I am trying to find a credible source for a piece of hearsay that I’ve seen repeated several times. It goes like this: Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess shared the 1991 World Fantasy award for best short story, for Sandman #19, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” After the award was given, the World Fantasy Association changed the rules for candidacy, decreeing that a nominee for the short story award must be written entirely in prose. Thus, Gaiman’s book remains the only comic ever to have won a World Fantasy Award and will likely stay that way until comics regain the honour they deserve.
The WFA does not appear to have a website, and I can’t find any archived press releases or anything else describing the whys and wherefores of their changing their rules – or even if they did at all. If anyone knows anything about this, please help me out! It’s for my senior thesis so the ten thousand Neil Gaiman fansites I’ve found aren’t going to help me at all. THANK YOU!