Locus Award for Best Short Story


The Locus Award for Best Short Story is one of a series of Locus Awards given every year by Locus Magazine. Awards presented in a given year are for works published in the previous calendar year.

Originally known as the Locus Award for Best Short Fiction, the first award in this category was presented in 1971.


Winners are as follows:[1]

Year Short Story Author
1971 "The Region Between" Harlan Ellison
1972 "The Queen of Air and Darkness" Poul Anderson
1973 "Basilisk" Harlan Ellison
1974 "The Deathbird" Harlan Ellison
1975 "The Day Before the Revolution" Ursula K. Le Guin
1976 "Croatoan" Harlan Ellison
1977 "Tricentennial" Joe Haldeman
1978 "Jeffty Is Five" Harlan Ellison
1979 "Count the Clock that Tells the Time" Harlan Ellison
1980 "The Way of Cross and Dragon" George R. R. Martin
1981 "Grotto of the Dancing Deer" Clifford D. Simak
1982 "The Pusher" John Varley
1983 "Sur" Ursula K. Le Guin
1984 "Beyond the Dead Reef" James Tiptree, Jr.
1985 "Salvador" Lucius Shepard
1986 "With Virgil Oddum at the East Pole" Harlan Ellison
1987 "Robot Dreams" Isaac Asimov
1988 "Angel" Pat Cadigan
1989 "Eidolons" Harlan Ellison
1990 "Lost Boys" Orson Scott Card
1991 "Bears Discover Fire" Terry Bisson
1992 "Buffalo" John Kessel
1993 "Even the Queen" Connie Willis
1994 "Close Encounter" Connie Willis
1995 "None So Blind" Joe Haldeman
1996 "The Lincoln Train" Maureen F. McHugh
1997 "Gone" John Crowley
1998 "Itsy Bitsy Spider" James Patrick Kelly
1999 "Maneki Neko" Bruce Sterling
2000 "macs" Terry Bisson
2001 "The Missing Mass" Larry Niven
2002 "The Bones of the Earth" Ursula K. Le Guin
2003 "October in the Chair" Neil Gaiman
2004 "Closing Time" Neil Gaiman
2005 "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire" Neil Gaiman
2006 "Sunbird" Neil Gaiman
2007 "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" Neil Gaiman
2008 "A Small Room in Koboldtown" Michael Swanwick
2009 "Exhalation" Ted Chiang
2010 "An Invocation of Incuriosity" Neil Gaiman
2011 "The Thing About Cassandra" Neil Gaiman
2012 "The Case of Death and Honey" Neil Gaiman
2013 "Immersion" Aliette de Bodard
2014 "The Road of Needles" Caitlín R. Kiernan
2015 "The Truth About Owls" Amal El-Mohtar
2016 "Cat Pictures Please" Naomi Kritzer
2017 "Seasons of Glass and Iron" Amal El-Mohtar
2018 "The Martian Obelisk" Linda Nagata
2019 "The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington" P. Djèlí Clark
2020 "The Bookstore at the End of America" Charlie Jane Anders


  1. ^ Locus Award for Best Short Story accessed 4 March 2015