Generally referred to simply as the Crawford Award, this was named for William L(evi) Crawford (1911-1984), a seminal Small-Press publisher and editor active from around 1933 until the 1970s. Selected by a panel of judges, the Award is given each spring for the best first fantasy novel published during the previous 18 months and is presented under the auspices of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts at its annual conference. The prize, $100, is sponsored by Andre Norton. [JC]
- 1985: Charles de Lint, Moonheart.
- 1986: Nancy Willard, Things Invisible to See.
- 1987: Judith Tarr, The Hound and the Falcon trilogy.
- 1988: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Reindeer Moon.
- 1989: Michaela Roessner, Walkabout Woman.
- 1990: Jeanne Larsen, Silk Road.
- 1991: Michael Scott Rohan, The Winter of the World trilogy.
- 1992: Greer Ilene Gilman, Moonwise.
- 1993: Susan Palwick, Flying in Place.
- 1994: Judith Katz, Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound.
- 1995: Jonathan Lethem, Gun, With Occasional Music.
- 1996: Sharon Shinn, The Shape-Changer's Wife.