The 2016 James Tiptree, Jr. Award will be presented to Anna-Marie McLemore at WisCon 41, May 26-29, 2017.

Recommendations are open for the 2017 James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

Award Information

Conference Information

  • Award Year: 2016
  • Award Year Number: Year 26
  • Conference: WisCon 41
  • Date: 26-03-2017
  • Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Award Winner

The 2016 jury chose 1 work for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press, 2016)

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore is a fairytale about Samir, a transgender boy, and Miel, an orphan girl who grows roses from her wrists and is bullied as a result. In fact, there is a fairytale within the fairytale: the first chapter telling us the version of the story that mothers would tell children for years after — before also telling us what that story leaves out. Then the book takes us through all of it, step by step, exploring the heartache and frustration that being and loving differently generates. Beautifully, the novel never lets go of its unique magical realism framework. While the thoughts and emotions these characters share are incredibly familiar to anyone who is queer or trans or has loved someone who is trans, the imagery and particular scenarios the characters encounter are also completely bright and new.

In the author’s note at the end of the book, Anna-Marie McLemore tells us that when she was a teenager she fell in love with a transgender boy who would grow into the man she married. This is their story, reimagined as legend.

Work Information

Title: When the Moon Was OursAuthor:
Publisher Name: Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's PressCountry: USAYear: 2016
Work Type: Novel

Award Honor List

In addition to selecting the winner, each jury chooses an Honor List (previously called a “Short List”). The Honor List is a strong part of the award’s identity and is used by many professors as a guide to creating syllabi and by many readers as a recommended reading list.

This year’s Honor List includes eight books and stories.

The 2016 jury chose 2 works for the Honor List

Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens, (Aqueduct Press, USA, 2016)

This is a wonderful collection of stories that examine the ways that culturally, deep-rooted assumptions around gender restrict vocation and recognition of skills. Arnason tells of a culture with significantly different gender assumptions and customs that lead to a number of subtly shifted societal impacts — both positive and negative


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The jurors for the 2016 Award were:


  • Jeanne Gomoll (chair)
  • Aimee S. Bahng
  • James Fox
  • Roxanne Samer
  • Deb Taber