As usual, there were a few awards given out at Finncon last weekend in Turku. Here's a rundown of the results.
The Atorox Award for best Finnish sf short story published last year went to Jenny Kangasvuo. The top 3 for this year was,
- Musta otsa by Jenny Kangasvuo, published in Portti 4/2016
- Mansikkakakku by Emma Keski-Kuha, published in Portti 1/2017
- Muistot putoilevat meistä by Terhi Tarkiainen, published in Portti 4/2016
Anthologies have been very strong in the Atorox results recently, but this year Portti took back its place as top sf short story publisher—4 of the top 5 stories were published in Portti. Seven of the top ten stories were written by women.
The Tähtifantasia Award for best fantasy book translated into Finnish in 2017 went to Luukellot (The Bone Clocks) by David Mitchell. The novel is translated by Einari Aaltonen, and published by Sammakko.
The jury commended the book’s handling of the themes of time, and the worth of eternal life, and how it tackles changes in society and consequences of climate change, yet is also an entertaining read. The Finnish translation gets a special mention from the jury.
The Nova short story competition for new writers top 3 was:
- Parveke taivaan laidalla by Jasmin Kuusela
- (tie) Kumskin lapset by Milka Hakkarainen, and Lajinsa ainoa by Kaj Syrjänen
A total of 134 stories were sent to the competition.
Finfar Thesis Competition
The Finnish fantasy researchers association organized for the first time a competition for best Finnish master's thesis on a speculative fiction topic published in 2017. The winner was Silja Korkeamäki’s thesis “It's turning into a horror story” : Intermediaalisuus ja lajikytkökset pelin Alan Wake kertovissa teksteissä. The research studies the narrative texts in the computer game Alan Wake, their intermediality, and their use of different genre traditions.