Astounding Award for Best New Writer

Tags for this Award

science fiction, fantasy, worldcon

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About

The Astounding Award was previously the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. It is given to the best new science fiction or fantasy writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy was published in a professional publication in the previous two years. For more information on the renaming, please visit the announcement by Current Analog editor Trevor Quachri. There will be a new eligibity website that will go live by the end of Jan 2020: http://AstoundingAward.info For now, please visit the Rocket Stack Rank New Writers web page for their list of short fiction eligible authors. We will supplement their list with longer form writers.

There can be confusion over the term "professional publication" since the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS), and the award sponsor define it differently. For the purposes of the Astounding Award, professional publications are works sold for more than a nominal amount and published anywhere in the world.

Please refer to the Eligibility F.A.Q. for an explanation of qualifying publications and answers to common questions.

The Astounding Award is administered by the Worldcon, but the rules for awarding the Astounding are determined by the award sponsor, Dell Magazine. Eligibility rules were changed in 2005.

Voting Procedure

The Astounding Award uses the same nomination and voting mechanism as the Hugo, even though the Astounding Award is not a Hugo.

Like the Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award voting takes place in two stages. The first stage, nomination, is open to anyone who had a Supporting or Attending membership in the previous, current, or following year's Worldcon as of January 31. For 2020, this means members of Dublin 2019, Worldcon 78 (CoNZealand), or Worldcon 79 can nominate any eligible author. This web page helps identify eligible authors for the Astounding Award.

Nominations are now open on the CoNZealand Hugo area. All nomination ballots must be received by March 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

Past Voting Results

2018 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
Rebecca Roanhorse (winner) 1st year
Katherine Arden 1st year
Sarah Kuhn 2nd year
Jeannette Ng 1st year
Vina Jie-Min Prasad 1st year
Rivers Solomon 1st year

2017 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
Ada Palmer (winner) 1st year
Malka Older 2nd year
Sarah Gailey 2nd year
Laurie Penny 2nd year
Kelly Robson 2nd year
J. Mulrooney 1st year

2016 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
Andy Weir (winner) 2nd year
Alyssa Wong
Brian Niemeier
Pierce Brown
Sebastien de Castell

2015 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
Wesley Chu 2nd year
Eric S. Raymond
Kary English 2nd year
Jason Cordova 1st year
Rolf Nelson

2014 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
Wesley Chu 1st year
Max Gladstone 2nd year
Ramez Naam 2nd year
Sofia Samatar (winner) 2nd year
Benjanun Sriduangkaew 1st year

2013 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
Mur Lafferty (winner) 2nd year
Stina Leicht 2nd year
Chuck Wendig 2nd year
Zen Cho 2nd year
Max Gladstone 1st year

2012 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
E. Lily Yu (winner) 1st year
Mur Lafferty 1st year
Stina Leicht 1st year
Karen Lord 2nd year
Brad R. Torgersen 2nd year

2011 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
Saladin Ahmed 2nd year
Lev Grossman (winner) 2nd year
Lauren Beukes 2nd year
Larry Correia 2nd year
Dan Wells 2nd year

2010 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
Saladin Ahmed 1st year
Gail Carriger --
Felix Gilman 2nd year
Seanan McGuire (winner) 1st year
Lezli Robyn 2nd year

2009 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
David Anthony Durham (winner) 2nd year
Alliette de Bodard 2nd year
Tony Pi 2nd year
Gord Sellar 2nd year
Felix Gilman 1st year

2008 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
Joe Abercrombie 2nd year
Jon Armstrong 1st year
David Anthony Durham 1st year
David Louis Edelman 2nd year
Mary Robinette Kowal (winner) 2nd year
Scott Lynch 2nd year

2007 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
Scott Lynch 1st year
Sarah Monette 2nd year
Naomi Novik (winner) 1st year
Brandon Sanderson 2nd year
Lawrence M. Schoen 2nd year

2006 Astounding Award Finalists

Author Year of Eligibility
John Scalzi (winner) 1st year
K.J. Bishop 2nd year
Sarah Monette 1st year
Chris Roberson 2nd year
Brandon Sanderson 1st year
Steph Swainston 2nd year

Past winners...


Comments from Nominees & Winners

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Wen Spencer
Winner, 2003

To understand the impact of being nominated for the John Campbell Award, one needed the Internet. Prior to 2002, a search on my name only pulled up my website and a handful of places reviewing my book. A month later, however, and my name was spread across the world, along with the word "finalist" translated into every language of man. I cannot see it as coincidence that a short time later, a Russian publisher bought the rights to translate my novels into Russian. Seconds after winning, the news went out again, in the languages of the world, that I was a winner. The John Campbell will be an amazing boast to my career.