|Awarded for||Best science fiction, fantasy, horror, and alternate history works of previous year|
|Presented by||Dragon Con|
The Dragon Awards are a set of literary and media awards voted on by fandom and presented annually since 2016 by Dragon Con for excellence in various categories of science fiction, fantasy, horror novels, movies, television, and games.
The Dragon Awards were first presented in 2016, created on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Dragon Con to "recognize excellence in all things Science Fiction and Fantasy." In 2018, 11,000 voters cast a ballot. They are given out annually at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia.
The finalist shortlist for the first Dragon Awards was announced on August 11, 2016, and the winners were announced on September 4 that year.
A unique feature of the Awards is that it runs a diverse set of subgenera.
In 2017, nominated authors Allison Littlewood, John Scalzi, and N.K. Jemisin asked Dragon Con to remove their names from the ballot. John Scalzi then reconsidered and kept his name on the ballot. The coordinators of the Dragon Awards initially refused to remove authors names, then changed their minds after receiving criticism across blogs and science fiction related publications.
The nominations and votes are collected electronically. Participation is available to everyone, requiring only an e-mail address, but no membership or other fees, to vote. The Dragon Awards website states that they "[reserve] the right to invalidate suspect or questionable ballots without notice," and that "All decisions regarding the voting process and selection of winners shall be made by DRAGON CON in its sole discretion, shall be final, and shall not be subject to challenge or appeal." Language describing the review of nominations does not state that nominations are counted numerically but are "gathered and reviewed to create a final ballot." Neither counts of nominations nor votes have ever been made public.
The award process consists of two steps:
The Dragon Awards have been criticized because of the appearance that the awards were created in conjunction with campaigns by the Rabid and Sad Puppies to attack the Hugo Award. Another concern raised is regarding the opaqueness of the nomination and voting process.
The full list of nominees ("shortlist") can be found at List of Dragon Award nominees.
|2016||Somewhither: Being the First Part of A Tale of the Unwithering Realm||John C. Wright||Castalia House|||
|2017||Babylon's Ashes||James S. A. Corey||Orbit Books|||
|2018||Artemis||Andy Weir||Crown Publishing Group|||
|2019||A Star-Wheeled Sky||Brad R. Torgersen||Baen Books|||
|2020||The Last Emperox||John Scalzi||Tor|||
|2021||Project Hail Mary||Andy Weir||Ballantine Books|||
|2016||Son of the Black Sword||Larry Correia||Baen Books|||
|2017||Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge||Larry Correia, John Ringo||Baen Books|||
|2018||Oathbringer||Brandon Sanderson||Tor Books|||
|2019||House of Assassins||Larry Correia||Baen Books|||
|2020||The Starless Sea||Erin Morgenstern||Doubleday|||
|2021||Battle Ground||Jim Butcher||Ace Books|||
|2016||The Shepherd's Crown||Terry Pratchett||Doubleday|||
|2017||The Hammer of Thor||Rick Riordan||Disney-Hyperion Books|||
|2018||Children of Blood and Bone||Tomi Adeyemi||Henry Holt|||
|2019||Bloodwitch||Susan Dennard||Tor Books|||
|2020||Finch Merlin and the Fount of Youth||Bella Forrest||Nightlight Books|||
|2021||A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking||T. Kingfisher||Argyll Productions|||
|2016||Hell's Foundations Quiver||David Weber||Tor Books|||
|2017||Iron Dragoons||Richard Fox||Triplane Press|||
|2018||A Call to Vengeance||Timothy Zahn, David Weber and Thomas Pope||Baen Books|||
|2019||Uncompromising Honor||David Weber||Baen Books|||
|2020||Savage Wars||Jason Anspach & Nick Cole (author)||Galaxy’s Edge|||
|2021||Gun Runner||Larry Correia & John D. Brown||Baen|||
|2016||League of Dragons||Naomi Novik||Del Rey Books|||
|2017||Fallout||Harry Turtledove||Del Rey Books|||
|2018||Uncharted||Kevin J. Anderson and Sarah A. Hoyt||Baen Books|||
|2019||Black Chamber||S. M. Stirling||Baen Books|||
|2020||Witchy Kingdom||D.J. Butler||Baen|||
|2021||1637: No Peace Beyond the Line||Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon||Baen|||
The category "Best Apocalyptic Novel" was removed from the awards in 2018.
|2016||Ctrl Alt Revolt!||Nick Cole||self-published|||
|2017||Walkaway||Cory Doctorow||Tor Books|||
The category "Best Media Tie-In Novel" was first introduced in 2018.
