Yolen Wins Golden Kite Award

Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen (Philomel) won the 2019 Golden Kite award in the Young Adult Fiction category, given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for “excellence in children’s literature.”

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen) was named a Golden Kite honor book in the same category.

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JQ-Wingate Prize Shortlist

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (Putnam) and Eternal Life by Dara Horn (Norton) are on the six-title shortlist for the 2019 JQ-Wingate Literary Prize. The award gives £4,000 “to the best book, fiction or non-fiction, to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader.” Judges for 2019 are Arifa Akbar, Shoshana Boyd Gelfand (chair), Thomas Harding, and Francesca Simon. The winner will be announced February 25, 2019 at the ...Read More

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2019 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

The 2019 Philip K. Dick Award nominees have been announced:

  • Time Was, Ian McDonald (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Body Library, Jeff Noon (Angry Robot)
  • 84k, Claire North (Orbit)
  • Alien Virus Love Disaster, Abbey Mei Otis (Small Beer)
  • Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman (Europa)
  • Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories, Vandana Singh (Small Beer)

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the

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2019 Hugo Awards Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, to be presented at Dublin 2019—An Irish Worldcon, August 15-19, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. Members with an attending or supporting membership of Worldcon 76 or who have purchased membership to Dublin 2019 before December 31, 2018 are eligible to nominate. The nomination period closes ...Read More

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Hugo Awards Designers Announced

Dublin 2019—An Irish Worldcon has announced Jim Fitzpatrick as the designer of the 2019 Hugo Award base, and Eleanor Wheeler as the designer of the 1944 Retro-Hugo Award base. Additionally, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) president Sara Felix will design the 2019 Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book.

Dublin 2019 will be held August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

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Benford Wins 2019 Heinlein Award

Gregory Benford is the winner of the 2019 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space,” recognizing his body of work, including 22 novels, more than 180 short stories, and many non-fiction articles.

The winner was chosen by a committee of SF authors chaired by Michael F. Flynn, and will receive a plaque, a sterling silver ...Read More

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Gaiman Wins Writers for Writers Award

Neil Gaiman will be presented with the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award at the Poets & Writers annual dinner, March 7, 2019 at 583 Park Avenue in New York NY. The award “celebrates authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community.” Gaiman is being recognized “for advocating for freedom of expression worldwide and inspiring countless writers.”

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Gibson Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named William Gibson the 35th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

SFWA president Cat Rambo said Gibson “forged a body of work that has played a major part in the coalescing of the cyberpunk movement, influencing dozens of writers of cinema, fiction, and games, among other creatives…. Gibson continues to produce taut, evocative works that reflect the ...Read More

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Turton Wins Costa First Novel Award

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven) has won the 2018 Costa First Novel award.

The Costa Book Awards recognizes “some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” Each winner in the five individual categories receives £5,000. The Costa Book of the Year, an award accompanied by a £30,000 prize, will be selected from the category winners ...Read More

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2019 WSFA Small Press Award Open

The Washington Science Fiction Association is now accepting nominations of “works published for the first time in the English language in 2018” for its Small Press Award, given annually to an outstanding story of “imaginative literature” (17,500 words or fewer) published in the small press. Authors and small-press publishers are among those eligible to nominate, and need not be members of WSFA. Finalists are selected “by a committee of five ...Read More

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2018 Cybils Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest are listed below:

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • Pitch Dark, Courtney Alameda (Feiwel & Friends)
  • Mirage, Somaiya Daud (Flatiron)
  • Tess of the Road, Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Summer of Salt, Katrina Leno (HarperTeen)
  • Not Even Bones, Rebecca Schaeffer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • This Mortal Coil, Emily
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New Year’s Honours 2019

Several writers of genre interest are on the 2019 New Year’s Honours list which “recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.”

For services to literature, Margaret Atwood was named a Companion of Honour, Julia Donaldson was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and Philip Pullman was knighted. Chris Riddell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) ...Read More

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SF in Translation Award

Rachel Cordasco, founder of SFinTranslation.com, has launched the inaugural “Favorite SF in Translation” poll for non-Anglophone speculative fiction that has been translated into English and published between January 1 and December 31, 2018. Winners will be chosen by a readers’ survey, open for voting until March 1, 2019.

Cordasco said, “Hopefully this will encourage more readers to learn about non-Anglophone speculative fiction, and thus, the global trends in a genre ...Read More

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Australian Shadow Awards Open

The 2018 Australian Shadow Awards are now open for entries through February 28, 2019. The Shadow Awards are given by the Australasian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.” Winners in each category will receive a trophy and will be announced at Continuum 15, to be held July 7-10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Taylor Wins Eccles British Library Writer’s Award

Sara Taylor won the 2019 Eccles British Library Writer’s Award, given annually to one fiction and one non-fiction writer. Winners receive £20,000 and a one-year residency at the British Library’s North America collections “to develop a current writing project.”

The judges for 2019 were Mercedes Aguirre, Sarah Churchwell, Catherine Eccles, Phil Hatfield, and Erica Wagner. For more information, see the British Library website.

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PEN Translates Winners

The 16 winning titles for the autumn 2018 PEN Translates awards have been announced, including several of genre interest:

  • A Drop of Happiness, Selvedin Avdić, translated by Will Firth (Istros)
  • The Baby, Marie Darrieussecq, translated by Penny Hueston (Text)
  • Strange Beasts of China, Yan Ge, translated by Jeremy Tiang (Tilted Axis)
  • Palestine + 100, Basma Ghalayini, ed., translated by various (Comma)
  • The Wandering, Intan Paramaditha, translated by Stephen J. Epstein
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2018 Parsec Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced.

