For the 2019 Anthony Awards, I would like to see the Anthony Award for Best Anthology be divided into two awards: Best Anthology and Best Collection by a Single Author. Over the last few months, I have reviewed four short story and novella collections and two anthologies. What I have found is that short story collections and anthologies are different beasts.
Just as individual and team sports differ, so do short story collections and anthologies. A short story collection gives us the writer’s distinct voice more so than a novel can. Time and space differ from story to story allowing the reader to glimpse at a writer’s viewpoint from multiple perspectives. Anthologies are most likely themed constraining various authors to write works as part of a puzzle. It’s almost a parlor game. The two anthologies I reviewed this year are novels in spirt, but would never be considered for Best Novel nomination.
Several short story collections and anthologies have already been released in 2018 and there are more to come. Those on the Anthony Awards Committee for 2019 need not worry, there will be plenty of quality work eligible for these two proposed awards: Best Anthology and Best Collection by a Single Author.