Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
International Fantasy Award

UK award, created at the 1951 annual British Science Fiction Convention by Leslie Flood, John Wyndham, G Ken Chapman and Frank A Cooper, all of whom were prominent figures in UK sf/fantasy fandom. The IFA – whose jury included the four founders as well as various professionals in the field – was the first significant award given for literature of the fantastic, and maintained a remarkably high standard over the few years it was given. Except where noted, the award was given for the best book published during the previous year. [JC]

1951: Earth Abides (1949) by George R Stewart

1952: Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier

1953: City by Clifford D Simak

1954: More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon

1955: A Mirror for Observers by Edgar Pangborn

1956: no award

1957: The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955) by J R R Tolkien

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This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.