The Mythopoeic Society is a non-profit organization promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythopoeic literature through books and periodicals, annual conferences, discussion groups, awards, and more. They are especially interested in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams, prominent members of the informal Oxford literary circle known as the “Inklings” (1930s – 1950s).
Thus, quite logically, the “Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature” is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume novel, or single-author story collection for adults published during the previous year that best exemplifies the myth-making tradition of the ‘Inklings.’
Previous winners include Mary Stewart (twice), Orson Scott Card, Elizabeth Hand, Neil Gaiman (twice), Salman Rushdie, Michael Chabon, Terry Pratchett, Jonathan Stroud, and J.K. Rowling. Those who made the “short list” and never won are an equally interesting list; Michael Moorcock, Tanith Lee (twice), Charles de Lint (four times), Guy Gavriel Kay (five times), Connie Willis (twice), Elizabeth Hand, and Margaret Atwood.
More details about the award right here.
This year’s nominees for the award are as follows:
- Yangsze Choo, The Ghost Bride (William Morrow)
- Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (William Morrow)
- Max Gladstone, Three Parts Dead (Tor)
- Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni (Harper)
- Mark H. Williams, Sleepless Knights (Atomic Fez Publishing)
The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during Mythcon 45, to be held August 8 – 11, 2014, at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.