Tevis Inducted Into Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning inducted science fiction writer Walter Tevis into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on January 31, 2018 in Lexington KY. The award “was created to recognize Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of our commonwealth, and to educate Kentuckians about our state’s rich literary heritage.”

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2018 Darrell Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Darrell Awards have been announced:

  • “From Hair to Eternity”, Phyllis Appleby (Malice in Memphis: Elmwood: Stories to Die For)
  • Seek and Destroy, William C. Dietz (Ace)
  • “Luminaria”, John Hornor Jacobs (Apex 3/7/17)
  • Coney Island Book of the Dead, Sheila Martin (Narrioch)
  • “A Very Worthy Human Being”, Richard Powell (Malice in Memphis: Elmwood: Stories to Die For)
  • Wild Hunt, Nick Rowan (self-published)
  • Land of Wolves, TJ Turner
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Martin Funds Clarion West Scholarship

George R.R. Martin has announced that he will fund a new scholarship for the Clarion West writing workshop in Seattle WA. The “Worldbuilder Scholarship” will be given “to an applicant who demonstrates both financial need and a talent for worldbuilding and the creation of secondary universes” and will cover all tuition, fees, and lodging for one student per year. The scholarship will be decided via blind judging.

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2018 PEN America Finalists

Finalists for the PEN America Literary Awards have been announced, and include several works of genre interest.

PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
  • White Tears, Hari Kunzru (Vintage)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)

PEN Open Book Award

  • Augustown, Kei Miller (Pantheon)

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

  • Sonora, Hannah Lillith Assadi (Soho)
  • Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, Venita Blackburn (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen
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Worldcon Academic Track Award

The Heinlein Society is sponsoring a $250 cash prize for “Best Academic Track Paper” to be presented at Worldcon 76. The prize will be given to the best scholarly presentation from participants in the Worldcon 76 academic track programming. The official announcement states, “Given this new opportunity, we will extend the submission deadline to March 1st.”

For more information, see the Worldcon website.

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2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead) and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) are among the finalists for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards in the fiction category. Winners will be announced March 15, 2018 in a ceremony at the New School in New York NY. “A reading by the finalists will take place the evening before the awards, also at the New School.”

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2018 Edgar Awards Nominations

Several authors and works of genre interest are on the MWA (Mystery Writers of America) 2018 Edgar Awards shortlist, including:

Best Novel

  • Prussian Blue, Philip Kerr (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Best Paperback Original

  • In Farleigh Field, Rhys Bowen (Lake Union)

Best Fact Crime

  • American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land, Monica Hesse (Norton/Liveright)

Best Critical/ Biographical

  • Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier, Tatiana de Rosnay (St.
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Shannon Connor Winward Receives Fellowship

Shannon Connor Winward is the recipient of an Emerging Professional Award, an Individual Artist Fellowship given by the Delaware Division of the Arts. According to the official announcement:

Awards are given in three categories – $10,000 for the Masters Award, $6,000 for the Established Professional Award, and $3,000 for the Emerging Professional Award – and Fellows are required to offer at least one exhibit or performance during the upcoming year, ...Read More

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2017 Costa Short Story Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Costa Short Story Award for a “previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over and written in English” have been announced. Two short stories of genre interest are among the finalists:

  • “The Dying Time”, Frances Ainslie
  • “When the Bell Tolls”, Chris Hunter

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2017 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the preliminary ballot for the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel
  • The Fourth Monkey, J.D. Barker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Ararat, Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s)
  • The Grip of It, Jac Jemc (FSG Original)
  • Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King & Owen King (Scribner)
  • Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman (Ecco)
  • The Wardrobe Mistress, Patrick McGrath (Hutchinson)
  • I Wish I Was Like You, S.P. Miskowski
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2017 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominees

Romantic Times Book Reviews has announced the nominees for their 2017 Reviewers’ Choice Awards. There are over a dozen categories of SF/Fantasy/Horror interest.

