2019 Prix Bob Morane

Winners of the 2019 Prix Bob Morane have been announced.

Romans francophones (French Novels)
  • Les nuages de Magellan, Estelle Faye (Scrineo)

Roman traduit (Translated Novels)

  • Underground Airlines, Ben H. Winters, translated by Éric Holstein (ActuSF)

Nouvelles (Short Stories)

  • Signal d’alerte: Fictions courtes et dérangements [Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances], Neil Gaiman, translated by Patrick Marcel (Au diable Vauvert)

Coup de coeur (Favorites)

  • SOS terre et
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Powers Wins Pulitzer

The Overstory (Norton) by Richard Powers won the Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category. The award, given for “distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life,” comes with a prize of $15,000.

The judges called Powers’s novel, “An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those ...Read More

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Kuang Wins Compton Crook Award

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the winner of the 2019 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award:

  • WINNER: The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)
  • The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)
  • Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • Sisters of the Winter Wood, Rena Rossner (Redhook)
  • Implanted, Lauren C. Teffeau (Angry Robot)
  • The Feed, Nick Clark Windo (Morrow)

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2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2018, has been announced:

French Novel

  • BonheurTM, Jean Baret (Le Bélial’)
  • Dernières fleurs avant la fin du monde, Nicolas Cartelet (Mü Éditions)
  • Le Cycle de Syffe, tomes 1 & 2, Patrick K. Dewdney (Au diable vauvert)
  • Rouille, Floriane Soulas (Scrineo)
  • Les Pierres et les Roses, tomes 1
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2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Nominees

Finalists for the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners will be selected by members of SFFANZ and GeyserCon 2019, and honored at the convention, May 31 – June 2, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Rotorua in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Best Novel

  • The Kingfisher’s Debt, Kura Carpenter (IFWG)
  • Restoration Day, Deborah Makarios (Oi Makarioi)
  • Into
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2018 Kitschies Winners

Winners for the 2018 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • WINNER: Circe, Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury)
  • Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager)
  • The Smoke, Simon Ings (Titan)
  • Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • WINNER: Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi (Oneworld)
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2018 This Is Horror Awards Nominees

Nominees for the This Is Horror Awards 2018 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • Coyote Songs, Gabino Iglesias (Broken River)
  • The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam)
  • The Rust Maidens, Gwendolyn Kiste (Journalstone)
  • The Listener, Robert R. McCammon (Cemetery Dance)
  • The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Morrow)

Novella of the Year

  • Out Behind the Barn, John Boden & Chad Lutzke (self-published)
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2019 Ditmar Award Preliminary Ballot

The 2019 Ditmar Award preliminary ballot for Australian SF has been announced:

Best Novel

  • Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter)
  • The Subjugate, Amanda Bridgeman (Angry Robot)
  • Faerie Apocalypse, Jason Franks (IFWG Australia)
  • City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Tor)
  • The Beast’s Heart, Leife Shallcross (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum)

Best Novella or Novelette

  • Triquetra, Kirstyn McDermott (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Cabaret
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Space Educator: Lifetime Achievement Award

Writer and astronomy professor Andre W Fraknoi was awarded the 2019 Space Educator: Lifetime Achievement Award, presented March 22 in Washington DC at the 62nd Annual Robert Goddard Memorial Dinner. Fraknoi teaches at the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco.

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2020 Vilcek Prizes

The 2020 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Literature, honoring “emerging to mid-career immigrant professionals who have demonstrated significant accomplishments early in their careers,” are open to writers in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry categories. Each winner will receive $50,000. Applicants should have published at least one full-length book (self-published work is ineligible), been born outside the US, and be 38 years of age or younger. Applications are due by June ...Read More

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2019 Guggenheim Fellowships

Authors Edward Carey, Michael Helm, Carmen Maria Machado, and Luis Alberto Urrea are among the 2019 Guggenheim Fellows, announced April 10, 2019 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellowships were awarded to 168 recipients across 49 fields of study “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

The Foundation was started in 1925 and has awarded grants totaling more than $360 million. Fellowships are through two annual competitions: ...Read More

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Martindale Wins Service to SFWA Award

Lee Martindale has been awarded the 2019 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. Martindale has served SFWA in a number of capacities including on the election committee, as chair of the bylaws committee, mediation specialist on the grievance committee, SFWA ombudsman, South-Central director, and as director-at-large. SFWA president Cat Rambo said:

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UKLA Shortlists

Shortlists for the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) awards have been announced. There are several titles of genre interest in the 12-16 year category:

  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (Egmont Electric Monkey)
  • After the Fire, Will Hill (Usborne)
  • Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein, Lita Judge (Wren & Rook)
  • Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds (Faber)

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CrimeFest Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the CrimeFest Awards have been announced, including several titles of genre interest:

Audible Sounds of Crime Award

  • Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch (Orion)
  • The Outsider, Stephen King (Simon & Schuster Audio)

H.R.F. Keating Award

  • Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction, Nils Clausson (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Last Laugh Award

  • Bryant & May: Hall of Mirrors, Christopher Fowler (Transworld)

Best Crime Novel for Children

  • The Train to
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Brave New Words Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the Brave New Words Award has been announced by Starburst magazine:

  • Origamy, Rachel Armstrong (NewCon)
  • 84K, Claire North (Orbit)
  • Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri (Orbit)
  • Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • The Loosening Skin, Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories)
  • Lost Gods, Micah Yongo (Angry Robot)

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2019 Seiun Awards Nominees

The 58th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2019 Seiun Awards finalists (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The nominees for translated works follow.

