Chapter One Literary Awards

 

On an annual basis, the members of Chapter One gather to honor the literature that we have enjoyed during the past year.  In the spirit of good fun, the Chapter One Literary Awards, or the Onesies, are bestowed upon the books, characters, and authors for which members have voted.  Listed below are the lucky winners of Onesies thus far in the group's history.


2017 CHAPTER ONE LITERARY AWARDS

 

Selection of the Year

Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

 

Chapter One Honor Books

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

 

Best Story

Planet of the Apes

 

Best Writing

Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men)

 

Best Non-Fiction Selection (Tie)

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

 

Best Male Protagonist

Geralt of Rivia (Blood of Elves)

 

Best Female Protagonist

Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)

 

Best Supporting Male Character

Dandelion (Blood of Elves)

 

Best Supporting Female Character

Zira (Planet of the Apes)

 

Best Antagonist

Anton Chigurh (No Country for Old Men)

 

Best Narrator

Christopher John Francis Boone (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)

 

Best Opening Line

Before the beginning there was nothing - no earth, no heavens, no stars, no sky; only the mist world, formless and shapeless, and the fire world, always burning. (Norse Mythology)

 

Best Literary Insult

“That child would stumble over the pattern in a rug.” (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings)


2016 CHAPTER ONE LITERARY AWARDS

 

Selection of the Year

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

 

Chapter One Honor Books

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd

 

Best Story (Tie)

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

The Left Hand of Darkness

 

Best Writing (Tie)

George R.R. Martin (A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms)

Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There)

Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness)

 

Best Non-Fiction or Poetry Selection

Red Velvet Underground: A Rock Memoir, with Recipes by Freda Love Smith

 

Best Male Protagonist or Subject

Dunk, a.k.a. Ser Duncan the Tall (A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms)

 

Best Female Protagonist or Subject

Wonder Woman (The Secret History of Wonder Woman)

 

Best Supporting Male Character

Aegon Targaryen, a.k.a. Egg (A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms)

 

Best Supporting Female Character

Phoebe Caulfield (The Catcher in the Rye)

 

Best Antagonist

Velociraptor (Jurassic Park)

 

Best Narrator or Poet (Tie)

Genly Ai (The Left Hand of Darkness)

Holden Caulfield (The Catcher in the Rye)

 

Best Opening Line

The spring rains had softened the ground, so Dunk had no trouble digging the grave. (A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms)

 

Best Literary Insult

“I don't even think the bastard had a handkerchief, if you want to know the truth.” (The Catcher in the Rye)


2015 CHAPTER ONE LITERARY AWARDS

 

Selection of the Year

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

 

Chapter One Honor Books

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Martian by Andy Weir

 

Best Story

Stardust

 

Best Writing

Neil Gaiman (Stardust)

 

Best Male Protagonist

Mark Watney (The Martian)

 

Best Female Protagonist

Kathy H. (Never Let Me Go)

 

Best Supporting Male Character (Tie)

Charles Wallace (A Wrinkle in Time)

Zaphod Bebblebrox (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

 

Best Supporting Female Character

Ruth (Never Let Me Go)

 

Best Antagonist

Ted Bundy (The Stranger Beside Me)

 

Best Narrator

Kathy H. (Never Let Me Go)

 

Best Opening Line (Tie)

It was a dark and stormy night. (A Wrinkle in Time)

I’m pretty much fucked. (The Martian)

 

Best Literary Insult

“Aunty,” she said, cordially, “why don’t you go pee in your hat?” (Go Set a Watchman)


2014 CHAPTER ONE LITERARY AWARDS

 

Selection of the Year

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

 

Chapter One Honor Books

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy

 

Best Story (Tie)

The Once and Future King

Dracula

Redwall

 

Best Writing (Tie)

Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian)

Bram Stoker (Dracula)

 

Best Male Protagonist

Harry Dresden (Storm Front)

 

Best Female Protagonist (Tie)

Krystal Weedon (The Casual Vacancy)

Mina Murray (Dracula)

 

Best Supporting Male Character (Tie)

Merlyn (The Once and Future King)

Bob the Skull (Storm Front)

 

Best Supporting Female Character

Sam (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

 

Best Antagonist

Count Dracula (Dracula)

 

Best Narrator

Ralph Parker (In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash)

 

Best Opening Line

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. (The Metamorphosis)

 

Best Literary Insult

“A lot of brainless unicorns swaggering about and calling themselves educated just because they can push each other off a horse with a bit of a stick!  It makes me tired.” (The Once and Future King)

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2013 CHAPTER ONE LITERARY AWARDS

 

Selection of the Year

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

 

Chapter One Honor Books

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

 

Best Story

The Old Man and the Sea

 

