Janusz A. Zajdel Award

Summary

Janusz A. Zajdel Award
Zajdel statuetka.jpg
The statuette of the Janusz A. Zajdel Award.
CountryPoland
Presented bythe Polish science fiction and fantasy fandom
First awarded1984
Websitezajdel.art.pl
2013 winner: Rober Wegner
2012 winners: Jakub Ćwiek and Maja Lidia Kossakowska
2011 winners: Jacek Dukaj and Anna Kańtoch

The Janusz A. Zajdel Award (Nagroda imienia Janusza A. Zajdla), often called just Zajdel, is the annual award given by the Polish science fiction and fantasy fandom for the best stories published in the previous year. The winners are chosen in a vote by fans present at the Polcon convention from up to five nominations in each of two categories:

  • Novel: works longer than 100 standard pages (of 1800 characters),
  • Short story: shorter works.

Instant-runoff voting with "No award" as one of the choices is the method used. Vote counts are not announced.

History

The award was created in 1985 under the name Sfinks (not to be confused with the Sfinks Award [pl], an award of the SFinks [pl] magazine). After the death of the first winner Janusz A. Zajdel in the same year, the name was changed in his memory.

Until 1989, the award was given by Polish science fiction fan associations, voting as units; since 1990, all fans present at Polcon can vote.

Until 1991, there was a single award given for the best story; since 1992, there are two categories: novel and short story.

In 2014, a free online e-book of the stories nominated for year 2013 was made available.[1]

Winners

The year given is the year of publication. Since 1992, novels and short stories have been judged separately.

Year Novel Short story
1984 Janusz Andrzej Zajdel, Paradyzja
1985 Marek Baraniecki, Głowa Kasandry
1986 no award
1987 no award
1988 Edmund Wnuk-Lipiński, Rozpad połowiczny
1989 no award
1990 Andrzej Sapkowski, Mniejsze zło
1991 Marek S. Huberath, Kara większa
1992 Feliks Wiktor Kres, Król bezmiarów Andrzej Sapkowski, Miecz przeznaczenia
1993 no award Andrzej Sapkowski, W leju po bombie
1994 Andrzej Sapkowski, Krew elfów Ewa Białołęcka, Tkacz Iluzji
1995 Rafał Aleksander Ziemkiewicz, Pieprzony los kataryniarza Konrad Tomasz Lewandowski, Noteka 2015
1996 Tomasz Kołodziejczak, Kolory sztandarów Rafał A. Ziemkiewicz, Śpiąca królewna
1997 Marek S. Huberath, Druga podobizna w alabastrze Ewa Białołęcka, Błękit Maga
1998 Rafał A. Ziemkiewicz, Walc stulecia Anna Brzezińska, A kochał ją aż strach
1999 Marek S. Huberath, Gniazdo światów Antonina Liedtke, CyberJoly Drim
2000 Anna Brzezińska, Żmijowa harfa Jacek Dukaj, Katedra
2001 Jacek Dukaj, Czarne oceany Andrzej Ziemiański, Autobahn nach Poznań
2002 Andrzej Sapkowski, Narrenturm Andrzej Pilipiuk, Kuzynki
2003 Jacek Dukaj, Inne pieśni Andrzej Ziemiański, Zapach szkła
2004 Jacek Dukaj, Perfekcyjna niedoskonałość Anna Brzezińska, Wody głębokie jak niebo
2005 Jarosław Grzędowicz, Pan Lodowego Ogrodu, tom I Jarosław Grzędowicz, Wilcza zamieć
2006 Jarosław Grzędowicz, Popiół i kurz Maja Lidia Kossakowska, Smok tańczy dla Chung Fonga
2007 Jacek Dukaj, Lód Wit Szostak, Miasto grobów. Uwertura
2008 Rafał Kosik, Kameleon Anna Kańtoch, Światy Dantego
2009 Anna Kańtoch, Przedksiężycowi, tom 1 Robert M. Wegner, Wszyscy jesteśmy Meekhańczykami
2010 Jacek Dukaj, Król Bólu i pasikonik Anna Kańtoch, Duchy w maszynach
2011 Maja Lidia Kossakowska, Grillbar Galaktyka Jakub Ćwiek, Bajka o trybach i powrotach
2012 Robert M. Wegner, Niebo ze stali Robert M. Wegner, Jeszcze jeden bohater
2013 Krzysztof Piskorski, Cienioryt Anna Kańtoch, Człowiek nieciągły
2014 Michał Cholewa, Forta Anna Kańtoch, Sztuka porozumienia
2015 Robert M. Wegner, Pamięć wszystkich słów Robert M. Wegner, Milczenie owcy
2016 Krzysztof Piskorski, Czterdzieści i cztery Łukasz Orbitowski and Michał Cetnarowski [pl], Wywiad z Borutą
2017 Rafał Kosik, Różaniec Marta Kisiel [pl], Szaławiła
2018 Robert Wegner, Każde martwe marzenie [pl] Marta Kisiel [pl], Pierwsze słowo
2019[2] Radek Rak [pl], Baśń o wężowym sercu albo wtóre słowo o Jakóbie Szeli [pl]
[A Tale of the Serpent's Heart or the Second Word about Jakub Szela]
Marta Potocka, "Chomik" ["Hamster"]

Winner summaries

2019: Radek Rak, Baśń o wężowym sercu...

The novel is loosely based on the legends about Jakub Szela, the leader of a 1846 peasant uprising known as the Galician slaughter. It gained several other literary awards.[3]

2019: Marta Potocka, "Chomik"

Marta Potocka is a young writer, with several short stories. She works as a programmer. Her winning work "Chomik" ["Hamster"] was published in the e-zine Esensja [pl], no. 5, 2019. The story is set in the near future Poland. The heavily criticized Social Insurance Institution is closed and the basic social security payment is introduced to everybody subject to the condition that to qualify for it the person must join the program of Social Monitoring. The Social Insurance Institution is replaced with the Social Balance Institution, whose function is to control that people spend as much money as possible. Those who do not want to spend are called "hamsters", i.e., "hoarders". An employee of SII tries to handle a particularly tough "hamster" and fails, but instead uncovers a much larger problem. [3] Chomik is available online.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Opowiadania nominowane do Zajdla jako e-booki!" Archived 2014-09-14 at the Wayback Machine, July 9, 2014 (retrieved August 18, 2014)
  2. ^ Nominacje Nagrody Fandomu Polskiego im. Janusza A. Zajdla w latach 2010−2019
  3. ^ a b Radek Rak i Marta Potocka laureatami Nagrody im. Janusza A. Zajdla za 2019 rok
  4. ^ Chomik , Marta Potocka

External links

  • The Award homepage (in Polish)