Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

The Orwell Foundation is launching a new prize to recognize novels and stories that address social and political themes. The Orwell Prize for Po­litical Fiction is sponsored by A.M. Heath (the agency for George Orwell’s literary estate) and Orwell’s son Richard Blair. The existing Orwell Book Prize for fiction and non-fiction will be re­named the Orwell Prize for Political Writing and will focus exclusively on non-fiction. Each of the two ...Read More

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2019 Tournament of Books Shortlist

The Morning News has announced their shortlist for the 2019 Tournament of Books, “a month-long battle royale among the year’s best novels,” including titles of genre interest:

  • Census, Jesse Ball (Ecco)
  • So Lucky, Nicola Griffith (MCD)
  • The Overstory, Richard Powers (Norton)

For the full shortlist, or to vote in the “Zombie Poll,” see the official announcement.

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Tin House Goes Digital Only

Tin House will discontinue its print magazine following the publication of its 20th anniversary issue in June 2019. Publisher and editor-in-chief Win McCormack cited financial costs as a reason for the decision, and has “decided to shift resources to Tin House’s other two divisions: Tin House Books and the Tin House Workshop.” Tin House will continue to publish original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on its website.

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Adeyemi Shortlisted for Morris Award

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt) has been shortlisted for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to “a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers.” The winner will be announced at ALA’s Midwinter Youth Media Awards on January 28, 2019.

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Inaugural STEAM Book Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the inaugural STEAM prize for books that highlight science, technology, engineering, arts, and math have been announced, including titles of genre interest.


  • The Fandom, Anna Day (Chicken House)
  • The Secret Deep, Lindsay Galvin (Chicken House)
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Lauren James (Walker)
  • The Electrical Venus, Julie Mayhew (Hot Key)
  • Jinxed, Amy McCulloch (Simon & Schuster)
  • White Rabbit, Red Wolf, Tom Pollock (Walker)

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World Book Night 2019

Selections for World Book Night 2019 have been announced, including several titles of genre interest:

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Vintage)
  • Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby (Penguin)
  • Himself, Jess Kidd (Canongate)
  • Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown)
  • The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells (Penguin)

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Apex Goes Digital Only

Apex is discontinuing the print version of its magazine, effective immediately. Publisher and editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore explains the print edition “barely broke even after a year.” Current subscribers will be emailed with digital subscription options, and refunds will be made as needed.

For more, see the announcement on Apex‘s website.

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2019 Odyssey Writing Workshop

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced instructors and dates for its 2019 summer session. Guest lecturers are Scott H. Andrews, Joshua Bilmes, Holly Black, Neil Clarke, Sara King, Nisi Shawl, Fran Wilde, and Paul Witcover. The workshop will be held June 3 – July 12, 2019 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH.

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New Editor at GigaNotoSaurus

Elora Gatts is the new editor of GigaNotoSaurus, taking over from Rashida J. Smith. Gatts is also a copy editor at Strange Horizons and was previously associate editor at PodCastle.

Smith has edited GigaNotoSaurus for six years, following Ann Leckie’s term as editor.

For more information, see the official announcement.

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Davidson Letters Sought

Editor Henry Wes­sels invites “any persons holding correspondence from Avram Davidson to send legible photocopies or scans of interesting or notable letters” to his at­tention, for a volume of Davidson’s selected letters to be published next year by The Nutmeg Point District Mail for the Avram Davidson Society. Material may be sent to Henry Wessells, PO Box 43072, Upper Montclair NJ 07043; <wessells@aol.com>.

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Moldow Retires, Touchstone Closes

Susan Moldow is retiring from her position as presi­dent of Scribner Publish­ing Group and president of the Touchstone imprint at Simon & Schuster at the end of the year. Moldow has worked in publishing since 1966, and has held senior positions at Dell, Penguin, Doubleday, and HarperCollins, as well as Simon & Schuster, and her authors included Anthony Doerr, Charles Johnson, Stephen King, and Colm Tóibín, among many others.

