We are so excited to share the news that Rebecca Campbell’s Arboreality has won the 2023 Ursula K. Le Guin $25,000 Prize for Fiction. We were astounded to have another title land on the shortlist, after Cynthia Zhang’s After the Dragons made the UKLGPF shortlist last year. To have a Stelliform Press book win the big prize this year is such a thrill and an honour.
Thank you to the judges William Alexander, Alexander Chee, Karen Joy Fowler, Tochi Onyebuchi, and Shruti Swamy, and to the shortlisted authors for their incredible work. Please check out their shortlisted books, especially if they’re published by a small press.
Check out the virtual awards ceremony recording, where you can hear author readings from all the shortlisted books and a touching acceptance speech from Rebecca Campbell. We are currently in the process of printing a special edition of the Arboreality paperback that will include a refreshed cover with gold foil title and and interior cover featuring botanical drawings of the science fictional tree arbutus aurum.