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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.


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

Administrator: Steven Lee

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

Final round judges: TBD

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: