Inaugural Utopia Awards Nominees

Nominees for the first Utopia Awards, presented in association with the Climate Fiction Conference (CliFiCon22), to be held online October 1, 2022, have been announced.


  • The Impossible Resurrection of Grief, Octavia Cade (Stelliform)
  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)
  • ​”Submergence”, Arula Ratnakar (Clarkesworld 3/21)
  • The Necessity of Stars, E. Catherine Tobler (Neon Hemlock)
  • After the Dragons, Cynthia Zhang (Stelliform)


  • “#buttonsinweirdplaces”, Simon Kewin (Abyss & Apex 9/8/21)
  • “The Future Library”, Peng Shepherd ( 8/18/21)
  • “A Song Born”, Remi Skytterstad (Reckoning 5)


  • Reckoning 5, Cécile Cristofari & Leah Bobet, eds. (Reckoning)
  • Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology, Alex Hernandez, Matthew David Goodwin & Sarah Rafael Garcia, eds. (Mad Creek)
  • Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban Futures, Christoph Rupprecht, Deborah Cleland, Norie Tamura, Rajat Chaudhuri, & Sarena Ulibarri, eds. (World Weaver)


  • “All We Have Left Is Ourselves”, Oyedotun Damilola Muees (Reckoning 5)
  • “Superbloom”, Lynne Peskoe-Yang (Metaphorosis 1/21)
  • “Epicenter”, Jennifer Lee Rossman (Hexagon Winter ’21)
  • “Dandelion Brew”, Ana Sun (DreamForge Anvil 6)
  • ​”Blood Ties”, Jade Wilburn (FIYAH Spring ’21)


  • “when the coral copies our fashion advice”, Ashley Bao (Reckoning 5)
  • “Mythic Book Emporium”, Mary Soon Lee (DreamForge Anvil 2)
  • “If”, Bruce McAllister (Analog 1-2/21)
  • “We Must Believe the Road Ahead is Full of Light”, Lisa Timp (Utopia Science Fiction 10-11/21)
  • “Terraformer of Bigotry”, Dawn Vogel (Utopia Science Fiction 4/21)


  • “Solarpunk”, Dustin Jacobus (Sci Phi Journal Autumn ’21)
  • “Erewhon and Other Strange Utopias”, Roger Leege (The Fabulist Spring ’21)
  • “Cephalopod Heart” cover art, Dante Luiz (Hexagon 7)
  • “Longing of Hope”, Jane Noel DreamForge Anvil 4)
  • “The Leaves”, Tracy Whiteside (Reckoning 5)


  • “On the Destruction and Restoration of Habitats”, Prya Chand (Reckoning 5)
  • “On Solarpunk”, Eric Hunting (Sci Phi Journal 9/30/21)
  • “You’ve Got the Future All Wrong. We All Do.”, Scot Noel (DreamForge Anvil 3)
  • “Our Winter’s Tales”, Joshua Wilson (The Fabulist 12/21/21)


  • DreamForge
  • Hexagon 
  • Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors
  • Reckoning
  • World Weaver

Voting for winners will be open to the public from August 1-21, 2022 at the Utopia Awards page. Winners will be announced at the Utopia Award ceremony on October 1, 2022 at CliFiCon22.

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