Sidewise Awards Postponed

The Sidewise Awards, given for alternate history literature, will not be presented in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, two years’ worth of awards, covering works published in 2019 and 2020, will be presented at DisCon III, the 79th Worldcon, to be held August 25-29, 2021 in Washington DC. Sidewise Award founder Steven H Silver said,

It’s disappointing that global circumstances have forced us to delay our awards selection process this year, but that is just the timeline that we’re in. We considered cancelling this year’s award, but determined that the best course of action was to delay the awards so that we could ensure that great works continue to be recognized.

The current award jury, consisting of Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver, will be joined by new member Olav Rokne.

Works published in 2019 and 2020 should be sent to all of the judges (non-DRM e-copies in MOBI, EPUB, and PDF may be sent to Steven H Silver at for distribution to all the judges). Addresses for shipping physical books can be found at The judges read throughout the year and ask that copies be sent as early as possible.

For more information, see the Sidewise Awards website.

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