06 April 2012

F is for the Norton Award from SFFWA

For April I'm Blogging the Alphabet through YA Book Awards!  Find out more Here!

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America give out an award every year to a young adult fantasy or science fiction book published in the previous year.  Named for Andre Norton, the first woman to win a Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society and also a recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award from SFFWA, the Andre Norton Award honors has been given out every year since 2006 (honoring a book from 2005, the year Norton died)1.  The award is decided in a tiered system: there is a jury of SFFWA members that choose a shortlist of finalists from member-nominated works and the membership at large of SFFWA votes for a winner from the finalists.  A book nominated for a Norton can also be nominated for a Nebula, SFFWA's novel, novella, novelette, and short story awards, and a few YA works have been a finalist in those categories since the inception of the Norton award.  Since the awards are presented in May we don't know who will win in 2012 for books from 2011, but we do know the slate of nominees and some notable past winners.

2011 Finalists for the Andre Norton Award:
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout
The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

Past Winners:
2010 - I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett
2009 - The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
2008 - Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) by Ysabeau S. Wilce
2007 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
2006 - Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
2005 - Valiant : A Modern Tale of Faerie by Holly Black

Other notable works:
2009 - Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - novel finalist
1986 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - novel winner

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andre_Norton


  1. An award I've actually heard of before. And my favorite "Ender's Game" won it.

    1. If you know this one then I bet you can guess what Monday's "H" is . . .

  2. Oh, I love Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Sounds like Ender's Game has won every speculative fiction award out there...

    1. I've found plenty Ender's Game hasn't. Good to hear about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it's next on my list!