The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

short story by Ursula K. Le Guin

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" short story by American writer Ursula K. Le Guin. It was published in 1973. The story happens in a utopian city called Omelas. The city can only be wealthy and happy as long as a single child suffers.[1] "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" was nominated for the Locus Award for Best Short Fiction in 1974[2] and won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1974.[3]

"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"
AuthorUrsula K. Le Guin
CountryUnited States
Published inNew Dimensions, volume 3
Publication typeAnthology
Media typePrint
Publication date1973


  1. Spivack, Charlotte, Ursula K. Le Guin, (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1984), page 159.
  2. "Locus Awards Nominee List". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2011.
  3. "1974 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. July 26, 2007. Retrieved May 12, 2011.