HarperCollins and Union Agree to Mediation

HarperCollins and the striking members of the HarperCollins Union have agreed to enter mediation to settle their differences.

Publishers Weekly reported on a company-wide HarperCollins memo that says,

We entered negotiations eager to find common ground, and we have remained committed to achieving a fair and reasonable contract throughout this process…. We are optimistic that a mutually agreed upon mediator can help find the solutions that have eluded us so ...Read More

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Android Jones Fire

Artist Andrew Jones (AKA Android Jones) suffered a tragedy when his studio in Colorado burned down on January 18, 2023. Jones said,

My father designed and built this barn with his hands. I grew up in this barn. Nearly every material thing I cared about was inside. Decades of sketchbooks, all my archived originals, drawings and paintings, all of my art materials, terabytes of over 20 years of digital art, ...Read More

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2023 Dublin Literary Award Longlist

The 70-title longlist for the Dublin Literary Award has been announced. The list includes many titles and authors of genre interest, such as Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo (Viking), Anthony Doerr’s Cloud Cuckoo Land (Scribner), The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (Harper), Sequoia Nagamatsu’s How High We Go in the Dark (William Morrow), and The Book of Form & Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki (Viking). The winner receives €100,000.

“Nominations include 29 novels

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2023 Branford Boase Award Longlist

The longlist for the 2023 Branford Boase Award has been announced, and includes several titles of genre interest.

  • The Eternal Return of Clara Hart, Louise Finch (Little Island)
  • The Spectaculars, Jodie Garnish (Usborne)
  • The Miraculous Sweetmakers, Natasha Hastings (HarperCollins Childrens)
  • The Whisperling, Hayley Hoskins (Puffin)
  • Wishes Come in Threes, Andy Jones (Walker)
  • Seed, Caryl Lewis (Henry Holt)
  • Rebel Skies, Ann Sei Linn (Walker)
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2023 International Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2023 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. Titles and authors of genre interest include Limberlost by Robbie Arnott (Atlantic), Things They Lost by Okwiri Oduor (Oneworld), and Briefly, A Delicious Life by Nell Stevens (Picador).

The annual Dylan Thomas prize, in partnership with Swansea University, awards £20,000 “to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39

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Amanda Rutter Joins Solaris As Commissioning Editor

Amanda Rutter has joined Rebellion imprint Solaris as commissioning editor. Rutter said, “I am a big fan of the Solaris imprint so I am utterly delighted to become part of such a brilliant team.”

Prior to Solaris, Rutter was an agent with Azantian Literary Agency. She has also worked for Red Sofa Literary Agency, Angry Robot, Aconyte, and Titan.

For more information, see the announcement in The Bookseller.

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2023 World Fantasy Awards Judge Update

The World Fantasy Awards Administration has announced an update to their previously announced judge panel.

Peter Dennis Pautz said:

Due to personal circumstances, Mary Anne Mohanraj has stepped down from acting as a World Fantasy Awards judge. Information on a new judge will be sent as soon as possible.

For more information on the previously announced judges, see our post. For more information about World Fantasy 2023, see their website. ...Read More

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Ray Nelson (1931-2022)

SF writer and illustrator Ray Nelson, 91, died November 30, 2022 in El Cerrito CA. He was a prolific author of SF and mystery fiction and longtime member of fandom.

Radell Faraday Nelson was born October 31, 1931 in Schenectady, New York. He became involved in fandom as a teenager in Cadillac MI. He claimed to have invented the propellor beanie in 1947, and popularized the headgear as a symbol ...Read More

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2023 PEN America Literary Awards Longlist

PEN America has announced their 2023 longlists for a number of literary awards. The awards “will confer over $350,000 to writers and translators. Spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essay, science writing, translation, and more, these Longlisted books are dynamic, diverse, and thought-provoking examples of literary excellence.” There are 11 awards, many including titles and authors of genre interest.

Pen/Jean Stein Book Award ($75,000)

  • The White Mosque, Sofia Samatar (Catapult)
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2023 Oregon Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2023 Oregon Book Awards have been announced. The awards feature several categories, and include a number of titles and authors of genre interest.