The Book of the Year category includes The Prey of Gods (Harper Voyager) by Nicky Drayden.

Urban Fantasy Novel
  • Hungry Ghosts, Stephen Blackmoore (DAW)
  • Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs (Ace)
  • All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, James Alan Gardner (Tor)
  • Heroine Worship, Sarah Kuhn (DAW)
  • White Trash
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2017 Tiptree Fellowship Winners

H. Pueyo and Ineke Chen-Meyer are the 2017 recipients of the Tiptree Fellowship. Each winner will receive a $500 grant, and work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Tiptree Award.

The fellowship program “will complement the on-going work of the Award — that is, the celebration of speculative fiction that expands and explores gender roles in thought-provoking, imaginative, and occasionally infuriating ways.” ...Read More

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Inaugural TA First Translation Prize Shortlist

The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz (Melville House), translated by Elisabeth Jaquette, is among the six shortlisted works for the inaugural TA First Translation Prize.

The Translators Association (TA) First Translation Prize was founded by Daniel Hahn with his winnings from the International Dublin Literary Award and is given by the Society of Authors “for a debut literary translation into English published in the UK.” Entries for the 2018 prize ...Read More

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King Wins PEN America Literary Service Award

Stephen King will receive the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award on May 22, 2018 during a gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York NY. The award is presented to authors “whose work embodies PEN America’s mission to oppose repression in any form and to champion the best of humanity.”

For more information, see the PEN America website.



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2018 Amazing Book Awards Long List

The Sussex Coast Schools Amazing Book Awards (ABA), the “fastest growing Young Adult Book Awards in the UK,” announced its long list, including the following titles of genre interest.

  • The Hawkweed Prophecy, Irena Brignull (Weinstein)
  • Ink, Alice Broadway (Scholastic UK/Scholastic)
  • Ariadnis, Josh Martin (Quercus)
  • Railhead, Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press/Switch)
  • Re-Made, Alex Scarrow (Macmillan UK)
  • Saint Death, Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook/Orion UK)
  • Contagion, Teri Terry (Orchard)

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2018 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

The 2018 Philip K. Dick Award nominees have been announced:

  • The Book of Etta, Meg Elison (47North)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • After the Flare, Deji Bryce Olukotun (The Unnamed Press)
  • The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt (Angry Robot)
  • Revenger, Alastair Reynolds (Orbit)
  • Bannerless, Carrie Vaughn (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com)

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Addison Wins HWA Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Addison will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association (HWA).

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to “individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.” Addison is the first recipient “primarily known for poetry, an important part of our field.”  The award will be presented during StokerCon 2018, at the Providence Biltmore in Providence RI, March 1-4, 2018. For more, ...Read More

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Shatner Receives Canadian Honor

Actor and author William Shatner has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honors, in recognition of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Recipients will be presented with their insignia at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall at a future date. The full list of recipients was released by Governor-General Julie Payette and can be viewed here.



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2017 Cybils Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest are listed below:

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels

  • Pashmina, Nidhi Chanani (First Second)
  • Where’s Halmoni?, Julie Kim (Little Bigfoot)
  • The Dam Keeper, Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi (First Second)
  • Suee and the Shadow, Ginger Ly & Molly Park (Abrams)

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

  • A Properly Unhaunted Place, William Alexander (McElderry)
  • Miss Ellicott’s
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2017 Parsec Awards Winners

Winners for the 2017 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced:

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • WINNER: Star Wars Best in Galaxy Season 3
  • Are You Scared of These Stories?
  • GnomeMatter: Cadavorue & Macoy in 2016
  • Kakos Industries
  • Nerdy Show: Nerdcasting the Multiverse: Thanksgiving Special 
  • Wynabego Warrior The Tale of John Waynnabe

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • WINNER: Calliope Writing Coach Podcast
  • Audio Drama
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PEN America Longlists

Longlists for the PEN America Literary Awards have been announced and include several works of possible genre interest:

