BSFA Awards
Awarded forAwarded each year to the best Novel, Short fiction, Artwork and work of Non-Fiction published in the previous calendar year as voted for by the members of the British Science Fiction Association.
Presented byBritish Science Fiction Association
First awarded1970

The BSFA Awards are literary awards presented annually since 1970 by the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) to honour works in the genre of science fiction. Nominees and winners are chosen based on a vote of BSFA members. More recently, members of the Eastercon convention have also been eligible to vote.

BSFA Award categories

The award originally included only a category for novels. Categories for short works and artists were added in 1980. The category for younger readers was added in 2021. The artists category became artwork in 1986 and a category for related non-fiction was added in 2002. A media category was awarded from 1979 to 1992. The ceremonies are named after the year that the eligible works were published, despite the awards being given out in the next year. The current standard award categories are:

Previous categories:

BSFA Award winners

Novel: Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
Novel: The Jagged Orbit by John Brunner
Collection: The Moment of Eclipse by Brian W. Aldiss
No award — insufficient votes.
Novel: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Special Award: Billion Year Spree by Brian W. Aldiss
Novel: Inverted World by Christopher Priest
Novel: Orbitsville by Bob Shaw
Novel: Brontomek! by Michael G. Coney
Special Award: A Pictorial History of Science Fiction by David Kyle
Novel: The Jonah Kit by Ian Watson
Novel: A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
Collection: Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
Media: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (original radio series) - Douglas Adams
Novel: The Unlimited Dream Company by J. G. Ballard
Short: "Palely Loitering" by Christopher Priest (F&SF)
Media: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy record
Artist: Jim Burns
Novel: Timescape by Gregory Benford
Short: "The Brave Little Toaster" by Thomas M. Disch (F&SF)
Media: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy second radio series - Douglas Adams
Artist: Peter Jones
Novel: The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
Short: "Mythago Wood" by Robert Holdstock (F&SF)
Media: Time Bandits film
Artist: Bruce Pennington
Novel: Helliconia Spring by Brian W. Aldiss
Short: "Kitemaster" by Keith Roberts (Interzone 1)
Media: Blade Runner film
Artist: Tim White
Novel: Tik-Tok by John Sladek
Short: "After-Images" by Malcolm Edwards (Interzone 4)
Media: Android film
Artist: Bruce Pennington
Novel: Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
Short: "The Unconquered Country" by Geoff Ryman (Interzone 7)
Media: The Company of Wolves film
Artist: Jim Burns
Novel: Helliconia Winter by Brian W. Aldiss
Short: "Cube Root" by David Langford (Interzone 11)
Media: Brazil film
Artist: Jim Burns
Novel: The Ragged Astronauts by Bob Shaw
Short: "Kaeti and the Hangman" by Keith Roberts (in collection Kaeti & Company)
Media: Aliens film
Artwork: The Clocktower Girl by Keith Roberts
Novel: Grainne by Keith Roberts
Short: "Love Sickness" by Geoff Ryman (Interzone 20/21)
Media: Star Cops television series
Artwork: Cover of Worldcon Programme Book by Jim Burns
Novel: Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock
Short: "Dark Night in Toyland" by Bob Shaw (Interzone 26)
Media: Who Framed Roger Rabbit film
Artwork: Cover of Lavondyss by Alan Lee
Novel: Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
Short: "In Translation" by Lisa Tuttle (Zenith)
Media: Red Dwarf television series
Artwork: Cover of Other Edens III by Jim Burns
Novel: Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland
Short: "The Original Doctor Shade" by Kim Newman (Interzone 36)
Media: Twin Peaks television series
Artwork: Covers of The Difference Engine and Interzone 40 by Ian Miller
Novel: The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Short: "Bad Timing" by Molly Brown (Interzone 54)
Media: Terminator 2: Judgment Day film
Artwork: Cover of Interzone 45 by Mark Harrison
Novel: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Short: "Innocents" by Ian McDonald (New Worlds 2)[a]
Artwork: Cover of Hearts, Hands and Voices by Jim Burns
Novel: Aztec Century by Christopher Evans
Short: "The Ragthorn" by Robert Holdstock and Garry Kilworth (Interzone 74)
Artwork: Jim Burns (cover for Red Dust by Paul J. McAuley)
Special Award: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ed. John Clute and Peter Nicholls
Novel: Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks
Short: "The Double Felix" by Paul di Filippo (Interzone 87)
Artwork: Jim Burns (cover for Interzone 79)
Novel: The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
Short: "The Hunger and Ecstasy of Vampires" by Brian Stableford (shorter version, Interzone 91/92)
Artwork: Jim Burns (cover for Seasons of Plenty)
Novel: Excession by Iain M. Banks
Short: "A Crab Must Try" by Barrington J. Bayley (Interzone 103)
Artwork: Jim Burns (cover for Ancient Shores)
Novel: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Short: "War Birds" by Stephen Baxter (Interzone 126)
Artwork: SMS ('The Black Blood of the Dead' cover Interzone 116)
Novel: The Extremes, by Christopher Priest
Short: "La Cenerentola" by Gwyneth Jones (Interzone 136)