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2019 GUFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2019 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) have been announced:

  • Lynelle Howell (New Zealand)
  • Simon Litten (New Zealand)
  • Nicole Murphy (Australia)

The 2019 fund will send fans from Australasia to Europe to attend Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, in Dublin, Ireland to be held August 15-19, 2019. GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of the previous year. Candidates ...Read More

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2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Winners

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister of Australia announced the winners for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on December 5, 2018. The awards “celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.” The winner receives A$80,000 and each runner-up gets A$5,000. Winner and finalists of genre interest include:


  • WINNER: Border Districts, Gerald Murnane (Giramondo)
  • A Long
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Ohaegbu Wins Arts Scholarship

Chimedum Ohaegbu, assistant editor at Uncanny magazine, has been awarded the $17,500 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship from the University of British Columbia.

In selecting recipients, consideration is given to both scholarly excellence and the demonstrated ability to work with and lead others in student and community activities at the university, local, national, and/or international level.

For more information, see the announcement on Uncanny‘s website.

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2019 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2019 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify. Only living authors and editors are eligible. All books must have a 2018 publication date, and all magazines a 2018 cover date.

The judges will read and consider eligible materials between now and June 1, 2019 (the earlier, the better). To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges

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2018 World Fantasy Convention Report

The 44th World Fantasy Convention was held November 1-4, 2018 in the Renais­sance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in windy and rainy Baltimore MD. Guests of honor were Kaaron Warren, Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, and Michael J. Walsh, with special guest Aliette de Bodard, and toastmaster Linda D. Addison. Life Achievement Awards winners were Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim.

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2018 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards for the “best books of 2018” as chosen by users of the site, were announced December 4, 2018. There are several winners of genre interest:

Best Mystery & Thriller

  • The Outsider, Stephen King (Scribner) 62,170 votes

Best Science Fiction

  • Vengeful, V.E. Schwab (Tor) 49,563 votes

Best Fantasy

  • Circe, Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) 78,733 votes

Best Horror

  • Elevation, Stephen King (Scribner) 39,616 votes


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Dublin 2019 Worldcon Award Announcements

Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, has announced a special category for Best Art Book to be included in the 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

An eligible work for this special Hugo award is any art book in the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and ...Read More

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Adeyemi Wins Foyles Book of the Year Award

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Pan Macmillan/Henry Holt) was named the Foyles Children’s Book of the Year for 2018. Winners were also chosen by Foyles staff in fiction and non-fiction categories, and all three winners will receive “significant focus instore and online throughout the festive period across windows, table displays, instore screens, and online on the Foyles website, where a bundle of all three titles is also ...Read More

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Ishiguro to Receive Bodley Medal

Kazuo Ishiguro will receive the 2019 Bodley Medal, awarded by the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University. The original medal was created in 1646 to honor Sir Thomas Bodley, who rebuilt the first public library at Oxford. Since 2002, replicas have been awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds of literature, culture, science, and communication. The medal will be presented April 3, 2019 at the FT Weekend ...Read More

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Green Wins FutureBook Story Contest

The winner of the inaugural FutureBook short fiction contest, in partnership with The Pigeonhole reading app, has been announced:

  • WINNER: “The Once and Future Book”, Ian Green
  • “Flying Lessons”, Fire Bird
  • “The Paper Pages”, Jamie Groves
  • “Living Fiction”, Louise Harnby
  • “On Developments in Book Delivery Systems”, Ian Sansom

Entries were judged by FutureBook associate editor Molly Flatt, The Pigeonhole founder Anna Jean Huges, and Arthur C. Clarke Award director Tom

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New Amazon Branch Offices

Amazon has announced plans to open new branch offices for their head­quarters in Long Island City neighborhood in Queens NY and in the Crystal City neighbor­hood in Arlington VA. The New York office will occupy four million square feet initially, with an option to double in size, and will employ around 25,000 people with an average salary of $150,000 a year; the size and staffing for the Ar­lington location are ...Read More