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

  • Sonora, Hannah Lillith Assadi (Soho)
  • Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, Venita Blackburn (University of Nebraska Press)
  • Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)

PEN Translation Prize

  • Out in the Open, Jesus Carrasco (Riverhead)

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2018 Hugo Nominating Membership Deadline

The deadline for eligibility to nominate works for the 2018 Hugo Awards is December 31, 2017. Anyone who wishes to nominate for the 2018 Hugos must have a supporting or attending membership to Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Worldcon 76 in San Jose, or Worldcon 77 in Dublin by that date. This reflects a change in World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) rules which moved the eligibility deadline from January 31 of ...Read More

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Inaugural Neukom Speculative Fiction Awards

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College is accepting submissions for its newly established literary awards. The Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction and the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Debut Speculative Fiction are open to works published after June 1, 2015. The deadline for entry is December 31, 2017. Each award comes with a $5,000 cash prize to be given at an event at ...Read More

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Retro Hugo Awards News

In a joint statement during SMOFCon 35, both Worldcon 76 in San Jose and Dublin 2019 (Worldcon 77) announced that they will present Retrospective Hugo Awards for 1943 and 1944 respectively. The 1943 Retro Hugos for works first published in 1942 will be awarded in a ceremony to be held on August 16, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA. The 1944 Retro Hugos for ...Read More

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Audible Best of 2017

Audible has announced their Best of the Year: 2017 lists, selected by their editorial team from “over a thousand titles that received high ratings and reviews.” Among titles noted are several of genre interest:

Editors’ Picks:

  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir, Sherman Alexie (Hachette)
  • Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Random House)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Random House)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House)

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E. Lily Yu Wins 2017 Gar LaSalle Award

E. Lily Yu is the 2017 recipient of the Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. Established and funded by LaSalle, and awarded through a partnership with Artist Trust, the award recognizes “outstanding work by an established or emerging author of fiction based in Washington State” and comes with a $10,000 grant. Prior recipients are Peter Mountford and Anca Szilágyi.

For more information, see the official Gar LaSalle website.

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2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice awards for the “best books of 2017” as chosen by users of the site, were announced December 5, 2017. There are several winners of genre interest:

Best Historical Fiction

  • Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate (Ballantine) 29,431 votes

Best Science Fiction

  • Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown) 33,957 votes

Best Fantasy

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, J.K. Rowling (Levine) 92,611 votes
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2018 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify. Only living authors and editors are eligible. All books must have a 2017 publication date, and all magazines, a 2017 cover date.

The judges will read and consider eligible materials between now and June 1, 2018 (the earlier, the better). To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges ...Read More

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Roberts Awarded SLF Grants

Erin Roberts is the recipient of the 2017 Diverse Writers Grant (for new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups) and the Diverse Worlds Grant (for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background), given by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF). Each grant is for $500 and is intended “to foster the creation of speculative fiction work rich in diversity.”

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Gomoll Wins 2017 Rotsler Award

Jeanne Gomoll is the winner of the 2017 Rotsler Award for “long-time artistic achievement in amateur publications of the science fiction community.” The award was announced during Loscon 44 in Los Angeles CA, November 24-26, 2017.

The award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, and includes an honorarium of $300. The Rotsler judges are Mike Glyer, John Hertz, and Sue Mason.



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IMPAC Dublin Award Longlist

The nominations for the 2018 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist have been announced, and include several works and authors of genre interest.

  • The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown)
  • Moonglow, Michael Chabon (Harper)
  • The Wonder, Emma Donogue (Little, Brown)
  • LaRose, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • The Regional Office Is Under Attack!, Manuel Gonzales (Riverhead)
  • Faithful, Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Human Acts, Han Kang (Hogarth)
  • Scythe, Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster Books
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Langton and Lovesey Named MWA Grand Masters

Jane Langton and Peter Lovesey have been named 2018 Grand Masters by the Mystery Writers of America, along with William Link. For more information, including MWA Raven and Ellery Queen award winners, see their official website.



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