The World Fantasy Awards are annual, international awards given to authors and artists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of fantasy. Fantasy is a Genre that uses magic and other Supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting Since 1975, when they were first awarded, they have been handed out at the World Fantasy Convention. The World Fantasy Convention is an annual convention of professionals collectors and others interested in the field of Fantasy.
The awards are considered among the most prestigious in the speculative fiction genre, and can be awarded to any work falling within the realm of fantasy, although some media are restricted to certain categories.
World Fantasy Award winners are chosen by a panel of judges, which differs every year. The judges presiding over the 2007 awards are Gavin Grant, Ed Greenwood, Jeremy Lassen, Jeff Mariotte and Carsten Polzin. Gavin J Grant is a writer and the editor and publisher of Small Beer Press, as well as a reviewer Ed Greenwood (born 1959 is a Canadian writer and editor who created the Forgotten Realms Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting Jeff Mariotte is an Author who currently lives in Arizona with his wife author Maryelizabeth Hart and family 
Winners are chosen from groups of nominees (generally five or six per category), also selected largely by the judges, with two picked by members of the annual WFC. The World Fantasy Awards thus differ significantly in administration from other notable genre awards, such as Hugos or Nebulas. The Hugo Awards are given every year for the best Science fiction or Fantasy works and achievements of the previous year The Nebula Award is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA for the best Science fiction / Fantasy fiction For the Hugos, the nominees and winners are chosen solely by members of the World Science Fiction Convention, while the Nebulas are awards for authors chosen by authors, specifically members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA (ˈsɪfwə or /ˈsɛfwə/ was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight. Thus neither the Hugos nor Nebulas have overseeing judges.
Because of the small number of judges for the World Fantasy Awards, and because they usually try to read very comprehensively in the field, selections for the awards are often eclectic. For example, low-selling but high-quality works from small press publications, which may be overlooked by other awards, often receive a critical spotlight in the World Fantasy Awards. See also Alternative media Small press is a term often used to describe Publishers with annual sales below a certain level
The World Fantasy Awards are also unique in having categories for single-author collections and multi-author anthologies - categories which the Nebulas and Hugos lack.
At the 1991 awards, comic book the Sandman issue #19 "A Midsummer's Night Dream," by Neil Gaiman, won the Award for Best Short Fiction. The Sandman is a Comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published in the United States by the DC Comics imprint Vertigo Neil Richard Gaiman (ˈgeɪmən (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of Science fiction and Fantasy short stories and Subsequently, a change to the rules was made restricting comics to the Special Award categories.
The award statue itself is a bust of H. P. Lovecraft in honor of his prolific work and contributions to the world of fantasy. Howard Phillips Lovecraft ( August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy