37th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Award Winners

The winners for the 37th annual Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced.


  • WINNER: “The Court Martial of the Renegat Renegades” (Part 1 and Part 2), Kristine Kathryn Rusch (9-10/22; 11-12/22)
  • “Blimpies“, Rick Wilber (3-4/22)
  • “Goldie“, Sean Monaghan (1-2/22)
  • “Snowflake“, Nick Wolven (1-2/22)
  • “The Goose“, Rick Wilber (7-8/22)


  • WINNER: “Falling Off the Edge of the World“, Suzanne Palmer (11-12/22)
  • “Things to Do in Deimos When You’re Dead“,
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2022 Analog AnLab Winners

Results of the 2022 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards have been announced, with many finalists available to read online.


  • 1st place: ”Communion”, Jay Werkheiser & Frank Wu (1-2/22)
  • 2nd place: ”Burning the Ladder”, Adam-Troy Castro (5-6/22)
  • 3rd place: ”Kingsbury 1944”, Michael Cassutt (9-10/22)


  • 1st place: ”Shepherd Moons”, Jerry Oltion (9-10/22)
  • 2nd place: ”The Journeyman: at the Bluffs of Sinjin Trell”, Michael F. Flynn (3-4/22)
  • 3rd place
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Paige Cowan-Hall Wins 2023 Discoveries Prize

The Women’s Prize Trust has announced the winners for the 2023 Discoveries Prize. Paige Cowan-Hall has won the prize for her historical fiction novel, Marooned. As the winner, she receives £5,000, an offer of representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency, and a place on Curtis Brown Creative’s six-week online course. She will also join the writers longlisted for Discoveries 2023 in attending the two-week Discoveries Writing Development course in ...Read More

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2023 Scholarship from Hell Recipients

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced Alex Luceli Jiménez as the recipient of its 2023 Scholarship From Hell, and Timaeus Bloom as winner of the Virtual Scholarship from Hell. The scholarship places writers in the intensive Horror University workshop, which will take place during StokerCon 2023.

Jiménez will receive airfare to and from the StokerCon venue, a four-night stay at the convention, free registration for StokerCon 2023, and free choice ...Read More

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2023 Premios Kelvin Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2023 Premios Kelvin 505 Awards, presented by the Celsius 232 festival and honoring the best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels published in Spain.

Mejor Novela Original (Best Original Novel)

  • Solo los vivos perdonan, Ismael Martínez Biurrun (Aristas Martínez)
  • Horizonte de estrellas, Víctor Conde & Guillem Sánchez (Minotauro)
  • Proyecto Kétchup, Inés Galiano (Obscura)
  • Simbiosis, Bruno Puelles (Minotauro)

Mejor Novela Traducida

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SFWA Awards 2023 Givers Fund Grants

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has awarded Givers Fund Grants to 29 organizations, activities, and programs for 2023 projects. Qualifying recipients include “any 501(c)(3) or similar organization… with a program related to the speculative fiction genres.” The grants ranged in value from $165 to $4,235 and were funded by donors to SFWA.

The 2023 recipients are:

  • All Types of Media Arts Convention (ATOMACON), for a convention
  • Alpha
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Clayton Shortlisted for The Week Junior Book Awards

Dhonielle Clayton’s The Marvellers is one of ten finalists for The Week Junior Book Awards in the Older Fiction category. The category “rewards the entry that demonstrates the highest standards of storytelling, captivating readers from start to finish with a well-crafted plot, exceptional writing, and diverse and engaging characters.”

The winners are chosen by online voters, and will be announced on October 2, 2023. For more information, and the full ...Read More

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Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award Winner

The Authors’ Club has announced the winner of their Best First Novel Award. The £2,500 award goes to Ayanna Lloyd Banwo for her novel, When We Were Birds (Hamish Hamilton).

The award is open to any debut novel written in English and published in the UK. The winner is selected from a shortlist made by a panel of members from the Authors’ Club. Banwo was presented the award at a ...Read More

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2023 Ignyte Awards Finalists

The Ignyte Awards Committee has announced the finalists for the 2023 Ignyte Awards, which “seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre.”

Best Novel: Adult

  • The Blood Trials, N.E. Davenport (Harper Voyager)
  • The Spear Cuts Through Water, Simon Jimenez (Del Rey)
  • Babel,
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Rosson Receives Octavia E. Butler Fellowship

Lois Rosson, a PhD science historian “focusing on visual representations of the space environment,” is the second recipient of the $50,000, year-long Octavia E. Butler Fellowship, given by the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino CA.

