George R.R. Martin received one of five inaugural PastWords awards, presented by the Historical Writers of America to recognize “creators who have produced an outstanding body of work.” Recipients were honored at the organization’s annual conference, September 21-24, 2017 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Santa Ana Pueblo NM. Executive Director Theresa Guzman Stokes said, “Martin creates a world rich and complex; good and bad are carefully drawn sides, until ...Read MoreRead more
The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Honorees list includes Lesley Nneka Arimah for What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories (Riverhead).
The honorees represent “a selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Each honoree will receive $1,000 at a ceremony on November 13, 2017. The selection committee for the 5 ...Read MoreRead more
The 2017 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” including a special “Best of the Decade” category with works “first published between 2001 and the end of 2010 by Canadians.”Best Novel
- WINNER: Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer (Penguin Canada)
- Company Town, Madeline Ashby (Tor)
- The Courier, Gerald Brandt (DAW)
The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the sixth annual Copper Cylinder Awards.
The Adult Award winner is Company Town by Madeleine Ashby (Tor). The Young Adult Award winner is The Skids by Ian Donald Keeling (ChiTeen).
The Copper Cylinder Awards celebrate “the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year,” and are selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society. The award’s name comes ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2017 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 CHAPBOOK
- First Place: Leviathan, Neil Aitken (Hyacinth Girl)
- Second Place: Radio Heart, or; How Robots Fall Out of Love, Margaret Rhee (Finishing Line)
Harklights by Tim Ellis is the winner of the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize for “a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction.” The competition was judged by agent Julia Churchill and Lizza Aiken, curator of the Aiken estate. Ellis will receive £1,000 and a set of The Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken.
Ellis’ entry was originally listed in the contest shortlist under the title The Awful Orphanage. ...Read MoreRead more
The longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction has been announced, including Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf) and Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner)
The Young People’s longlist was revealed September 12. The National Book Awards (NBA) longlists for other categories will be announced throughout September, and finalists will be announced October 4, 2017. Winners will be announced at a ceremony and benefit ...Read MoreRead more
The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected Greg Bear as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for lifetime achievement in the SF field. The award, named for Forrest J Ackerman, has been presented annually since 1966. Past winners include Ray Bradbury, Andre Norton, Roger Zelazny, and Connie Willis. ...Read MoreRead more
The 6-title shortlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of genre interest:
- 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)
- Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
- Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury)
The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author. This year’s judges are Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips, Colin Thubron, Lola ...Read MoreRead more
The longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature has been announced, including titles of genre interest: All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (Algonquin Young Readers), Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (Walden Pond), and American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray).
National Book Awards (NBA) longlists for other categories will be announced throughout September, and finalists will be announced October 4, 2017. Winners will ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the 2017 Dwarf Stars Award winners.
- First Place: “aster than the speed of lightf”, LeRoy Gorman (Scifaikuest 11-16)
- Second Place: “Lover”, Holly Day (Homestead Review Spring 2016)
- Third Place: “Loss”, Sandi Leibowitz (Through the Gate 11-16)
The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the SFPA to recognize the best speculative poem of one to ten lines published in the previous year. Winners will ...Read MoreRead more
The winner of the 2017 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award), which “honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain,” has been announced.
- “The City Born Great”, N.K. Jemisin (Tor.com 9/16)
- “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
- “Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man”, Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s 7/16)
- “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of
Winners of the second annual Dragon Awards were announced during Dragon Con, held Sept 1 – 4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta GA.
Winners from the revised ballot is below. Voting was extended by two days, to midnight on September 1, 2017. For information on ballot revisions, see our prior post.
Best Science Fiction Novel
- Babylon’s Ashes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
- A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers
The application deadline for the 2017 Tiptree Fellowships is September 15, 2017. Each year, the Tiptree Motherboard awards $500 each to two creators who “are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative.”
The 2017 selection committee is Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Mia Sereno, Pat Schmatz, and Gretchen Treu (chair). For more information, or to apply, see the official website. ...Read MoreRead more
Dominica Phetteplace is one of six winners of the 2017 Rona Jaffe Award for “women writers of exceptional talent.” Recipients each receive $30,000 and a trip to New York. Phetteplace said, “The award is intended to support my novel-in-progress, Project Empathy, portions of which were published in Asimov’s last year.” Established in 1995 by Rona Jaffe, the award is “dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively” who are “in the early ...Read MoreRead more
The shortlist for the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize for “a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction” has been announced:
- Snow Foal, Susan Bailey-Sillick
- The Awful Orphanage, Tim Ellis
- The Thief of Serendib, Nizrana Farook
- Hartboy, Sophie Kirtley
- The Truth about Chickens, Caroline Murphy
- Return to the Wild, Nicola Penfold
Entrants can be “contemporary or magical, it could have the makings of a series, or be one crystalline ...Read MoreRead more
The 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize went to Fen (Cape) by Daisy Johnson, “whose stories are set in an uncanny and weirdly magical East Anglian landscape.” The £10,000 prize is awarded annually “for excellence in a published single author short story collection.” Works by authors born or residing in the British Isles are eligible for the award. This year’s judges were Cathy Galvin, Rodge Glass, and Thomas Morris.Read more
The shortlisted novels for the 2017 Inky Awards have been announced, including titles of potential genre interest:
Gold Inky (for Australian titles)
- Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley (Knopf)
- The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon (Disney-Hyperion)
- My Sister Rosa, Justine Larbalestier (Soho Teen)
- Frankie, Shivaun Plozza (Flatiron)
- One Would Think the Deep, Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press)
Silver Inky (for international titles)
- You Know Me Well, Nina LaCour & David
Finalists for the 2017 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced
- “A Salvaging of Ghosts”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16)
- “The Mytilenian Delay”, Neil James Hudson (Hyperpowers)
- “Radio Silence”, Walter H. Hunt (Alien Artifacts)
- “Foxfire, Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16)
- “Vengeance Sewn With Fey Cord”, Christine Lucas (The Future Fire 4/16)
- “The Witch’s Knives”, Margaret Ronald (Strange Horizons
The winners for the Sidewise Awards for best alternate history have been announced.
