Author Income Survey

The Authors Guild has released their 2018 Author Income Survey. 5,067 authors participated, and the Guild says the results point to a “crisis of epic proportions for American authors, particularly literary writers.” The median income from writing was $6,080, a decline of 3% from their 2013 survey, and 42% from 2009, a drop the Guild ascribes to declining royalties, “blockbuster mentality” at publishing companies, and the sales practices of ...Read More

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Masterton Wins HWA Lifetime Achievement Award

Graham Masterton 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.” Masterton “is highly recognized for his horror novels, but he has also been a prolific writer of thrillers, disaster novels, and historical epics, as well as one of the world’s most influential series of sex ...Read More

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Kuang Wins Crawford Award

The winner of the 2019 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction, is The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager).

The Crawford shortlist includes:

  • The Black God’s Drums, P. Djèlí Clark ( Publishing)
  • The Breath of the Sun, Rachel Fellman (Aqueduct)
  • Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield (ChiZine)
  • Half-Witch, John Schoffstall (Big Mouth)
  • Trail
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2019 Locus Poll & Survey

The 2019 Locus Poll & Survey Ballot, for works and contributions published in 2018, is live. Vote today in the Locus Awards! The link to the ballot is

Voting is open until April 15, 2019. All votes from subscribers and non-subscribers alike are welcome; subscriber votes count double. (Subscribe!)

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Clarke and Shawl Receive Solstice Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced Neil Clarke and Nisi Shawl as recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award “for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community.”

The Solstice Award, created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA president with the majority approval of the Board of Directors, is for individuals, living or dead, who have had “a significant impact ...Read More

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2018 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2019 issue, the list is a consensus by Locus editors, reviewers, and other professionals — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; Locus reviewers Liz Bourke, Katharine Coldiron, Carolyn Cushman, Paul Di Filippo, Lila Garrott, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Ian Mond, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Arley Sorg, Tom

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2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. Titles of genre interest include:

  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Folk, Zoe Gilbert (Bloomsbury)
  • Melmoth, Sarah Perry (Serpent’s Tail)

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.” The judging panel is

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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Allen & Unwin) has won the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for Writing for Young Adults, presented January 31, 2019 during an awards ceremony at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The Writing for Young Adults judges were Leanne Hall (convenor), Melissa Keil, and Nevo Zisin.

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RUSA 2019 Selections

The selections for the 2019 Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Reading List, Listen List, and Notable Books List were announced during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, held January 25-29, 2019 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle WA.

Reading List
The annual best-of reading list is selected by the Reading List Council. Shortlisted honor titles were also announced. Titles of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

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2019 Branford Boase Award Long List

The long list for the 2019 Branford Boase Award has been announced and includes several titles of genre interest:

  • The House with Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
  • The Train to Impossible Places, P.G. Bell (Usborne)
  • The Fandom, Anna Day (Chicken House)
  • Twister, Juliette Forrest (Scholastic)
  • Brightstorm, Vashti Hardy (Scholastic)
  • Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers, Anna James (HarperCollins Children’s)
  • The Mystery of the Colour Thief, Ewa Jozefkowicz (Zephyr)
  • Outwalkers,
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2019 LITA SF Notable Lists

The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) announced the selections for its 2019 LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, held January 25-29, 2019 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle WA.

Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List

  • Pitch Dark, Courtney Alameda (Feiwel and Friends)
  • Honor Among Thieves, Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre (Katherine Tegen)
  • A Conspiracy of
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Minnesota Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards, given by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, have been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest.

Genre Fiction

  • Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin)

Middle Grade Literature

  • Louisiana’s Way Home, Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
  • Otherwood, Pete Hautman (Candlewick)
  • The Key to Every Thing, Pat Schmatz (Candlewick)
  • The Collectors, Jacqueline West (Greenwillow)

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StokerCon 2020 Mistress of Ceremonies Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced AK Benedict as the Mistress of Ceremonies for StokerCon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK.

For more information, see the StokerCon UK website.

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2019 ALA Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of several awards during their Midwinter Meeting at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle WA, January 25-29, 2019.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen) won the Michael L. Printz Award for “excellence in literature written for young adults” and the Pura Belpré Author Award for a Latinx writer whose “books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.” Damsel

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2019 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has named the finalists for the 2019 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, “for best classic literary works of liberty.”

