Digital Book World Awards Winners

Winners have been announced for the 2018 Digital Book World Awards across 52 categories. Winners and finalists of genre interest included:

Best Book (Science Fiction)

  • WINNER: Artificial Condition, Martha Wells ( Publishing)
  • Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View, Anonymous, ed. (Del Rey)
  • The Tangled Lands, Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell (Saga)
  • Candidates, Cartel, and Chaos, Sterling Emmal (Blurb)
  • Seeker, Douglas E. Richards (Paragon)

Best Book (Horror)

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2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the longlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year.” Numerous titles and authors of genre interest appear on the fiction list.


  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner)
  • Census, Jesse Ball (Ecco)
  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
  • Virgil Wander, Leif Enger (Grove)
  • Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
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Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist

The five-title shortlist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced and includes titles of genre interest: French Exit by Patrick deWitt (House of Anansi); Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont (QC); Motherhood by Sheila Heti (Knopf Canada); and An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim (Viking Canada). Also on the shortlist is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Patrick Crean).

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2018 Salam Award

The winner, finalists, and honorable mentions for the Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced:


  • “Influence”, Akbar Shahzad


  • “A Picture of the Dying World”, Nur Ibrahim
  • “In the Village Where the Mazaar Now Stands”, Nur Kahn

Honorable Mentions

  • “Up on the Eggshell Bridge”, Maira Asaad
  • “Repairman”, Saher Husnain
  • “Stop Paying Attention”, Kasim Mohammed
  • “A Foolproof Reason”, Ramlah Nadeem
  • “The Dead Man’s Gift”, Fatima Taqvi

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Palmer Wins WSFA Small Press Award

“The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld 9/17) is the winner of the 2018 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction.

Other finalists were “Probably Still the Chosen One”, Kelly Barnhill (Lightspeed 2/17); “Floaters Can’t Float”, Pip Coen (Compelling Science Fiction 4/17); “A Vague Inclination to Please”, Brandon Daubs (All Hail Our Robot Conquerers); “Oba Oyinbo”, Jonathan Edelstein (Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic ...Read More

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2018 Geffen Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew were announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy during Icon 2018, held September 25-27, 2018 at the Tel Aviv Cinematequein Tel Aviv, Israel.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • WINNER: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne (Ocean)
  • Labyrinth of Reflections, Sergei Lukyanenko (Opus)
  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (Babel)
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Publishing News

Penguin Random House US is offering early retirement buyouts to “long-tenured” employees who’ve been with the company for more than 20 years, and who will be 60 years of age or older by the end of 2018. The deadline to take early retirement is October 8, 2018, and those who take the buyout will leave by December 31. Company spokesperson Claire von Schilling told Publisher’s Lunch that the “voluntary separation ...Read More

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2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Open

The 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize “for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words)” by authors from Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific is open to submissions until November 1, 2018. For rules, including a list of eligible countries, see the official website.

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Whitehead Named New York State Author

Colson Whitehead was named the state author of New York in an announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo on August 15, 2018. Whitehead is the 12th author so honored. The title is given every two years to celebrate reading, writing, and the arts. Whitehead will receive the New York State Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction Writers at an official inauguration ceremony to be held September 28, 2018 at the ...Read More

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Niels Klim Award 2017

Winners of the seventh annual Niels Klim Award were announced September 23, 2018 during Fantasticon, the Danish fantastika convention. Best Novelette went to Ogel i Fare (Ogel in Danger) by Carolineskolens 4. klasse (Lurifaks) and Best Short Story went to “Verdens rigeste mand og hans tro tjener Boris” (The Richest Man in the World and his Faithful Servant Boris) by Chr. Winther (Smspress). There were no awards given in the ...Read More

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SMOFcon 36 Scholarship Winners

CanSMOF has announced the winners of three scholarships to attend SMOFcon 36, to be held November 30 – December 2, 2018 at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa CA.

Rebecca Downey of Montréal, Québec won the scholarship open “to a Canadian citizen or resident.” Marguerite Smith of Dublin, Ireland won the scholarship open to “a non-North American resident.” Kate Hatcher of Layton UT won the third, open ...Read More

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Kirkus Prize 2018 Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Kirkus Prize have been announced, including titles of genre interest:


  • Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead)
  • Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
  • Tell the Machine Goodnight, Katie Williams (Riverhead)


  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • Harbor Me, Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen)

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Due Receives Octavia Butler/L.A. Banks Award

Tananarive Due received the Octavia Butler/L.A. Banks Memorial Award from the United California African-American Bookclubs (UCAAB) during the 12th annual Fall Into Fiction conference, held September 21-22, 2018 at the Long Beach Mariott in Long Beach CA. The award includes a trophy in the shape of California and was presented to Due by Steven Barnes.

“UCAAB was created as a way for African-American book clubs in California to network, support, ...Read More

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2019 Nebula Awards Registration Open

Registration for the 2019 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference is now open. The event will take place at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills CA, May 16-19, 2018.

For registration, see the Eventbrite website.

For more information on the Nebula Awards, see the SFWA website.

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2018 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2018 Elgin Awards, presented for the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin.

Best Full-Length Collection

  • First Place: Liberating the Astronauts, Christina M. Rau (Aqueduct)
  • Second Place: Satan’s Sweethearts, Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo (Weasel)
  • Third Place:
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LaValle Wins American Book Award

Victor LaValle’s The Changeling (Spiegel & Grau) is one of 15 winners of the 2018 American Book Award, to be presented Octo­ber 28, 2018 in San Francisco CA. The awards are given by the Before Columbus Foundation for “out­standing literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.”

For more information, see the Foundation’s website.

