Ward Wins 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Fiction Award

Winners for the 83rd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards were announced. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) won in the Fiction category.

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, established by Edith Anisfield Wolf in 1935 and administered by the Cleveland Foundation, recognizes “books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.” The current jury is Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates ...Read More

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Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Contest Winners

Winning stories for the 2017 Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition have been announced:

Open Category

  • WINNER: “Acceptable Loss“, Przemysław Zańko
  • Runner-up: “From the Ruins of Beijing“, Andrew Neil Gray

Youth Category

  • WINNER: “Two Words“, Nick Maslov
  • Runner-up: “End-User Agreement“, Morgan Long

People’s Choice

  • WINNER: “A Future with Fortran“, Lily Turaski

“Quantum Shorts is an annual competition for creative work inspired by quantum physics.” It is presented by the Centre for ...Read More

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2018 Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlist

The eight-title shortlist for the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize has been announced and includes two works of genre interest:

  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
  • White Tears, Hari Kunzru (Hamish Hamilton)

The Rathbones Folio Prize is open to all works of literature written in English and published in the UK during the previous calendar year. Judges for 2018 are Jim Crace, Nikesh Shukla, and Kate Summerscale. The winner receives £20,000 ...Read More

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2018 Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the 2018 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced and includes Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf).

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” and published in the previous year. The judging panel is chaired ...Read More

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2018 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 2017.

Best Novel Award

  • Drug Lord: High Ground, Doug Casey and John Hunt (High Ground)
  • The Powers of the Earth, Travis J I Corcoran (Morlock)
  • Torchship, Torchship Pilot, and Torchship Captain, Karl K. Gallagher (Kelt Haven)
  • Darkship Revenge, Sarah Hoyt (Baen)
  • The Corporation Wars: Emergence, Ken MacLeod
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2018 Desmond Elliott Prize Longlist

The Desmond Elliott Prize longlist for “a first novel written in English and published in the UK,” by an author whose permanent residence is in the UK or Ireland, has been announced. Among ten titles listed, two are of genre interest:

  • How to be Human, Paula Cocozza (Hutchinson)
  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker)

The winning title will be selected by a panel of three judges ...Read More

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2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has been announced, including a few writers of genre interest.

  • “F.A.Q.s”, Allegra Goodman (The New Yorker 9/11/17)
  • “The Metal Bowl”, Miranda July (The New Yorker 9/4/17)
  • “Do-Over”, Curtis Sittenfeld (You Think It, I’ll Say It)

Co-founded in 2010 by EFG International Private Banking and The Sunday Times, “the prize is an international award that aims to promote and celebrate ...Read More

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2017 Kitschies Shortlists

Finalists for the 2017 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Fever, Deon Meyer, translated by L. Seegers (Hodder)
  • City of Circles, Jess Richards (Hodder)
  • We See Everything, William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
  • Black Wave, Michelle Tea (& Other Stories)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • How Saints Die, Carmen Marcus
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2018 Jim Baen Memorial Award Winner

Baen Books has announced the winner of the 2018 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Grand Prize: “Homunculus”, Stephen Lawson
  • First runner-up: “Dangerous Company”, C Stuart Hardwick
  • Second runner-up: “Falling to the Moon”, Wendy Nikel

Other finalists include:

  • Stewart C Baker
  • Gustavo Bondoni
  • Jonathan Edelstein
  • Angus McIntyre
  • Julie Novakova
  • Patrice Sarath
  • Martin L. Shoemaker

The winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a ...Read More

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2018 British Book Awards Nominees

The Bookseller has announced the nominees for the 2018 British Book Awards, including several titles of genre interest.

Children’s Book of the Year
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo (Particular)
  • La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman (David Fickling)
  • The Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)

Fiction Book of the Year

  • How to Stop Time, Matt Haig (Canongate)

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2018 Dell Award Winner

“Happy? Sad?” by Arthur Davis is the winner of the 2018 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science fiction and Fantasy Writing. The award is given to “the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student,” and is accompanied by a $500 cash prize, publication in Asimov’s, and an invitation to ICFA (International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts), ...Read More

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Hopkinson Receives Butler Memorial Award

Nalo Hopkinson received the 2018 Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award from Cal State Los Angeles in a ceremony during Eagle-Con, held March 8, 2018 at the University-Student Union of the Cal State campus in Los Angeles CA. The award “is given in recognition of impactful contributions to the world of science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, with the spirit and conviction demonstrated by multi-award winning author and Cal State LA ...Read More

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2018 Fan Fund Candidates

Voting is open for the DUFF, TAFF, and GUFF races.

