Coveted Balrog Award

The (coveted) Balrog Award was presented by the International Fantasy Gamers Society at Foolcon from 1979 to 1982 and elsewhere from 1983 to 1985 to the best in a variety of predominantly fantasy categories. The award never was taken very seriously — probably because they gave out so many awards with a limited set of non-mainstream voters — and by tradition it is referred to as the "Coveted Balrog Award".

Year Novel Short Fiction Amateur Publication Amateur Achievement
1979 Tom Reamy Blind Voices "Death from Exposure" by Pat Cadigan Shayol ed. Arnie Fenner and Pat Cadigan Paul C. Allen (for Fantasy Newsletter and "Of Swords and Sorcery")
1980 Anne McCaffrey Dragondrums "The Last Defender of Camelot" by Roger Zelazny Fantasy Newsletter (ed. Bob Collins) Paul C. Allen (for Fantasy Newsletter and "Of Swords and Sorcery")
1981 Stephen R. Donaldson The Wounded Land "The Web of the Magi" by Richard Cowper Fantasy Newsletter Paul C. Allen & Susan Allen (for Fantasy Newsletter)
1982 Katherine Kurtz Camber the Heretic "A Thief in Korianth" by C. J. Cherryh Eldritch Tales Robert A. Collins (for saving Fantasy Newsletter)
1983 Stephen R. Donaldson The One Tree "All of Us Are Dying" by George Clayton Johnson Shayol Allan Bechtold (for SF workshops)
1984 George R.R. Martin The Armageddon Rag "Wizard Goes A-Courtin'" by John Morressy Fantasy Newsletter (ed. Bob Collins) Stan Gardner (for saving the Balrogs)
1985 David Brin The Practice Effect "A Troll and Two Roses" by Patricia A. McKillip Eldritch Tales (ed. Crispin Burnham) David B. Silva (for The Horror Show
Year Collection / Anthology Artist Professional Publication Professional Achievement Judges' Choice
1979 Born to Exile, Phyllis Eisenstein Tim Kirk Age of Dreams Alicia Austin Donald M. Grant & J. R. R. Tolkien Andre Norton (Lifetime achievement) & Jonathan Bacon for Fantasy Crossroads
1980 Night Shift, Stephen King Michael Whelan Omni Anne McCaffrey Ian Ballantine & Betty Ballantine
1981 Unfinished Tales, J. R. R. Tolkien Frank Frazetta F&SF George Lucas Jorge Luis Borges, Fritz Leiber
1982 Shadows of Sanctuary, Robert Lynn Asprin Real Musgrave Omni George Lucas Leo Dillon & Diane Dillon
1983 Storm Season, Robert Lynn Asprin Tim Hildebrandt F&SF Ben Bova Kirby McCauley
1984 Unicorn Variations, Roger Zelazny Real Musgrave F&SF Pendragon Gallery (for promoting fantasy artwork) Mercer Mayer (for educating children in fantasy art)
1985 Daughter of Regals, Stephen R. Donaldson Richard Pini & Wendy Pini Masques, J. N. Williamson, ed. Hap Henriksen (for the National SF/Fantasy Hall of Fame) Lester del Rey
Year Poet SF Film Hall of Fame Fantasy Film Hall of Fame
1979 Ray Bradbury
1980 H. Warner Munn 2001 Fantasia
1981 H. Warner Munn The Empire Strikes Back The Wizard of Oz
1982 Frederick Mayer Forbidden Planet King Kong
1983 Frederick Mayer The Day the Earth Stood Still Dark Crystal
1984 Frederick Mayer Blade Runner Bambi
1985 Ardath Mayhar E.T. The Extraterrestrial & Starman Raiders of the Lost Ark