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The James Tiptree, Jr. Award

In February of 1991 at WisCon (the world's only feminist-oriented science fiction convention), award-winning SF author Pat Murphy announced the creation of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. Pat created the award in collaboration with author Karen Joy Fowler.

The award is named for Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr. By her impulsive choice of a masculine pen name, Sheldon helped break down the imaginary barrier between "women's writing" and "men's writing." Her fine stories were eagerly accepted by publishers and won many awards in the field. Many years later, after she had written some other work under the female pen name of Raccoona Sheldon, it was generally discovered that she was female. The discovery led to a great deal of discussion of what aspects of writing, if any, are essentially gendered. The name, "Tiptree" was selected to illustrate the complex role of gender in writing and reading. For more information, including detailed descriptions of why each novel or story won the award, visit The Official James Tiptree, Jr. Award page.

[Titles in "quotes" below are short stories. Titles without "quotes" are novels. NOTE: The titles in this list are "hotlinked" to the library's catalog, for all those titles currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. Several of the earlier World Fantasy Award-winning novels have gone out of print and are no longer in our collection. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.]

For additional Science Fiction and Fantasy awards, please also see the following booklists: Hugo award winners, recognizing the SF/F books selected as the best each year by fans; Nebula award winners, recognizing the SF/F books selected as the best each year by the writers themselves; World Fantasy Award winners; and the Sidewise Award winners, recognizing the best in Alternate History novels each year.

James Tiptree, Jr. Award Winners
for best SF/Fantasy novel or story dealing with gender issues

2013  Book Cover  N.A. Sulway
2012 (tie) Book Cover  Caitlin R. Kiernan
The Drowning Girl
2012 (tie) Book Cover  Kiini Ibura Salaam
Ancient, Ancient
2011  Book Cover  Andrea Hairston
Redwood and Wildfire
2010 Book Cover  Dubravka Ugresic
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg
2009 (tie) Book Cover  Greer Gilman
Cloud and Ashes: Three Winters Tales
2009 (tie) Book Cover  Fumi Yoshinaga
Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Volumes 1 and 2 (graphic novel)
2008 (tie) Book Cover  Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go
2008 (tie) Book Cover  Nisi Shawl
Filter House (short story collection)
2007  Book Cover  Sarah Hall
Daughters of the North (a.k.a. The Carhullan Army)
2006 (tie) Book Cover  Shelley Jackson
2006 (tie) Book Cover  Catherynne Valente
The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden
Special Award
Book Cover  Julie Phillips
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
2005  Book Cover  Geoff Ryman
Air: or Have, Not Have
2004 (tie) Book Cover  Joe Haldeman
(tie)  Book Cover  Johanna Sinisalo
Not Before Sundown
2003  Book Cover  Matt Ruff
Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls
2002 (tie) Book Cover  M. John Harrison
(tie)  Book Cover  John Kessel
"Stories for Men"
2001  Book Cover  Hiromi Goto
The Kappa Child
2000  Book Cover  Molly Gloss
Wild Life
1999  Book Cover  Suzy McKee Charnas
The Conqueror's Child
1998  Book Cover  Raphael Carter
"The Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation" in Starlight 2
1997 (tie) Book Cover  Candas Jane Dorsey
Black Wine
(tie) Book Cover  Kelly Link
"Travels With the Snow Queen" in Stranger Things Happen
1996 (tie) Book Cover  Ursula K. LeGuin
"Mountain Ways" in Birthday of the World: and Other Stories
(tie)  Book Cover  Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow
1995 (tie) Book Cover  Elizabeth Hand
Waking the Moon
(tie)  Book Cover  Theodore Roszak
The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein
1994 (tie) Book Cover  Ursula K. LeGuin
"The Matter of Seggri" in Birthday of the World: and Other Stories
(tie)  Book Cover  Nancy Springer
Larque on the Wing
1993  Book Cover  Nicola Griffith
1992  Book Cover  Maureen F. McHugh
China Mountain Zhang
1991 (tie) Book Cover  Eleanor Arnason
A Woman of the Iron People
(tie)  Book Cover  Gwyneth Jones
White Queen
Retrospective Awards  Book Cover  Suzy McKee Charnas
Motherlines and Walk to the End of the World
  Book Cover  Ursula K. LeGuin
The Left Hand of Darkness
  Book Cover  Joanna Russ
"When it Changed" in Again, Dangerous Visions
  Book Cover  Joanna Russ
The Female Man

Updated August 2014 sdc

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