Colson Whitehead Receives National Medal

Colson Whitehead received a National Humanities Medal, presented by President Biden on March 21, 2023. Whitehead was among 12 honorees for the National Humanities Medals, as well as honorees for National Medals of Arts. “With genre-defying craftsmanship and creativity, Colson Whitehead’s celebrated novels make real the African American journey through our Nation’s continued reckoning with the original sin of slavery and our ongoing march toward a more perfect Union.”

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2023 International Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2023 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. The six-title list includes Limberlost by Robbie Arnott (Atlantic).

The annual Dylan Thomas prize, in partnership with Swansea University, awards £20,000 “to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.” This year’s judges are Jon Gower, Rachel Long, Prajwal Parajuly, Di Speirs, and Maggie Shipstead.

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Platz Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has announced that performer and designer Cheryl Platz will be toastmaster at the 58th Annual Nebula Awards to be presented May 14, 2023 in Anaheim CA. SFWA President Jeffe Kennedy said, “We are proud to welcome Cheryl Platz as our 2023 Toastmaster. Platz shares our love of game writing and exploring new worlds — from the page to the movie screen and ...Read More

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2023 Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices

Analog has announced the Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices, open to “any writer over 18 years of age who customarily identifies as Black, has not published nor is under contract for a book, and has three or less paid fiction publications.”

Submissions will be read blind. Please remove all identifying information from the document before sending it. The file name should be the title of the story. Submissions should ...Read More

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2023 Yoto Carnegie Medals Shortlists

The shortlists for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing and Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration have been announced. Titles and authors of genre interest follow.

Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing

  • The Light in Everything, Katya Balen, illustrated by Sydney Smith (Bloomsbury)
  • When Shadows Fall, Sita Brahmachari, illustrated by Natalie Sirett (Little Tiger)
  • Medusa, Jessie Burton, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill (Bloomsbury)
  • The Eternal Return of Clara Hart
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2023 Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Winner and Shortlist

Alina Pete’s “Telling the Soul of Mars” is the winner of the 2022 Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award. The $1,000 prize is given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) to “emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.” Other finalists are “The Good One” by Allanah Hunt, “The Tangle” by Rae Mariz, and “Spirit Medicine” by Gina McGuire.

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Authors’ Club Best First Novel Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel award has been announced, and includes When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (Hamish Hamilton).

The award is open to any debut novel written in English and published in the UK. The £2,500 winner will be announced at a dinner at the National Liberal Club on May 24, 2023.

For more information, visit the Authors’ Club website.

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Ma Wins Story Prize

Bliss Montage by Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) won the Story Prize, “honoring the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction,” presented March 15, 2023. The prize includes $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl.

Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty (Tin House) was one of the finalists, and will receive $5,000.

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2023 Jhalak Prize Longlists

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (Doubleday/Penguin UK) is on the 2023 Jhalak Prize longlist.

The award “seek to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers” and “accept entries published in the UK by writers of colour. These include (and not limited to) fiction, non-fiction, short stories, graphic novels, poetry and all other genres.”

The judges for 2023 are Haleh Agar, Anthony Vahni Capildeo, and Monisha Rajesh. The ...Read More

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35th Annual Lambda Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced finalists for the 35th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.” Nominees of genre interest follow.

LGBTQ+ Speculative Fiction

  • The Book Eaters, Sunyi Dean (Tor)
  • The Paradox Hotel, Rob Hart (Ballantine)
  • The Wicked and the Willing,  Lianyu Tan (Shattered Scepter)
  • Into the Riverlands, Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)
  • The Circus Infinite, Khan Wong
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People & Publishing Roundup, March 2023


GREGORY BENFORD, 82, had a stroke on December 22, 2022. While his condition is serious, he has moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation center, and is reportedly recovering well.



WALTER MOSLEY, 71, won the 2023 Diamond Dagger Award, presented by the Crime Writers’ Association. The award is the highest honor offered by the group, and ‘‘recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked ...Read More

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2023 International Booker Prize Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the 2023 International Booker Prize has been announced, including titles and authors of genre interest:

  • The Gospel According to the New World, Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox (World Editions)
  • Jimi Hendrix Live in Lviv, Andrey Kurkov, translated by Reuben Woolley (MacLehose)
  • Whale, Cheon Myeong-kwan, translated by Chi-Young Kim (Europa Editions)

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2022-2023 NESFA Contest Winners

Winners of the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) SF/F short story contest were announced at Boskone 60, held February 17-19 2023. Prizes included certificates of achievement, books from NESFA Press, and free membership to a future Boskone convention.

