the novel that ‘best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings”‘.

(Do not ask me to explain who the Inklings were! Google it! Hint: a favourite author of mine features prominently.)

So imagine my absolute delight this afternoon when I read an email from my publisher containing this link:

http://www.mythsoc.org/awards/2011/

and this list:

Fantasy Awards

Adult Literature

  • Guy Gavriel Kay, Under Heaven (Roc)
  • Karen Lord, Redemption in Indigo (Small Beer Press)
  • Patricia A. McKillip, The Bards of Bone Plain (Ace)
  • Devon Monk, A Cup of Normal (Fairwood Press)
  • Sharon Shinn, Troubled Waters (Ace)

Children’s Literature

  • Catherine Fisher, Incarceron and Sapphique (Dial)
  • Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight (HarperCollins)
  • Polly Shulman, The Grimm Legacy (Putnam Juvenile)
  • Heather Tomlinson, Toads and Diamonds (Henry Holt)
  • Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen’s Thief series, consisting of The ThiefThe Queen of AttoliaThe King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings (Greenwillow Books)

Thank you, Mythopoeic Society!

Congrats also to Farah Mendlesohn (well-met at ICFA), who features on the scholarship portion of the list:

Scholarship Awards

Inklings Studies

  • Bradford Lee Eden, ed., Middle-earth Minstrel: Essays on Music in Tolkien (McFarland, 2010)
  • Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson, eds., Tolkien on Fairy-stories: Expanded Edition, with Commentary and Notes (HarperCollins, 2008)
  • Douglas Charles Kane, Arda Reconstructed: The Creation of the Published Silmarillion (Lehigh Univ. Press, 2009)
  • Steve Walker, The Power of Tolkien’s Prose: Middle-earth’s Magical Style (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • Michael Ward, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford Univ. Press, 2008)

Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Don W. King, ed., Out of my Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman (Eerdmans Pub., 2009)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, Cheek by Jowl (Aqueduct Press, 2009)
  • Farah Mendlesohn, Rhetorics of Fantasy (Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2008)
  • Leslie A. Sconduto, Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity through the Renaissance (McFarland, 2008)
  • Caroline Sumpter, The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
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