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) to send fans from Australasia to Worldcon 76, or to other major conventions in North America in 2018, has one candidate: Marlee Jane Ward. Voting is open until March 31, 2018. DUFF is open to “anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom” before the start of the previous year. Candidates for a ...Read More

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2018 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists

The shortlists for the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book and the Kate Greenaway Medal for best illustrations in a children’s book have been announced. Titles of genre interest follow.

Carnegie Medal

  • Wed Wabbit, Lissa Evans (David Fickling)
  • Release, Patrick Ness (Walker)

Greenaway Medal

  • Night Shift, Debi Gliori (Hot Key)
  • The Song from Somewhere Else, A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Bloomsbury)

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Bergin Wins 2017 Tiptree Award

Virginia Bergin’s novel Who Runs the World? (Macmillan) won the 2017 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Bergin will receive $1,000, original artwork created to honor the novel, and chocolate. She will be honored at a ceremony during WisCon 42, to be held at the Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, May 25-28, 2018 in Madison WI.

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2018 Prix Bob Morane

Winners of the 2018 Prix Bob Morane have been announced.

Romans francophones (French Novels)
  • Satinka, Sylvie Miller (Critic)

Romans étrangers (Foreign Novels)

  • Tous nos contretemps [All Our Wrong Todays], Elan Mastai, translated by Jean Bonnefoy (Bragelonne)

Nouvelles (Short Stories)

  • Faux-semblance, Olivier Paquet (L’Atalante)

Coup de coeur (Favorites)

  • Crimes, aliens & châtiments, Pierre Bordage, Laurent Genefort & Laurent Whale (ActuSF)

The Bob Morane Award literary prize was created in 1999 by ...Read More

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2018 Darrell Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 Darrell Awards have been announced:

Best Midsouth Novel
  • WINNER: Land of Wolves, TJ Turner (Oceanview)
  • First Runner-Up: Wild Hunt, Nick Rowan (self-published)
  • Finalist: Seek and Destroy, William C. Dietz (Ace)

Best Midsouth Novella

  • WINNER: A Night at the Quay, William Alan Webb (Dingbat)
  • First Runner-Up: “Luminaria”, John Hornor Jacobs (Apex 3/7/17)

Best Midsouth Young Adult Work

  • WINNER: Coney Island Book of the Dead, Sheila Martin (Narrioch)
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2018 Man Booker International Longlist

The longlist for the 2018 Man Booker International prize includes several titles of genre interest:

  • The 7th Function of Language, Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor (Harvill Secker)
  • The World Goes On, László Krasznahorkai, translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes (Tuskar Rock)
  • Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright (Oneworld)

The award is given “annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and ...Read More

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2018 Women’s Prize Longlist

There are several titles of genre interest on the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist:

  • H(A)PPY, Nicola Barker (Heinemann)
  • Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan (Scribner)
  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harper)
  • Elmet, Fiona Mozley (Algonquin)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” The shortlist will be announced on April 23, 2018 and ...Read More

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2018 Stella Prize Shortlist

The Stella Prize has announced their 2018 shortlist of “powerful books by Australian women.” All four titles of genre interest from the longlist have made it onto the six-title shortlist:

  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Shokoofeh Azar (Wild Dingo)
  • Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Hachette Australia)
  • An Uncertain Grace, Krissy Kneen (Text)
  • The Fish Girl, Mirandi Riwoe (Seizure)

Named for Stella Maria Sarah “Miles” Franklin, the first Stella Prize ...Read More

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Philip K. Dick Award Judges Announced

The five judges for the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. Works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2018 are eligible for the award.