Artwork: Jim Burns, 'Lord Prestimion' (cover, Interzone 138)
Novel: The Sky Road by Ken MacLeod
Short: "Hunting the Slarque" by Eric Brown (Interzone 141)
Artwork: Jim Burns, Darwinia (cover of Darwinia, Robert Charles Wilson)
Novel: Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle
Short: "The Suspect Genome" by Peter F. Hamilton (Interzone 156)
Artwork: Hideaway - Dominic Harman (Cover, Interzone 157)
Novel: Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
Short Story: "Children of Winter" by Eric Brown (Interzone 163)
Artwork: cover of Omegatropic by Colin Odell
Non-fiction: Omegatropic by Stephen Baxter
Novel: The Separation by Christopher Priest
Short Fiction: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Artwork: cover, Interzone 179 by Dominic Harman
Related Publication: Introduction to Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek by David Langford
Novel: Felaheen by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Short Fiction: The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
Artwork: cover, The True Knowledge of Ken MacLeod by Colin Odell
Non-fiction: Reading Science Fiction by Farah Mendlesohn
Novel: River of Gods by Ian McDonald
Short Fiction: Mayflower II by Stephen Baxter
Artwork: cover, Newton's Wake by Stephan Martinière (US Edition)
Novel: Air by Geoff Ryman
Short Fiction: Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
Artwork: cover, Interzone 200 by Pawel Lewandowski
Non-fiction Award: Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 by Gary K. Wolfe
Novel: End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Short Fiction: The Djinn's Wife by Ian McDonald (Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2006)
Artwork: Angelbot, cover of Time Pieces, by Christopher "Fangorn" Baker
Novel: Brasyl by Ian McDonald
Short Fiction: Lighting Out by Ken MacLeod (disLocations)
Artwork: Cracked World, cover of disLocations, by Andy Bigwood
Novel: The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
Short Fiction: Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Artwork: cover of Subterfuge by Andy Bigwood
Non-fiction: Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn
Novel: The City & the City by China Miéville
Short Fiction: The Beloved Time of Their Lives by Ian Watson and Roberto Quaglia
Artwork: cover of Desolation Road by Stephan Martinière
Non-fiction: Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
Novel: The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
Short Fiction: The Ship Maker by Aliette de Bodard
Artwork: cover of Zoo City, by Joey Hi-Fi
Non-Fiction: Blogging the Hugos: Decline by Paul Kincaid
Novel: The Islanders by Christopher Priest
Short Fiction: The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell
Artwork: cover of The Noise Revealed, by Dominic Harman
Non-Fiction: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction 3rd edition by John Clute, Peter Nicholls, David Langford and Graham Sleight
Novel: Jack Glass by Adam Roberts
Short Fiction: Adrift on the Sea of Rains by Ian Sales
Artwork: cover of Jack Glass by Blacksheep
Non-Fiction: The World SF Blog, chief editor Lavie Tidhar
Novel: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (tie)
Short Fiction: Spin by Nina Allan
Artwork: cover of Dream London by Joey Hi-Fi
Non-Fiction: Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
Novel: Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
Short Fiction: The Honey Trap by Ruth E. J. Booth, La Femme
Artwork: The Wasp Factory after Iain Banks by Tessa Farmer
Non-Fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War by Edward James (historian)
Novel: House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
Short Fiction: Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight by Aliette de Bodard
Artwork: cover of Pelquin's Comet by Jim Burns
Non-Fiction: Rave and Let Die: the SF and Fantasy of 2014 by Adam Roberts
Novel: Europe in Winter by Dave Hutchinson
Short Fiction: Liberty Bird by Jaine Fenn
Artwork: cover of Central Station by Sarah Anne Langton
Non-Fiction: 100 African Writers of SFF by Geoff Ryman
Novel: The Rift by Nina Allan
Short Fiction: The Enclave by Anne Charnock
Artwork: Joint winners. Cover of The Ion Raider by Jim Burns and Waiting on a Bright Moon by Victo Ngai
Non-Fiction: Iain M. Banks (University of Illinois Press) by Paul Kincaid
Novel: Embers of War by Gareth L Powell
Short Fiction: Time Was by Ian McDonald
Artwork: In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II by Likhain
Non-Fiction: On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures by Aliette de Bodard
Novel: Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Short Fiction: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Artwork: cover of Wourism and Other Stories (Luna Press) by Chris "Fangorn" Baker
Non-Fiction: The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein by Farah Mendlesohn
Novel: The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
Short Fiction: Infinite Tea in the Demara Cafe by Ida Keogh
Artwork: Shipbuilding Over the Clyde by Iain Clark
Non-Fiction: It's the End of the World: But What Are We Really Afraid Of by Adam Roberts
Novel: Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Short Fiction: Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard
Artwork: Glasgow Green Woman by Iain Clark
Non-Fiction: Worlds Apart: Worldbuilding in Fantasy and Science Fiction edited by Francesca T. Barbini
Best Book for Younger Readers: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao


