Some Dragon Award 2021 Finalist Stats

I’m still working through classifying the finalists by publisher but I have done a preliminary classification by pronouns. As always, I’m not doing the TV/Movie or game categories. I am including the comics/graphic novel for some stats.

I believe with the pronoun counts only Grant Morrison is currently using “they/them”. If people are aware of other finalists who are using they/them or something other than she/her|he/him then let me know — I’ve checked but sources are often out of date [*corrections below]. In a couple of years, some works in the graphic categories only listed “various” for authors, hence “group” is a pronoun category.

This is the percentage break down over the years:

Yeargrouphe/himshe/herthey/them
20161.33%78.67%20.00%
20171.11%81.11%17.78%
201879.45%20.55%
201970.15%29.85%
202072.60%27.40%
202167.14%30.0%2.86%
Grand Total0.45%75.22%24.11%0.22%
Books and graphic works

Looking at only the book categories:

Yearhe/himshe/herthey/them
201675.00%25.00%
201779.31%20.69%
201875.51%24.49%
201965.96%34.04%
202058.14%41.86%
202163.83%34.04%2.13%
Grand Total70.21%29.45%0.34&
Books

Actually, despite my first impression, 2020 was a better balance than this year.

This is also true of the two “headline” awards (Best SF & Best Fantasy) which are the easiest categories to compare with other awards:

Yearhe/himshe/her
201678.95%21.05%
201780.00%20.00%
201890.48%9.52%
201963.16%36.84%
202036.84%63.16%
202153.85%46.15%
Grand Total68.97%31.03%
Best Science Fiction and Best Fantasy

2018 was the most he-authory year. I think this matches with my impression of the awards as being 2016-2018 an award focused on the backlash to the 2015 Hugos, 2019 as a transitional year (broader choice of finalists but very juvenile-houndish winners) and 2020 shifting away.


Pronoun update: Hannah Abigail Clarke’s pronoun’s updated to they/them.

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