Jan Stirling (1950-2021)

Writer Jan Stirling, 71, died May 8, 2021. She was best known for her Terion & Feric stories.

Janet Cathryn Moore was born April 6, 1950 in Milford MA. Her debut story “Were-Wench” appeared in 1995 in Chicks in Chainmail. She published five other stories on her own, plus another half-dozen in collaboration with her husband, SF writer S.M. Stirling (married 1988). Stirling, who lived in New Mexico, was ...Read More

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2021 Guggenheim Fellowships

Author Alexander Chee and translator Edward Gauvin are among the 2021 Guggenheim Fellows, announced by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellowships were awarded to 184 recipients across 49 fields of study “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

The Foundation was started in 1925 and has awarded grants totaling nearly $400 million. Fellowships are through two annual competitions: one for citizens and permanent residents of the US ...Read More

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Gollancz and Orion Win British Book Awards

Orion was named Publisher of the Year and Orion’s genre imprint Gollancz was declared Imprint of the Year at the 2021 British Book Awards. The Bookseller announced the winners on May 13, 2021 during a virtual event. Several titles of genre interest were also included in the shortlist.

Known as the “Nibbies,” the British Book Awards “honours and celebrates the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops” with nominees in

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Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices

Analog has announced the launch of the Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices, open to “any writer over 18 years of age who customarily identifies as Black, has not published nor is under contract for a book, and has three or less paid fiction publications.”

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2020 and 2021 REH Foundation Awards Nominees

The Robert E. Howard Foundation announced the final ballot for its 2020 and 2021 REH Foundation Awards.

2020 Nominees

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • Silken Swords: An Informal Guide to the Women in the Fiction of Robert E. Howard, Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero)
  • Weird Talers: Essays on Robert E. Howard and Others, Bobby Derie (Hippocampus)
  • History in Robert E. Howards Fantastic Stories: From an Age Undreamed
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2021 Nommo Awards Longlists

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the longlists for the 2021 Nommo Awards, given to works “by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.” All works are speculative fiction, published between January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020. Works on the the longlists were nominated by members of the ASFS. Shortlists will be announced at the end of May 2021.

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Deep Magic Closing

Deep Magic, “the e-zine of clean fantasy and science fiction,” announced that it will cease publication following the release of a “best of” anthology this month, their Summer 2021 issue in June, and a collection of remaining issues in August. Founder Jeff Wheeler and managing editor Brendon Taylor cited financial shortfalls and time obligations as causes for the closure.

For more information, see the Deep Magic Facebook page.

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Books Like Us First Novel Contest

Simon & Schuster has launched the Books Like Us First Novel Contest, “to facilitate accessibility to underrepresented writers and celebrate the diversity of readers across the United States.” Entries will be accepted June 1-14, 2021. Semi-finalists will be notified September 7, finalists on November 2, and the grand prize winner on December 14, 2021. The winner will be offered a $50,000 book deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books. ...Read More

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Clarion West Receives NEA Grant

The Clarion West Writers Workshop has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), as part of a round of funding totaling more than $88 million for projects across the country. Of that amount, $1,490,700 was granted to literary arts projects.

For more information, see the NEA website.

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2021 Premios Kelvin Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2021 Premios Kelvin 505 Awards, presented by the Celsius 232 festival and honoring the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror novels published in Spain.

Mejor Novela Original (Best Original Novel)

  • Subsolar, Emilio Bueso (Gigamesh)
  • Los dioses muertos, José Antonio Fideu (El Transbordador)
  • Newropía, Sofía Rhei (Minotauro)
  • Malasangre, Michelle Roche (Anagrama)

Mejor Novela Juvenil (Best YA Novel)

  • La conjura de Aramat
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Sapiens Plurum 2021 Short Fiction Contest

The Sapiens Plurum 2021 Short Fiction Contest is open to submissions on the theme of “Healthy Together: Innovations for One Health” through May 31, 2021. Authors must be 18 or older, and entries must be 1,500-3,000 words. First prize is $1,000, second prize $500, and third prize $300.

For more information, including complete rules and how to enter, see the Sapiens Plurum website.