  • “Sam Hall”, Poul Anderson (Astounding 8/53)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (London 3-4/1912)
  • “Conquest by Default”, Vernor Vinge (Analog 5/68)
  • “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut (F&SF 10/61)
  • Schrödinger’s Cat: The Universe Next Door, Robert Anton Wilson (Pocket)

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2019 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
  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner)
  • The Overstory, Richard Powers (Norton)

PEN/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel

  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
  • Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

PEN Translation Prize

  • Nevada Days, Bernardo Atxaga, translated by Margaret Jull Costa (Graywolf)
  • Disoriental, Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover (Europa Editions)
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The New Yorker Best Books of 2018

Katy Waldman of The New Yorker compiled her list of the nine best books of 2018, with a few works of genre interest: Confessions of the Fox, Jordy Rosenberg (One World); Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead); Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove). For the complete list, see the New Yorker website.

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Readers’ Polls Open

Readers’ polls for several SF/F magazines are now open to public voting:

Voting for Analog‘s Analytical Laboratory Readers’ Award (AnLab) is open until February 1, 2019 to nominate the best novella, novelette, short story, science fact article, poem, and cover of 2018.

The 33rd Asimov’s Readers’ Award is accepting nominations until February 1, 2019 for the best novella, novelette, short story, poem, and cover.

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Stephen King Library Wins Digital Book World Award

Stephen King Library, a voice-activated book recommendation tool available on Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa devices, received the Digital Book World Alexa Skill of the Year Award for Storytelling at the 2019 Alexa Conference, held January 15-16, 2019 at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga TN.

The Stephen King Library program asks users a series of questions and then offers reading recommendations from 56 of Stephen King’s books. For more ...Read More

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2019 Edgar Awards Nominations

Several authors and works of genre interest made the MWA (Mystery Writers of America) 2019 Edgar Awards shortlist, including:

Best Novel

  • Down the River Unto the Sea, Walter Mosley (Mulholland)
  • A Treacherous Curse, Deanna Raybourn (Berkley)

Best Paperback Original

  • Under My Skin, Lisa Unger (Park Row)

Best Critical/ Biographical

  • The Metaphysical Mysteries of G.K. Chesterton, Laird R. Blackwell (McFarland)

Best Short Story

  • “Paranoid Enough for Two”, John Lutz (The Honorable
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2019 Baen Memorial Contest Open

The 2019 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest is open until February 1, 2019. Co-sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, the contest focuses on stories of near-future space exploration.

The grand prize includes publication on the Baen website at professional rates, an engraved award, an assortment of Baen books, free admission to the 2019 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, ...Read More

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2018 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the preliminary ballot for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel
  • The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus (Feiwel and Friends)
  • Dark Mary, Paolo Di Orazio (Independent Legions)
  • The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam)
  • The Outsider, Stephen King (Scribner)
  • Glimpse, Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin’s)
  • Unbury Carol, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
  • Naraka, Alessandro Manzetti (Independent Legions)
  • Hazards of Time
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Oates Wins Jerusalem Prize

Joyce Carol Oates won the $10,000 Jerusalem Prize, awarded by the Jerusalem International Book Forum every two years “to a writer whose work best expresses and promotes the idea of ‘freedom of the individual in society.'” Oates will be recognized at the forum, during the International Writers Festival of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, May 12-16 in Jerusalem. Prior winners include Jorge Luis Borges and Haruki Murakami.

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SFWA Pro Rates and Election News

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the minimum pay rate for qualifying professional short fiction markets will be raised from six cents per word to eight cents, effective September 1, 2019. For more information, see the SFWA site.

In addition, the official call for SFWA Board of Directors candidates was announced January 15, 2019. This year, the president, secretary, and three director-at-large positions are open for ...Read More

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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.

“The Golden Kites are the first children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers.” This year’s ...Read More

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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 ( 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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Tolkien Exhibit at the Morgan

The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City will host Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, “the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations.” The exhibition includes “family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion” drawn from the Tolkien archives at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, the Marquette University Libraries in ...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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