Sunburst Awards on Hiatus

The Sunburst Award Society has announced that the Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic will be on hiatus in 2021, as a consequence of the COVID-19 shutdown:

The Sunburst Awards Society members plan to use this time to re-imagine the most effective means available to them for continuing to highlight the stellar work done by Canadians in the field of speculative literature.

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2020 JCB Prize Shortlist

Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu (Simon & Schuster) and Moustache by S. Hareesh (HarperCollins India) are on the five-title shortlist for the 2020 JCB Prize.

The Rs 25-lakh prize is “presented each year to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian author.” This year’s judges are Aruni Kashyap, Tejaswini Niranjana, Ramu Ramanathan, and Deepika Sorabjee.

Shortlisted authors receive Rs 1 lakh, and their translators, where applicable, receive Rs 50,000.

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2020 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2020 Elgin Awards, presented for the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin.

Best Full-Length Collection
  • First Place: Soft Science, Franny Choi (Alice James)
  • Second Place: Elemental Haiku, Mary Soon Lee (Ten Speed)
  • Third Place
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The Old Drift Wins Clarke Award

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth US & UK) won the 34th Arthur C. Clarke Award, announced online. Serpell receives a check for £2,020 and an engraved bookend.

Other finalists were:

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • The Light Brigade, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Cage of Souls, Adrian Tchaikovsky
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2020 Kindle Storyteller Award Shortlist

Of the Blood by Cameo Renae (self-published) is on five-title shortlist for the 2020 Kindle Storyteller Award. The award, inaugurated in 2017, comes with a £20,000 prize and “is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing” on Amazon.co.uk.

For more information, see the award page.

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Toon Wins McIlvanney Prize

Pine by Francine Toon (Doubleday) has won the 2020 McIlvanney Prize, given by the Scottish writing festival Bloody Scotland “to the best Scottish Crime book of the year.” Toon receives a £1,000 prize “and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.” Judges were Stuart Cosgrove, James Crawford, and Karen Robinson.

For more information, see the Bloody Scotland website.

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2020 National Book 5 Under 35

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang (One World) and How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead) are among the honorees of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, “a se­­lection of five fiction writers under the age of 35 whose debut work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Each winner receives $1,000 and will be honored in an online ceremony on October 20, ...Read More

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2020 Ditmar Winners

The winners of the 2020 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF were announced in an online ceremony on September 18, 2020:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG)
  • Claiming T-Mo, Eugen Bacon (Meerkat)

Best Short Fiction

  • WINNER: “Whom My Soul Loves”, Rivqa Rafael (Strange Horizons 11/11/19)
  • Into Bones Like Oil, Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Shorts)

Best Collected Work

  • WINNER: Collision, J.S. Breukelaar (Meerkat)
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2020 National Book Awards Longlists

Longlists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Young People’s Literature, and Translated Literature categories have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

The Fiction category includes Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco), If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan (Norton), A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet (Norton), and Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon).

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Voice of the Heartland Award

Publisher Two Dollar Radio won the 2020 Voice of the Heartland Award, given “to individuals and organizations who uphold the value of independent bookselling and who have made a significant contribution to bookselling in our combined regions.” The award is given by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA). Nominating bookseller Gary Lovely of Book Loft in Columbus, OH called them “a shining ...Read More

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Washington Wins 2020 Young Lions Award

The New York Public Library announced Bryan Washington’s Lot (Atlantic) as the winner of its Young Lions Fiction Award for 2020. The $10,000 prize is awarded by a panel of judges “each year to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories.” 2019’s winner was Ling Ma’s Severance (Farrar, Straus, Giroux).

For more information, see the official website.

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Saini Wins Older Writers Grant

Kiran Kaur Saini is the winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s (SLF) 2020 Older Writers Grant, which gives $1,000 to writers “fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level.” S.E. Greco, Jeff Reynolds, and Graham Robert Scott received Honorable Mentions.

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2020 Prix Utopiales BD Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 Prix Utopiales Bande Dessinée (for best French comic book) has been announced.