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • Uncanny County, Todd Faulkner, Alison Crane, William Franke, Nicole Greevy & Jessica Walker

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • “The Axe and Crown”, Eli McIlveen & Sean Howard

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • “Buddies for Hire”, Edward Champion (The Gray Area)

Best Speculative Fiction

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Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

The Orwell Foundation is launching a new prize to recognize novels and stories that address social and political themes. The Orwell Prize for Po­litical Fiction is sponsored by A.M. Heath (the agency for George Orwell’s literary estate) and Orwell’s son Richard Blair. The existing Orwell Book Prize for fiction and non-fiction will be re­named the Orwell Prize for Political Writing and will focus exclusively on non-fiction. Each of the two ...Read More

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2019 Tournament of Books Shortlist

The Morning News has announced their shortlist for the 2019 Tournament of Books, “a month-long battle royale among the year’s best novels,” including titles of genre interest:

  • Census, Jesse Ball (Ecco)
  • So Lucky, Nicola Griffith (MCD)
  • The Overstory, Richard Powers (Norton)

For the full shortlist, or to vote in the “Zombie Poll,” see the official announcement.

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Adeyemi Shortlisted for Morris Award

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt) has been shortlisted for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to “a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers.” The winner will be announced at ALA’s Midwinter Youth Media Awards on January 28, 2019.

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Inaugural STEAM Book Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the inaugural STEAM prize for books that highlight science, technology, engineering, arts, and math have been announced, including titles of genre interest.


  • The Fandom, Anna Day (Chicken House)
  • The Secret Deep, Lindsay Galvin (Chicken House)
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Lauren James (Walker)
  • The Electrical Venus, Julie Mayhew (Hot Key)
  • Jinxed, Amy McCulloch (Simon & Schuster)
  • White Rabbit, Red Wolf, Tom Pollock (Walker)

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2019 GUFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2019 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) have been announced:

  • Lynelle Howell (New Zealand)
  • Simon Litten (New Zealand)
  • Nicole Murphy (Australia)

The 2019 fund will send fans from Australasia to Europe to attend Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, in Dublin, Ireland to be held August 15-19, 2019. GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of the previous year. Candidates ...Read More

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2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Winners

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister of Australia announced the winners for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on December 5, 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. Winner and finalists of genre interest include:


  • WINNER: Border Districts, Gerald Murnane (Giramondo)
  • A Long
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Ohaegbu Wins Arts Scholarship

Chimedum Ohaegbu, assistant editor at Uncanny magazine, has been awarded the $17,500 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship from the University of British Columbia.

In selecting recipients, consideration is given to both scholarly excellence and the demonstrated ability to work with and lead others in student and community activities at the university, local, national, and/or international level.

For more information, see the announcement on Uncanny‘s website.

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2019 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2019 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify. Only living authors and editors are eligible. All books must have a 2018 publication date, and all magazines a 2018 cover date.

The judges will read and consider eligible materials between now and June 1, 2019 (the earlier, the better). To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges

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2018 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards for the “best books of 2018” as chosen by users of the site, were announced December 4, 2018. There are several winners of genre interest:

Best Mystery & Thriller

  • The Outsider, Stephen King (Scribner) 62,170 votes

Best Science Fiction

  • Vengeful, V.E. Schwab (Tor) 49,563 votes

Best Fantasy

  • Circe, Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) 78,733 votes

Best Horror

  • Elevation, Stephen King (Scribner) 39,616 votes


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Dublin 2019 Worldcon Award Announcements

Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, has announced a special category for Best Art Book to be included in the 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

An eligible work for this special Hugo award is any art book in the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and ...Read More

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Adeyemi Wins Foyles Book of the Year Award

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Pan Macmillan/Henry Holt) was named the Foyles Children’s Book of the Year for 2018. Winners were also chosen by Foyles staff in fiction and non-fiction categories, and all three winners will receive “significant focus instore and online throughout the festive period across windows, table displays, instore screens, and online on the Foyles website, where a bundle of all three titles is also ...Read More

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Ishiguro to Receive Bodley Medal

Kazuo Ishiguro will receive the 2019 Bodley Medal, awarded by the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University. The original medal was created in 1646 to honor Sir Thomas Bodley, who rebuilt the first public library at Oxford. Since 2002, replicas have been awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds of literature, culture, science, and communication. The medal will be presented April 3, 2019 at the FT Weekend ...Read More

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Green Wins FutureBook Story Contest

The winner of the inaugural FutureBook short fiction contest, in partnership with The Pigeonhole reading app, has been announced:

  • WINNER: “The Once and Future Book”, Ian Green
  • “Flying Lessons”, Fire Bird
  • “The Paper Pages”, Jamie Groves
  • “Living Fiction”, Louise Harnby
  • “On Developments in Book Delivery Systems”, Ian Sansom

Entries were judged by FutureBook associate editor Molly Flatt, The Pigeonhole founder Anna Jean Huges, and Arthur C. Clarke Award director Tom

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Bishop Inducted into Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Michael Bishop was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame during a November 5, 2018 ceremony at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library in Athens GA. The Hall of Fame “was established in 2000 as part of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library to honor Georgia writers and to introduce the public to the library’s rich collections for research into Georgia literature and cultural ...Read More

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2018 Galaxy Awards

The 29th annual Galaxy Awards for Chinese science fiction were announced November 23, 2018 at the third China Science Fiction Conference in Shenzhen, China.

Most Popular Foreign Writer

  • Richard K. Morgan

Best Novelette (tie)

  • Forest of Death, Peng Chao
  • The Hearts Behind, Gu Di

Best Short Story (tie)

  • “Amorville”, Bella Han
  • “Tian Tu”, Wang Jinkang
  • “An Account of the Sky Whales”, A Que

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