Wilmot Wins ECW Press Novel Contest

Andrew Wilmot’s Withered is the winner of ECW Press‘s Best New Speculative Novel Contest. The novel will be published by ECW in a deal negotiated by Kelvin Kong at K2 Literary.

The contest received over 170 entries, with the winner chosen by judges Jen R. Albert and Terese Mason Pierre.

For more information, see the announcement.

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2022 Wellman Award Shortlist

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • The Actual Star, Monica Byrne (Harper Voyager)
  • A Song with Teeth, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • Sounding Dark, Jo Graham (Candlemark & Gleam)
  • Blind Tiger, Jordan L. Hawk (Widdershins)
  • Bacchanal, Veronica Henry (47North)
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HarperCollins Union Threatens Strike

The HarperCollins Union has voted to go on strike if their concerns are not addressed:

Unionized employees of HarperCollins Publishers voted by 99% to authorize a strike if the publisher does not agree to a fair contract.

The union, Local 2110 of the UAW, represents 250+ employees in editorial, sales, publicity, design, legal, and marketing departments. The union is bargaining for higher pay, improved family leave benefits, a greater commitment ...Read More

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FantasyCon 2022 Cancelled

The British Fantasy Society (BFS) has announced the cancellation of this year’s FantasyCon, their annual conference, originally scheduled for September 16-18, 2022 in London:

On Thursday, Lee [Harris] informed the BFS Executive Committee that the con as he had planned it was not financially viable and therefore he would be cancelling the convention and refunding all ticket-holders.

Harris explained:

We’re currently around £24,000 away from break-even point, and while memberships
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2022 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis Winners

Winners of the 2022 Deutsche Science Fiction Preis, presented by Science Fiction Club Deutschland (SFCD), have been announced.

The winner of the Best German Language Short story is “Utopie27” by Aiki Mira (Am Anfang war das Bild). The winner of the Best German Language Novel is Stille zwischen den Sternen by Sven Haupt (Eridanus Verlag).

Winners were chosen by jury, and receive a €1,000 prize. Awards will be

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2022 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

Finalists for the ninth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:

  • “On Cultivating A Chosen One”, Christopher Baxter
  • “Shadow and Full Dark”, Chris Cornetto
  • “Generous Handful of Fresh Unja Berries”, Jessica Federle
  • “To Sleep, Perchance to Wake”, Jonathan Ficke
  • “All the Colors of Everything”, Alex Fox
  • “Colossi of Zakatla”, Gregory D. Mele
  • “Red Lanterns”, Marshall J. Moore
  • “The Carryman”, Jon R. Osborne
  • “Exchanged”, Brittany Rainsdon
  • “My Mother, Dragonslayer”, Edward
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2022 Literary Laddership for Emerging African Authors Fellows Announced

Olaposi Halim and Davina Kawuma have been announced as the 2022 Fellows for The Literary Laddership for Emerging African Authors. Started by Suyi Davies Okungbowa, the fellowship “aims to support, elevate and connect emerging fiction authors of Black and/or African descent, based primarily on the African continent and writing in English.”

The fellows were selected out of 76 applicants, and were judged anonymously. Fellows “will be offered a funded ($500 ...Read More

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Ward Wins 2022 Library of Congress Prize

Jesmyn Ward will be awarded the 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction “for a lifetime of outstanding work.” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said,

Jesmyn Ward’s literary vision continues to become more expansive and piercing, addressing urgent questions about racism and social injustice being voiced by Americans… Jesmyn’s writing is precise yet magical, and I am pleased to recognize her contributions to literature with this prize.

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WisCon 45 Report

WisCon 45 was held May 27-30, 2022, in person at the Concourse Hotel in Madi­son WI, as well as online. Sheree Renée Thomas and Rebecca Roanhorse were guests of honor; Roanhorse participated virtually. Zen Cho and Yoon Ha Lee, also originally scheduled as guests of honor, were unable to participate but were honored nonetheless. There were 763 memberships, with 216 virtual memberships and an estimated 407 in-person attendees. Programming offered ...Read More

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AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers Winners

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) announced the 2021 winners of their 50 Books | 50 Covers competition. The list features a number of titles and authors of genre interest, including After the Sun by Jonas Eika with cover design by Lauren Peters-Collaer (Riverhead), Shit Cassandra Saw by Gwen E. Kirby with cover design by Lydia Ortiz (Penguin), The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk with cover design by ...Read More

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2022 Eugie Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2022 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction were announced on Twitter:

  • “A Tableau of Things That Are”, Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed 6/21)
  • “A Flower Cannot Love the Hand”, Aimee Ogden (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/17/21)
  • “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather“, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/21)
  • “L’Esprit de L’Escalier“, Catherynne M. Valente (Tor.com 8/25/21)
  • “Colors of the Immortal Palette“, Caroline M. Yoachim (Uncanny 3-4/21)

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SFWA Revises Membership Requirements

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has revised their requirements for Full and Associate memberships.

