Miller Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year

Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) is on the eight-title shortlist for the 2018 Waterstones Book of the Year award. Established in 2012, the award is given to an “exceptional book which simply must be read, judged from the quality of its writing to the sheer beauty of its production.” Shortlisted titles are nominated by Waterstones booksellers. The 2018 winner will be chosen be a panel headed by James Daunt ...Read More

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2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlists

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister of Australia announced the shortlists for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on October 17, 2018. The awards “celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.” The winner receives A$80,000 and each runner-up gets A$5,000. Finalists of genre interest follow.


  • A Long Way from Home, Peter Carey (Penguin Random House)
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2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards Winners

Winners of the 2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards have been announced:

Best Traditionally Published Novel

  • WINNER: Bloody Rose, Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • The Girl In The Tower, Katherine Arden (Del Rey)
  • Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)
  • 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 of War,
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Young Writer of the Year Award Shortlist

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker) and Elmet by Fiona Mozley (John Murray) are among the four shortlisted titles for the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, for work by British or Irish authors 18-35 years old. The 2018 shortlist consists of two novels and two works of nonfiction. The winner receives a £5,000 prize, and each runner-up receives £500. ...Read More

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2018 BFS Short Story Competition

Results for the British Fantasy Society’s (BFS) short story competition have been announced:

  • First place: “The Evaluation”, Mark Kilner
  • Second place: “The Age When Magic Begins”, Ying Ping Low
  • Third place: “Travesty”, Jasmine Brown

First prize is £100 and a year’s membership in the BFS. Second prize is £50 and a year’s membership. Third prize is £20. All three stories will be published in BFS Horizons. The contest was judged

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2018 Prix Utopiales Winners

Winners of the Prix Utopiales were announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival held October 31 – November 5, 2018 at the Nantes Convention Center in Nantes, France. The awards honor works published in French.

Prix Utopiales Européen (Utopiales European Awards)

  • WINNER: L’âme des horloges, David Mitchell (de l’Olivier)
  • L’Or du diable, Andreas Eschbach (L’Atalante)
  • Espace Lointain, Jaroslav Melnik (Agullo)
  • Station: La chute, Al Robertson (Denoël)
  • Amatka, Karin Tidbeck
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Mexico National Literature Award Recipients

Kevin J. Anderson won Mexico’s National Literature Award in the science fiction category, Orson Scott Card won in the fantasy category, and Laura Esquivel won in the mainstream fiction category. The award is given by Grupo Amatl (the “Mexican Association of Publishing Houses”) and the Federal Government of Mexico. Winners will be honored at an event to be held at the House of Representatives in Mexico City on November 9, ...Read More

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Xingyun Awards Winners

The ninth annual Xingyun awards for Chinese science fiction were presented by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association on November 3, 2018 in Chongqing, China. Gate of Memories by Jiang Bo won Best Novel, The Monster Reunion by Chen Qiufan won Best Novelette, and “Memories of Chengdu” by Baoshu won Best Short Story.

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2018 World Fantasy Awards Winners

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2017 were announced November 4, 2018 during the 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC), held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Best Novel (tie)

  • WINNER: The Changeling, Victor
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Publishers Weekly Best Books 2018

Publishers Weekly has announced its list of the best books of 2018, including “100 best adult titles and 50 for children and teens.” The best books in the SF/Fantasy/Horror category are:

  • Temper, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager)
  • The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco)
  • The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, Daniel Mallory Ortberg (Henry Holt)
  • Witchmark, C.L. Polk ( Publishing)
  • The Sisters of the
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2018 SFPA Grand Master Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has named Ann K. Schwader as their newest Grand Master.

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National Book 5 Under 35

Akwaeke Emezi, author of Freshwater (Grove; Faber and Faber), and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black (Mariner), have been selected as “5 Under 35” honorees. Each year the National Book Awards selects five debut authors under age 35 whose works promise “to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Emezi, Adjei-Brenyah, and the other honorees will each receive $1,000 and will be celebrated at an invitation-only ceremony in ...Read More

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2018 Nommo Awards Winners

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the winners for the 2018 Nommo Awards. All titles “are speculative fiction, were published in calendar year 2017, and are thought to be by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel
  • WINNER: Beasts Made of Night, Tochi Onyebuchi (Razorbill)
  • Our Memory Like Dust, Gavin Chait (TW Adult)
  • The Real, Masha du Toit (self-published)
  • Fever, Deon Meyer (Atlantic
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Yolen Wins Jeremiah Ludington Award

Jane Yolen has won the 2018 Jeremiah Ludington Memorial Award, presented annually by the Educational Book and Media Association (EBMA) “to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the educational paperback business.” Yolen will receive a certificate at the EBMA annual meeting to be held January 7-10, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Austin in Austin TX. As part of the award, the EBMA will present a check for ...Read More

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2018 Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards

The winners of the Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards were announced during Phantistika 2018 held October 20-21, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Best Novel in German

  • Die Krone der Sterne, Kai Meyer (Fischer Tor)

Best Debut Novel in German

  • Izara – Das ewige Feuer, Julia Dippel (Planet!)

Best International Novel

  • Das Lied der Krähen [Six of Crows], Leigh Bardugo (Knaur Verlag)

Best German Short Story

  • “Der geheimnisvolle Gefangene”, Gerd Scherm (Reiten wir!)
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Mozley Wins Polari Prize

Elmet by Fiona Mozley (Algonquin/John Murray) won the 2018 Polari First Book Prize, announced October 20, 2018 at the London Literature Festival in London, England. The prize “is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction.” Judges for 2018 were Paul Burston (chair), Alexis Gregory, Rachel Holmes, V.G. Lee, and Karen McLeod.

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2018 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners for the 2018 British Fantasy Awards:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • WINNER: The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams (Headline)
  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • Under the Pendulum Sun, Jeannette Ng (Angry Robot)
  • The Court of Broken Knives, Anna Smith Spark (HarperVoyager)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • WINNER: The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • The Boy on the
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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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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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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)

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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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