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Past Winners

NESFA® Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story Contest Past Winners

Please read the rules for information about the current Contest.

Note that based on the number and quality of contest entries,
some years have no winners or no honorable mentions.


The 2021-2022 winners were announced at Boskone 59, February 2022, as follows:

Administrator: Steven Lee

First readers: Chip Hitchcock, Ann Crimmins, Rick Katze, David G. Grubbs, Kelsey Pouk

Final round judges: Tamsyn Muir, Tim Griffin, Elaine Isaak

For the 2021-2022 contest, we received 60 entries by the September 30th deadline.


The 2020-2021 winners were announced at Boskone 58, February 2021, as follows:

Administrator: Steven Lee

First readers: Ann Crimmins, Don D’Ammassa, David G. Grubbs, Chip Hitchcock, Steven Lee, Suford Lewis, and Kelsey Pouk

Final round judges: Kim Stanley Robinson and Joe Abercrombie

For the 2020-2021 contest, we reached our limit of 75 entries by the end of August.


The 2019-2020 winners were announced at Boskone 57, February 2020, as follows:

Administrator: Steven Lee

First readers: James Boggie, Ann Crimmins, David G. Grubbs, Chip Hitchcock, Mike Kerpan, Suford Lewis, and Kelsey Pouk

Final round judges: Elaine Isaak, Tony Lewis, and Kim Stanley Robinson

For the 2019-2020 contest, we had 22 entries by the September 30th deadline.


The 2018-2019 winners were announced at Boskone 56, February 2019, as follows:

Administrator: Michael Sharrow

First readers: Terri Bruce, Ann Crimmins, Alex Donald, Brenna Harvey, Elaine Isaak, Suford Lewis, and John Murphy

Final round judges: Elaine Isaak, Daniel M. Kimmel, and Elizabeth Hand


The 2017-2018 winners were announced at Boskone 55, February 2018, as follows:

Administrator: Michael Sharrow

First readers: Suford Lewis, Ann Crimmins, Alex Donald, Elaine Isaak, Terri Bruce, Tim Goyette, and Becky DeVendra

Final round judges: Mary Robinette Kowal, Daniel M. Kimmel, and Elaine Isaak


The 2016-2017 winners were announced at Boskone 54, February 2017, as follows:

Administrator: Michael Sharrow

First readers: Suford Lewis, Ann Crimmins, Wes Brodsky, David G. Grubbs

Final round judges: Dan Kimmel, Jennifer Pelland, James Patrick Kelly


The 2015-2016 winners were announced at Boskone 53, February 2016, as follows:

Administrator: Michael Sharrow

First readers: Suford Lewis, Ann Crimmins, Wes Brodsky, David G. Grubbs

Final round judges: Tony Lewis, Dan Kimmel, Garth Nix


The 2014-2015 winners were announced at Boskone 52, February 2015, as follows:

Administrator: Michael Sharrow

First readers: Ann Broomhead, Ann Crimmins, Chip Hitchcock, Rick Katze, Joan Pfeffer, Larry Pfeffer, Joe Ross, Suford Lewis, David G. Grubbs

Preliminary judges: Michael Sharrow, David G. Grubbs, Suford Lewis

Final round judges: Tony Lewis, Dan Kimmel, Steven Brust


The NESFA Short Story contest went on hiatus for 9 years.


The 2004-2005 winners were announced at Boskone 42, February 2005, as follows:

The final round judge was Tony Lewis.


The 2003-2004 winners were announced at Boskone 41, February 2004, as follows:

The final round judges were Tony Lewis and Michael A. Burstein.


The 2002-2003 winners were announced at Boskone 40, February 2003, as follows:

The final round judges were David Brin and John M. Ford.


The 2001-2002 winners were announced at Boskone 39, February 2002, as follows:

For the 2002 Contest, the semi-finalist judge was Michael Burstein and the final judge was Neil Gaiman.


There was no 2000-2001 winner.


The 1999-2000 winners were announced at Boskone 37, February 2000, as follows:

The final round judge was Michael Swanwick.


The 1998-1999 story contest winners were announced at Boskone 36, in February 1999, as follows:

The final round judges were Alexander Jablokov, Warren Lapine, and Allen M. Steele.


The 1997-1998 story contest winners were announced at Boskone 35, in February 1998, as follows: