The Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards

   

 

In 2001 Frank Coffman, then editor of The Dark Man, proposed the creation of the Robert E. Howard Studies Association. One of the components of the group was to be the Cleo Awards, named after the Cleopatra statue that Howard had purchased in New Orleans. In anticipation of the group’s success, Coffman sponsored one round of awards; however, the group failed to take off. Nominees for this first round of Howard-related awards were selected by members of REHupa, REH-e-UPA, and Dennis McHaney’s Yahoo! group the Inner Circle. The results were announced at Howard Days on June 9, 2001.

In 2005, there was talk that the Cleo Awards might make a comeback. When the plan faltered, Leo Grin, editor of The Cimmerian, picked up the ball and created his own set of awards: The Cimmerian Awards. Nominees and winners were selected by the readers of his journal. These awards lasted through the 2007 award season (presented in 2008).

With the demise of The Cimmerian Awards, the Robert E. Howard Foundation picked up the torch. In 2010 they presented awards for both 2008 and 2009. Since then the awards have been presented every year at Howard Days.

 

PAST WINNERS:

The Black Circle Award — Lifetime Achievement

2005 – Glenn Lord
2006 – No Award
2007 – Rusty Burke and Don Herron
2008 – Novalyne Price Ellis
2009 – No Award
2010 – No Award
2011 – Bill Cavalier
2012 – Dennis McHaney
2013 – Damon Sasser
2014 – Patrice Louinet
2015 – Karl Edward Wagner
2016 – Roy Thomas

 

The Atlantean Award — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology)

2005 – Dale Rippke (Hyborian Heresies)
2006 – Dennis McHaney (Robert E. Howard: World’s Greatest Pulpster)
2007 – Mark Finn (Blood & Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard)
2008 – Rob Roehm (Howard’s Haunts)
2009 – Paul Herman (Neverending Hunt, Revised Edition)
2010 – Barbara Barrett (The Wordbook: An Index Guide to the Poetry of Robert E. Howard)
2011 – Bob Roehm and Rob Roehm (The Brownwood Connection)
2012 – Ann Beeler (Footsteps of Approaching Thousands)
2013 – Mark Finn (Blood & Thunder, Revised Edition)
2014 – No Award
2015 – Deke Parsons (J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy)
2016 – Bobby Derie (The Collected Letters of REH: Index and Addenda)

 

The Valusian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Book (collection/anthology)

2005 – Don Herron (The Barbaric Tirumph)
2006 – No Award
2007 – Dennis McHaney (The Man from Cross Plains)
2008 – No Award
2009 – Simon Sanahujas (Les Nombreuses vies de Conan)
2010 – Fabrice Tortey (Échos de Cimmérie — Hommage à Robert Ervin Howard)
2011 – Dennis McHaney (The Book of the Howard Review)
2012 – Dennis Mc Haney (Anniversary: Glenn Lord and The Howard Collector)
2013 – Jonas Prida (Conan Meets the Academy)
2014 – No Award
2015 – No Award
2016 – No Award

 

The Hyrkanian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Print Essay

2005 – Mark Finn (“Fists of Robert E. Howard”)
2006 – Rob Roehm (“Howard’s Ruin”)
2007 – Bill Cavalier (“How Robert E. Howard Saved My Life”)
2008 – Brian Leno (“Down the Rabbit Hole”)
2009 – Leo Grin (“In Defense of Hester Jane Ervin Howard”)
2010 – Steve Tompkins (“Strong to Save or to Damn”)
2011 – Barbara Barrett and Amy Kerr (“Feminism and the Women in Robert E. Howard’s Fiction”)
2012 – Rob Roehm (“The Vinson Papers”)
2013 – Jeffrey Shanks (“Hyborian Age Archeology”)
2014 – Jeffrey Shanks (“History, Horror, and Heroic Fantasy”)
2015 – Jeffrey Shanks (“What the Thak?: Anthropological Oddities in Howard’s Works”)
2016 – Jeffrey Shanks (“Evolutionary Otherness: Anthropological Anxiety in Robert E. Howard’s ‘Worms of the Earth’”)

 