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FutureBook Short Story Contest Open

FutureBook and The Pigeonhole reading app are launching a short story contest to be judged by FutureBook associate editor Molly Flatt, The Pigeonhole founder Anna Jean Huges, and Arthur C. Clarke award director Tom Hunter. The contest will focus on stories that “explore the future of reading, writing, publishing and bookselling.” The winning author receives a full set of novels from the 2018 Clarke Award shortlist and will be invited ...Read More

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2018 Man Booker Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the Man Booker Prize includes all of the previous longlisted titles of genre interest: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape), The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (Hamish Hamilton), and The Overstory by Richard Powers (William Heinemann).

The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author. This year’s judges are Kwame Anthony ...Read More

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Allende Awarded NBA Medal

Isabel Allende will receive the 2018 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. The award, which “recognizes individuals who have made an exceptional impact on this country’s literary heritage,” includes $10,000 and a solid brass medal. “Nominations for the DCAL medal are made by former National Book Award Winners, Finalists, judges, and other writers and literary professionals from around the country. The final selection is ...Read More

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Hand Receives Inkpot Award

Elizabeth Hand won the Inkpot Award, given by Comic-Con International “to honor individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom.”

For more information, see the Comic-Con website.


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Shimmer Program’s Worldcon Attending Fund

The Shimmer Program’s Worldcon Attending Fund for Chinese Fans is now accepting applications to attend Worldcon 77 in Dublin, Ireland. The fund is available only to Chinese citizens who live in mainland China.

Two active Chinese fans will be selected and granted RMB 10,000 each, for their attendance in and work for Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon, which will be held in Dublin in August 2019. The beneficiaries should ...Read More

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2018 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the 2018 Dwarf Stars Award winners.

  • First Place: “The Green”, Kath Abela Wilson (Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace)
  • Second Place: “If She Knew She Was a Ghost”, David C. Kopaska-Merkel (Polu Texni 5/22/17)
  • Third Place (tie): “Lo Shu’s Magic Square”, Deborah L. Davitt (Snakeskin #237)
  • Third Place (tie): “Lace at the Throat”, Holly Lynn Walrath (2017 SFPA poetry contest)
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2018 National Book Awards Fiction Longlist

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) fiction category have been announced, including works by authors of genre interest:

  • Gun Love, Jennifer Clement (Hogarth)
  • Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead)
  • The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai (Viking)
  • The Friend, Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)

The 2018 fiction judges are Chris Bachelder, Laila Lalami (chair), Min Jin Lee, Laurie Muchnick, and Chinelo Okparanta. Each finalist will receive a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; ...Read More

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Folio Society Readers’ Choice Voting Open

The Folio Society Readers’ Choice 2018 survey is now open for public voting. The 15-title finalist list includes several works of genre interest:

  • “Speech Sounds”, Octavia E. Butler
  • “The Chase”, Italo Calvino
  • “The Lady of the House of Love”, Angela Carter
  • “The Signal-Man”, Charles Dickens
  • “The Body Snatcher”, Robert Louis Stevenson

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Murakami Withdraws from New Academy Prize

Haruki Murakami, who was shortlisted for The New Academy Prize in Literature, has asked to be withdrawn from consideration, explaining that “his preference is to concentrate on his writing, away from media attention.”

The prize was founded by Swedish journalist Alexandra Pascalidou with the intent of providing an international literature award since the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature is not being awarded. The New Academy plans to dissolve in December ...Read More

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BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist

The five-title BBC National Short Story Award shortlist has been announced, with works by authors of genre interest including “To Belong To” by Kerry Andrew and “Sudden Traveller” by Sarah Hall.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at Cambridge University on October 2, 2018. The winning writer will receive £15,000, and the other shortlisted authors will each get £600. All five stories will be broadcast with author ...Read More

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Barnes Wins Forry Award

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected Steven Barnes as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for lifetime achievement in the SF field. The award, named for Forrest J Ackerman, has been presented annually since 1966. Past winners include Ray Bradbury, Andre Norton, Roger Zelazny, and Connie Willis.

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Tiptree Fellowship Accepting Applications

Applications are open for the 2018 Tiptree Fellowships until October 31, 2018. Each year, the Tiptree Motherboard awards $500 each to two creators who “are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative.”

For more information, or to apply, see the official website.



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Lackey Briefly Hospitalized

Mercedes Lackey was briefly hospitalized in early August while attending Gen Con in Indiana after she became dizzy and began hallucinating. While she at first feared she was having a stroke, she later realized she was a having a reaction to furniture, carpet, paint, and other materials outgassing in a newly renovated hotel room. She was out of the hospital in time to do her scheduled signing, and is recovering ...Read More

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Asia SF Association Established

A new organization, Asia SF Association, has been established, with Cixin Liu as president. The organization has members from China, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and other countries. The group first met at APSFCon, held May 18-19, 2018 in Beijing, China, and held a general meeting online in July 2018 to announce the president and board members. In addition to Liu, Latssep of Science Fiction World ...Read More

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Digital Book World Awards Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the Digital Book World 2018 Awards across 52 categories. Finalists of genre interest include:

Best Book (Science Fiction)
  • Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View, Anonymous, ed. (Del Rey)
  • The Tangled Lands, Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell (Saga)
  • Candidates, Cartel, and Chaos, Sterling Emmal (Blurb)
  • Seeker, Douglas E. Richards (Paragon)
  • Artificial Condition, Martha Wells ( Publishing)

Best Book (Horror)

  • Gilchrist, Christian Galacar (self-published)
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2018 National Book Awards Longlists

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Translated Literature and Young People’s Literature categories have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

The Translated Literature longlist includes: Disoriental by Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover (Europa Editions); Comemadre by Roque Larraquy, translated by Heather Cleary (Coffee House); Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life by Gunnhild Øyehaug, translated by Kari Dickson (Farrar, Straus, Giroux); The Emissary by ...Read More

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