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Sarah Avery Wins the 2015 Mythopoeic Award for Tales from Rugosa Coven

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

tales-from-rugosa-coven-Avery-smallBlack Gate blogger Sarah Avery has been awarded the 2015 Mythopoeic Award for her novel Tales from Rugosa Coven, published in 2013 by Dark Quest. (As she put in in her e-mail to us, “Don’t look now, but there’s a very small lion in my suitcase.”)

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 were announced at Mythcon 46, held July 31 – August 3, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The complete list of winners follows.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Sarah Avery, Tales from Rugosa Coven (Dark Quest)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • 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)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Brian Attebery, Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth (Oxford Univ. Press, 2014)

Congratulations to Sarah, and all the winners!

Sarah has been a blogger at Black Gate for the past four years. Her 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.

See the complete list of nominees here, and details on the awards at the Mythopoeic Society website.


  1. Sarah! Yay!

    Comment by Wild Ape - August 5, 2015 9:54 am

  2. Congratulations, Sarah. :)

    Comment by Rachel Book Harlot - August 5, 2015 3:48 pm

  3. Anything set in New Jersey is both weird (we invented ‘weird’) and OK in my book. Congratulations, Ms. Avery!

    Comment by Eugene R. - August 5, 2015 11:03 pm

  4. Thanks, everybody! I’m so thrilled to see this book reaching more readers.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - August 7, 2015 3:30 pm

  5. This is wonderful news. Congratulations, Sarah.

    Comment by Violette Malan - August 8, 2015 2:20 pm

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