Rosson plans to spend her time principally working with The Huntington’s Octavia E. Butler Papers. Butler’s literary vision of space as a place of asylum, Rosson writes, is one of ...Read More

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Bardugo Shortlisted for CWA Dagger Award

Leigh Bardugo’s story “The Disappearance” (Marple) has been shortlisted for The Crime Writers’ Association’s 2023 Short Story Dagger Award. The CWA Dagger Awards celebrate the best in crime-writing each year, and the winners will be announced on July 6, 2023 at the Dagger Awards night in London.

Other titles of interest include historical steampunk novel The Clockwork Girl by Anna Mazzola, which has been shortlisted for the Gold ...Read More

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Martin Amis (1949-2023)

Writer Martin Amis, 73, died of esophageal cancer on May 19, 2023 in Lake Worth FL. Amis was a celebrated UK literary writer, essayist, and journalist.

Martin Louis Amis was born August 25, 1949. His father was writer Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), author of many famous works, including New Maps of Hell: A Survey of Science Fiction; Martin Amis also wrote a great deal of SF criticism, producing reviews under ...Read More

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Locus Awards MC Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Guest Speaker Connie Willis

The Locus SF Foundation is thrilled to announce two esteemed personalities will be headlining the upcoming Locus Awards ceremony. Author Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Love in the Library; The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea; Squad) will bring her wit and personality to the stage as emcee for the event, and legendary science fiction writer Connie Willis will grace the evening as the guest speaker. The Locus Awards will take ...Read More

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2023 Future Worlds Prize Winner

The Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour, for “unpublished writers of colour based in the UK” announced the winner of the Future Worlds prize.

  • WINNER: What the Crew Wants, Mahmud El Sayed
  • RUNNER UP: Light at Midnight, Ali Mahdi
  • Firstborn of the Sun, Marvellous Michael Anson
  • Dawn in Arborellum, Ama Josephine Budge
  • The Archer and the Oracle, Anne Elicaño-Shields
  • The
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Norwescon 45

Norwescon 45 was held April 6-9, 2023 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport in SeaTac WA; the theme was ‘‘Between Two Worlds.’’ Guests of honor were P. Djèlí Clark (writer), Grace P. Fong (artist), and Greg Dubos (science). Uncanny was the spotlight publisher, represented by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas. The weekend included hundreds of hours of programming with scores of panels and readings, plus special ...Read More

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2023 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

The 44th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) took place during a sunny and warm March 15-18, 2023 at the tropical Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel Lakeside, with a theme of ‘‘Afrofuturism.’’ Academics, writers, publishers, editors, art­ists, students, independent scholars, and more participated, with 355 people attending (down from 2019’s 480 in-person attendees) with 184 presenters in the academic track and 84 invited creative guests. Guest of honor ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2023


SALMAN RUSHDIE will re­ceive a Hay Festival Medal for Prose for “exceptional work” as one of four “groundbreaking sto­rytellers” during the Hay Festival event in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, to be held May 25 – June 4, 2023.

ARLEY SORG received the fourth annual Space Cowboy Award, for “someone whose work has helped to enhance and support our ever growing and changing field,” administered by Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree ...Read More

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Bloomsbury AI Controversy

Bloomsbury is facing criticism online for the content of the paperback edition cover of Sara J. Maas’s House of Earth and Blood, which uses an AI-generated image licensed via Adobe Stock. A spokesperson for Bloomsbury shared a statement:

Bloomsbury’s in-house design team created the UK paperback cover of House of Earth and Blood, and as part of this process we incorporated an image from a photo library that we ...Read More

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2022 Kitschies Shortlists

Finalists for the 2022 Kitschies, awarded for “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • Our Share of Night, Mariana Enriquez; translated by Megan McDowell (Granta)
  • Beyond the Burn Line, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • Twelve Percent Dread, Emily McGovern (Picador)
  • The Coral Bones, E.J. Swift (Unsung Stories)
  • The Last Blade Priest, W.P.
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2023 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2023 Mythopoeic Awards finalists. Winners will be announced during the society’s Online Midsummer Seminar 2023, “Fantasy Goes to Hell,” to be held August 5-6, 2023 on Zoom and Discord.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • When Women Were Dragons, Kelly Barnhill (Doubleday; Hot Key)
  • The Ballad of Perilous Graves, Alex Jennings (Redhook; Orbit UK)
  • When the Angels Left the Old Country,
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2023 BSFS Poetry Contest Winners

Winners of the 2023 Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) Poetry Contest have been announced.