  • Soon, Benjamin Adam & Thomas Cadène (Dargaud)
  • Préférence Système, Ugo Bienvenu (Denoël)
  • Peste, Gauvain Manhattan (Vide Cocagne)
  • Karmen, Guillem March (Dupuis)
  • Mécanique Céleste, Merwan (Dargaud)
  • Univers!, Albert Monteys (Dargaud)

As previously reported, finalists for the 2020 Prix Utopiales (for best French SF) and Prix Utopiales Jeunesse Awards

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2020 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize Winners

Conjunctions and One Story are among the winners of the 2020 Whiting Literary Magazine Prizes, which “are awarded in print and digital categories to smaller and mid-sized journals with budgets of up to $500,000.” Conjunctions receives a grant of $10,000, with matching grants of up to $10,000 per year for the next two years. One Story receives a grant of $20,000, with matching grants of up to $20,000 per year ...Read More

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Omega Sci-Fi Awards Open

The Omega Sci-Fi Awards, presented by Sci-Fest LA and the Light Bringer Project, are now open for entries in the following competitions:

The Roswell Award short story competition is open to writers 16 years old and up. First place winner receives $500 and access to the UCLA Extension writers’ program. Second prize is $250, and third prize is $100. The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award, co-presented by Artemis  ...Read More

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Ogawa and Takei Win American Book Awards

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (Pantheon) and They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott & Harmony Becker (Top Shelf) are among the winners of the 41st American Book Awards, to be presented Octo­ber 25, 2020 in an online ceremony. The awards are given by the Before Columbus Foundation for “out­standing literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.”

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2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Grant Recipients

The Ladies of Horror Fiction (LOHF) have announced the winners of their annual writers’ grants:

  • Nico Bell
  • Holley Cornetto
  • Tracy Cross
  • Madison Estes
  • Rebecca Fraser
  • Anastasia Garcia
  • Eleanor Merry
  • Premee Mohamed
  • Christina Persaud
  • Augie Peterson

Each will receive $100. The grants are “inclusive to all women who have reasonably demonstrated a commitment to writing in the horror genre” and were funded by Cemetery Gates Media, S.H. Cooper, Andrew Cull, Laurel

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2020 Booker Prize Shortlist

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (OneWorld) is on the six-title shortlist for the 2020 Booker Prize.

The £50,000 prize is “open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.” This year’s judges are Margaret Busby (chair), Lee Child, Sameer Rahim, Lemn Sissay, and Emily Wilson.

Shortlisted authors receive £2,500 and a “specially bound edition of their book.” Winners will be announced November

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2020 ESFS Awards Nominations

The European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) Hall of Fame Awards, Achievement Awards, and Chrysalis Award nominees have been announced, along with the names of the nominating countries.

Hall of Fame Awards:

Best Author

  • Milena Benini (Croatia)
  • Philippe Curval (France)
  • Marc Elsberg (Austria)
  • Anna Kańtoch (Poland)
  • Maura McHugh (Ireland)
  • Claude Peiffer (Luxembourg)
  • Victor Pelevin / Виктор Пелевин (Russia)
  • Gheorghe Sasarman (Romania)
  • Johanna Sinisalo (Finland)
  • José Carlos Somoza (Spain)
  • Francesco Verso (Italy)
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2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist

Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall (Faber) is one of five titles shortlisted for the 2020 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story.

The £10,000 prize is given to “a single-authored collection of short stories” by writers born or residing in the UK or Ireland. Judges for 2020 are Zayneb Allak, Sara Hunt, and David Szalay. Winners will be announced in November.

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2020 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the 2020 Dwarf Stars Award winners.

  • First Place: “Standing Up”, John C. Mannone (Nadwah 12/19)
  • Second Place: “[There are fossils]”, Mark A. Fisher (Silver Blade 12/19)
  • Third Place: “2015 Zinfandella”, Denise Dumars (Dismal Oaks Winery Broadside Spring ’19)

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Atwood Wins Holbrooke Award

Margaret Atwood has won the 2020 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, given by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize to “writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding.” Sharon Rab, founder and chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, said,

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2020 BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist

The five-title BBC National Short Story Award shortlist has been announced, with works by authors of genre interest including “In the Car With the Rain Coming Down” by Jan Carson, “The Grotesques” by Sarah Hall, and “Scrimshaw” by Eley Williams. This is the fourth time Hall has been shortlisted for the award.