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2021 Aurora Awards Ballot

The 2021 Aurora Awards ballot 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

  • A Stitch in Time, Kelley Armstrong (KLA Fricke)
  • A Connecticut Gumshoe in King Arthur’s Court, Randy McCharles (Tyche)
  • Beneath the Rising, Premee Mohamed
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2021 Imadjinn Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Imadjinn Awards have been announced, including several categories of genre interest:

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • The Second Star, Alma Alexander (Crossroad)
  • Storm Shattered, Patrick Dugan (Falstaff)
  • High Mountain Hunters, William Alan Webb (Seventh Seal)
  • Hope’s Game, Mick Williams (Hydra)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Curling Vines & Crimson Trades, Kellie Doherty (Desert Palm)
  • The Watchers of Moniah, Barbara V. Evers (New Mythology)
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Buhlert Wins Space Cowboy Award

Cora Buhlert received the second annual Space Cowboy Award, given for “support and excellence in the field of Science Fiction.” The award is administered by science fiction bookstore Space Cowboy Books, based in Joshua Tree CA. 2020’s recipients were Gideon and Janice Marcus of Galactic Journey.

For more information, see Buhlert’s announcement.

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Evans Selected for Gulf South Writer in the Woods

Desiree S. Evans has been awarded the position of Gulf South Writer in the Woods. The program is designed for writers of speculative fiction and “supports the creative work, scholarship and community engagement of writers examining the Gulf South region.” Evans will receive a stipend of $5,000 plus a 6-week residency at A Studio in the Woods, which includes access to Tulane University library.

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Norwescon 43 Report

Norwescon 43 was held April 1-4, 2021 as an online event; the theme was “The Longest Night”. Guests of honor, held over from 2020, were Jacqueline Carey (writer), Sana Takeda (artist), and Susan Langley (science). Tor was the spotlight publisher, represented by Claire Eddy. There were 1,469 registrations and over 1,000 attendees. The weekend included over 250 hours of programming with hundreds of panels, 40 readings, 69 gaming slots, ten ...Read More

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2021 James Tait Black Prize Shortlists

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Oneworld) and A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet (Norton) are on the four-title shortlist for the 2021 James Tait Black Prize in the fiction category. The £10,000 award is presented by the University of Edinburgh for books published during the previous year. Winners will be announced during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, to be held August 14-30, 2021 at the Edinburgh College of ...Read More

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2021 Anthony Awards Nominees

Bouchercon has announced nominees for the 2021 Anthony Awards, honoring the best in crime fiction. Authors and works of genre interest include:

Best Hardcover Novel

  • What You Don’t See, Tracy Clark (Kensington)
  • Blacktop Wasteland, S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
  • The First to Lie, Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Best Short Story

  • “Dear Emily Etiquette”, Barb Goffman (Ellery Queen 9-10/20)
  • “90 Miles”, Alex Segura (Both Sides: Stories From the Border
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2021 Encore Award Shortlist

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) and The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (One World) are on the five-title shortlist for the 2021 Encore Award, given by the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) to the best second novel of the year. The judges for 2021 are Sian Cain, Nikita Lalwani, and Paul Muldoon. The winner of the £10,000 will be announced May 20, 2021. Each of the four other finalists ...Read More

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Barnes Wins Jerusalem Prize

Julian Barnes has won the 2021 Jerusalem Prize, given “to a writer whose work best expresses and promotes the idea of ‘freedom of the individual in society.'” The $10,000 prize was announced May 3, 2021 during the online Jerusalem International Book Forum. Judges for 2021 were Nurit Gertz (chair), Alit Karp, and Dror Mish’ani.

For more information, see the Jerusalem Prize website.

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Inaugural Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards Winners

Winners of the inaugural Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards have been announced. Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston (Balzer + Bray) won the Young Readers category. Other finalists of genre interest include:

  • Wink, Rob Harrell (Dial)
  • Twins, Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright (Graphix)
  • Everything Sad Is Untrue, Daniel Nayeri (Levine Querido)
  • The List of Things That Will Not Change, Rebecca
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Femia Wins 2021 Neukom Award for Playwriting

“Meet You at the Galaxy Diner” by Gina Femia has won the 2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting, given by the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College. “Some of Us Exist in the Future” by Nkenna Akunna was the runner-up. Other finalists were:

