2021 Otherwise Award Winners
Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki (Tor) and Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (MCD; #Merky) won the 2021 Otherwise Award (formerly the James Tiptree, Jr. Award), given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that “expand and explore our understanding of gender.” The winners will receive $1,000 in prize money, a specially commissioned piece of original artwork, and chocolate.
The award jury released an “honor list” recognizing other noteworthy works:
- A Natural History of Transition, Callum Angus (Metonymy)
- Danged Black Thing, Eugen Bacon (Transit Lounge)
- The Actual Star, Monica Byrne (Harper Voyager US)
- Bestiary, K-Ming Chang (One World)
- Deep and Darkest Red, Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel & Friends)
- Chouette, Claire Oshetsky (Ecco)
- She Who Became the Sun, Shelley Parker-Chan (Tor; Mantle)
- The Unraveling, Benjamin Rosenbaum (Erewhon)
- Cemetery Boys, Aiden Thomas (Swoon Reads)
The 2021 jury members were Rebecca J. Holden (chair), Anya Johanna DeNiro, Craig Laurance Gidney, Liz Haas, and Ana Hurtado. The jury is encouraged to “take an expansive view of ‘science fiction and fantasy’ and to seek out works that have a broad, intersectional, trans-inclusive understanding of gender in the context of race, class, nationality, and disability.”
For more information, see the Otherwise Award website.
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