The 2016 Mythopoeic Awards, hosted by the Mythopoeic Society, announced the finalists for their 2016 awards season. Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest, E.K. Johnston’s A Thousand Nights, and Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper all earned nominations for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.
The Darkest Part of the Forest tells the story of Hazel and Ben who, after years of telling Faerie stories, have to become part of the stories they tell to help their town of Fairfold survive.
In Shadowshaper, Sierra Santiago is enjoying her summer until a corpse crashes the party of the season. Sierra discovers she has the power to put the souls of the departed into her art.
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife in A Thousand Nights. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. And so she plots to be taken in her sister’s place.
The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection for adults published during 2015 that best exemplifies the spirit of the Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and their friends.
Though The Darkest Part of the Forest, A Thousand Nights, and Shadowshaper are all young adult novels, they did earn adult nominations, one of the only awards that allows the subsequent move upwards. As the awards series lacks a young adult novel category, though it has a children’s category, it may explain the inclusion of the young adult titles in the adult category.
The winners will be announced during Mythcon 47, to be held August 5 – 8, in Texas.