So last week I came home from an all night writing session and, bleary eyed, opened my email to see Midori Snyder’s name and something about the Tiptree Award in the little snippet of email that Gmail lets you see.

“Oh, cool! The Orphan’s Tales made the long list or something!” I thought happily. The Tiptree, for those who don’t know, is a really fantastic award which honors the book or short story or what have you which best explores or expands the boundaries of gender and sexuality.

I opened the email, and I wish I could say that I am such a cool chick that in no way did my heart start racing, nor did I cry. I’d like to, but I’m actually not at all cool, and just sat in front my computer slack-jawed, tears welling up in my eyes.

I won. My little book won the Tiptree Award.

Of all the awards out there, this is the one I would most like to win–I cared so much, writing The Orphan’s Tales, about the gender issues, both male and female, and about creating a positive text, which is much harder than deconstructing one. I would have been thrilled to be on the long list, in all seriousness. But in a million years, I never thought I’d even be considered for it, not my little book of fairy tales.

So I’m floored, and honored, and still can’t really believe it. I’ve known about this for a couple of days and it has been terribly hard not to post, but I have been given permission, and thus I tell.

Congratulations also to Shelley Jackson, with whom I share the award, for her novel Half Life.

Also I get a tiara. How cool is that?

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694 Responses to Tiptree

  1. whumpdotcom says:

    Congratulations, this is a terrific honor!

  2. zellandyne says:

    Congratulations!!!! Wooo!!!! Now I wish I were going to WisCon to see you get that tiara.

  3. cynthia1960 says:

    You will look *fabulous* in that massively kick-ass tiara.

  4. ide_cyan says:


  5. yagathai says:


    I had half-expected this to happen. =D

  6. rymenhild says:

    I’m thrilled for you. What a well-deserved honor.

  7. sovay says:

    Stop being so self-deprecating. Congratulations!

  8. oursin says:


  9. mysterg says:

    Excellent! Much congrats:)

  10. Congratulations! You know it’s a good award when it comes with a tiara. [grin]

  11. zarq says:


    Congratulations! 🙂 Well deserved!

  12. regyt says:

    Congratulations! That’s marvelous news!

  13. mariness says:

    MAssive, massive congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. matociquala says:

    Congrats! MOST FABULOUS!

  15. pauljessup says:

    YAY! HUGE congratulations.

  16. ratmmjess says:


    We’ll need a photo of you wearing the tiara, of course.

  17. czakbar says:

    Yay! Congratulations, that’s awesome.

  18. tltrent says:

    Damn. I am really sad to miss WisCon now! Congrats! I’m not surprised one whit, actually. It’s a beautiful, beautiful book.

  19. diatryma says:

    I am so very happy for you!

  20. sunspiral says:


  21. yendi says:

    Yay! You so deserve it!

  22. swan_tower says:

    Congratulations!!! That’s really awesome.

  23. celtic_elk says:

    Well, that ought to make WisCon a sight more interesting. =) *So* happy for you! Congratulations!

  24. Most excellently cool! Congratulations!

  25. dr_nebula says:

    Good going – way to kick some literary butt!

  26. A tiara!?!?! jealous

    Seriously, congratulations – you really do deserve it.

  27. unquietsoul5 says:

    Very Neat. Very Very Neat! Congrats!

  28. aimeempayne says:


    That’s wonderful news!

  29. jonquil says:

    HOORAY! I am so proud.

  30. wylddancer says:

    Congratulations! 🙂

  31. vschanoes says:

    Coming late to the party, obviously, but I just had to say congratulations! I’m so happy for you.

  32. ecmyers says:

    Congratulations! So well deserved.

  33. tim_pratt says:

    Congratulations! That’s all kinds of awesome.

  34. leahbobet says:

    Whee! Well-deserved!

  35. snurri says:

    Congratulations!!! 🙂

  36. n_decisive says:

    That’s terrific news!

    Heartiest of congratulations to you!

  37. malo23 says:



  38. msagara says:

    So very highly deserved, too — congratulations 🙂

  39. briarspell says:

    congrats!!!! that is a wonderful honor :).

  40. Woohoo! Congrats on the award, Cat.

  41. extremely belatedly . . .

    Yay! Congrats! w0000000t!


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