  • WINNER: “Excuse Me, This is My Apocalypse”, Amy Johnson
  • Runner-up: “The Gambler”, Dianne Lee
  • Finalist: “Mara’s Moon”, Chloe Oriotis
  • Finalist: “To Look Upon the Face of God”, Gideon P. Smith
  • Finalist:
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2022 Aurealis Awards Shortlist

The 2022 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Hovering, Rhett Davis (Hachette AU)
  • The Stranger, Kathryn Hore (Allen & Unwin)
  • 36 Streets, TR Napper (Titan)
  • Here Goes Nothing, Steve Toltz (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Bootstrap, Georgina Young (Text)

Best Science Fiction Novella

  • Resembling Lepus, Amanda Kool (Grey Matter)
  • “The Goruden-Mairu Job”, TR Napper (Night,
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92nd Annual California Book Awards Finalists

The finalists for the 92nd Annual California Book Awards, presented by the Commonwealth Club of California, have been announced.

Titles and authors of genre interest include The Furrows by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth) which was one of three finalists for the Fiction category, Out There by Kate Folk (Random House) which was one of five finalists for the First Fiction category, and Cold by Mariko Tamaki (Roaring Brook) which was one ...Read More

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2023 Jim Baen Memorial Award Finalists

Baen Books has announced the ten finalists for the 2023 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Zack Be
  • J.M. Eno
  • Meghan Feldman
  • William Paul Jones
  • K.D. Julicher
  • Marshall J. Moore
  • Avery Parks
  • Hûw Steer
  • Rudy Vener
  • Brad Zeiger

The Grand Prize winner will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a trophy and paid professional rates.

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2023 PEN/Faulkner Finalists

The five-title 2023 PEN/Faulkner finalists list includes titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Fruiting Bodies, Kathryn Harlan (Norton)
  • The Book of Goose, Yiyun Li (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges are Christopher Bollen, R.O. Kwon, and Tiphanie Yanique.

The longlist was announced in February. The winner will be announced in April. The

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2022 Nebula Awards Ballot

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has released the final ballot for the 2022 Nebula Awards.


  • Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree (Cryptid; Tor)
  • Spear, Nicola Griffith (Tordotcom)
  • Nettle & Bone, T. Kingfisher (Tor; Titan UK)
  • Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Nona the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)
  • The Mountain in the Sea, Ray Nayler (MCD; Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
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2023 Romantic Novel Awards Winners

The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) has announced winners for the 2023 Romantic Novel Awards, including titles of genre interest.

The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award

  • WINNER: I Let You Fall, Sara Downing (Quilla)
  • Hidden in the Mists, Christina Courtenay (Headline)
  • Skip to the End, Molly James (Quercus)
  • Impossible, Sarah Lotz (HarperCollins; as The Impossible Us in the US, Ace)
  • Ocean’s Echo, Everina Maxwell (Orbit UK; Tor)


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2022 BSFA Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2022 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced.

Best Novel

  • The Red Scholar’s Wake, Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz)
  • Stars and Bones, Gareth Powell (Titan)
  • The This, Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
  • The Coral Bones, E.J. Swift (Unsung Stories)
  • City of Last Chances, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Head of Zeus)

Best Short Fiction (under 40,000 words)

  • Of Charms, Ghosts and Grievances, Aliette de
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Bear and Murphy Receive Solstice Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has announced Greg Bear and Cerece Rennie Murphy as recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award “for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community.”

The Solstice Award, created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA president with the majority approval of the Board of Directors, is for individuals, living or dead, who have had “a significant impact ...Read More

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2022 Clarkesworld Readers’ Poll Winners

The results of the annual Clarkesworld readers’ poll for best story and cover art of 2022 were announced in the March 2022 issue:

Best Short Story

  • WINNER: “Calf Cleaving in the Benthic Black”, Isabel J. Kim (11/22)
  • 2nd Place: “The Dragon Project”, Naomi Kritzer (3/22)
  • 3rd Place: “Company Town”, Aimee Ogden (6/22)

Best Novelette/Novella

  • WINNER: “We Built This City”, Marie Vibbert (novelette) (6/22)
  • 2nd Place: “The Sadness Box”, Suzanne Palmer
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Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award Opens

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has opened submissions for the Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award for “emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination” through December 1, 2023.

