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Surviving by Judith Moffett1987
Rachel in Love [novella chapbook] by Pat Murphy1988
Schrödinger's Kitten by George Alec Effinger1989
The Edge Of The World by Michael Swanwick1990
Bears Discover Fire [short story] by Terry Bisson1991
Buffalo {short story} by John Kessel1992
This Year's Class Picture by Dan Simmons1993
Fox Magic by Kij Johnson1994
Forgiveness Day (novella) by Ursula K. Le Guin1995
The Flowers of Aulit Prison by Nancy Kress1997
House Of Dreams by Michael F. Flynn1998
Story of Your Life (novella) by Ted Chiang1999
The Wedding Album by David Marusek2000
Tendeleo's Story by Ian McDonald2001
The Chief Designer {novella} by Andy Duncan2002
Over Yonder by Lucius Shepard2003
The Empress of Mars {novella} by Kage Baker2004
Sergeant Chip [novella] by Bradley Denton2005
The Calorie Man [novelette] by Paolo Bacigalupi2006
The Cartesian Theater by Robert Charles Wilson2007
Finistera [novelette] by David Moles2008
Tideline by Elizabeth Bear2008
The Ray-gun: A Love Story by James Alan Gardner2009
Shambling Towards Hiroshima by James Morrow2010
The Sultan of the Clouds [Novella] by Geoffrey A. Landis2011
The Choice by Paul J. McAuley2012
In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind (novelette) by Sarah Pinsker2014
The Man Who Sold the Moon by Cory Doctorow2015
The game of smash and recovery (short story) by Kelly Link2016

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Award description

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his widow Jayne Sturgeon and Sturgeon's children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.

Sturgeon, born in 1918, was closely identified with the Golden Age of science fiction, 1939-1950, and is often mentioned as one of the four writers who helped establish that age. The others were Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and A. E. van Vogt; all four had their first SF stories published in 1939. In addition to fiction (his best-known novel is the classic, More Than Human), Sturgeon also wrote book reviews, poetry, screenplays, radio plays, and television plays, including two classic teleplays for the original Star Trek. He was a popular lecturer and teacher, and was a regular visiting writer at the Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction. Sturgeon died in 1985. His books, manuscripts, and papers are being deposited at the University of Kansas, as he wished.

Starting in 2004, winners of the Sturgeon Award began receiving personalized trophies.
The permanent Award, beside the new trophies in this photo, bears the names of every winner.

Selection Process

For its first eight years (1987-1994), the Sturgeon Award was selected by a committee of short-fiction experts headed by Orson Scott Card. Beginning in 1995, the Sturgeon Award became a juried award, with winners selected by a committee composed of James Gunn, Frederik Pohl, and Judith Merril. After the 1996 Award, Judith Merril resigned and was replaced by Kij Johnson, the 1994 Sturgeon winner; in 2005, George Zebrowski joined the jury. Since 1999, one of Sturgeon's children has also participated in this process, usually Noel Sturgeon.

The current jury consists of James Gunn, Kij Johnson, Frederik Pohl, George Zebrowski, and Noel Sturgeon, Trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Estate.

Eligible stories are those published in English during the previous calendar year. Nominations come from a wide variety of science-fiction reviewers and serious readers as well as from the editors who publish short fiction. Nominations are collected during the winter by Chris McKitterick, who produces a list of finalists based on nominators' rankings. The jury then reads all of the finalists and debates their merits during the spring until they arrive at a consensus decision in May. The winning author is usually contacted in May and invited to attend the Campbell Conference; the winner often attends the last day or two of the SF Writers Workshop, as well.

The Sturgeon Award is presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, as the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction.


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