Booker Prize News

Hedge fund Man Group will no longer sponsor the Booker Prize, effective after the 2019 prizes are presented. The Man Group has contributed £25 million to the prize since its sponsorship began in 2002, including £1.6 million for the 2019 prize. The Booker Foundation said, “The Trustees are in discussion with a new sponsor and are confident that new funding will be in place for 2020. In the meantime the ...Read More

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SLF Offers South Asian Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation’s inaugural A.C. Bose Grant for South Asian Literature is open for submissions until March 31, 2019. The grant provides $1,000 to “a South Asian / South Asian diaspora writer developing speculative fiction.”

The SLF also offers the Older Writers Grant, the Working Class Writers Grant, and more. For details or to apply, visit the Speculative Literature Foundation website. ...Read More

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2018 HWA Specialty Press Award

Raw Dog Screaming Press won the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Specialty Press Award, recognizing “the accomplishments of a noteworthy small press or presses” and given to “an outstanding publisher of horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction.”

The awards will be presented during StokerCon 2019, May 9-12, 2019 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids MI. As previously announced, Graham Masterton will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. For ...Read More

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Strange Horizons Staff Changes

Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde are stepping down as editors-in-chief of Strange Horizons, with Vanessa Rose Phin taking over the role. Crowley and Dollarhyde said:

Friends and fellow readers, we come bearing bittersweet news: the time has come for us to move along. We’re stepping down from our positions as editors-in-chief and passing the torch to Vanessa Rose Phin, who’s served the magazine ably in several capacities during vees ...Read More

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NASFiC 2020 Site Voting

Voting has opened for the 2020 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). Ballots are available on the SpikeCon/NASFiC 2019 site. Voting by mail is open until June 29, 2019 to members of NASFiC 2019 who have paid the $35 Advance Supporting Membership fee. Voting at the convention is available July 4-5, 2019.

The only qualifying bid on the ballot is Columbus in 2020, to be held August 20-23, 2020 at ...Read More

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Bradbury Park Designated a Literary Landmark

Ray Bradbury Park in Waukegan IL will receive Literary Landmark status from the American Library Association’s United for Libraries division in a designation ceremony on March 16, 2019 at 4:51 p.m. The park contains the Waukegan Ravine, featured in Bradbury’s novel Dandelion Wine.

The ceremony will include the unveiling of a Literary Landmark plaque, prominent Bradbury speakers, and a special performance of Bradbury’s short play, “The Whole Town’s Sleeping” ...Read More

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2019 Salam Award Judges

Judges for the 2019 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced: Jeffrey Ford, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Maha Khan Phillips, John Joseph Adams, and Saba Sulaiman. The award is “a short story award to promote science fiction and related genres of writing in Pakistan,” open to original fiction of 10,000 words or less, written in English by authors who must be “currently residing in Pakistan, or be of Pakistani birth/descent.” ...Read More

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IGMS Closing

Editor Scott M. Roberts announced that Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (IGMS) will close after the June/July 2019 issue. In his editorial for the February 2019 issue, Roberts said:

When IGMS first rolled onto the scene, online magazines were few and far between. Now the main mode of consumption of short SFF literature is online in one form or another (podcasts, e-issues, webpages, etc). And the voices ...Read More

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2019 Odyssey Workshop Scholarships

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced several scholarships available for students attending in 2019. Scholarship applications and information queries should be made by contacting director Jeanne Cavelos.

The Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin, covers full tuition, textbook, and housing. It will be awarded to a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. Martin said, “What we want are nightmares new and resonant and profound, cosmic terrors that will ...Read More

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SFWA Candidates

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the candidates for open Board of Directors positions:

Candidate for President

  • Mary Robinette Kowal

Candidate for Secretary

  • Curtis Chen

Candidates for Director-at-Large

  • James Beamon
  • Tobias Buckell
  • John Chu
  • Andy Duncan
  • Walter L. Fisher
  • Jeffe Kennedy
  • Kevin McLaughlin
  • Sarah Pinsker
  • Eric James Stone
  • Peng Shepherd
  • William Alan Webb

Three positions for director-at-large are available. The listed candidates have been verified as ...Read More

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HWA 2019 Summer Scares

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced their first annual Summer Scares Reading list.

