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The World Fantasy Awards Finalists for 2022 have been announced. The awards have been granted by the World Fantasy Convention since 1975 and celebrate outstanding fantasy fiction works that were published the previous calendar year.

This year’s judges were C. S. E. Cooney, Julie Crisp, C. C. Finlay, Richard Kadrey, and Misha Stone. The finalists and lifetime achievement recipients are as follows:


Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (Ace Books/Macmillan)

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom/Orbit UK)

The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros (Inkyard Press)

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (Orbit US/Orbit UK)

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward (Nightfire/Viper UK)


“For Sale by Owner”, Elizabeth Hand (When Things Get Dark)

Nothing But Blackened Teeth, Cassandra Khaw (Nightfire)

And What Can We Offer You Tonight, Premee Mohamed (Neon Hemlock)

Finches, A.M. Muffaz (Vernacular)

“A Canticle for Lost Girls”, Isabel Yap (Never Have I Ever)

Short Fiction

“The Failing Name”, Eugen Bacon & Seb Doubinsky
(Fantasy 8/21)

“The Demon Sage’s Daughter”, Varsha Dinesh
(Strange Horizons 2/8/218)

“If the Martians Have Magic”, P. Djèlí Clark (Uncanny 9-10/21)

“#Spring Love, #Pichal Pairi”, Usman T. Malik ( 3/3/21)

“Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/21)

“(emet)”, Lauren Ring (F&SF 7-8/21)


Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World (2021 Edition), Charlatan Bardot & Eric J. Guignard, eds. (Dark Moon)

When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Titan)

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror Volume Two, Paula Guran, ed. (Pyr)

The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021), Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, ed. (Jembefola)

Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology, Alex Hernandez, Matthew David Goodwin & Sarah Rafael García, eds. (Mad Creek)


Tales the Devil Told Me, Jen Fawkes (Press 53)

Big Dark Hole, Jeffrey Ford (Small Beer)

Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan, Usman T. Malik (Kitab)

The Tallow-Wife and Other Tales, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)

The Ghost Sequences, A.C. Wise (Undertow)

Never Have I Ever, Isabel Yap (Small Beer)



Odera Igbokwe

Tran Nguyen

Aleksandra Skiba

Charles Vess

Special Award – Professional

Charlie Jane Anders, for Never Say You Can’t Survive (Tordotcom)

Cam Collins & Steve Shell, for Old Gods of Appalachia (podcast)

Irene Gallo, for

Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, for Monstress Volume Six: The Vow (Image Comics)

Sheree Renée Thomas, for editing F&SF

Special Award – Non-Professional

Gautam Bhatia & Vanessa Rose Phin, for Strange Horizons

Maria J. Pérez Cuervo, for Hellebore

Michael Kelly, for Undertow Publications

Tonia Ransom, for Nightlight: A Horror Fiction Podcast

Arley Sorg & Christie Yant, for Fantasy

Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny


Samuel R. Delany

Terri Windling

The winners will be announced at the World Fantasy Award Banquet in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 6, 2022.

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