The Larry Ashmead Award, named for the late editor, has been created to honor Ashmead by helping to nurture the career of a promising young editor in the field of book publishing. Nominees should be working in publishing for a few years and show great promise. The winner of the award will receive tuition to the Yale Publishing Course, to be held July 24-29 in New Haven. Ashmead worked for several publishers and his authors included Isaac Asimov, Susan Isaacs, Tony Hillerman, and Simon Winchester.
Editor Larry Ashmead (b. 1932) died on September 3. Ashmead worked for Doubleday in the 1960s and published many science fiction authors, including Isaac Asimov, Barry Malzberg, Gordon Dickson, and more. He was the editor responsible for the earliest of the Nebula Award anthologies and Science Fiction Hall of Fame, which helped keep the early SFWA afloat. Ashmead also worked for Simon & Schuster, Lippincott, and HarperCollins, retiring in 2003.