Lambda Literary Special Awards

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the recipients of its Trustee and Visionary awards.

Roxanne Gay received the Trustee award, given to “a distinguished individual who, through their literary work, has made a considerable contribution to a wider awareness and understanding of the lives of LGBT people.”

Edmund White received the Visionary award, given to “individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing.”

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2018 Compton Crook Award Winner

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the winner of the 2018 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award:

  • Winner: The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager)
  • The Guns Above, Robyn Bennis (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Gilded Cage, Vic James (Del Rey)
  • All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai (Dutton)
  • Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks (Talos)
  • Amatka, Karin Tidbeck (Vintage)

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2018 Women’s Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction features two titles of genre interest:

  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harper)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” The winner will be announced on June 6, 2018, and will receive £30,000 and a bronze “Bessie” trophy. The 2018 judges include Anita ...Read More

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FOGcon 2018 Report

The 2018 Friends of Genre convention (FOGcon 8) was held March 9-11 at the Walnut Creek Marriot in Walnut Creek CA. 190 memberships were sold, plus an additional 32 day passes. The theme was “Performance in SF&F”, with honored guests Andrea Hairston, Ada Palmer, and Thomas M. Disch (posthumously).

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Pullman Independent Bookstore Competitions

Author Philip Pullman and Penguin Books Limited are offering UK independent bookstores two contests. In one, three winning bookstores will be visited by Pullman and receive £300 to fund the author event. In the other, three hundred stores will receive a “Philip Pullman Collection” of seven titles: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, La Belle Sauvage, Daemon Voices, Clockwork, and The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.

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Pratchett Exhibition Raises £20k

Per The Bookseller, honoring best selling fantasy author Terry Pratchett, the “Terry Pratchett: HisWorld” exhibition at Salisbury Museum and accompanying title Terry Pratchett: HisWorld – A Brief Guide to Discworld compiled by writer Stephen Briggs, with illustrations by Paul Kidby (Clays) raised £20,000 for the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE). The exhibition had over 21,000 visitors.

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Pullman Judges China-themed Contest

The University of Liverpool announced the China Stories Writing Competition with Philip Pullman as the judge.

The University of Liverpool is an official partner of the China Dream season, which will see a host of events across the city, including the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the World Museum.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Tribute

Literary Arts has announced a tribute event for Ursula K. Le Guin featuring “Margaret Atwood (by video), Molly Gloss, Walidah Imarisha, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, China Miéville, and Daniel José Older.” The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., June 13, 2018 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. For more information, see the official ticketing site.

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2018 Gemmell Awards Shortlist

The 2018 David Gemmell Awards shortlists have been announced:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • Fall of Dragons, Miles Cameron (Orbit)
  • Assassin’s Fate, Robin Hobb (Del Rey)
  • Red Sister, Mark Lawrence (Harper Collins)
  • Scorched Shadows, Steve McHugh (47North)
  • Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • The Tethered Mage, Melissa Caruso (Orbit)
  • Kings of the Wyld, Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
  • Blackwing,
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2018 Nommo Awards Shortlist

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Nommo Awards. All titles “are speculative fiction, were published in calendar year 2017, and are thought to be by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel
  • Our Memory Like Dust, Gavin Chait (TW Adult)
  • The Real, Masha du Toit (self-published)
  • Fever, Deon Meyer (Atlantic Monthly Press)
  • Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • After
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2017 This Is Horror Awards Winners

Winners for the This Is Horror Awards 2017 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • WINNER: I Wish I Was Like You, S.P. Miskowski (JournalStone)
  • Runner-up: In the Valley of the Sun, Andy Davidson (Skyhorse)
  • The Devil Crept In, Ania Ahlborn (Gallery)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman (Ecco)

Novella of the Year

  • WINNER: Mapping The Interior, Stephen Graham Jones ( Publishing)
  • Runner-up: Agents
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Mythic Delirium Closes

With the April 2018 issue, Mike Allen’s fiction and poetry magazine Mythic Delirium is closing after 20 years. In his editorial, Allen says,

I’m putting Mythic Delirium on what those of us in Smallpressville call ‘indefinite hiatus.’ Put more plainly, the zine is coming to an end—though I reserve the right to bring it back, should the course of my career deliver me to a point where (re)starting a magazine ...Read More

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2018 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2018 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year have been announced:

  • “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue”, Charlie Jane Anders (Global Dystopias)
  • “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”, Tobias S. Buckell (Cosmic Powers)
  • “The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s 11-12/17)
  • “Sidewalks”, Maureen McHugh (Omni 11/17)
  • “The Martian Obelisk”, Linda Nagata ( 7/17)
  • “The Secret
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2018 Seiun Awards Nominees

The 57th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2018 Seiun Awards finalists (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The nominees for translated works follow.

Best Translated Novel

  • The History of Soviet Fantastika, Roman Arbitman translated by Hiroaki Umemura (Kyōwakoku)
  • Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel, translated by Chiori Sada (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • The Adjacent, Christopher Priest, translated by Yoshimichi
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Greer Wins Pulitzer

Andrew Sean Greer has won the Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category for his novel Less (Lee Boudreaux/Little, Brown). The award, given for “distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life,” comes with a prize of $15,000.

The Pulitzer jury called Less “a generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and ...Read More

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2018 REH Foundation Awards Nominees

The Robert E. Howard Foundation announced the nominees for its 2018 REH Foundation Awards.