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Bishop Inducted into Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Michael Bishop was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame during a November 5, 2018 ceremony at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library in Athens GA. The Hall of Fame “was established in 2000 as part of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library to honor Georgia writers and to introduce the public to the library’s rich collections for research into Georgia literature and cultural ...Read More

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2018 Galaxy Awards

The 29th annual Galaxy Awards for Chinese science fiction were announced November 23, 2018 at the third China Science Fiction Conference in Shenzhen, China.

Most Popular Foreign Writer

  • Richard K. Morgan

Best Novelette (tie)

  • Forest of Death, Peng Chao
  • The Hearts Behind, Gu Di

Best Short Story (tie)

  • “Amorville”, Bella Han
  • “Tian Tu”, Wang Jinkang
  • “An Account of the Sky Whales”, A Que

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Klages Wins 2018 Gaylactic Spectrum

The winner for the 2018 Gaylactic Spectrum Award in the novel category was announced at Chessiecon 2018, held at the Red Lion Hotel Baltimore North in Timonium MD from November 23-25, 2018.

  • WINNER: Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Cult of Ocasta, Mark Allan Gunnells (Evil Jester)
  • Hexslayer, Jordan L. Hawk (self-published)
  • An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King (Harper Voyager)
  • Tremontaine, Ellen Kushner, ed.
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Women’s Prize Announces Fee

The Women’s Prize for Fiction (until this year known as the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and from 1996-2012 called the Orange Prize for Fiction) has announced a new £1,000 fee for publishers whose works appear on the 16-title longlist, prompting outcry from smallpress publishers. Galley Beggar Press called the change “catastrophic to small publishers,” noting that though one of their authors won the prize years ago, “it would have ...Read More

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Fletcher Wins Rotsler

Ken Fletcher is the winner of the 2018 Rotsler Award for “long-time artistic achievement in amateur publications of the science fiction community.” The award was announced during Loscon 45 in Los Angeles CA, November 23-25, 2018.

The award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, and includes an honorarium of $300 and a plaque. The Rotsler judges are Mike Glyer, John Hertz, and Sue Mason.

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Smith Named MWA Grand Master

Martin Cruz Smith has been named 2019 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), along with Linda Fairstein. Smith’s genre work includes The Indians Won (Tower & Leisure), The Analog Bullet (Nordon), and Nightwing (Simon & Schuster). The Grand Master awards will be presented during the 73rd annual Edgar Awards banquet, April 25, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York NY.

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2018 Costa Book Awards Shortlist

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Costa First Novel award, and The Colour of the Sun by David Almond (Hodder Children’s) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Children’s Book award.

The Costa Book Awards recognizes “some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” Each winner in the five individual ...Read More

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2019 TAFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2019 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) were announced November 23, 2018:

  • Teresa Cochran
  • Sarah Gulde
  • Mike Lowrey
  • Geri Sullivan

Voting opens December 1, 2018 and ends April 22, 2019. The 2019 fund is administered by Johan Anglemark and John Purcell and will send one fan from North America to Europe to attend the 77th Worldcon, held August 15-19, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.

For more information, see the TAFF

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Cymera Festival Announced

Cymera, “Scotland’s first Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing,” will take place June 7-9, 2019 at The Pleasance in Edinburgh, Scotland. Weekend pass prices start at £65 and are available through the festival’s crowdfunding campaign, which runs until the end of January 2019. Tickets to individual events will be available March 1, 2019.

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Indian Science Fiction Conference

The 17th Indian Science Fiction Conference will be held December 15-16, 2018 at the Banaras Hindu University Campus in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The event is organized by Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka; Indian Science Fiction Writer’s Association, Faizabad, UP; and Mailviya Center of Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, UP. Programming will covers subjects including the impact of SF on science and technology, teaching science ...Read More

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