  1. ^ The BSFA website gives the title of this story as "Innocent",[11] but other sources indicate that the correct title is "Innocents". See, for example, the Locus Magazine Index to Science Fiction[12] and the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.[13]

See also


  1. ^ Matrix issue 53 (June/July 1984) p1
  2. ^ Matrix issue 59 (June/July 1985) pp4-6
  3. ^ Matrix issue 63 (April/May 1986) p1
  4. ^ Matrix issue 70 (June/July 1987) p4
  5. ^ Matrix issue 76 (June/July 1988) p7
  6. ^ Matrix issue 82 (June/July 1989) p7
  7. ^ Matrix issue 88 (June/July 1990) p7
  8. ^ Matrix issue 94 (June/July 1991) p9
  9. ^ Matrix issue 100 (June/July 1992) pp9-10
  10. ^ Matrix issue 106 (June/July 1993) p3
  11. ^ "Previous BSFA Award Winners". British Science Fiction Association. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "The Locus Index to Science Fiction: 1984-1998: Contents List". Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "Publication: New Worlds 2". ISFDB. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  14. ^ Matrix issue 111 (April/May 1994) p21
  15. ^ Matrix issue 114 (April/May 1995) p3
  16. ^ Matrix issue 122 (November/December 1996) p7
  17. ^ Matrix issue 125 (May/June 1997) p6
  18. ^ Matrix issue 131 (May/June 1998) p3
  19. ^ Matrix issue 137 (May/June 1999) p11
  20. ^ Matrix issue 144 (July/August 2000) p15
  21. ^ Matrix issue 149 (May/June 2001) p17
  22. ^ Matrix issue 155 (May/June 2002) p20
  23. ^ Matrix issue 162 (July/August 2003) p4
  24. ^ Matrix issue 167 (May/June 2004) p4
  25. ^ Matrix issue 179 (June/July 2006) p5
  26. ^ Matrix issue 184 (2007) p5
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  30. ^ "The BSFA Awards 2014 Winners Announced", accessed on 10 April 2015
  31. ^ "BSFA Awards 2016 Winners Announced", accessed on 21 September 2019
  32. ^ "BSFA Awards 2018 Announced", accessed on 21 September 2019
  33. ^ "BSFA 2019 Awards Announcement", accessed on 17 May 2020
  34. ^ "BSFA 2020 Awards Announcement", accessed on 4 April 2021
  35. ^ "BSFA 2021 Awards Announcement", accessed on 25 April 2021
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