Ken Keasey Award for Fiction

  • Sinking Islands, Cai Emmons (Red Hen)
  • The Boy With a Bird in His Chest, Emme Lund (Atria)
  • Denial, Jon Raymond (Simon & Schuster)
  • Thrust, Lidia Yuknavitch (Riverhead)

Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature

  • Little
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Scalzi Wins Heinlein Award

John Scalzi is the winner of the 2023 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space.” Winners are chosen by a committee of SF authors chaired by Michael F. Flynn, and receive a certificate plaque, a sterling silver medallion, and two lapel pins, all featuring the likeness of Robert A. Heinlein.

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2022 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the preliminary ballot for the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Sallow Bend, Alan Baxter (Cemetery Dance)
  • The Devil Takes You Home, Gabino Iglesias (Mullholland)
  • The Fervor, Alma Katsu (Putnam)
  • Fairy Tale, Stephen King (Scribner)
  • Reluctant Immortals, Gwendolyn Kiste (Saga)
  • The Ghost That Ate Us: The Tragic True Story of the Burger City Poltergeist,
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Paul La Farge (1970-2023)

Author Paul La Farge, 52, died of cancer on January 18, 2023. His novel The Night Ocean (2017) was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist.

Paul Bayard La Farge was born November 17, 1970 in New York City, and was a graduate of Yale University. He taught writing at Bard College, Wesleyan, and the University of Leipzig, and from July 2020 was a member of the faculty at Bennington College. Debut ...Read More

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Bala Wins SLF Illustration Award

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) has announced that artist Sejuti Bala is the winner of their 2023 Illustration of the Year. “Look for Bala’s artwork on our site, as well as future SLF newsletters, promo, and other content!”

Bala said, “To an astronaut the vacuum of space is the frontier of setting sail, and in this piece, I imagine a lost astronaut, an untethered explorer and the awe of getting ...Read More

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2023 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2023 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled.

The judges will read and consider eligible materials from 2022 between now and June 1, 2023. To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges and Peter Dennis Pautz by June 1, 2023. “If… something is received on May 31 the judges may well have only one day to read it before their deliberations

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Tor AI Controversy

Tor posted a statement online after receiving widespread criticism on social media in December 2022, criticism based on its cover reveal of Christopher Paolini’s Fractal Noise that appears to include AI-gen­erated graphics. Many illustrators and artists are understandably troubled by the implications of AI-generated images, both because of the po­tential to take creative work away from human artists, and because the AI tools are trained on artwork that is usually ...Read More

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2023 Edgar Awards Nominations

Several authors and works of genre interest are among the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) 2023 Edgar Awards finalists.

Best Novel

  • Devil House, John Darnielle (MCD)
  • Gangland, Chuck Hogan (Grand Central)
  • The Devil Takes You Home, Gabino Iglesias (Little, Brown)

Best First Novel by an American Author

  • Jackal, Erin E. Adams (Bantam)
  • Shutter, Ramona Emerson (Soho Crime)

Best Paperback Original

  • Quarry’s Blood, Max Allan
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Chengdu Worldcon Delay and Venue Change

Chengdu Worldcon 2023, the 81st World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Chengdu, China, has announced a delay and a new convention hotel and venue:

Chengdu Worldcon 2023… will be held on October 18-22, 2023 (5 days in total), at the Chengdu Science Fiction Museum in Jingrong Lake, Pidu District, Chengdu. Sheraton Chengdu Pidu and Wyndham Grand Chengdu will be the new convention headquarter hotels for the accommodation.

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Wolfe Joins Astra House As Executive Editor

Navah Wolfe has joined Astra House imprint DAW Books as executive editor. Wolfe said:

I’ve been reading and loving DAW books for as long as I can remember. DAW has published some of my all-time favorite writers, old and new—so it’s an honor and a privilege to join the DAW team. I’m excited to publish more wonderful writers and books on DAW’s list!

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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

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Nebula Conference Registration Opens

SFWA has opened registration for the 2023 Nebula Conference and Award Ceremony, to be held May 12–14, 2023, both online and in-person at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort in Anaheim CA.

Registrations may be purchased at this link. Registration for the online portion of the conference is $150.00 and includes access to broadcasts of the weekend’s panels and the subsequent archive, mentorship opportunities, the Nebula Awards ...Read More

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2023 Horror University Workshop Open

The Horror Writers Association‘s 2023 Horror University Online is currently open for registration for the next quarter (February, March, and April 2023). They are offering virtual workshops on a variety of topics for “horror writers everywhere interested in refining their writing, learning new skills and techniques, or perfecting their manuscript presentation.”