Best Writing

Ernest Hemingway (The Old Man and the Sea)

 

Best Male Protagonist

Unnamed Narrator (The Ocean at the End of the Lane)

 

Best Female Protagonist

Dagny Taggert (Atlas Shrugged)

 

Best Supporting Male Character (Tie)

Manolin (The Old Man and the Sea)

Henry Rearden (Atlas Shrugged)

Bigwig (Watership Down)

 

Best Supporting Female Character

Lettie Hempstock (The Ocean at the End of the Lane)

 

Best Antagonist

The House (House of Leaves)

 

Best Narrator

Unnamed Narrator (The Ocean at the End of the Lane)

 

Best Opening Line

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. (The Old Man and the Sea)

 

Best Literary Insult

“Don’t be a pest, Bernard!  What an anemic!” (Death of a Salesman)


2012 CHAPTER ONE LITERARY AWARDS

 

Selection of the Year

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

 

Chapter One Honor Books

Jaws by Peter Benchley

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 

Best Story

The Help

 

Best Writing

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (The Hound of the Baskervilles)

 

Best Male Protagonist

Sherlock Holmes (The Hound of the Baskervilles)

 

Best Female Protagonist

Aibileen Clark (The Help)

 

Best Supporting Male Character

Quint (Jaws)

 

Best Supporting Female Character

Celia Foote (The Help)

 

Best Antagonist

Hilly Holbrook (The Help)

 

Best Narrator

Dr. John Watson (The Hound of the Baskervilles)

 

Best Film or Stage Adaptation

Jaws (1975, Steven Spielberg)

 

Best Literary Insult (Tie)

For Two-Slice Hilly” (The Help)

“They say he doesn’t like Obstacle Golf.” (Brave New World)

“Do as she says, you wormfaced, crawling, sand-brained piece of lizard turd!” (Dune)


2011 CHAPTER ONE LITERARY AWARDS

 

Selection of the Year

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

 

Chapter One Honor Books

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

Best Story

A Game of Thrones

 

Best Writing

George R.R. Martin (A Game of Thrones)

 

Best Male Protagonist

Eddard Stark (A Game of Thrones)

 

Best Female Protagonist

Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

 

Best Supporting Male Character (Tie)

Tyrion Lannister (A Game of Thrones)

Hassan (The Kite Runner)

 

Best Supporting Female Character

Three Witches, a.k.a. The Weird Sisters (Macbeth)

 

Best Antagonist

August Rosenbluth (Water for Elephants)

 

Best Narrator (Tie)

Jacob Jankowski (Water for Elephants)

Mary Katherine “Merricat” Blackwood (We Have Always Lived in the Castle)

 

Best Film or Stage Adaptation

Macbeth (as performed by the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company)

 

Best Literary Insult

“What a pied ninny’s this!  Thou scurvy patch!” (The Tempest)


2010 CHAPTER ONE LITERARY AWARDS

 

Selection of the Year

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

 

Chapter One Honor Books

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

 

Best Story

The Graveyard Book

 

Best Writing

Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield)

 

Best Male Protagonist

Nobody Owens (The Graveyard Book)

 

Best Female Protagonist

Elphaba (Wicked)

 

Best Supporting Male Character (Tie)

Silus (The Graveyard Book)

Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)

The Creature (Frankenstein)

 

Best Supporting Female Character (Tie)

Livia (I, Claudius)

Glinda (Wicked)

Miss Lupescu (The Graveyard Book)

 

Best Antagonist

The Man in Black (The Gunslinger)

 

Best Narrator

Dante (Inferno)

 

Best Film or Stage Adaptation

Wicked: The Musical

 

Best Literary Insult

“You might, from your appearance, be the wife of Lucifer.” (A Tale of Two Cities)


2009 CHAPTER ONE LITERARY AWARDS

 

Selection of the Year

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 

Chapter One Honor Books

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

 

Best Story

The Book Thief

 

Best Writing

Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)

 

Best Male Protagonist (Tie)

Billy Pilgrim (Slaughterhouse-Five)

Ender Wiggin (Ender’s Game)

 

Best Female Protagonist

Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief)

 

Best Supporting Male Character

Hans Huberman (The Book Thief)

 

Best Supporting Female Character

Aunt Sissy (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

 

Best Antagonist

The Overlook Hotel (The Shining)

 

Best Narrator

Death (The Book Thief)

 

Best Film Adaptation

The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick)

 

Best Literary Insult

Fudging Crevasse-hole Dipshiitake (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)


2008 CHAPTER ONE LITERARY AWARDS

 

Selection of the Year

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

 

Chapter One Honor Books

The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

 

Best Literary Insult

Big Wet Hen (To Kill a Mockingbird)