Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove) won the 2019 Otherwise Award (formerly the James Tiptree, Jr. Award), given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Emezi will receive $1,000, original artwork, and chocolate.
The award jury released an “honor list” recognizing other noteworthy works:
- “Dreamborn”, Kylie Ariel Bemis (Maiden, Mother, Crone)
- The Book of Flora, Meg Elison (47North)
- Pet, Akwaeke Emezi (Make Me a World)
- Meet Me in the Future, Kameron Hurley (Tachyon)
- “Of Warps and Wefts”, Innocent Chizaram Ilo (Strange Horizons 3/18)
- The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
- The Elemental Logic series, Laurie J. Marks (Small Beer)
- The Lonesome Bodybuilder, Yukiko Motoya (Soft Skull)
- The Deep, Rivers Solomon (Gallery)
The 2019 jurors included Mariana Calderon, Debbie Notkin, Trish Salah, and Bogi Takács.
For more information, see the Otherwise Award website.