Best Translated Novel

  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty, translated by Takeshi Mogi (Tokyo Somotosha)
  • Provenance, Ann Leckie, translated by Hideo Akao (Tokyo Somotosha)
  • Waking Gods, Sylvain Neuvel, translated by Sada
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2019 Prometheus Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has released the finalists for the Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2018.

Best Novel Award

  • Causes of Separation, Travis Corcoran (Morlock)
  • Kingdom of the Wicked [Book One: Rules and Book Two: Order], Helen Dale (Ligature Pty Limited)
  • State Tectonics, Malka Older (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Fractal Man, J. Neil Schulman (Steve Heller)
  • The Murderbot
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2019 Writers & Illustrators of the Future Awards

The 2019 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award went to Andrew Dykstal for his story “Thanatos Drive”. The Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Aliya Chen for her illustration of Elise Stephens’s story “Untrained Luck”.

They were honored, along with the other 2018 quarterly contest winners, in a ceremony held April 5, 2019 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles CA. All winners received trophies, and ...Read More

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Children’s History Book Prize

Ellen Klages’s novel Out of Left Field (Viking) is one of four finalists for the $10,000 Children’s History Book Prize, presented by the New York Historical Society. The winner will be announced in May.

For more information, see the prize’s website.

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Neukom Awards Judges

Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer are judges for the $5,000 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards, to be awarded in May 2019 at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Jeff is also one of this year’s judges for the National Book Awards in the fiction category. Longlists in each category will be announced in September, with finalists announced on October 8, and winners at the 70th National Book Awards Ceremony on November ...Read More

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2019 Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 International Dublin Literary award has been announced, and includes two titles of genre interest:

  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House)

The €100,000 prize winner will be announced June 12, 2019. The shortlist and winner are chosen by the 2019 judging panel, consisting of Eilis Ní Dhuibhne, Yan Ge, Martin Middeke, Hans-Christian Oeser, Eugene R. Sullivan (non-voting ...Read More

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2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. Titles of genre interest include:

  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner; riverrun)
  • Folk, Zoe Gilbert (Bloomsbury)
  • Trinity, Louisa Hall (Ecco)
  • Melmoth, Sarah Perry (Serpent’s Tail)

The annual Dylan Thomas prize, in partnership with Swansea University, awards £30,000 “to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.” Judges

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2019 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists

Finalists for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer have been announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, to be held August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland. 1,800 valid nominating ballots (1,797 electronic and three paper) were received and counted from members of Dublin 2019 and Worldcon 76. Nominating ballot information for individual categories has not been released. ...Read More

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1944 Retro Hugo Awards Ballot

Finalists for the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1943, have been announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, to be held August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland. They counted 217 valid nominating ballots (214 electronic and three paper) from the members of Dublin 2019 and Worldcon 76. Ballot information for individual categories has not been released.

Best Novel

  • Das Glasperlenspiel [The Glass
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Spectrum 26 Awards Winners

The 2019 Spectrum Awards winners have been announced.


  • Gold Award: “Annihilation variant”, Greg Ruth
  • Silver Award: “After the Flood”, Valentin Kopetzki
  • “Lair of the Firebreather”, Justin Gerard
  • “Reach”, Donato Giancola
  • “Earth Species Project”, Victo Ngai


  • Gold Award: “Charlie Florida”, Francis Vallejo
  • Silver Award: “Dragon Lords: Bad Faith”, Chase Stone
  • “Winter Road”, Jaime Jones
  • “I Am the Light”, Vanessa Lemen
  • “Japanese Tales 1: The Invisible Man”, Yuko Shimizu


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BooktubeSFF Awards Shortlists

The fifth annual BooktubeSFF Awards Shortlists have been announced. The awards were created “as a way to encourage more engagement among the emergent SFF fandom community on YouTube,” and the judges are “booktubers,” or “YouTube creators whose channels focus on books and reading.” Nominees were chosen from 281 reader ballots, with winners chosen by readers and judges.

Best Fantasy

  • Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown)
  • Grey Sister, Mark Lawrence
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Mavroudis Wins Scholarship From Hell

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced Thomas Mavroudis as the recipient of its 2019 Scholarship From Hell. The scholarship places writers in the intensive Horror University workshop, which will take place during StokerCon 2019.

Mavroudis will receive airfare to and from the StokerCon venue, a four-night stay at the convention, membership for StokerCon 2019, and his choice of the Horror University workshop classes.

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Gemmell Awards Closes

Organizers for the Gemmell Awards have announced the closure of the awards. According to the press release:

Unfortunately, after ten years, the Gemmell Awards will draw to a close with immediate effect.  With a lack of suitable volunteers to take on current committee roles, and insufficient manpower to deliver the wide range of tasks involved, the present team has been left with no choice but to wind up the awards. ...Read More

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2019 Jamie Bishop Award

Alessandro Cabiati is the winner of the 2019 Jamie Bishop Memorial Award, given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) “for a critical essay on the fantastic written in a language other than English.”

Cabiati received $250 and one year’s membership in the IAFA and was honored during the 40th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), held March 13-16, 2019 at the Orlando

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Adeyemi Wins Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Macmillan) won the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the Older Fiction category.

Adeyemi received £2,000 and was honored at an award ceremony on March 21, 2019 at Waterstones Piccadilly in London. Shortlisted books of genre interest in the Older Fiction category were The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Egmont) and A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (Europa Editions).

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Miravete Wins 2018 Tiptree Award

Gabriela Damián Miravete’s short story “They Will Dream in the Garden” (Latin American Literature Today 5/18) won the 2018 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Miravete will receive $1,000, original artwork, and chocolate. She will be honored at a ceremony during WisCon 43, to be held at the Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, May 24-27, 2019 ...Read More

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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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