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2020 Branford Boase Award Winner

Bearmouth (Pushkin Children’s) by Liz Hyder is the winner of the 2020 Branford Boase Award. Hyder and editor Sarah Odedina were both honored in an online ceremony September 9, 2020. Shortlisted titles included A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby (Egmont) and Frostheart by Jamie Littler (Puffin).

The Branford Boase is “awarded annually for an outstanding first novel to a first-time writer of a book for young people. At the ...Read More

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Mosley Awarded National Book Foundation Medal

Walter Mosley will receive the National Book Foundation‘s 2020 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, to be presented by author Edwidge Danticat. David Steinberger, chair of the NBF Board of Directors, said,

Mosley is a master of craft and narrative, and through his incredibly vibrant and diverse body of work, our literary heritage has truly been enriched. From mysteries to literary fiction to nonfiction, Mosley’s talent and memorable characters ...Read More

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Sidewise Awards Postponed

The Sidewise Awards, given for alternate history literature, will not be presented in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, two years’ worth of awards, covering works published in 2019 and 2020, will be presented at DisCon III, the 79th Worldcon, to be held August 25-29, 2021 in Washington DC. Sidewise Award founder Steven H Silver said,

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Niels Klim Award 2019

Winners of the ninth annual Niels Klim Award were announced September 6, 2020 during Fantasticon, the Danish fantastika convention, which was held virtually this year.

Translated

  • Armageddon år 2419 [Armageddon 2419 A.D.], Philip Francis Nowlan, translated by Michael Pilgaard (Pilgaard)

Children and Young

  • Den Rustne Verden 1: Flugten fra Danmark [Rusty World 1: The Escape from Denmark], Adam O. (Høst & Søn)

Novelette

  • “Jeg ved godt, du er der” [“I
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2020 Dragon Awards Winners

Dragon Con announced the winners of the 2020 Dragon Awards in an online ceremony on September 6, 2020.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: The Last Emperox, John Scalzi (Tor)
  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook)
  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Future of Another Timeline, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
  • The Rosewater Redemption,
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2020 Hemming Award Winners

The winners for the 2020 Norma K. Hemming Award have been announced.

Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)

  • WINNER: Winter’s Tale, Nike Sulway & Shauna O’Meara (Twelfth Planet)
  • “Like Ripples on a Blank Shore”, J.S. Breukelaar (Collision)
  • “The Mark”, Grace Chan (Verge 2019: Uncanny)
  • “‘Scapes Made Diamond”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone 3-4/19)
  • “The Promise of Saints”, Angela Slatter (A Miscellany of Death & Folly
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Carroll Wins 2020 Eugie Award

“For He Can Creep” by Siobhan Carroll (Tor.com 7/19) is the winner of the 2020 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction, announced at Dragon Con, held online September 3-7, 2020. Other finalists were:

  • “The House Wins in the End“, L Chan (The Dark 7/19)
  • “Love in the Time of Immuno-Sharing”, Andy Dudak (Analog 1-2/19)
  • “A Civilization Dreams of Absolutely Nothing”, Thoraiya Dyer (Analog 1-2/19)
  • “Postlude to the Afternoon of
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Complete 1945 Retro-Hugo Voting

CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, received 521 valid ballots, down from 834 at Dublin 2019. There were 120 valid nominating ballots, down from 217.

A number of categories were dropped as having too few eligible nominees: Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form, Best Editor – Long Form, Best Fan Artist, Best Fancast, and Best Semiprozine. Some of the nominating votes for Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form were ...Read More

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2020 HWA Scholarship Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2020 scholarships.

The $2,500 Horror Writers Association Scholarship went to Matthew Andrew. First awarded in 2014 and open to all horror writers, the scholarship is “designed to assist in the professional development of horror writers.”

The $2,500 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship went to Abril Altamirano. Open to female horror writers and first awarded in 2014, it is given annually “to ...Read More

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