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The <blank> Award for Best Young Adult Book Shortlist Survey
Each year the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) gives out the Hugo and Campbell awards at its annual convention, Worldcon. The awards highlight the best science fiction and fantasy works of the previous year, and they are presented for best novel, short story, graphic story, editor, artist, and a number of other categories.

WSFS supports the creation of an award for YA literature, but now our task turns to naming the <blank> Award for Best Young Adult Book. Please give us your feedback on these possible options:

Anansi, Lodestar, Ouroboros, Spellcaster, Tesseract, Worldcon.

The survey will be open until March 15, 2017.

We'd like your advice on this stage of the Shortlist, so please give us your thoughts via this survey. We'll take into account feedback from ongoing discussions with groups of experts on cultural sensitivity and trademarks. We're also incorporating advice from a panel of three Young Adult authors.

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Anansi is a spider-hero popular in narratives from Africa, the Caribbean, and around the world. Above all he is the god of storytelling, a trickster with speech, and a bearer of wisdom. Like the spider into which he transforms, he spins and shapes his stories, continually reinventing them, and reinventing himself. Recipients of the Anansi Award are masters of storytelling, fabrication, and the imagination.
Quintessential magic users, spellcasters populate all kinds of speculative fiction, from ancient epics to magical realism to folklore. Spellcasters wield both knowledge and power, and winners of the Spellcaster Award are themselves magic users who craft language and imbue words with unique resonance. Their stories enchant readers, open portals to new lands, and, at their very best, transform us.
A visual representation from the ancient Mediterranean, the Ouroboros is a serpent devouring its own tail. Cyclical and never-ending, the ouroboros has a long history in speculative fiction, appearing in literature, art, film, and television. A symbol of infinity, new beginnings, and reinvention, it captures both the freshness and timelessness of the reading experience.
A lodestar is a star that guides or leads, especially in navigation. Often the North Star, it is the one reliable point of light, what those in motion seek and what guides those in unchartered territory to safety. The guiding star frequently appears in speculative fiction, and is tied to the notion of the quest. While it evokes stargazers and adventurers, it also calls to mind galaxies and travel through space. A lodestar is something that inspires or acts as a model, just as authors do. Lodestar Award winners will be leaders in their field, inspiring readers, and guiding new fans to speculative fiction.
Worldcon is the annual convention put on by the World Science Fiction Society. With its first occurrence in 1939, it is one of the longest running science-fiction and fantasy conventions in the world. Voters at Worldcon give out the Hugo and Campbell Awards each year, and will also decide on the Young Adult Award. This simple name clearly ties the award to the convention and the other awards that are presented there.
A four-dimensional cube, the tesseract is a conceptual visualization of multiple dimensions. Ineffable and unquantifiable, it bridges realities via hyperdimensional space, drawing us… someplace else. Like the winners of the Tesseract Award, it takes us into the landscapes of the imagination, stretching our minds to fit these realms and creating new stories among them.
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