The requirements set for Full and Associate members are as follows:

A candidate shall be eligible for Full Membership if:

  • Their catalog of paid work in science fiction, fantasy, or related genres equals or exceeds an industry standard set by the Board. ($1000 USD)
  • For co-authored works or team projects, the candidate’s share
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Conner Announced Apex Co Editor-in-Chief

Lesley Conner has announced her new role as co Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine, alongside Jason Sizemore.

Conner said,

Jason and I have worked closely together on every issue of Apex Magazine since he stepped back into the role of Editor-in-Chief in Jan 2015 and I became managing editor, but since the first “Lesley” issue in Nov 2021 my role at Apex has really grown.

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2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Winners

Winners for the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Cackle, Rachel Harrison (Berkley) 
  • The Queen of the Cicadas, V. Castro (Flame Tree)
  • Good Neighbors, Sarah Langan (Atria)
  • The Burning Girls, C.J. Tudor (Ballantine)
  • The Last House on Needless Street, Catriona Ward (Nightfire)

Best Young Adult

  • WINNER: Bad Witch Burning, Jessica Lewis (Delacorte) 
  • The Dead and the Dark,
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Macmillan Security Incident

Macmillan, including UK branch Pan Macmillan, suffered a “security incident, which involves the encryption of certain files on our network” on Saturday, June 25, 2022. In response and “out of an abundance of caution,” Macmillan closed physical and virtual offices, and stated in an email that “customers, employees, and other third-party partners may notice that certain systems are unavailable.” While their websites are still active, sales and delivery of goods ...Read More

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2022 Rhysling Award Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the annual Rhysling Awards for SF, fantasy, and horror poetry in the short form category. This year’s winners are:

SHORT POEM
  • First place: “Confessions of a Spaceport AI”, Mary Soon Lee (Uncanny 11/21)
  • Second place: “Gravity (some things that fly)”, Geoffrey A. Landis (Space & Time Magazine 3/21)
  • Third place: “The Butterfly Affect”, Linda D. Addison (
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Call for SLF Jurors

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) announced via Twitter a call for jurors to read applications for the Older Writers Grant as well as the Diverse Worlds and Diverse Writers grants.

SLF is a non-profit arts foundation, focused on the speculative literature community. “If interested, send a brief note to grants@speculativeliterature.org with the subject line: JUROR.”

For more information on the SLF and the grants in question, see their site.

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2022 Colorado Book Awards Winners

Winners for the 2022 Colorado Book Awards have been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest. Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge & Joshua Viola, eds. (Hex) is the winner of the Anthology category, and Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha (Erewhon) is the winner in the Young Adult Literature category. The Science Fiction/Fantasy category winner is The Reincarnationist ...Read More

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2022 Indie Book Awards Winners

The 2022 Indie Book Awards Winners have been announced. Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden (Canongate) won in the Fiction category, and When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds, with Akhran Girmay as illustrator (Atheneum; Faber), won in the Children’s Fiction category. There were several titles and authors of genre interest on the shortlist.

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Publishing News

Bloomsbury UK has an­nounced plans to hire 100 new employees ‘‘across all areas of the company’’ to lighten the work­load for existing staff. A survey of UK publish­ing recently reported ‘‘industry-wide burnout.’’ A spokesperson told The Bookseller, ‘‘These posi­tions are targeted where our business is growing, where we want to increase support for our authors and grow the global presence of our most important brands, and where we know there ...Read More

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2022 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners in each category of the 2022 Locus Awards on June 25, 2022, during the virtual Locus Awards Weekend. Connie Willis MCed the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events included readings and panels with leading authors.

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

  • WINNER: A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)
  • The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton; Harper Voyager
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2021 Analog AnLab Awards Winners

Results of the 2021 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards have been announced.

