Tender Morsels wins World Fantasy Award for best novel; Jane Yolen wins Lifetime Achievement award

Young Adult books, and children's too, are well represented in this year's World Fantasy Awards (announced November 1). A YA novel, Tender Morsels is one of this year's best novels, and prolific children's and YA author Jane Yolen received a lifetime achievement award. Shown at right is the forth-coming Australian cover of Tender Morsels, illustrated by Shaun Tan, who by happy chance won this year's Best Artist Award. I love it--it is so much more comforting than the US cover.

Lifetime Achievement: Ellen Asher & Jane Yolen

Best Novel (tie): The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow) & Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf)
Best Artist: Shaun Tan
Special Award – Professional: Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (for Small Beer Press and Big Mouth House). Small Beer Press publishes books for children and teenagers, like The Serial Garden, by Joan Aiken, The Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner, and Kelly Link is herself the author of Pretty Monsters and Magic for Beginners, two great YA short story collections.

Here are the other winners:

Best Novella: “If Angels Fight”, Richard Bowes (F&SF 2/08)
Best Short Story: “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 7/08)
Best Anthology: Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Ekaterina Sedia, ed. (Senses Five Press)
Best Collection: The Drowned Life, Jeffrey Ford (HarperPerennial)

Special Award – Non-Professional: Michael Walsh (for Howard Waldrop collections from Old Earth Books)


  1. I haven't read the book yet, but I really do like that cover better than the first one I saw.

  2. Hurrah! This was such an excellent book. I just finished it, and when I talked to people about it many of them said they disliked it. I feel vindicated. I do like that cover very much, but it seems that Tender Morsels has had excellent luck with covers overall. I haven't seen one that I didn't like.

  3. Even more reason to READ Tender Morsels...


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