The Cimmerian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Online Essay

2011 – Rob Roehm (Multiple essays)
2012 – Rob Roehm (Multiple essays)
2013 – Barbara Barrett (“Robert E. Howard and the Issue of Racism”)
2014 – Rob Roehm (“The Business”)
2015 – Rob Roehm (“The Legend of the Trunk”)
2016 – (Tie) Barbara Barrett (“Hester Jane Ervin Howard and Tuberculosis”)
— (Tie) David Piske (“Barbarism and Civilization in the Letters of Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft”)

 

The Venarium Award — Emerging Scholar

2005 – Mark Finn
2006 – Rob Roehm
2007 – John Haefele
2008 – No Award
2009 – No Award
2010 – Barbara Barrett
2011 – No Award
2012 – Jeffrey Shanks
2013 – No Award
2014 – Patrick Burger
2015 – Karen Joan Kohoutek
2016 – Bobby Derie

 

The Aquilonian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical

2005 – Leo Grin (The Cimmerian)
2006 – Leo Grin (The Cimmerian)
2007 – Leo Grin (The Cimmerian)
2008 – Leo Grin (The Cimmerian)
2009 – Leo Grin (The Cimmerian)
2010 – Damon Sasser (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur)
2011 – Bill Cavalier, Rob Roehm, and Paul Herman (The REH Foundation Newsletter)
2012 – Glenn Lord (The Howard Collector)
2013 – Damon Sasser (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur)
2014 – Bill Cavalier, Rob Roehm, and Paul Herman (The REH Foundation Newsletter)
2015 – Damon Sasser (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur)
2016 – Damon Sasser (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur)

 

The Stygian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Website

2005 – Paul Herman (Howard Works)
2006 – Paul Herman (Howard Works)
2007 – Leo Grin, et al. (The Cimmerian blog)
2008 – Leo Grin, et al. (The Cimmerian blog)
2009 – Leo Grin, et al. (The Cimmerian blog)
2010 – Deuce Richarson, et al. (The Cimmerian blog)
2011 – Damon Sasser, et al (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog)
2012 – Damon Sasser, et al (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog)
2013 – Damon Sasser, et al (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog)
2014 – Damon Sasser, et al (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog)
2015 – Damon Sasser, et al (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog)
2016 – Damon Sasser, et al (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog)

 

The Black River Award — Special Achievement

2005 – Jim and Ruth Keegan
2006 – Chris Gruber
2007 – Don Herron
2008 – Patrice Louinet
2009 – Rusty Burke
2010 – Jack and Barbara Baum
2011 – Rob Roehm
2012 – Rob Roehm
2013 – Patrice Louinet
2014 – Ben Friberg
2015 – Ed Chaczyk
2016 – Rob Roehm

 

The Black Lotus Award — Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia

2016 – Ben Friberg (Howard Days Videos)

 

The Rankin Award — Artistic Achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work

2011 – Jim and Ruth Keegan (Adventures of Two-Gun Bob)
2012 – Jim and Ruth Keegan (Adventures of Two-Gun Bob)
2013 – Tomás Giorello (The Scarlet Citadel)
2014 – Tom Gianni (Pirate Adventures, Fists of Iron, Round 1, REH’s Western Tales)
2015 – Tom Gianni (Fists of Iron, Round 2 and 3)
2016 – Tomás Giorello and Jose Villarrubia (Wolves Beyond the Border)

 

The Crom Award — Special Recognition by Board of Directors

2012 – No Award
2013 – No Award
2014 – Paul Herman
2015 – No Award
2016 – No Award

 

FULL RESULTS:

Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards:

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

The Cimmerian Awards

2008

2007

2006

2005

The Cleo Awards

2001

 

VOTING RULES

Three nominees are selected  in each category by the Legacy Circle members of the Robert E. Howard Foundation from all of the eligible candidates. All members of the Foundation then vote on their choice from the available nominees in each category.  Each member casts only one vote in each category and votes are counted equally regardless of membership level.

Some categories have years where no viable nominee or winner meet the eligibility requirements. In such cases, no award for that category is given for that year. In categories where there is only one nominee, the nominee still requires at least a 60% vote of approval to win.

Voting opens as soon as a list of nominees is posted and announced. The winners are then announced at a ceremony during the annual Robert E. Howard Days festival in Texas (held each year on the second weekend in June).

Individual votes are kept in the strictest confidence; only gross aggregate percentages are ever revealed to anyone.