|2018||Leia: Princess of Alderaan||Claudia Gray||Disney-Lucasfilm|||
|2019||Thrawn: Alliances||Timothy Zahn||Penguin Random House|||
|2020||Firefly: The Ghost Machine||James Lovegrove||Titan Books|||
|2021||Firefly: Generations||Tim Lebbon||Titan Books|||
|2017||The Changeling||Victor LaValle||Spiegel & Grau|||
|2018||Sleeping Beauties||Stephen King and Owen King||Scribner|||
|2019||Little Darlings||Melanie Golding||Crooked Lane Books|||
|2020||The Twisted Ones||T. Kingfisher||Saga|||
|2021||The Hollow Places||T. Kingfisher||Saga|||
|2016||Ms. Marvel||Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona||Marvel Comics|||
|2017||The Dresden Files: Dog Men||Jim Butcher, Mark Powers||Dynamite Entertainment|||
|2018||Mighty Thor||Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman||Marvel Comics|||
|2019||Saga||Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples||Image Comics|||
|2020||Avengers||Jason Aaron & Ed McGuinness||Marvel|||
|2021||X-Men||Jonathan Hickman & Mahmud Asrar||Marvel|||
|2016||The Sandman: Overture||Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams III||Vertigo Comics|||
|2017||The Dresden Files: Wild Card||Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez||Dynamite Entertainment|||
|2018||White Sand, Volume 1||Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin and Julius M. Gopez||Dynamite Entertainment|||
|2019||X-Men: Grand Design – Second Genesis||Ed Piskor||Marvel Comics|||
|2020||Battlestar Galactica: Counterstrike!||John Jackson Miller & Daniel HDR||Dynamite Entertainment|||
|2021||The Magicians: New Class||Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges & Pius Bak||Archaia Entertainment|||
|2016||Game of Thrones||David Benioff and D. B. Weiss||HBO|||
|2017||Stranger Things||The Duffer Brothers||Netflix|||
|2018||Game of Thrones||David Benioff and D. B. Weiss||HBO|||
|2019||Good Omens||Neil Gaiman||Amazon Prime Video|||
|2020||The Mandalorian||Jon Favreau||Disney+|||
|2021||The Expanse||Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby||Amazon Prime Video|||
|2016||The Martian||Ridley Scott (director), Drew Goddard (writer)||Scott Free Productions, Kinberg Genre, TSG Entertainment|||
|2017||Wonder Woman||Patty Jenkins (director), Allan Heinberg (writer), Zack Snyder (writer), Jason Fuchs (writer)||RatPac-Dune Entertainment, DC Films, Tencent Pictures, Wanda Pictures, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films|||
|2018||Black Panther||Ryan Coogler (director, writer), Joe Robert Cole (writer)||Marvel Studios|||
|2019||Avengers: Endgame||Russo brothers (directors)||Marvel Studios|||
|2020||Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker||J. J. Abrams||Disney|||
|2021||The Old Guard||Gina Prince-Bythewood||Netflix|||
|2016||Fallout 4||Bethesda Softworks|||
|2017||The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild||Nintendo|||
|2019||Middle-earth: Shadow of War||Monolith Productions|||
|2019||Red Dead Redemption 2||Rockstar Games|||
|2020||Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order||Respawn Entertainment|||
|2021||Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla||Ubisoft|||
|2016||Fallout Shelter||Bethesda Softworks|||
|2018||Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery||Jam City|||
|2019||Harry Potter: Wizards Unite||Niantic, WB Games San Francisco|||
|2020||Minecraft Earth||Mojang Studios|||
|2021||Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells||Zynga|||
|2016||Pandemic: Legacy||Z-Man Games|||
|2017||Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk||Avalon Hill|||
|2018||Red Dragon Inn 6: Villains||Slugfest Games|||
|2019||Betrayal Legacy||Avalon Hill Games|||
|2021||Imperium||Dire Wolf Games|||
|2016||Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game (7th edition)||Chaosium|||
|2017||Magic: The Gathering: Eldritch Moon||Wizards of the Coast|||
|2018||Magic: The Gathering: Unstable||Wizards of the Coast|||
|2019||Call of Cthulhu: Masks of Nyarlathotep Slipcase Set||Chaosium|||
|2020||Magic: The Gathering: Throne of Eldraine||Wizards of the Coast|||
|2021||Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Soulbound Role-Playing Game||Cubicle 7|||
DragonCon, Atlanta’s annual science fiction and fantasy competition, released the nominee list (see below) for the first-ever Dragon Awards
In celebration of their 30th anniversary, they have announced the creation of the Dragon Awards.
he Dragon Awards are the only fan’s choice award in fandom, with more than 11,000 people casting a ballot this year.
Winners of the inaugural Dragon Awards were announced at Dragon Con, held September 2–5, 2016 in Atlanta GA.
A key feature of the Dragon Awards is that, instead of one broad novel category (for any book over 50,000 words), they break down nominees by subgenre, for a much wider-ranging and more specific field of recognition.
this award would be driven by fan participation: they would nominate their favorite works, and vote on the final shortlist. Unlike the Hugo Awards, which require a paid membership to vote, the Dragon Awards were a completely free process.
Your nominations are gathered and reviewed to create a final ballot.
Best Science Fiction Novel WINNER: Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown)
Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
The Mighty Thor beat out a nominee slate that included Saga, Star Wars: Darth Vader, Doomsday Clock, Mister Miracle, and Aliens: Dead Orbit.
celebrate the winners of the 2018 Dragon Awards. Among the science-fiction wins were Andy Weir’s Artemis for Best Science Fiction Novel and Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand Volume 1 for Best Graphic Novel.