While urban fantasy was well represented at the ParaNormalRomance.com‘s PEARL (Paranormal Excellence Award for Romantic Literature) nominations for 2007, the winners were unflinchingly paranormal romances in every category. No surprise there, I guess. But if we delve further into all current lit awards, urban fantasy is rarely represented at SF/F awards (like the Hugos, the World Fantasy Award, the Nebulas), or at romance awards (like the Ritas). In the rare event a UF author breaks-through, UF never wins.
So my question is, should we have a best of urban fantasy award? What would we call it? What would the prize be? And what categories would you like to see?
I’m kind of partial to calling it the Buffy awards — Best Urban Fantasy For the Year (or something) and as an homage to the TV character who really got this whole UF ball of wax rolling.
Categories I’d like to see would include subcategories for novel-length (vampires, shapeshifters, superheroes, faeries, ghosts/ghouls, zombies), short stories, YA, best new voice, best e-zine, best e-story, best anthology, best graphic novel, best new voice…. gosh, I could go on and on.
So what do you think? Would you vote? And to all you authors out there, do you need a prize? Or is our undying love enough? :o)