2018 Not The Booker Winner

Sweet Fruit, Sour Land (Sandstone) by Rebecca Ley is the winner of The Guardian’s 2018 Not The Booker prize. The “dark dystopian novel” was chosen by judge vote, overriding the reader vote in accordance with prize rules:

A judging meeting will be organised online on the morning of 15 October 2018. The winner of the public vote will be allotted two votes at this meeting. The reader judges will each ...Read More

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Pat Lupoff (1937-2018)

Editor and fan Pat Lupoff, 81, died October 18, 2018. She co-edited the influential fanzine Xero with husband Richard Lupoff and Bhob Stewart. Xero won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 1963, making Pat Lupoff the first woman to win a Hugo. She and her husband co-edited The Best of Xero, a finalist for the Best Related Book Hugo Award in 2005. She worked on various other fanzines as ...Read More

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Waterstones Buys Foyles

UK bookstore chain Waterstones has acquired Foyles, a family-owned chain of seven bookshops first established 115 years ago. The acquisition is expected to be final by the end of 2018; terms were not disclosed. Waterstones’ head James Daunt said, “Together, we will be stronger and better positioned to protection and champion the pleasures of real bookshops in the face of Amazon’s siren call.” Christopher Foyle said, “My family and I ...Read More

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Gorinsky Launches New Publishing Company

Liz Gorinsky has started Erewhon Books,

a new independent speculative fiction publisher. We opened in June 2018 and are starting to build our list with the aim of debuting our first season of new titles in 2020. We will focus on novel-length works of speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other subgenres, but are open to other works of interest to SF&F readers.

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2019 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection

The Free Library of Philadelphia has chosen Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) as the 2019 selection for its annual “One Book, One Philadelphia” citywide book club program. Ward will attend a kickoff event on January 16, 2019 at Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia PA to begin eight weeks of programs “based on the themes” from her novel, including “book discussions, panels, film screenings, collaging and mixed media workshops, ...Read More

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Odyssey Workshop Announces Online Instructors

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced the instructors for its online Winter 2019 classes: Barbara Ashford will teach “Getting the Big Picture: The Key to Revising Your Novel” from January 2 – February 13, 2019; Lucy A. Snyder will teach “Riveting Descriptions: Bringing Your Story to Life in the Reader’s Mind” from January 3-31, 2019; and Scott H. Andrews will teach “Emotional Truth: Making Character Emotions Real, Powerful, and Immediate ...Read More

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2019 Roswell Award and Tomorrow Prize Open for Submissions

Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. have opened submissions for the Roswell Award for short SF by adults living anywhere, and for the Tomorrow Prize for short SF by Los Angeles County high school students. Three special awards are included: the Women Hold Up Half the Sky award presented by Artemis Journal and the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women, the Best Translated Science Fiction Story Award, and ...Read More

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Spectrum 26 Open for Submissions

Spectrum 26 is open for submissions until January 24, 2019. The annual art collection serves as a “regular showcase for the best fantasy, science fiction, horror, and otherwise uncategorizable artwork created each year” and “as an invaluable resource for art directors, art buyers, and artists from all walks and sensibilities.” Judges this year are Kei Acedera, Wesley Burt, Bobby Chiu, Edward Kinsella III, and Colin & Kristine Poole. Chosen entrants ...Read More

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2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards Shortlist

Shortlisted titles and publishers for the 2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards have been announced:

Best Traditionally Published Novel

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • The Girl In The Tower, Katherine Arden (Del Rey)
  • Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)
  • Bloody Rose, Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
  • A Time of Dread, John Gwynne (Pan)
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • Master Assassins, Robert V.S. Redick (Talos)
  • Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)
  • Age
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Condé Wins The New Academy Prize

Maryse Condé was announced as the winner of The New Academy Prize in Literature at the Stockholm Public Library on October 12, 2018. The prize was founded by Swedish journalist Alexandra Pascalidou with the intent of providing an international literature award since the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature is not being awarded. The New Academy plans to dissolve in December 2018.

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2018 Sunburst Awards Winners

The winners for the 2018 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced.

