Patterson Gives

James Patterson is continuing the Patterson Partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs for a fifth year, this time pledging $1.25 million to libraries in classrooms. He will give 4,000 teachers grants of $250 each (with Scholastic Book Clubs offering matching funds in the form of bonus points) to buy books and other materials for the classroom. He is allocating a quarter of a million dollars for 500 new teachers (those with ...Read More

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Wollenfang Awarded Working Class Writers Grant

Nemma Wollenfang is the recipient of the 2018 Working Class Writers Grant, presented by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF). The $1,000 grant is given annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who “have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers which have made it much harder for them to have access to the writing world.”

Wollenfang was previously named an honorable mention for the ...Read More

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Audible Settles Lawsuits

Audiobook retailer Audible has en­tered into a settlement with two class action lawsuits, Grant McKee et al. v Audible, Inc. and Eric Weber and Bryan Rees v. Amazon.com, Inc., and Amazon Services LLC, bringing an end to 18 months of legal battles. Audible will issue up to 12 million audiobooks and reimburse as many as 8.4 million customers who incurred overdraft fees when Audible allegedly charged their cards without permission. ...Read More

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Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award

The Westchester Library Association (WLA) announced the recipients of the 2017-2018 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award, given “to highlight and promote distinguished titles published in the field of storytelling.” Titles of genre interest include:

Norse Myths, Kevin Crossley-Holland (Candlewick) Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (Norton) The Annotated African-American Folktales, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & Maria Tatar (Liveright) Brave Red, Smart Frog, Emily Jenkins (Candlewick) Crane Girl, ...Read More Read more

Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists

The New York Public Library announced its Young Lions Fiction Award finalists, and four of the five are of genre interest: Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner); Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove/Atlantic); Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux); and The Third Hotel, Laura van den Berg (Farrar, Straus, Giroux). Graphic novel Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (Drawn and Quarterly) is the fifth finalist. The winner will be announced ...Read More

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2019 Colorado Book Awards Winners

While Gods Sleep by L.D. Colter (Tam Lin) won the Colorado Book Award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category, and Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut (Owl Hollow) won in the Juvenile Literature category.

Winners were announced May 18, 2019 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Arvada CO. For more information, including complete list of winners, see the awards website.

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2019 Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award Winners

Winners for the Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award for short science fiction have been announced. The five finalists for each had their stories read by celebrity guests during LitFest Pasadena.

Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction by LA county high school students:

1st Place: “Night”, Megan Vidovich 2nd Place: “The Song Remains the Same, or, Neon Haze Redux”, Arin Krausz 3rd Place: “Guardian Angel”, Ailun Shi

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New Visions Contest Opens

The New Visions Award writing contest for YA/middle grade novels and graphic novels by authors of color and indigenous/Native writers is open to submissions through August 31, 2019. The winning submission will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a publishing contract from the Tu Books imprint of Lee & Low Books, and an Honor Award winner will receive $1,000. For details and rules: <www.leean­dlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-visions-award>.

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2018 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards during the 53rd Annual Nebula Banquet on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Marriott Warner Center, Woodland Hills CA.

Novel

WINNER: The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK) Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK) Spinning Silver, ...Read More Read more

European Copyright News

The European Parliament passed the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive, a unified set of laws governing intellectual property rights in the European Union, by a vote of 348 to 274. The law will not go into effect unless the European Council passes it with a “formal endorsement,” via a simple majority. Once that happens, each country will have to implement the law by 2020. The version passed includes ...Read More

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2018 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

The winners for the 2018 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced. Most are available to read online.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory Winners

Best Novella

WINNER: “The Last Biker Gang“, Wil McCarthy (5-6/18) “Blurred Lives“, Adam-Troy Castro (1-2/18) “A Stab of the Knife“, Adam-Troy Castro (7-8/18) “Harry and the Lewises”, Edward M. Lerner (9-10/18)

Best Novelette

WINNER: “Ashes of Exploding Suns, Monuments to ...Read More Read more

Tolkien Society Awards 2019

Winners of the Tolkien Society Awards 2019 were announced at the society’s annual dinner on April 6. The awards “recognize excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom, highlight­ing our long-standing charitable objective to ‘seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of”‘ J.R.R. Tolkien. The society’s trustees choose the shortlist, with winners chosen by the membership.