Applicants must send a “200-word statement with background & goals in writing SF” and a “4,000-word maximum writing sample addressing Indigenous perspectives” to Professor Grace L. Dillon at For more information, ...Read More

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2023 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2023 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc, Ash Bishop, narrated by Scott Brick and Suzanne Elise Freeman (CamCat Books)
  • Ymir, Rich Larson, narrated by Alan Medcroft (Hachette Audio)
  • How High We Go in the Dark, Sequoia Nagamatsu, narrated by Julia Whelan, Brian Nishii, Keisuke
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Hugo Nominations Are Open

Nominations are now open for the Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, to be presented at Chengdu Worldcon 2023, the 81st World Science Fiction Convention, to be held October 18-22, 2023 in Chengdu, China. The convention says,

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Uncanny 2022 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll

The top five winners of Uncanny‘s 2022 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll have been announced:

  • “Rabbit Test”, Samantha Mills
  • “can i offer you a nice egg in this trying time”, Iori Kusano
  • “The Coward Who Stole God’s Name”, John Wiswell
  • “Two Hands, Wrapped in Gold”, S.B. Divya
  • (tie) “If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You”, John Chu; “Ribbons”, Natalia Theodoridou
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    2022 Stoker Awards Final Ballot

    The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the final ballot for the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards:

    Superior Achievement in a Novel

    • The Devil Takes You Home, Gabino Iglesias (Mullholland)
    • The Fervor, Alma Katsu (Putnam)
    • Reluctant Immortals, Gwendolyn Kiste (Saga)
    • Daphne, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
    • Sundial, Catriona Ward (Nightfire)

    Superior Achievement in a First Novel

    • Jackal, Erin Adams (Bantam)
    • The Hacienda, Isabel Cañas (Berkley)
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    Apex 2022 Reader’s Choice Awards

    Apex Magazine has announced their 2022 Reader’s Choice Awards. “Hoodie” by Tonya Liburd is the winner of Story of the Year. Issue 133 by Angelica Alzona, Alyssa Winans, and Pamela Zhang has won Cover of the Year. “Crimson Clover” by Angela Sylvaine won Microfiction of the Year.

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    2023 Philip K. Dick Award Judges

    The five judges for the Philip K. Dick Award for works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2023 have been announced:

    • Nicky Drayden, PO Box 200833, Austin TX 78720-0833; print books preferred, .mobi files to
    • Gordon Eklund, 4420 176th St SW Apt C3, Lynnwood WA 98037-3486; digital files to
    • Christopher Rowe, 439 N Upper St, Lexington KY 40508-1450; digital files to
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    2022 Ray Bradbury Prize Finalists

    Finalists for this year’s Ray Bradbury Prize for “Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction” were announced as part of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes:

    • The Book of the Most Precious Substance, Sarah Gran (Dreamland)
    • Spear, Nicola Griffith (Tordotcom)
    • The Ballad of Perilous Graves, Alex Jennings (Redhook)
    • The Mountain in the Sea, Ray Nayler (MCD)
    • Liberation Day, George Saunders (Random House)

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    2022 Zsoldos Péter Award Finalists

    The finalists for the Zsoldos Péter Award have been announced, honoring Hungarian works speculative fiction.

    • Szerződési szabadság, Moskát Anita (A hazugság tézisei, GABO Kiadó)
    • Az utolsó tanú, Lőrinczy Judit (GABO Kiadó)
    • Második magyar köztársaság, Kondor Vilmos (Open Books)

    Short Stories

    • “Ha elég mélyre nyúlsz”, Gaura Ágnes: (Az év magyar science fiction és fantasynovellái 2022)
    • “Hétszerte”, Kiss Gabriella (Az év magyar science fiction és
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    Mishell Baker Wins Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award

    The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has announced Mishell Baker as the winner of the 2023 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. The award is presented to “a volunteer of SFWA who best exemplifies the ideal of service to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.”

    Baker “has liaised with publishers interested in reprinting works by science fiction and fantasy authors who are no longer with ...Read More

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