Usman T. Malik from Pakistan has been declared winner of the IAFA Crawford Award 2022 for his Midnight Doorways: Fables from Pakistan, a collection of fables published by Kitab. The runners up are E. Lily Yu’s novel On Fragile Waves (Erewhon), and Isabel Yap’s collection Never Have I Ever (Small Beer).
The IAFA Crawford Award is given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) every year. “The purpose of the IAFA is to promote and recognize achievement in the study of the fantastic, mainly through the organization and management of an annual academic conference, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA).”
Headed by Gary K. Wolfe, the 43rd committee saw the judges such as Cheryl Morgan, Karen Burnham, Graham Sleight, Niall Harrison, Liza Trombi, Candas Jane Dorsey, and Mimi Mondal for selecting the best fantasy fiction. The award will presented on March 19, 2022 in Orlando, Florida, US.