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Sarah Avery Nominated for 2015 Mythopoeic Award for Tales from Rugosa Coven

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

tales-from-rugosa-coven-Avery-smallBlack Gate blogger Sarah Avery has been nominated for the 2015 Mythopoeic Award for her novel Tales from Rugosa Coven, published in 2013 by Dark Quest.

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, series, or collection for adults published during the previous year that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings,” the Oxford literary discussion group that included J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. The winners will be announced during Mythcon 46, held July 31 – August 3, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Congratulations to Sarah, and all the nominees!

Sarah’s short story “The War of the Wheat Berry Year,” a slender and deceptively simple fantasy featuring The Traitor of Imlen, was published in Black Gate 15. The complete list of nominees for the 2015 Mythopoeic Awards follows.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Sarah Avery, Tales from Rugosa Coven (Dark Quest)
  • Stephanie Feldman, The Angel of Losses (Ecco)
  • Theodora Goss, Songs for Ophelia (Papaveria Press)
  • Joanne M. Harris, The Gospel of Loki (Gollancz)
  • Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key series (IDW Publishing)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • Jonathan Auxier, The Night Gardener (Harry N. Abrams)
  • Merrie Haskell, The Castle Behind Thorns (Katherine Tegan Books)
  • Diana Wynne Jones and Ursula Jones, The Islands of Chaldea (Greenwillow)
  • Robin LaFevers, His Fair Assassin series (Grave MercyDark Triumph; and Mortal Heart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Natalie Lloyd, A Snicker of Magic (Scholastic)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • Robert Boenig, C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages (Kent State Univ. Press, 2012)
  • Monika B. Hilder, C. S. Lewis and Gender series, consisting of The Feminine Ethos in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia (Peter Lang, 2012); The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C. S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy(Peter Lang, 2013); and Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C. S. Lewis and Gender (Peter Lang, 2013)
  • John Wm. Houghton, Janet Brennan Croft, Nancy Martsch, John D. Rateliff, and Robin Anne Reid, eds., Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey (McFarland, 2014)
  • John Garth, Tolkien at Exeter College: How an Undergraduate Created Middle-earth (Exeter College, 2014)
  • Christopher Tolkien, ed., Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, Together with Sellic Spell, by J. R. R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin, 2014)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Brian Attebery, Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth (Oxford Univ. Press, 2014)
  • Daniel Gabelman, George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness and Fairytale Levity (Baylor Univ. Press, 2013)
  • Sara Maitland, From the Forest: The Hidden Roots of our Fairy Tales (Counterpoint, 2012)
  • Michael Saler, As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality (Oxford Univ. Press, 2012)
  • Kristen Stirling, Peter Pan’s Shadows in the Modern Literary Imagination (Routledge, 2012)

See the complete details on the awards at the Mythopoeic Society website.

5 Comments »

  1. Congrats Sarah!!!

    Comment by Jason M 'RBE' Waltz - June 3, 2015 8:25 pm

  2. Thanks, guys! It’s already been a heady few days. You know how C.S.E. Cooney knows everybody? I asked her to ping the people she knows who have won this thing before and ask them what one wears. (I’ve never been nominated for anything like this before, and I know less about fashion than about the bottom of the ocean.) So then I got to have the surreal experience of watching the Facebook comment thread in which Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Elizabeth Hand, and Theodora Goss discussed dresses on my behalf.

    So now I’m happily making travel arrangements for Mythcon, where I expect the surreality will continue.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - June 3, 2015 9:05 pm

  3. Congratulations, Sarah — what an honor! The Mythopoeic Awards hold a place near and dear to my heart.

    Comment by Nick Ozment - June 3, 2015 10:50 pm

  4. Way to go Sarah!

    Comment by Wild Ape - June 4, 2015 12:02 pm

  5. Thank you! I feel sort of like a BG ambassador to the land if the scholars.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - June 5, 2015 5:41 pm


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