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The World Fantasy Awards are presented annually to the best literary fantasy works in the categories of Novel, Novella, Short Fiction, Anthology, Collection, Artist, Life Achievement and various "Special Awards." Although this list includes only the winners in the "Novel" category, information about all of the categories can be found at the official World Fantasy Awards site. Final nominees are selected by the registered members of the annual World Fantasy Convention (2 titles) and by a panel of WFA judges (up to 3 titles). The awards are presented during the annual World Fantasy Convention. [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 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; and the Sidewise award winners, recognizing the best in Alternate History novels each year.

World Fantasy Award Winners for Best Fantasy Novel

2013  Book Cover  G. Willow Wilson
Alif the Unseen
2012  Book Cover  Lavie Tidhar
2011  Book Cover  Nnedi Okorafor
Who Fears Death?
2010  Book Cover  China Mieville
The City and the City
2009 [tie]    Jeffrey Ford
The Shadow Year
2009 [tie] Book Cover  Margo Lanagan
Tender Morsels
2008  Book Cover  Guy Gavriel Kay
2007  Book Cover  Gene Wolfe
Soldier of Sidon
2006  Book Cover  Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore
2005  Book Cover  Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
2004  Book Cover  Jo Walton
Tooth and Claw
2003  Book Cover  Graham Joyce
The Facts of Life
(tie)  Book Cover  Patricia McKillip
Ombria in Shadow
2002  Book Cover  Ursula K. LeGuin
The Other Wind
2001  Book Cover  Tim Powers
(tie)  Book Cover  Sean Stewart
2000    Martin Scott
1999  Book Cover  Louise Erdrich
The Antelope Wife
1998    Jeffrey Ford
The Physiognomy
1997  Book Cover  Rachel Pollack
Godmother Night
1996  Book Cover  Christopher Priest
The Prestige
1995    James Morrow
Towering Jehovah
1994  Book Cover  Lewis Shiner
1993  Book Cover  Tim Powers
Last Call
1992  Book Cover  Robert R. McCammon
Boy's Life
1991  Book Cover  Ellen Kushner
Thomas the Rhymer
(tie)  Book Cover  James Morrow
Only Begotten Daughter
1990  Book Cover  Jack Vance
1989  Book Cover  Peter Straub
1988  Book Cover  Ken Grimwood
1987  Book Cover  Patrick Suskind
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
1986    Dan Simmons
The Song of Kali
1985  Book Cover  Robert Holdstock
Mythago Woods
(tie)  Book Cover  Barry Hughart
The Bridge of Birds
1984  Book Cover  John M. Ford
The Dragon Waiting: A Masque of History
1983    Michael Shea
Nifft the Lean
1982    John Crowley
Little, Big
1981  Book Cover  Gene Wolfe
The Shadow of the Torturer
1980  Book Cover  Elizabeth A. Lynn
1979  Book Cover  Michael Moorcock
1978  Book Cover  Fritz Leiber
Our Lady of Darkness
1977  Book Cover  William Kotzwinkle
Doctor Rat
1976  Book Cover  Richard Matheson
Bid Time Return
1975  Book Cover  Patricia McKillip
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

Last updated August 2014 sdc

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We also have a list of excellent Web sites for readers interested in learning more about science fiction literature. You can visit that at our Science Fiction and Fantasy Resources page.
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