Adult Fiction

  • The Bone Mother, David Demchuk (ChiZine)
  • American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
  • Sputnik’s Children, Terri Favro (ECW)
  • Jade City, Fonda Lee (Little, Brown)
  • Son of a Trickster, Eden Robinson (Knopf Canada)

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline (Dancing Cat)
  • The Painting, Charis Cotter (Tundra)
  • Exo, Fonda Lee (Scholastic)
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2018 Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the seventh annual Copper Cylinder Awards.

The Adult Award winner is Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson (Penguin Random House Canada). The Young Adult Award is shared by two works, Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko (ECW Press), and Weave A Circle Round by Kari Maaren (Tor Books).

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Jemisin Wins Planete-SF Prize

The French edition of N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season won the 2018 Planete-SF Prize for best SF novel, announced September 10, 2018.

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Hard Brexit Poses Threat to Ingram, EU-Based POD Publishers

With the threat of a “hard” Brexit looming, European Union-based POD publishers are wondering where to go to print their books. Many so far have been using the services of Lightning Source UK, a division of the Ingram Content Group. But in the event of Britain failing to remain in the European customs union, the importation of books printed in England into the EU may suddenly become subject to customs ...Read More

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David J. Willoughby (1950-2018)

Fan and collector David J. Willoughby, 67, died October 5, 2018 of complications from pancreatic cancer at home in Tuscola IL. Willoughby was a regular and beloved presence at SF conventions for decades, known for his avid collecting and the vast library he assembled over his 50 years in fandom, and as a dedicated autograph-seeker.

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2018 Imadjinn Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 Imadjinn Awards were announced, including several titles of genre interest.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • The Unmoving Stars, Dave Creek (self-published)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • The Rite of Wands, Mackenzie Flohr (Indigo)

Best Horror Novel

  • Dark and Deadly Things, Kelly Martin (self-published)

Best Urban Fantasy Novel

  • Orphan: Surfacing, Nathan Day (Seventh Star)

Best Paranormal Romance

  • Magic’s Fate, Sela Carsen (Sugar Skull)

Best Non-Fiction Book

  • Invisible 3: Essays and
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2018 Warwick Prize Longlist

The 2018 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation longlist has been announced. Titles of genre interest include:

  • Land of Smoke, Sara Gallardo, translated by Jessica Sequeira (Pushkin)
  • The Emperor of Portugallia, Selma Lagerlöf, translated by Peter Graves (Norvik)
  • Flights, Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft (Riverhead)

Inaugurated in 2017, the annual prize goes to “the best eligible work of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, work of fiction for children or young ...Read More

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2018 National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 National Book Awards have been announced and include authors and works of genre interest.


  • Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead)
  • The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai (Viking)
  • The Friend, Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)

Young People’s Literature

  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, M.T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin (Candlewick).

Translated Literature

  • Disoriental, Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover (Europa Editions)
  • The Emissary, Yoko Tawada, translated
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2018 Parsec Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced.

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • Ark City, Adam Christopher
  • Uncanny County, Todd Faulkner, Alison Crane, William Franke & Nicole Greevy
  • Nairobi Jack Rackham and the Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani, Thomas E. Fuller
  • Exoplanetary, C. Christopher Hart
  • Time! Trip! Season One, Gabe Templin & Orlando Segarra

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

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2018 BAMB Readers Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2018 Books Are My Bag (BAMB) Readers Awards have been announced, including some titles and authors of genre interest in the following categories:


  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (HarperCollins)
  • Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie (Riverhead)
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury)
  • Tin Man, Sarah Winman (Putnam)

Young Adult

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • A Skinful of Shadows,
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2018 Premio Italia Winners

The Italian Conference of Fantasy and Science Fiction (Italcon) announced winners for the 2018 Premio Italia on October 6, 2018, during Stranimondi held in Milan, Italy.

International SF Novel

  • Il problema dei tre corpi [The Three-Body Problem], Cixin Liu (Mondadori)

Science Fiction Novel

  • Ucronia, Elena di Fazio (Delos Digital)

Fantasy Novel

  • La donna leopardo, Andrea Carlo Cappi (Bonelli)

Anthology or Collection

  • Stic Voyages 3, various authors (Star Trek Italian Club
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2018 Aurora Awards Winners

The 2018 Aurora Awards winners have been announced “for Canadian literary and fan works that members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) feel are exceptional.”

