The Suggestion period has been open for the 2024 Chesley Awards!
This is for works done in 2023 or works done prior to 2023 but first displayed or published in 2023.  Anyone may suggest eligible works and you may suggest up to 5 people/works for each award including your own if you are an artist.  Not ALL suggested works make it on to the list--  it is curated down to make sure we get enough nominations to make it on the ballot.

ASFA stands with working artists in the science fiction and fantasy fields. Therefore, we do not accept AI generated imagery in any category.  
The suggestion period will close April 26, 2024.  

The Chesley awards for 2023

Best Cover: Hardcover Book:  Manzi Jackson – Africa Risen edited by Sheree Renee Thomas, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, & Zelda Knight (Tor; November 2022)

Best Cover: Paperback or Ebook: Luisa Preissler – The Last Stand of Mary Good Crow By Rachel Aaron (Aaron Bach LLC; June 2022)

Best Magazine Illustration: Tehani Farr – Eternus #1 Metal Variant; October 2022

Best Interior Illustration: Omar Rayyan – Animal Farm by George Orwell (Suntup Editions; December 2022)

Best Gaming Related Illustration: Ryan Pancoast – “Discover the Impossible” (WofC Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty; February 2022)

Best Product Illustration: Nico Delort – The Lighthouse (Mondo; March 2022)

Best Color Work- Unpublished: Serena Malyon – ”Steady” Watercolor and acryla gouache

Best Monochrome-  Unpublished: Ed Binkley “Listener”; Colored Pencil and Acrylic

Best Three Dimensional Art: Dug Stanant – “The Boatman”; Mixed Media

Best Art Director: Neil Clarke – Clarkesworld

Artistic Lifetime Achievement Award: Gregory Manchess


We have a list of Artist Stores on the website.  Would you like to be added? Email president@asfa-art.com to get your shop listed.  



We worked with Chicon 8 to create #GeeksWhoInk, an October prompt list for all you sketchy people out there!  Join us in creating some art and the chance to display at Chicon 8 next year.  

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Who are we?  The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, or ASFA for short, is a non-profit educational 501c3 made up of artists, publishers, collectors and others with interest in the science fiction and fantasy art genres.  

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ASFA provides support services for artists, publishers, fans, and literary science fiction and fantasy conventions (cons) around the globe. Our members often assist in the running of art shows, mediating disputes and assisting in charity auctions. ASFA provides member suites at large conventions such as the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) , North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), and work to support other regional conventions in many ways. 

In accordance with our Bylaws and Mission Statement, ASFA has set up the ASFA Community Network for our members in order to provide the services and information mentioned. The community contains forums, galleries, links and a calendar of events. We provide feedback to artists, information on convention art shows and a place to gain assistance from experienced professionals in the field. There are ongoing developments of content that will include typical art show rules, forms, updates and locations, assistance with press releases, places to find art supplies, and a workshop forum for community feedback. There is even an area for artists and publishers to seek out one another and make arrangements for work.

ASFA holds its annual meeting at the Worldcon every year unless Worldcon is held outside of North America, when the meeting is held at NASFiC.

ASFA also gives out the Chesley Awards, which were established in 1985 as ASFA's peer awards to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards (or other literary & art awards), during a given year. The Chesleys were initially called the ASFA Awards, but were  renamed a year after their conception to honor famed astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell after his death in 1986. The awards are usually presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention and sometimes at the North American Science Fiction Convention when the Worldcon is held outside of North America.


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Suggestion list for 2020 Chesley

Started by Sara Felix in Welcome to the Forums - News and FAQs Aug 7, 2020. 0 Replies

Hey all the suggestion list has now been published.  If you go to the voting tab you can see the lists, the albums, and the form to nominate! Thanks!Continue

The Mothership- A New Facebook Forum

Started by Sara Felix in Welcome to the Forums - News and FAQs Aug 7, 2020. 0 Replies

Hey All-We sponsored a forum called the Mothership on Facebook. It has a large membership and is a discussion place for interesting topics related to being a working artist today.  We have found that…Continue

Where to Sell Science Fiction and Fantasy Art without going to a convention

Started by Debbie Hughes in The Commons Jul 23, 2019. 0 Replies

Would like to get a discussion going on where we can all sell our works without necessarilygoing to a convention. We cannot all afford to travel and pay high convention costs.  I recently looked into…Continue

Anyone out there?

Started by Toni DeBiasi in The Commons. Last reply by Debbie Hughes Apr 20, 2019. 1 Reply

Not a lot if discussion going on it seems. I’m interested in con exposure.Any suggestions?Thanks!Continue



ASFA is a non-profit, educational 501(c)(3) association made up of artists, publishers, collectors and others with an interest the genre.


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West Coast Director:
Spring Schoenhuth

Mountain Director:
Maurine Starkey

Central Director:
MItchell Bentley

East Coast Director:
Alan Beck

ASFA Mailing Address:
Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists
PO Box 60933
Harrisburg, PA  17106  USA


Mission Statement

ASFA is organized for artistic, literary, educational and charitable purposes concerning the visual arts of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology and related topics. We are dedicated to providing a communications link among our members, as well as providing helpful information and technical assistance.

ASFA's purpose is to encourage and help develop amateur artistic talent, support the efforts and needs of working artists, educate the public, connect with and encourage publishers, patrons of the arts and anyone interested in works of the genre. We are also here to stimulate the public's interest in these areas of art.

Additionally, each year ASFA gives out the Chesley Awards, which are named for the great astronomical artist, Chesley Bonestell. The Chesleys were started in 1985 as a means for the SF and Fantasy art community to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards, during the previous year.

2015 was the 30th anniversary of the Chesley Awards.

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