  • 1st Place: “Tell the Bees”, Ryan E. Holman
  • 2nd Place: “Call from Alleghania”, Alyssa Granato
  • 3rd Place: “Birds”, KG Graham
  • Honorable Mention: “The Watchers”, Søren Evans-Reese
  • Honorable Mention: “Watching the ISS Pass By”, Stephen A. Chmelewski

The first place winner receives $100, second place receives $75, and third place receives $50, with all winners also receiving ...Read More

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PEN and PRH Sue Over Book Bans

Writing organization PEN America, publisher Penguin Random House, authors, and parents have filed a lawsuit against the Escambia County School District and school board in Florida, arguing that recent book bans their violate the First Amendment. The plaintiffs seek to have the removed books returned to library shelves.

The plaintiff statement says,

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2023 Xingyun Awards Winners

The 14th annual Xingyun awards for Chinese science fiction were presented by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association on May 13, 2023 in Guanghan, Sichuan, China.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Once Upon a Time in Nanjing, Tianrui Shuofu (China Citic Press)
  • The Red Stone, Jiang Bo (Sichuan Science & Technology Publishing House / Science Fiction World)
  • The Apocalypse, Yan Leisheng (New Star Press / Eight Light Minutes)
  • The
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New Leaf Literary & Media Controversy

The Authors Guild released a statement regarding reports that New Leaf Literary Agency had “dropped one of its agents’ authors by email over the weekend, including some who were in the middle of contract negotiations, without warning or explanation.” The Guild went on to say, “New Leaf should have assigned the writers to other agents instead of simply dropping them. The Authors Guild strongly believes that every agent needs to ...Read More

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2023 Colorado Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2023 Colorado Book Awards have been announced, including their SF/F category.

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • Demon Riding Shotgun, L.R. Braden (Belle Bridge)
  • Denver Moon: The thirteen of Mars, Warren Hammond & Joshua Viola (Hex)
  • Conscious Designs, Nathaniel White (Miami University)

Other finalists of genre interest include Bizarre Bazaar: A Collection of Stories from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers edited by Amy Drayez & Veronica R. Calisto, eds.

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2023 British Book Awards Winners

The Bookseller announced the winners for the 2023 British Book Awards. Awards recipients of genre interest included Babel by R.F. Kuang (HarperVoyager) in the Fiction category and Tyger by SF Said, illustrated by Dave McKean (David Fickling), in the Children’s Fiction category. As previously announced, the shortlist featured a number of authors and titles of genre interest.

Winners were also announced in the Book Trade Awards, with 17 categories, including

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Banwo Wins OCM Bocas Prize

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (Doubleday/Hamish Hamilton) is the overall winner of the 2023 One Caribbean Media Bocas Prize. Banwo was honored during the three-day Bocas Lit Fest, held April 28-30, 2023. The even is “Trinidad and Tobago’s premier annual literary festival: a lively celebration of books, writers, writing, and ideas, with a Caribbean focus and international scope.” The award includes a $10,000 prize.

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Staff Changes at Tor UK

According to The Bookseller, Sophie Robinson has been named editorial director at Tor UK, leaving Titan Books. Lydia Gittins has also moved to Tor UK from Titan, taking the title of publicity manager. Both will work under publisher Bella Pagan.

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2022 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced winners of the 2022 Nebula Awards at the 58th Annual Nebula Banquet during the 2023 SFWA Nebula Conference.


  • WINNER: Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree (Cryptid; Tor)
  • Spear, Nicola Griffith (Tordotcom)
  • Nettle & Bone, T. Kingfisher (Tor; Titan UK)
  • Nona the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)
  • The
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2023 Williamson Lectureship

The 46th Williamson Lectureship, held April 13-15, 2023 in Portales NM, was a chance for the event’s committee to try a few new things, including a student display of science fiction artwork inspired by author Jack Williamson’s work and the screening of student genre films.

The theme of “Climates of Empire” suited the second in-person post-COVID Lectureship, held to honor SF pioneer Jack Williamson at Eastern NM University and around ...Read More

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2023 Aurora Awards Ballot

The 2023 Aurora Awards ballot for works by Canadians has been announced. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected, with additional works included when there was a tie for fifth place.

Best Novel

  • The Embroidered Book, Kate Heartfield (HarperVoyager)
  • All the Seas of the World, Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Canada)
  • The Void Ascendant
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Photo Story: Rainforest Writers Retreat

The annual Rainforest Resort Village writers retreat, hosted by Patrick Swenson and Fairwood Press, took place at Lake Quinault WA with three sessions: Feb 22-26, 2023; March 1-5, 2023; and March 8-12, 2023. For more, see their website.


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