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • AR-I-E’CH and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to R. E. Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction, Fred Blosser (Black Stone)
  • Savage Scrolls: Scholarship from the Hyborian Age (Volume 1), Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero)
  • The Robert E. Howard Bar Guide, Bobby Derie (self-published)

The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay (print)

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StokerCon 2018 Report

StokerCon, sponsored by the Horror Writers Association, was held at the Biltmore in Providence RI, March 1-4, 2018. HWA president Lisa Morton said, “It’s hard to beat hundreds of horror-lovers huddled together in a suppos­edly haunted hotel while a Nor’easter rages outside.” Guests of honor were Ramsey Campbell, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Elizabeth Massie, Sam Weller, and Craig Engler; Jeff Strand was emcee. Morton said, “This was our third ...Read More

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Clarkesworld Readers’ Poll

“A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad was named Best Story in the annual Clarkesworld readers’ poll. “Sea Change” by Matt Dixon, from the June 2017 issue, won Best Cover Art.

For more, including finalists, see the Clarkesworld site.

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2018 Man Booker International Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker International prize includes two titles of genre interest:

  • The World Goes On, László Krasznahorkai, translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes (Tuskar Rock)
  • Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright (Oneworld)

The award is given “annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the UK.” The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author ...Read More

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Science Fiction Names for Features of Charon

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has announced a list of approved names for features on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. The list includes mountains named after Octavia E. Butler and Arthur C. Clarke, as well as craters named for characters in works by L. Frank Baum, Stanislaw Lem, and Jules Verne.

The names were proposed by NASA’s New Horizons team which conducted the first survey of Charon in 2015. The full

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Okorafor, Anders, and Hopkinson on LeVar Burton Reads LIVE

Actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Reading Rainbow) is featuring several science fiction authors in his podcast tour, LeVar Burton Reads LIVE! including Nnedi Okorafor, Charlie Jane Anders, and Nalo Hopkinson. Each live event includes a conversation with the author and a reading of their story by Burton. Okorafor was featured in an event on March 23, 2018 at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago IL. Anders ...Read More

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Bradbury Center Receives NEH Grant

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) was awarded $50,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), announced April 9, 2018. The endowment is to “ensure the preservation of nearly 30,000 pounds of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia from author Ray Bradbury” under the lead of the center’s director, Jonathan R. Eller.

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Hamid Wins Aspen Words Literary Prize

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead) has won the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize, announced during a ceremony held April 10, 2018 at the Morgan Library in New York NY. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction focused on vital contemporary issues.” Finalists and winner were chosen by jurors Stephen L. Carter, Jessica Fullerton, Phil Klay, Alondra Nelson, and Akhil Sharma. Hamid will also be the ...Read More

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Poul and Karen Anderson Memorial International Travel Fund

Astrid & Greg Bear have founded the Poul and Karen Anderson Memorial International Travel Fund, covering travel costs for one international student from outside North America to attend the Clarion West Six Week Summer Workshop. The recipient of the 2018 fund is Ted Mahsun from Ipoh, Malaysia. The travel fund will provide $1,000 annually for ten years and was established in honor of Astrid Bear’s parents.

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Shimmer Program Winners

Winners of the Shimmer Program’s Worldcon 76 Attending Funding for Chinese fans have been announced. Lin Jiayu (Mackenzie Lin) and Shi Ran (Sharon Shi) will each receive RMB 10,000 (approximately $1,600) to attend and staff Worldcon 76. This year’s winners were chosen by Worldcon Facilities DDH Mike Willmoth and winner of the Worldcon 75 Attending Funding Yang Sumin.

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2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2017, has been announced:

French Novel

  • La Désolation, Pierre Bordage (Bragelonne)
  • Toxoplasma, Calvo (La Volte)
  • Le Temps de Palanquine, Thierry Di Rollo (Bélial’)
  • La Société des faux visages, Xavier Mauméjean (Alma)

Foreign Novel

  • La Bibliothèque de Mount Char [The Library at Mount Char], Scott Hawkins (Denoël)
  • Bagdad, la grande évasion! [Escape from
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2017 Kitschies Winners

Winners for the 2017 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction,” were announced during a ceremony at The Star of Kings, London.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • WINNER: The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Fever, Deon Meyer, translated by L. Seegers (Hodder)
  • City of Circles, Jess Richards (Hodder)
  • We See Everything, William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
  • Black Wave, Michelle Tea (& Other Stories)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • WINNER: Hunger
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2018 Writers & Illustrators of the Future Awards

The 2018 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award went to Darci Stone for her story “Mara’s Shadow”. The Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Kyna Tek for his illustration of Erin Cairns’s story “A Smokeless and Scorching Fire”.

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LGBTQ Initiative for Worldcon 76

Chuck Serface has launched the LGBTQ Initiative with the intention of funding 50 memberships to Worldcon 76. So far, the initiative has raised enough money to fully fund seven memberships.

Funded memberships are available to SF/F fans and professionals who identify as LGBTQ. Applicants should send an email to with a personal statement under 500 words including information about themselves and why they want to attend Worldcon. Applications will ...Read More

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Harlem Ess-Eff Reading Series

The inaugural Harlem Ess-Eff reading series event, featuring Golden Baker and Erin Roberts, will take place April 9, 2018 at Silvana in New York City. Baker and Roberts are both graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.

The reading series is hosted by Golden Baker. For more information on future events, see the Harlem Ess-Eff website.

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Groff and Miéville Win Guggenheim Fellowships

Authors Lauren Groff and China Miéville are among the 2018 Guggenheim Fellows, announced April 4, 2018 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellowships were awarded to 173 recipients across 49 fields of study. “Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

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Neukom Awards Shortlist

Finalists for the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction have been announced:

  • On the Edge of Gone, Corrine Duyvis (Amulet/Abrams)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Best Worst American, Juan Martinez (Small Beer)
  • Void Star, Zachary Mason (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Using Life, Ahmed Naji (University of Texas Press)
  • After Atlas, Emma Newman (Roc)
  • Made for Love, Alissa Nutting (Ecco)
  • New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Telling
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