  • “Roll Play”, Julia Blauvelt
  • “NOISE: A Teenage Panic Attack on National Themes”, Ezra Brain & J. Andrew Norris
  • “Omen Road to Starrville”, Erik
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2021 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts Report

The 41st International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 42) took place virtually March 17-20, 2021, with a theme of “Climate Change and the Anthropocene”. Academics, writers, publishers, editors, artists, students, independent scholars, and more participated, with a record 555 people registered (compared to 2019 with 480 attending), and about 340 either presenting a paper or appearing on a panel (up from 285 in 2019). Jeff VanderMeer was ...Read More

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2021 Tomorrow Prize Finalists and Green Feather Award Winner

The Omega Sci-Fi Awards has announced the finalists for its Tomorrow Prize short story competition:

  • “EP-1M Contamination”, Britney Cruz
  • “Äerd”, Tessa Kennedy
  • “Star Sailor”, Gwendolyn Lopez
  • “Returning Home”, Sofia Orduno
  • “The Plague”, Flora White

Honorable mentions were given to the following stories:

  • “Cold Ashes”, Ethan Kim
  • “The Gorm”, Jakob Wedel

Results of the 2021 Green Feather Award competition were also announced. “Corn” by Sienna Koizumi was declared the winner, with

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2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Longlist

Several authors of genre interest are on the 15-title longlist for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award:

  • “The July War”, Rabih Alameddine
  • “Oil of Emu”, Louise Erdrich
  • “A Prolonged Kiss”, Jonathan Gibbs
  • “A Challenge You Have Overcome”, Allegra Goodman
  • “Kirpal”, Rachel Heng
  • “The Irish Wedding”, Elizabeth McCracken

The £30,000 award is given to a single story “of 6,000 words or less” published in the UK or Ireland. Judges for

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IAFA Call for Proposals

The International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) is open to proposals “for pre-formed panels, paper sessions, roundtables, and workshops” on the theme of “Trans/Inter/Cross: The Fantastic Between Genres, Media, and Cultures”. Proposals can be submitted through the online portal here. Submissions close June 1, 2021. The symposium will be held October 1-3, 2021 at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside in Orlando FL.

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Nix Wins 2021 ABIA Award

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin) won the 2021 Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) in the Book of the Year for Older Children category. Other finalists of genre interest included:

  • Future Girl, Asphyxia (Allen & Unwin)
  • Aurora Burning, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Jane Doe and the Key of All Souls, Jeremy Lachlan (Hardie Grant)

Winners were announced in

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2021 Oregon Book Award Winners

Winners of the 2021 Oregon Book Awards were announced by Literary Arts on May 2, 2021. Molly Gloss received the C.E.S. Wood Distinguished Writer Award. A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese (Henry Holt) won the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature. Judges for the Children’s Literature category were Nikki McClure, Eliot Schrefer, and Wendy Wahman.

For more information, see the Literary Arts website.

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2021 Minnesota Book Awards Winners

Winners of the 2021 Minnesota Book Awards, given by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, were announced in a virtual ceremony. Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) won the Novel and Short Story category, What If a Fish by Anika Fajardo (Simon & Schuster) won the Middle Grade Literature category, and Big Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom, illustrated ...Read More

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Publishing News, May 2021

Disney Publishing is launch­ing new adult imprint Hyperion Avenue, headed by Jennifer Levesque, with its first books launching in Summer 2021, and a full slate expected by Fall 2022. They anticipate releasing 50 to 60 titles per year within five years, and hope to acquire titles that can be adapted for Disney’s various media arms, including streaming service Disney+. The Walt Disney Co. previously sold most of its adult publishing ...Read More

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2021 Locus Awards Top Ten Finalists


The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2021 Locus Awards. These results are from the February 1 to April 15 voting, done by readers on an open public ballot. Congratulations to all!

The Locus Awards winners will be announced June 26, 2021, during the virtual Locus Awards Weekend. Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author ...Read More

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SFWA Launches #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has created the #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force to help identify authors who may be owed royalties from Disney and its subsidiaries. The task force includes Authors Guild, Horror Writers Association, National Writers Union, Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, as well as authors Neil Gaiman, Tess Gerritsen, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Chuck Wendig.

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