2018 Locus Poll and Survey

The 2018 Locus Poll & Survey Ballot, for works and contributions published in 2017, is live. Vote today in the Locus Awards! The link to the ballot is https://locusmag.com/2018-locus-poll-and-survey/.

Voting is open until April 15, 2018. All votes from subscribers and non-subscribers alike are welcome; subscriber votes count double. (Subscribe!)

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2018 Branford Boase Award Long List

The long list for the 2018 Branford Boase Award has been announced and includes several titles of genre interest:

  • A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, Yaba Badoe (Zephyr)
  • Ink, Alice Broadway (Scholastic)
  • The Starman and Me, Sharon Cohen (Quercus)
  • Knighthood for Beginners, Elys Dolan (Oxford University Press)
  • Who Let the Gods Out?, Maz Evans (Chicken House)
  • The City of Secret Rivers, Jacob Sager Weinstein (Walker)
  • A Girl Called Owl, Amy
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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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2017 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2018 issue, the list is a consensus by Locus editors, reviewers, and other professionals — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; reviewers Liz Bourke, Carolyn Cushman, Paul Di Filippo, Gardner Dozois, Stefan Dziemanowicz, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Tom Whitmore, and Gary K. Wolfe; ...Read More

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Patterson Funds Holiday Bonuses

James Patter­son gave away $350,000 to more than 300 inde­pendent bookstore employees as holiday bonus­es in December 2017, in amounts ranging from $750 to $1,250. While he takes nominations and otherwise runs the program with the assistance of the American Booksellers Association, Pat­terson funds the bonuses personally.

For the list of recipients, see the American Booksellers Association site.


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Sawyer Appointed to Order of Ontario

Robert J. Sawyer has been appointed to the Order of Ontario, that province’s highest honor, which “recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond.” Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, called Sawyer “a champion of the Canadian fiction industry.” He will be invested as a Member of the Order during a ...Read More

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El-Mohtar Joins New York Times Book Review

Amal El-Mohtar has replaced N.K. Jemisin as the Otherworldly science fiction and fantasy columnist for the New York Times Book Review. Jemisin started Otherworldly in January 2016, and is leaving “to devote more time to her numerous outside projects, including her own books and a guest editorship for the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series.” El-Mohtar’s first column will appear in late February 2018.

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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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Mexicanx Initiative

Worldcon Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio has started the Mexicanx Initiative to sponsor attending memberships to Worldcon 76 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA, to be held August 16-20, 2018. As previously reported, Picacio and John Scalzi announced that they would each sponsor two attending memberships. Other sponsors (including Christopher Brown, Ctein, Ty Franck, Mary Robinette Kowal, John & Christine O’Halloran, Chris Rose, and ...Read More

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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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Picacio and Scalzi Sponsor Worldcon Memberships

John Scalzi and Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio are sponsoring four attending memberships to Worldcon 76 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA, to be held August 16-20, 2018. Two memberships are available to “Mexicanx professional sf/f artists or writers” and two to “Mexicanx sf/f fans,” all four to be chosen by Picacio. Interested applicants can leave a reply on Picacio’s Twitter or Facebook, or ...Read More

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Jack Ketchum (1946-2018)

Dallas Mayr, 71, who wrote horror as Jack Ketchum, died January 24, 2018 in New York. He had cancer. Ketchum was named a World Horror Grand Master in 2011, and won a Bram Stoker Award for life achievement in 2015.

Dallas William Mayr was born November 10, 1946 in Livingston NJ. He attended Emerson College in Boston, earning a BA in English, and taught high school for two years. He ...Read More

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Galactic Philadelphia Reading Series

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has sponsored a new author reading series, Galactic Philadelphia, held every other month at the Irish Pub in Philadelphia PA. The inaugural event in October 2017 featured Lara Elena Donnelly and Gardner Dozois. The reading held December 2017 featured Tom Doyle and Fran Wilde.

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Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)

Photo by Liza Groen Trombi

Grand Master Ursula K. Le Guin, 88, died January 22, 2018 in Portland OR.

Le Guin was a towering figure in the field, famed for her fiction and non-fiction alike, with a career in SF that spanned more than 50 years. She was a Hugo Award nominee 23 times and won five, and won six Nebula Awards, with 18 nominations. Other major awards included the ...Read More

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Beagle Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have named Peter S. Beagle the 34th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. SFWA president Cat Rambo said, “Beagle’s work has been the gateway for multitudes of fantasy readers, but also writers as well, including myself. His work shines a light on the human heart and its beauties even when that heart is flawed and wanting, showing how ...Read More

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Atwood, Díaz, and Martin Featured on PBS

Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz, and George R.R. Martin are among a list of notables who will “lend their voices and passion” and “share their personal stories and connections to their favorite titles” as featured authors on PBS’s The Great American Read.  The official announcement says:

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Worldcon and NASFiC Site Bids

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Conventions Of New Zealand Incorporated (SFFCONZ, Inc.) non-profit society has filed a bid to host the 2020 Worldcon at the TSB Bank Arena and Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, from August 12-16, 2020.

The Utah Fandom Organization is bidding to hold NASFiC 2019 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton UT from July 4-7, 2019. NASFiC happens whenever a Worldcon is held outside ...Read More

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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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Martin Funds Taos Toolbox Scholarship

George R.R. Martin has announced that he will fund a new scholarship for the Taos Toolbox writing workshop, held every summer in Angel Fire NM. The “Terran Award” is intended “to bring an aspiring SF writer from a non-English-speaking country” to the workshop and will cover all tuition and fees (travel and meals not included). “Applicants will need to speak and write in English, but must be from from a ...Read More

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Lovecraft Research Fellowship

The John Hay Library at Brown University has announced the annual S.T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship “for research relating to H.P. Lovecraft, his associates, and literary heirs.” The fellowship, established by the Aeroflex Foundation and Hippocampus Press, provides a $1,500 monthly stipend for up to two months of research at the John Hay Library.

For more information, see the Brown University Library website.



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Odyssey Workshop Scholarships

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced several scholarships available for students attending in 2018.

The Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin, covers full tuition, textbook, and housing costs. It will be awarded to a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. The winner will be selected by a panel of three judges.

The Parasite Publications Character Awards, funded by Sara King, will provide three scholarships in the amounts of ...Read More

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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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