  • Madeline Ashby, PO Box 72047, Coxwell/Danforth PO, Toronto ON M4C 0A1, Canada
  • Brian Attebery, 551 S 6th Ave, Pocatello ID 83201-5849
  • Christopher Brown, PO Box 6159, Austin TX 78762-6159
  • Rosemary Edghill, 1517 Hess Creek Court, Newberg OR
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PEN/Faulkner Finalists

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) and The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt (FSG Originals) are among the five finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, announced March 7, 2018. The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges are Andrea Barrett, Stacey D’Erasmo, and Alex Espinoza.

The winner will receive $15,000 and finalists will each receive $5,000. The ...Read More

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Windham-Campbell Prize Winners

Fiction writers John Keene and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi are among the eight winners of the Windham-Campbell Prize and will each receive “an unrestricted grant” of $165,000.

The Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize was established “to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.” The prize is administered by Yale University, with a new nominating committee every year, ...Read More

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30th Annual Lambda Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced finalists for the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “achievement in LGBTQ writing for books published in 2017.” Nominees of genre interest follow.


  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Lost Daughter Collective, Lindsey Drager (DZANC)
  • The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager)
  • Night Visitors, Owen Keehnen (OutTales)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
  • I Stole You, Kristen Ringman (Handtype)
  • An Excess
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Sparhawk Wins Service to SFWA Award

John C. “Bud” Sparhawk has been awarded the 2018 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. Sparhawk served as the Eastern Regional Director from 2007 until 2011, when he was elected SFWA Treasurer. In 2013 he became SFWA’s first Chief Financial Officer. SFWA president Cat Rambo said:

It’s been a privilege to work with Bud throughout my time on the SFWA board. He has been instrumental in leading the organization ...Read More

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Spectrum 25 Awards Finalists

The 2018 Spectrum Awards finalists have been announced.


  • “ComicBase 2018”, Laurel Blechman
  • “The Night Mare”, Brom
  • “Mixc World Launch”, Victo Ngai
  • “Moonrise”, Greg Ruth
  • “SK2 cosmetics packaging and POP project”, Yuko Shimizu


  • “Red Rising”, Tommy Arnold
  • “A Girl & Her Friends”, Wesley Burt
  • “Heading Home”, Gregory Manchess
  • “The Old Man and the Forest”, Petar Meseldzija
  • “Serving Fish”, Victo Ngai


  • Castle in the Stars, Book 2, pages 60-61,
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2018 Jim Baen Memorial Award Finalists

Baen Books has released the list of ten finalists for the 2018 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Stewart C Baker
  • Gustavo Bondoni
  • Jonathan Edelstein
  • C Stuart Hardwick
  • Stephen Lawson
  • Angus McIntyre
  • Wendy Nikel
  • Julie Novakova
  • Patrice Sarath
  • Martin L. Shoemaker

The winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a trophy, paid a professional rate, and receive free admission into the 2018 International ...Read More

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2018 Aspen Words Finalists

Finalists for the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize have been announced, including titles of genre interest:

  • What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead)
  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

The winner will be announced during a ceremony to be held April 10, 2018 at the Morgan Library in New York NY. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an ...Read More

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2017 SFRA Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) has announced the winners of several of its awards:

Mary Kay Bray award for best essay, interview, or extended review to appear in the SFRA Review

  • Hugh C. O’Connell for his review of Jack Fennell’s Irish Science Fiction

Thomas D. Clareson award for distinguished service

  • Veronica Hollinger

Pilgrim Award for lifetime contribution to SF and Fantasy scholarship

  • Carl Freedman

Pioneer Award for best critical ...Read More

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2017 Stoker Awards Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the winners for the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards at a gala on March 3, 2018 at the Providence Biltmore Hotel in Providence RI during StokerCon 2018.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • WINNER: Ararat, Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s)
  • Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King & Owen King (Scribner)
  • Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman (Ecco)
  • I Wish I Was Like You, S.P. Miskowski (JournalStone)
  • Ubo, Steve Rasnic Tem
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Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll Winners

Winners of the 29th annual Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll have been announced, with 41 categories voted on by 3,500 readers. Some categories of particular interest follow.

  • Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel: Flame in the Dark, Faith Hunter (Ace)
  • Best Positive Future Novel: All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai (Dutton)
  • Best Magical Realism Novel: Sister Witch: The Life of Moll Dyer, David Thompson (Solstice)
  • Best Horror Novel: Tip of
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