- Underground Airlines, Ben H. Winters (Mulholland)
- Acts of the Assassins, Richard Beard (Harvill Secker 2015; as The Apostle Killer, Melville House 2016)
- Azanian Bridges, Nick Wood (NewCon)
Short Form (tie)
- “Treasure Fleet”, Daniel M. Bensen (Tales from Alternate Earths)
- “What If the Jewish State Had Been Established in East Africa”, Adam Rovner (What Ifs of
Winners for the fourth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced:
- Grand prize: “The Blue Widow”, J.P. Sullivan
- First runner-up: “Dust of the Fallen”, Barbara Doran
- Second runner-up: “And Not Go Hungry”, Laurie Tom
- “Purity”, Jennifer R. Donohue
- “Thirteen”, Teresa Lynn Michals
- “Tracks of the Pi Nereske”, Wendy Nikel
- “The Gift of the Afyr”, Wendy A. Simpson
- “My Monster”, Camille Singer
- “Truth”, Jonathan Steinhauer
- “Calcaneus Bishop and the Seeds
Winners for the Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and several others were announced August 11, 2017 at Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Helsinki, Finland, August 9-13, 2017.
Best Novel (2,078 nominating ballots)
WINNER: The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan UK)
- A Closed and Common Orbit,
As reported earlier this week, Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi requested their works be removed from the Dragon Awards ballot, and the awards administrators declined to do so.
N.K. Jemisin then requested that her book The Obelisk Gate (Orbit) be removed from the Best Apocalyptic Novel category, citing concerns about the voting process, among other issues.
President Pat Henry reconsidered his decision to refuse the withdrawals, and chose to honor ...Read MoreRead more
As reported yesterday, authors Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi attempted to withdraw their books from consideration for the Dragon Awards. Littlewood reports that Dragon Con president Pat Henry has refused her withdrawal. Henry told her,
While I appreciate your sense of fair play, I must decline your request to remove The Hidden People from the Dragon Award Nominations.
We are aware of the rabid puppies and justice warriors efforts to ...Read MoreRead more
Alison Littlewood announced that she has withdrawn her novel The Hidden People (Jo Fletcher) from consideration for the Dragon Awards in the Horror Novel category. John Scalzi has withdrawn novel The Collapsing Empire (Tor) from consideration in the Science Fiction Novel category.
While this would normally be a great pleasure, it has also been brought to my notice that my book has been selected by a voting bloc ...Read MoreRead more
Dragon Con has announced the shortlist for the second Dragon Awards. Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website, and winners will be announced at Dragon Con, September 3, 2017 in Atlanta GA.
The original ballot has been amended: Alison Littlewood withdrew novel The Hidden People from the Horror category, and N.K. Jemisin withdrew novel The Obelisk Gate from the Apocalyptic Novel category.
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Bibliographer and pulp researcher Philip Stephensen-Payne is the winner of the 2017 Munsey Award, presented annually by PulpFest “to a person who has worked for the betterment of the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, and the winner is selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners. Stephensen-Payne received a fine art print by Dan Zimmer as his award, which was accepted ...Read MoreRead more
The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards winners at Mythcon 48, July 28-31, 2017 at the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign IL.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature
- Kingfisher, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
- Will Do Magic For Small Change, Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct)
- Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
- The Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
- Thessaly Trilogy, Jo Walton (Tor)
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The Robert E. Howard Foundation announced the winners for its 2017 REH Foundation Awards on June 10, 2017 during Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains TX.
The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)
- On the Precipice of Fascism: The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger, Patrick Burger (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood)
The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay (print)
- “Nameless Tribes and Races of
The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America at their annual convention in Orlando FL on July 27, 2017. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest follow.
RITA for Paranormal Romance:
- The Pages of the Mind, Jeffe Kennedy (Kensington)
Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance:
The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in 2016 has been announced:
- The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Fleet)
- A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton)
- Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
- After Atlas, Emma Newman (Roc)
- Occupy Me, Tricia Sullivan (Gollancz)
- Central Station, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
This year’s judges were Una McCormack and Shana Worthen for the British Science ...Read MoreRead more
The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers announced the winners of the 2017 Scribe Awards July 21, 2017 at Comic-Con International, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego CA. The Scribe Awards honor excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Recipients of genre interest follow.
- Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, Christie Golden (Ubisoft)
- Warhammer 40,000: Warden of the Blade, David Annandale (Castellan Crowe)
- Supernatural: Mythmaker, Tim Waggoner (Titan)
- Star Trek: