2018 Best Translated Book Awards

The 11th annual Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) 2018 winners were announced at the New York Rights Fair. The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán (Open Letter), translated by Will Vanderhyden, won for fiction.

The winning authors and translators will each receive $5,000 cash prizes. Three Percent at the University of Rochester founded the BTBAs in 2008. For more information, see the Best Translated Book Award site.

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Audie Awards Winners

The Audio Publishers Association announced the 2018 Audie Awards winners, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment, at the Audies Gala on May 31, 2018 at the New York Historical Society in New York.

Winners of genre interest include:

Literary Fiction & Classics

  • WINNER: House of Names, Colm Tóibín, read by Juliet Stevenson, et al. (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood & Valerie Martin, read by Claire
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Hill Wins YA Book Prize

Will Hill is the winner of the 2018 YA Book Prize for his novel After the Fire (Usborne). The £2,000 annual prize is given to the best young adult book written by an author living in the UK or Ireland and was presented May 31, 2018 at a ceremony during Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Hill’s previous genre titles include the Department 19 vampire hunter series.

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2018 Parsec Awards Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2018 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have opened. Podcast material released between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018 are eligible for nomination, provided the podcast is free to download and allows for subscription. Nominations are open until June 15, 2018.

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Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 2018 Hugo Voter Packet is available for download by members of Worldcon 76. An announcement has been sent to all members who registered their email address with the convention. The packet can be downloaded from the Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards website in the “Hugo Voter Packet” section.

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Saunders Shortlisted for Golden Man Booker

George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury) is one of the five shortlisted titles for the Golden Man Booker Prize, created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize and given to books that have “best stood the test of time.” One book finalist was chosen from each decade of the Man Booker Prize’s existence. The winner will be chosen by readers’ votes; voting is open on the ...Read More

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2018 Mythopoeic Award Finalists

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2018 Mythopoeic Awards finalists. Winners will be announced at Mythcon 49, held July 20-23, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta GA.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, John Crowley (Saga)
  • The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Snow City, G.A. Kathryns (Sycamore Sky)
  • Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The
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Gardner Dozois (1947-2018)

Editor and author Gardner Dozois, 70, died May 27, 2018 at a Philadelphia PA hospital of a sudden overwhelming systemic infection. Dozois was involved in science fiction for over 50 years, and was easily one of the most influential editors in the modern era of the field.

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New Penguin Books Imprint

Penguin Books for Young Readers has announced a new imprint, Kokila, focusing on diverse YA and children’s books. Nam­rata Tripathi will be publisher (she was associate publisher and editorial director of Dial Books for Young Readers). They expect to publish between 15 and 20 books per year, both fiction and non-fiction, from picture books to middle-grade and YA, as well as graphic novels. The first titles should launch in summer ...Read More

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Outer Dark Symposium

The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird was held March 23-25, 2018 at the Plaza Suites Hotel in Santa Clara and the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose CA. Approximately 65 people attended. The event was organized by Anya Martin and Scott Nicolay, producers of The Outer Dark podcast, hosted by This Is Horror.

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2018 Geffen Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew have been announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • Labyrinth of Reflections, Sergei Lukyanenko (Opus)
  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (Babel)
  • Daemon, Daniel Suarez (Opus)
  • Central Station, Lavie Tidhar (Yaniv)
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne (Ocean)

Best Translated Fantasy Book

  • Summer Knight,
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2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The shortlist for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize includes several titles of possible genre interest:

  • “Ghillie’s Mum”, Lynda Clark (United Kingdom)
  • “The Divine Pregnancy in a Twelve-Year-Old Woman”, Sagnik Datta (India)
  • “Passage”, Kevin Hosein (Trinidad and Tobago)

“The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000.” The regional judges ...Read More

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2018 Forward Prizes for Poetry Shortlist

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s Wade in the Water (Graywolf; Penguin UK) is among the 15 shortlisted titles for the £10,000 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Smith’s book of speculative poetry, Life on Mars (Graywolf), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

For more information, including the complete shortlist, see the Forward Arts Foundation website.

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Philip Roth (1933-2018)

American novelist PHILIP ROTH, 85, died of congestive heart failure on May 22, 2018 in a Manhattan hospital. Roth was the author of more than 30 books including Goodbye, Columbus (1959), Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), and his American trilogy: American Pastoral (1997), I Married a Communist (1998), and The Human Stain (2000). During his career he won two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, a ...Read More

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Shimmer Program’s Two-way Exchange Fund Recipients

The Shimmer Program’s Two-way Exchange Fund, intended “to encourage cultural exchange between Chinese science fiction fans and science fiction fans all over the world,” has been awarded to Mihaela Marija Perković and Pablo M.A Vazquez. The Two-way Exchange Fund

will provide 15,000 RMB per person (this will approximately cover economic class plane tickets and hotels; the fund recipient will be responsible for all costs exceeding this budget). For the first ...Read More

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Jones Wins Gaylactic Spectrum

The winner for the 2017 Gaylactic Spectrum Award in the novel category was announced at Gaylaxicon 2018, held at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta GA from May 11-13, 2018:

  • WINNER: Mother of Souls, Heather Rose Jones (Bella)
  • Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight: The Derby Cavendish Stories, Don Bassingthwaite (ChiZine)
  • Malachite, Kirby Crow (Bonecamp)
  • Lily, Michael Thomas Ford (Lethe)
  • Maze-Born Trouble, Ginn Hale (Blind Eye)
  • Fallow, Jordan
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2018 Eugie Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award) have been announced:

  • “Infinite Love Engine”, Violet Allen (Lightspeed 4/17)
  • “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”, Tobias S. Buckell (Cosmic Powers)
  • “The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)”, Matthew Kressel (Tor.com 3/15/17)
  • “And Then There Were (N-One)”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/17)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand”, Fran Wilde (Uncanny 9/17)
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2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Winners

The winners of the 2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2017, have been announced:

French Novel

  • WINNER: Toxoplasma, Calvo (La Volte)
  • La Désolation, Pierre Bordage (Bragelonne)
  • Le Temps de Palanquine, Thierry Di Rollo (Bélial’)
  • La Société des faux visages, Xavier Mauméjean (Alma)

Foreign Novel

  • WINNER: L’Arche de Darwin [Galápagos Regained], James Morrow (Au diable vauvert)
  • La Bibliothèque de Mount Char [The Library
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Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award Winners

Winners for the Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award for short science fiction have been announced. The five finalists for each had their stories read by celebrity guests during LitFest Pasadena.

Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction by LA county high school students:

  • 1st Place: “Addiction”, Kalila Papanikolas
  • 2nd Place: “The Demiurge”, Bry LeBerthon
  • 3rd Place: “Relinquished Cities”, Sarah Krausz
  • Honorable Mention: “Microcosm”, Chelsea See
  • Honorable Mention: “Midas”, Audrey Wang


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Pynchon Wins Chris­topher Lightfoot Walker Award

Thomas Pynchon won the $100,000 inaugural Chris­topher Lightfoot Walker Award in Literature, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which “recognizes a writer of distinction who has made a sig­nificant contribution to American literature.”

For more information, see the Arts and Letters website.

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2017 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the winners of the 2017 Nebula Awards at an awards banquet during the 52nd Annual Nebula Conference held May 19, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Marriott Center in Pittsburgh PA.


  • Winner: The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
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2017 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

The winners for the 2017 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced. Most are available to read online.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory Winners

Best Novella

  • WINNER: “Nexus“, Michael F. Flynn (3-4/17)
  • “The Girls With Kaleidoscope Eyes“, Howard V. Hendrix (5-6/17)
  • “The Proving Ground”, Alec Nevala-Lee (1-2/17)
  • “Not Far Enough“, Martin L. Shoemaker (7-8/17)
  • “Native Seeds“, Catherine Wells (11-12/17)

Best Novelette

  • WINNER: “For All
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Norwescon 41 Report

Norwescon 41 was held March 29 – April 1, 2018 in SeaTac WA at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. The theme was “Uncovering Mysteries.” Guests of honor were Ken Liu (writer), Galen Dara (artist), and Mathew Wedel (science). (Wayne Barlowe was originally scheduled to be artist GoH, but had to cancel due to schedule conflicts.) Green Ronin was the spotlight publisher, represented by Nicole Lindroos and Chris Pramas.

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Layoffs at Skyhorse

Skyhorse has eliminated 16 full-time employees (from a total of 77) in “a major reorganization,” and plans to reduce their output of new titles by “approximately 25 percent.” They published around 1,100 titles in 2017. President Tony Lyons says the changes are “in response to shortfalls in Skyhorse revenues in 2017 and early 2018, including issues related to its distribution deal and paper shortages, as well as changes in the ...Read More

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Neukom Awards Winners

Winners of the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction were announced May 16, 2018.

Debut Speculative Fiction

  • Best Worst American, Juan Martinez (Small Beer)

Open Category (tie)

  • On the Edge of Gone, Corrine Duyvis (Amulet/Abrams)
  • Central Station, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)

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2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Longlist

The 15-title longlist for the 2018 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story has been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Wild Gestures, Lucy Durneen (MidnightSun)
  • Madame Zero, Sarah Hall (Faber & Faber)
  • You Should Come With Me Now, M. John Harrison (Comma)
  • All the Beloved Ghosts, Alison MacLeod (Bloomsbury)
  • Come Let Us Sing Anyway, Leone Ross (Peepal Tree)
  • Ornithology, Nicholas Royle (Confingo)

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Pullman Wins British Book Awards

Philip Pullman was awarded Author of the Year, and his La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, narrated by Martin Sheen (Penguin Random House UK Audio), won Audiobook of the Year in the 2018 British Book Awards. Also called the “Nibbies,” The British Book Awards “honours and celebrates the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops” with nominees in a variety of categories, including Debut Book of the Year, Editor ...Read More

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2018 Ignotus Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • Fuego [The Fireman], Joe Hill (Nocturna)
  • Las estrellas son legión [The Stars Are Legion], Kameron Hurley (Alianza)
  • La quinta estación [The Fifth Season], N.K. Jemisin (B)
  • Detrás de sus ojos [Behind Her Eyes], Sarah Pinborough (Alianza)
  • El archivo de atrocidades [The
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2018 Williamson Lectureship

The 42nd Williamson Lectureship was held April 5-7, 2018, in Portales NM. The Lectureship, held to honor SF pioneer Jack Williamson, took place at Eastern NM University with casual gatherings around town. Santa Fe author S.M. Stirling, known for his Emberverse series and other alternate his­tory efforts, was the guest of honor, and Connie Willis served as toastmistress. The theme for the 2018 Lectureship was “Changes.” The event, often dubbed ...Read More

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Layoffs at Pottermore

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter website Pottermore laid off a number of both senior and junior editorial staff as part of a “reorganization.” A spokesperson said the firings “reflect the evolution of the business and are being handled as sensitively as possible.” Those let go were responsible for writing original content for the site.

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ServiceScape Short Story Contest Open

The ServiceScape Short Story Award contest is open to submissions of original stories or non-fiction in any genre up to 5,000 words. The winning work will receive $1,000 and publication on the ServiceScape blog. The deadline for submissions is November 29, 2018. For more information, including complete rules, see the ServiceScape site.


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2017 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees

The 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards nominees have been announced. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.


  • Ill Will, Dan Chaon (Ballantine)
  • The Bone Mother, David Demchuk (ChiZine)
  • The Night Ocean, Paul La Farge (Penguin)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • The Hole, Hye-young Pyun (Arcade)


  • The Lost Daughter Collective, Lindsey Drager (Dzanc)
  • Mapping
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