Best Artwork

“Durin’s Crown and the ...Read More Read more

Klages Wins Children’s History Book Prize

Ellen Klages’s novel Out of Left Field (Viking) is the winner of the $10,000 Children’s History Book Prize, presented by the New York Historical Society. The award “honors the best children’s historical literature in the United States and encourages authors to continue to create engaging and challenging narratives that provide a window into the past for middle readers and their families.”

For more information, see the prize’s website.

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Philip K. Dick Award 2019 Judges

The five judges for the 2019 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. Works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2019 are eligible for the award.

Thomas A. Easton, 84 Commonmwealth Ave, Dedham MA 02026-1425

Karen Heuler, 13 Antler Drive, Sandyston NJ 07826 (until October 31) / 80 Charles Street Apt. 3R, New York NY 10014-6110 (after October 31)

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Camp Writerhaven Applications Open

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) has announced a new retreat, Camp Writerhaven, for writers of all genres. Two sessions are offered from June 20-23 and July 14-20, 2019 to be held at the Rockvale Writers Colony in College Grove TN. Craft classes taught by award-winning writers are available during both sessions.

For more information, or to apply, see the MTSU website or contact mtsuwrite@mtsu.edu.

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SoA Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for several Society of Authors (SoA) fiction awards have been announced, including titles and authors of genre interest.

Betty Trask Prize and Awards

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gower (Harvill Secker) Sweet Fruit, Sour Land, Rebecca Ley (Sandstone) The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh (Hamish Hamilton)

The Betty Trask Prize and Awards gives £26,250 “for a first novel by a writer under 35” and is ...Read More

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2018 This Is Horror Awards Winners

Winners for the This Is Horror Awards 2018 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

WINNER: The Rust Maidens, Gwendolyn Kiste (Journalstone) Runner-up: The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Morrow) Coyote Songs, Gabino Iglesias (Broken River) The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam) The Listener, Robert R. McCammon (Cemetery Dance)

Novella of the Year

WINNER: The Writhing Skies, Betty Rocksteady (Perpetual Motion ...Read More Read more

2019 Nommo Awards Shortlist

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Nommo Awards. All titles “are speculative fiction, were published in calendar year 2018, and are thought to be by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines. ”

Best Novel Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt) Knucklebone, Nechama Brodie (Pan Macmillan) A Spy in Time, Imraan Coovadia (Rare Bird) ...Read More Read more

2018 Stoker Awards Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel WINNER: The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Morrow) The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam) Glimpse, Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin’s) Unbury Carol, Josh Malerman (Del Rey) Dracul, Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker (Putnam)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

WINNER: The Rust Maidens ...Read More Read more

2021 Worldcon Site Voting

Voting has opened for the 2021 Worldcon site selection, with ballots available on the Dublin 2019 — An Irish Worldcon website. Voting is open to Full Attending, Young Adult, First Worldcon, or Supporting members of Dublin 2019 who have paid the voting fee (€40/$45). Only paper ballots will be accepted.

There is only one qualifying bid on the ballot, DC in 2021, to be held at the Marriott Wardman Park ...Read More

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2019 Ignotus Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

El largo viaje a un pequeño planeta iracundo [The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet], Becky Chambers (Insólita) El portal de los obeliscos [The Obelisk Gate], N.K. Jemesin (Nova) El visitante [The Outsider], Stephen King (Plaza & Janés) Bellas durmientes ...Read More Read more

2019 Premio Italia Winners

The Italian Conference of Fantasy and Science Fiction (Italcon) announced winners for the 2019 Premio Italia on May 4, 2019, during Vaporosamente 10 held in Turin, Italy.