ADULT

  • My Soul to Keep, Tananarive Due (Harper Voyager)
  • Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (Morrow)
  • Earthworm Gods, Brian Keene (Deadite)

YOUNG ADULT

  • Rotters, Daniel Kraus (Delacorte)
  • The Devil and Winnie Flynn, Micol Ostow & David Ostow (Soho)
  • Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, April Genevieve Tucholke, ed. (Dial)

MIDDLE GRADE

  • Doll Bones
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2018 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2019 issue, the list is a consensus by Locus editors, reviewers, and other professionals — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; Locus reviewers Liz Bourke, Katharine Coldiron, Carolyn Cushman, Paul Di Filippo, Lila Garrott, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Ian Mond, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Arley Sorg, Tom

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StokerCon 2020 Mistress of Ceremonies Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced AK Benedict as the Mistress of Ceremonies for StokerCon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK.

For more information, see the StokerCon UK website.

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The New Yorker Best Books of 2018

Katy Waldman of The New Yorker compiled her list of the nine best books of 2018, with a few works of genre interest: Confessions of the Fox, Jordy Rosenberg (One World); Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead); Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove). For the complete list, see the New Yorker website.

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Readers’ Polls Open

Readers’ polls for several SF/F magazines are now open to public voting:

Voting for Analog‘s Analytical Laboratory Readers’ Award (AnLab) is open until February 1, 2019 to nominate the best novella, novelette, short story, science fact article, poem, and cover of 2018.

The 33rd Asimov’s Readers’ Award is accepting nominations until February 1, 2019 for the best novella, novelette, short story, poem, and cover.

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SFWA Pro Rates and Election News

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the minimum pay rate for qualifying professional short fiction markets will be raised from six cents per word to eight cents, effective September 1, 2019. For more information, see the SFWA site.

In addition, the official call for SFWA Board of Directors candidates was announced January 15, 2019. This year, the president, secretary, and three director-at-large positions are open for ...Read More

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Hugo Awards Designers Announced

Dublin 2019—An Irish Worldcon has announced Jim Fitzpatrick as the designer of the 2019 Hugo Award base, and Eleanor Wheeler as the designer of the 1944 Retro-Hugo Award base. Additionally, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) president Sara Felix will design the 2019 Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book.

Dublin 2019 will be held August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

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Tolkien Exhibit at the Morgan

The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City will host Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, “the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations.” The exhibition includes “family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion” drawn from the Tolkien archives at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, the ...Read More

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Gibson Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named William Gibson the 35th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

SFWA president Cat Rambo said Gibson “forged a body of work that has played a major part in the coalescing of the cyberpunk movement, influencing dozens of writers of cinema, fiction, and games, among other creatives…. Gibson continues to produce taut, evocative works that reflect the ...Read More

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Fantastic Dublin Fund Announced

Dublin 2019 — An Irish Worldcon has announced the “Fantastic Dublin Fund” to increase diversity among fans and program participants. Donated funds and memberships will go towards helping Irish fans of limited financial means, the Irish Traveller community, people of color via Con-or-Bust, program participants from marginalized communities, and participants of color.

The 77th Worldcon will be held August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. For ...Read More

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Audible Best of 2018

Audible.com has announced their Best of 2018 lists, selected by their editorial team. Titles of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Hachette)

Fantasy

  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Random House)

Fiction

  • Circe, Madeline Miller (Hachette)

Young Adult

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Macmillan)

Customer Favorite

  • The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga, Aleron Kong (Tamori)

For more information, including complete winners and runners-up, ...Read More

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Reading and Fiction Sales Down

Ac­cording to report from the National Endowment for the Arts, “US Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary Reading: 2002-2017”, the number of adults reading for plea­sure dropped by a small amount be­tween 2002 and 2017. The number of people over 18 who read a book not for work or school was 52.7%, down from 54.6% in 2012, 54.3% in 2008, and 56.6% in 2002. The survey is conducted every five ...Read More

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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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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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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)

World Book Night is an annual book giveaway run by The Reading Agency ...Read More

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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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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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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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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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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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