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit)
  • The Rebel, Gerald Brandt (DAW)
  • To Guard Against the Dark, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW)
  • All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, James Alan Gardner (Tor)
  • RecipeArium, Costi Gurgu (White Cat)
  • Light of a Distant
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2018 Harvey Awards Winners

Winners of the 2018 Harvey Awards were announced October 5, 2018 during New York Comic Con at the Javits Center in New York City.

Book of the Year

  • Monstress, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda (Image)

Digital Book of the Year

  • Barrier, Brian K. Vaughn, Marcos Martin & Muntsa Vicente (Panel Syndicate)

Best Adaptation From a Comic

  • Black Panther

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Bishop Named Georgia Author of the Year

Michael Bishop received the Georgia Author of the Year Award for Best Story Collection of 2017 for Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories (Kudzu Planet), presented June 16, 2018 at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw GA.


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Dragon Con 2018 Report

Dragon Con 2018 was held August 30 – September 3, 2018 across five hotels in downtown Atlanta GA. There were roughly 80,0000 attendees, about the same as the 2017 event. Steven Barnes was the literary guest of honor, and Brom was the art show guest of honor. The scores of guests included numerous actors from genre films and television, screenwriters, video game creators, editors, and writers. SF writers on programming ...Read More

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Lynn Wins 2018 Storyteller Award

The Afterlife of Walter Augustus (self-published) by Hannah Lynn won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award. Lynn was honored during a ceremony at the Royal Society in London on October 3, 2018. The award, inaugurated in 2017, comes with a £20,000 prize and is “open to anyone over the age of 18 who publishes their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk.”

For more information, see the Kindle Storyteller page.

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Link Wins Genius Grant

Kelly Link is one of 25 MacArthur Foundation Fellows selected for 2018. Each “genius grant” recipient receives a no-strings-attached “stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a lifetime achievement award, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose of the MacArthur Fellows Program is to enable recipients to ...Read More

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Clarion and Clarion West 2019 Instructors

The Clarion Workshop has announced the instructors for its 2019 session: Maurice Broaddus, Andy Duncan, Karen Lord, Carmen Maria Machado, Shelley Streeby (faculty director), Ann VanderMeer, and Jeff VanderMeer. The 2019 classes will be held June 23 – August 3, 2019 on the UC San Diego campus in San Diego CA. For more information, see the Clarion website.

The Clarion West Summer Workshop also announced its 2019 instructors: Jack Dann, ...Read More

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Digital Book World Awards Winners

Winners have been announced for the 2018 Digital Book World Awards across 52 categories. Winners and finalists of genre interest included:

Best Book (Science Fiction)

  • WINNER: Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View, Anonymous, ed. (Del Rey)
  • The Tangled Lands, Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell (Saga)
  • Candidates, Cartel, and Chaos, Sterling Emmal (Blurb)
  • Seeker, Douglas E. Richards (Paragon)

Best Book (Horror)

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2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the longlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year.” Numerous titles and authors of genre interest appear on the fiction list.


  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner)
  • Census, Jesse Ball (Ecco)
  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
  • Virgil Wander, Leif Enger (Grove)
  • Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
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Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist

The five-title shortlist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced and includes titles of genre interest: French Exit by Patrick deWitt (House of Anansi); Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont (QC); Motherhood by Sheila Heti (Knopf Canada); and An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim (Viking Canada). Also on the shortlist is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Patrick Crean).

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2018 Salam Award

The winner, finalists, and honorable mentions for the Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced:


  • “Influence”, Akbar Shahzad


  • “A Picture of the Dying World”, Nur Ibrahim
  • “In the Village Where the Mazaar Now Stands”, Nur Kahn

Honorable Mentions

  • “Up on the Eggshell Bridge”, Maira Asaad
  • “Repairman”, Saher Husnain
  • “Stop Paying Attention”, Kasim Mohammed
  • “A Foolproof Reason”, Ramlah Nadeem
  • “The Dead Man’s Gift”, Fatima Taqvi

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