Best Novella

  • 1st place: “Invasive Species“, Catherine Wells (3-4/21)
  • 2nd place: “The Unlikely Heroines of Callisto Station“, Marie Vibbert (7-8/21)
  • 3rd place: “The Silence Before I Sleep“, Adam-Troy Castro (9-10/21)
  • 4th place: “Uploading Angela“, Lettie Prell (5-6/21)

Best Novelette

  • 1st place: “A Shot in the Dark“, Deborah Davitt (1-2/21)
  • 2nd place: “Sample Return“, C. Stuart Hardwick (7-8/21)
  • 3rd
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YA Book Prize 2022 Shortlist

The 2022 YA Book Prize shortlist features a number of titles of genre interest, including:

  • Skin of the Sea, Natasha Bowen (Penguin)
  • Afterlove, Tanya Byrne (Henry Holt)
  • The Upper World, Femi Fadugba (Penguin)
  • House of Hollow, Krystal Sutherland (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

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2022 Ignotus Finalists

The Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror (AEFCFT) has announced the finalists for the 2022 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards).

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • Piranesi [Piranesi], Susanna Clarke, translated into Spanish by Antonio Padilla Esteban (Salamandra) and into Catalan by Ferran Ràfols Gesa, (Amsterdam)
  • Reyes de la tierra salvaje [The Kings of the Wild], Nicholas Eames, translated by David Tejera (Expósito, Gamon)
  • Gideon la
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Promotions at Transworld

Sally Williamson has been promoted to editorial director at the Bantam imprint of UK publisher Transworld and will report to publisher Frankie Gray. Editorial director Francesca Best is returning from parental leave and will also report to Gray. Alice Rodgers is taking on the role of commissioning editor, transitioning from covering for parental leave, and will report to Williamson. Transworld Publishers is now known as Transworld, and Bantam Press is ...Read More

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Blackman Wins PEN Pinter Prize

Malorie Blackman won the 2022 PEN Pinter Prize, announced June 21, 2022 by English PEN.

The prize is awarded annually to a writer of outstanding literary merit resident in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize in Literature speech, casts an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze upon the world and shows a “fierce intellectual determination… to define the real truth ...Read More

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2022 Scribe Award Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the nominees for the 2022 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Nominees of genre interest follow.

Original Novel — Speculative

  • Rebels of Vanaheim, Richard Lee Byers (Aconyte)
  • To Chart the Clouds, Evan Harker (Aconyte)
  • Witches Unleashed, Carrie Harris (Aconyte)
  • Oblivion’s Gate, David Mack (Gallery)
  • Star Trek Picard: Rogue Elements, John Jackson Miller (Pocket/Star Trek)
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2022 Munsey Award Nominees

PulpFest has announced the nominees for the 2022 Munsey Award, given “to an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, with the winner selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners. The nominees are:

  • Airship 27 Productions
  • John Betancourt
  • Richard Bleiler
  • Gene Christie
  • Henry G. Franke III
  • Chris Kalb
  • Rick Lai
  • William Patrick Maynard
  • Gary Phillips
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Robertson Wins 2022 Walter Scott Prize

The 2022 Walter Scott Prize went to News of the Dead by James Robertson (Hamish Hamilton). The prize “celebrates outstanding historical novels published in the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth.” Titles and authors of genre interest on the shortlist also included The Magician by Colm Tóibín (Viking).

The author of the winning title receives £25,000. For more information about the prize, and the full list, see the official site.

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Random House Worlds

Penguin Random House has announced a new imprint, Random House Worlds, ‘‘dedicated entirely to licensed book publishing.’’ The imprint will be home to media-related books from ‘‘Star Wars, Minecraft, Stranger Things, Garfield, Magic: The Gathering, Lore Olympus, Critical Role, and others.’’ Vice-president and Del Rey deputy publisher Keith Clayton will serve as publishing director. All licensed brands published by Del Rey and other imprints ‘‘under the Random House division will ...Read More

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Amazon’s Best of the Year (So Far)

Amazon.com has announced “The Amazon Editors’ Best Books of 2022 So Far,” with an overall Top 20 and numerous category lists.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf) and The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi (Tor) both made the Top 20.

Sea of Tranquility is their “pick for the best science fiction and fantasy book of the year so far.” The rest of the SF/Fantasy list is: ...Read More

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2022 REH Foundation Awards Winners

The Robert E. Howard (REH) Foundation has announced the winners of the 2022 Robert E. Howard Awards.

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

  • WINNER: Renegades and Rogues, Todd Vick (University of Texas)
  • Exploring the Worlds of Robert E. Howard #3, Fred Blosser (Black Stone)
  • Robert E. Howard and Weird Tales, Dennis McHaney (Dennis McHaney)
  • Barbarian Life: Volume Three: A Literary Biography of Conan the Barbaria,
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