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James Tiptree Jr. Award

In February of 1991 at WisCon (the world’s only feminist-oriented science fiction convention), award-winning SF author Pat Murphy announced the creation of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. Pat created the award in collaboration with author Karen Joy Fowler.

The award is named for Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr. By her impulsive choice of a masculine pen name, Sheldon helped break down the imaginary barrier between “women’s writing” and “men’s writing.” Her fine stories were eagerly accepted by publishers and won many awards in the field. Many years later, after she had written some other work under the female pen name of Raccoona Sheldon, it was generally discovered that she was female. The discovery led to a great deal of discussion of what aspects of writing, if any, are essentially gendered. The name, “Tiptree” was selected to illustrate the complex role of gender in writing and reading. For more information, including detailed descriptions of why each novel or story won the award, visit The Official James Tiptree, Jr. Award page.

[Titles in “quotes” below are short stories. Titles without “quotes” are novels. NOTE: The titles in this list are “hotlinked” to the library’s catalog, for all those titles currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. Several of the earlier World Fantasy Award-winning novels have gone out of print and are no longer in our collection. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.]

James Tiptree, Jr. Award Winners
for best SF/Fantasy novel or story dealing with gender issues

Book Cover2016 (tie)
Anna-Marie McLemore
When the Moon Was Ours


2015 (tie)
Eugene Fischer
The New Mother


2015 (tie)
Pat Schmatz
Lizard Radio


2014 (tie)
Monica Byrne
The Girl in the Road


Book Cover2014 (tie)
Jo Walton
My Real Children


2013 
N.A. Sulway
Rupetta


2012 (tie)
Caitlin R. Kiernan
The Drowning Girl


2012 (tie)
Kiini Ibura Salaam
Ancient, Ancient


2011 
Andrea Hairston
Redwood and Wildfire


2010
Dubravka Ugresic
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg


2009 (tie)
Greer Gilman
Cloud and Ashes: Three Winters Tales


2009 (tie)
Fumi Yoshinaga
Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Volumes 1 and 2 (graphic novel)


Book Cover2008 (tie)
Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go


2008 (tie)
Nisi Shawl
Filter House (short story collection)


2007 
Sarah Hall
Daughters of the North (a.k.a. The Carhullan Army)


2006 (tie)
Shelley Jackson
Half-Life


2006 (tie)
Catherynne Valente
The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden


Book Cover2006
Special Award
Julie Phillips
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon


2005 
Geoff Ryman
Air: or Have, Not Have


Book Cover2004 (tie)
Joe Haldeman
Camouflage


2004 (tie) 
Johanna Sinisalo
Not Before Sundown


2003 
Matt Ruff
Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls


Book Cover2002 (tie)
M. John Harrison
Light


2002 (tie) 
John Kessel
“Stories for Men”


2001 
Hiromi Goto
The Kappa Child


Book Cover2000 
Molly Gloss
Wild Life


1999 
Suzy McKee Charnas
The Conqueror’s Child


Book Cover1998 
Raphael Carter
“The Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation” in Starlight 2


1997 (tie)
Candas Jane Dorsey
Black Wine


1997 (tie)
Kelly Link
“Travels With the Snow Queen” in Stranger Things Happen


Book Cover1996 (tie)
Ursula K. LeGuin
“Mountain Ways” in Birthday of the World: and Other Stories


Book Cover1996 (tie) 
Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow


1995 (tie)
Elizabeth Hand
Waking the Moon


1995 (tie) 
Theodore Roszak
The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein


Book Cover1994 (tie)
Ursula K. LeGuin
“The Matter of Seggri” in Birthday of the World: and Other Stories


1994 (tie) 
Nancy Springer
Larque on the Wing


1993 
Nicola Griffith
Ammonite


1992 
Maureen F. McHugh
China Mountain Zhang


1991 (tie)
Eleanor Arnason
A Woman of the Iron People


1991 (tie) 
Gwyneth Jones
White Queen

Retrospective Awards

Suzy McKee Charnas
Motherlines and Walk to the End of the World


Book CoverUrsula K. LeGuin
The Left Hand of Darkness


Joanna Russ
“When it Changed” in Again, Dangerous Visions


Book CoverJoanna Russ
The Female Man


Updated March 2018 sdc