International SF Novel

Ares Express, Ian McDonald (Zone 42)

Science Fiction Novel

Naila di mondo9, Dario Tonani (Mondadori)

Fantasy Novel

Il diario dell’estinzione, Maico Morellini (Watson Edizioni)

Series

Odissea Digital Fantascienza, various authors (Delos Digital)

Anthology

Next-Stream: Visioni di realtà ...Read More Read more

2019 Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award Finalists

Finalists for the Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award for short science fiction have been announced. The five finalists for each, and winners of two special awards, will have their stories read by celebrity guests during LitFest Pasadena.

The finalists for the Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction by LA county high school students are

“Wick of Adolescence”, Nicholas Kouchnerov “The Song Remains the Same”, Arin Krausz “Guardian Angel”, Ailun Shi ...Read More Read more

Collected Cady Continues

Fairwood Press is taking over publication of the Jack Cady Col­lection, gathering the complete works of the late Jack Cady (1932-2004), a project begun in 2014 by Resurrection House and Underland Press. They produced seven titles in the series, which will be reissued by Fairwood with new ISBNs, and the remaining titles will appear in “the next few years.” The collected works will include all Cady’s novels, essays, and short ...Read More

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Saga Moves to Gallery

Saga Press, launched in 2015 as an imprint of the Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is now an imprint of the Gallery Publishing Group, effective March 20, 2019. Editorial director Joe Monti and senior editor Navah Wolfe remain with the imprint, and now report to Gallery senior vice-president and publisher Jennifer Bergstrom. Bergstrom explained that despite starting in the children’s division, Saga “has always acquired and published for a ...Read More

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2019 Williamson Lectureship Report

“We’re living in a time of walls,” said filmmaker Alex Rivera when introducing Sleep Dealer at the start of the 43rd Williamson Lectureship April 4-6, 2019 in Portales NM. “It’s a global obsession. How do we tell stories in such a world? In my film, I try to cross the consciousness of walls by looking at them, through them, and beyond them.”

Trans-border fantasies and nightmares were timely subjects for ...Read More

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2019 Neukom Awards Shortlist

Finalists for the 2019 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Speculative Fiction have been announced:

Open Category

Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco) The Night Market, Jonathan Moore (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Plum Rains, Andromeda Romano-Lax (Soho) Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions) Red Clocks, Leni Zumas (Little, Brown)

Debut Category

Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Small Beer) Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, ...Read More Read more

2019 Indies Choice Awards Winners

Winners of the 2019 Indies Choice Awards were announced by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and include several titles of genre interest:

Adult Fiction Book of the Year

Circe, Madeline Miller (Little, Brown)

Audiobook of the Year

Circe, Madeline Miller, read by Perdita Weeks (Hachette Audio)

Young Adult Book of the Year

The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)

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2019 Odyssey Scholarship Recipients

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced recipients of several of its scholarships available for students attending in 2019.

Kyle de Waal won The Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin, which covers full tuition, textbook, and housing, and is awarded to a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. De Waal was chosen by a panel of judges which includes Ti Mikkel and Carrie Vaughn.

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2019 Clarke Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 33rd Arthur C. Clarke Award has been announced:

Semiosis , Sue Burke (HarperVoyager) Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris) Frankenstein in Baghdad,  Ahmed Saadawi (Oneworld) The Electric State, Simon Stålenhag (Simon & Schuster) Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit) The Loosening Skin, Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories)

Judges for 2019 are Kris Black, Rhian Drinkwater, Kari Maund, Chris Pak, and Andrew Wallace, with Andrew ...Read More

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2019 SFWA Election Results

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the results of its election for open Board of Directors positions.

President

Mary Robinette Kowal

Secretary

Curtis Chen

Directors-at-Large

Andy Duncan Jeffe Kennedy Sarah Pinsker

Three positions for director-at-large were available. Additionally, Tobias Buckell will replace Lawrence Schoen, who earlier resigned. The election committee consisted of Kate Baker, Maurice Broaddus, Laura Anne Gilman, Cat Rambo, and Fran Wilde (chair). For ...Read More

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2019 Chautauqua Prize Finalists

The Overstory by Richard Powers (Norton) and All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva (Spiegel & Grau) are among the seven finalists for the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, given “to honor the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts.” The winner will be announced in late May 2019 and will receive $7,500 and “all travel and expenses for a one-week summer residency” at the Chautauqua Institution ...Read More

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