Live courses include:

  • The Master Plotting Crash Course with John Skipp, February 6
  • Decoding Screenwriting with L. Marie Wood,
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Workshop News

The Odyssey Workshop has announced the “Space Cowboy Books Working Class Writers Scholarship”:

Funded by the award-winning Space Cowboy Books, which has the mission to spread the love of science fiction, literature, literacy, and print media, the Space Cow­boy Books Working Class Writers Scholar­ship is offered to provide financial support for a working-class or impoverished writer to attend Your Personal Odyssey. To be considered for this scholarship, you must complete ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, January 2023


ROBIN MCKINLEY is the 39th recipient of the Damon Knight Me­morial SFWA Grand Master Award. Her award will be presented during the SFWA Nebu­la Conference, to be held May 12–14, 2023 at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort in Anaheim, CA.



Tordotcom editor RUOXI CHEN won the $2,500 Superstar prize at Publishers Weekly’s an­nual Star Watch awards gala, held November 15, 2022 in New York ...Read More

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Random House President Retires

Gina Centrello, president and publisher of the Random House Publishing Group, is retiring from her position after two decades. She will become strategic advisor to the Random House US board, and “will continue to participate actively in the industry through her work supporting Literacy Partners.” She took over the Group in 2003; before that, she was president and publisher of Ballantine starting in 1999.

She told her staff,

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NAACP Image Awards

The NAACP has released the finalists for their 54th Annual Image Awards, honoring outstanding work in film, television, theatre, music, and literature by Black performers and creators.

The Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction category includes the following works of genre interest:

  • The Keeper, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes & Marco Finnegan (Abrams)
  • You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, Akwaeke Emezi (Atria)
  • Africa Risen: A New Era
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Publishing News

Aconyte Books has a new sales and distribution partnership with Simon & Schuster Australia, covering trade sales in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, effective December 15, 2022. Aconyte Books is the book publish­ing imprint of games publisher and distributor Asmodee.

Macmillan’s “security incident” in June 2022 led to a data breach, as reported in a filing with the office of the Texas Attorney General. The in­cident “resulted in consumer names, addresses, ...Read More

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Philip K. Dick Award 2023 Finalists

The 2023 Philip K. Dick Award finalists have been announced:

  • Arboreality, Rebecca Campbell (Stelliform)
  • Widowland, C.J. Carey (Sourcebooks Landmark)
  • Ymir, Rich Larson (Orbit US)
  • January Fifteenth, Rachel Swirsky (Tordotcom)
  • The Legacy of Molly Southbourne, Tade Thompson (Tordotcom)
  • The Extractionist, Kimberly Unger (Tachyon)

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the United States. The

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Psychopomp.com Launch

Sean Markey, publisher of The Deadlands magazine, has launched a new publishing company, Psychopomp.com. Markey says,

Psychopomp.com is an indie press.

We will start by publishing a couple of novellas per year, and eventually plan to move to publishing novels.

We are also the publisher of The Deadlands (which – nothing is changing, just: The Deadlands is an entity published by Psychopomp.com, instead of being its own independent thing.

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2023 The Story Prize Finalists

Bliss Montage by Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty (Tin House) are among the three finalists for The Story Prize, “honoring the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction.” Director Larry Dark and founder Julie Lindsey select finalists, and “three independent judges” select the winner. Both runners-up receive $5,000 and the winner receives $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl. The winner ...Read More

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2023 WSFA Small Press Award Open

The Washington Science Fiction Association is now accepting nominations of works “published for the first time in the English language” in 2022 for its Small Press Award, given annually to an outstanding story of “imaginative literature” (17,500 words or fewer) published in the small press. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2023.

Authors and small-press publishers are among those eligible to nominate, and need not be members of WSFA. ...Read More

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies Hugo Recusal

Editor Scott H. Andrews announced in an edi­torial that Beneath Ceaseless Skies (BCS) “re­cuses the magazine from further nominations or finalist appearances for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine.” He says:

There are many other indie zines, run by dedicated staff and publishing great and im­portant stories, whose work in our opinion deserves a Best Semiprozine finalist andthe boost in reach and support it can pro­vide. We want to see ...Read More

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