The winner of the 2013 Crawford Memorial Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for an outstanding first fantasy book, is Karin Tidbeck for Jagannath: Stories (Cheeky Frawg Books).
According to award administrator Gary K. Wolfe, the decision on the final award was an unusually difficult one for the nominating committee, whose members also want to call particular attention to the close runner-up, Rachel Hartman, for her novel Seraphina (Random House). Other books on this year’s shortlist are Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon (DAW), Roz Kaveney’s Rituals: Rhapsody of Blood, Volume One (Plus One), and Kiini Ibura Salaam’s Ancient, Ancient: Short Fiction (Aqueduct).
Participating in this year’s nomination and selection process were Cheryl Morgan, Ellen Klages, Niall Harrison, Graham Sleight, Liza Groen Trombi, Stacie Hanes, Karen Burnham, and Jonathan Strahan. The award will be presented on March 23 during the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Florida.