It's a woman's world in the fantasy fiction genres.
Sarah Norton

16 May 2016 - 2:55 PM  UPDATED 16 May 2016 - 2:57 PM

The Nebula Awards are hosted annually to recognise the best works published in science fiction and fantasy genres in America over the previous year.

This year, women cleaned up big at the ceremony held on May 14. 

The Awards for best novel, novella, novelette and short story have been running since 1965. The Best Script Award was added in 2000. The Awards are organised by a non-profit association called the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The association is comprised of professional science fiction and fantasy writers.

Here's what you need to know about the winners. 

Naomi Novik won “Best Novel” for Uprooted.

Uprooted is a fantasy story and is a dark yet brilliant and enchanting new fairy tale. Ellen DeGeneres will be making a movie adaptation of the book after Warner Brothers purchased the rights to it.   

Sarah Pinsker won “Best Novelette” for her story Our Lady of the Open Road.

Pinsker's story was featured in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 2015 addition. The title was adapted from the name of a shrine on a Highway in America – “Our Lady of the Highways”. The story is about a band touring in a van, struggling to do performances in a predominantly online world.

Nnedi Okorafer won “Best Novella” for Binti.

Binti, by Nigerian-American author Okorafer, is set in space and is a fantasy novella that focuses on the coming of age. The protagonist Binti is the first of the Himba people to be offered a place at Oomza University, the best institution in the galaxy. Taking up her University offer means giving up her place in the family, which she does. There is also an awful alien race and a war that Binti must survive.

Fran Wilde won the “Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy” for Updraft.

Updraft is set in another-worldly place, a city of bones above the clouds. Wilde is an acclaimed author of short stories and this is her first novel. It’s a story about a young woman who needs to expose a dangerous secret to save those she loves.

Alyssa Wong won “Best Short Story” for Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers.

The short story featured in Nightmare Magazine in October last year. It’s a horror story that is creepy and disturbing, taking dark look into a world between men and women.

The "Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation,” was awarded to the screenwriters from Mad Max: Fury RoadWhile the writers are all men - Brendan McCarthy, George Miller and Nick Lathouris - the sci-fi film is often praised for its strong female characters. 

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