Apex Holiday Horrors Flash Fiction Winner

The winner and runners-up of Apex magazine’s Holiday Horrors flash fiction contest have been announced:

  • WINNER: “All I Want for Christmas”, Charles Payseur
  • Runner-up: “Blood and Peppermint”, Clint Collins
  • Runner-up: “Missa do Galo”, Inês Montenegro

Payseur’s story will be published in Apex #121 on January 5, 2021. The runners-up each receive $10 and will be published on Apex‘s blog and Patreon page. The winner and runners-up were chosen by guest

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The New York Times Best Books of 2020

The editors of The New York Times Book Review have selected 100 Notable Books of 2020, including the following titles of genre interest:

  • The Death of Jesus, J.M. Coetzee (Viking)
  • The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead)
  • Red Pill, Hari Kunzru (Knopf)
  • A Children’s Bible, Lydia Millet (Norton)
  • Tokyo Ueno Station, Yu Miri, translated by Morgan Giles (Riverhead)
  • Earthlings, Sayaka Murata, translated by
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Amazon’s Best Books of 2020

Amazon.com published its yearly array of lists to promote the best books of 2020, with editors’ selections in various cat­egories.

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey), Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore (Flatiron), and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Tor) are included in the overall Top 20 list. Editors’ picks for science fiction and fantasy are:

  • Devolution:
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Video Game Hugo Category Announced

DisCon III, the 79th Worldcon, will include a “Best Video Game” category in the 2021 Hugo Awards. DisCon III co-chair Colette Fozard said,

Since early 2020, many of us have spent more time gaming than we ever expected. This award will offer fans an opportunity to celebrate the games that have been meaningful, joyful, and exceptional over this past year. Video games draw from the same deeply creative well that ...Read More

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Deaver and Harris Named MWA Grand Masters

Jeffery Deaver and Charlaine Harris have been named the 2021 Mystery Writers of America (MWA) Grand Masters. MWA president Meg Gardiner said,

Over the course of decades, Deaver and Harris have gripped tens of millions of readers while broadening the reach of the genre with transformative books—notably, Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series, and Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels—and while generously encouraging and supporting fellow writers and the reading public. We’re delighted to ...Read More

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SFWA and Alan Dean Foster Press Conference

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and author Alan Dean Foster held a press conference November 18, 2020, claiming that Disney has been withholding payment for Foster’s work on Star Wars and Alien novelizations. According to their press release,

Foster was originally contracted to write the Alien novelizations by Titan Books, and the Star Wars novelizations by Lucasfilm. Both companies regularly paid his royalties. When The Walt ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, November 2020


PETER SWIRSKI is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


Author TOMI ADEYEMI was named one of the 100 most influen­tial people of 2020 by Time in the “Pioneers” category. For the full list: <time.com/collection/100-most-influential-people-2020/>.

CHARLOTTE HONIGMAN‘s “The Partisan and the Witch” (Skull and Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga) won the 2020 Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Short Fiction. The ...Read More

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2020 National Book Awards Winners

Winners of the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Young People’s Literature, and Translated Literature categories were announced November 18, 2020 in a virtual ceremony.

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon) won the Fiction category. King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (Scholastic) won the Young People’s Literature category. Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri, translated by Morgan Giles (Riverhead), won the Translated Literature category.

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SFWA Releases Bud Webster Legacy Kit

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) released the Bud Webster Legacy Kit, a resource list to help writers protect their literary estates.

The Legacy Kit was created in honor of Bud Webster, a driving force behind the SFWA Estates Program. It includes a checklist of important documents, sample book inventories and tables, and a layman’s glossary of important terms in addition to explanatory articles on the relevant ...Read More

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2020 Ignotus Winners

Winners of the 2020 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, were announced during the online Hispacón.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: La brigada de luz [The Light Brigade], Kameron Hurley, translated by Natalia Cervera (Alianza)
  • Ararat, Christopher Golden, translated by Efraim Suárez (Grupo Tierra Trivium)
  • El cielo de piedra [The Stone Sky], N.K. Jemisin, translated by David
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2020 Endeavour Award Winners

What the Wind Brings by Matthew Hughes (Pulp Literature) and The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan (Redhook) have jointly won the 2020 Endeavour Award, announced November 13, 2020 during the online OryCon 42. Other finalists were:

  • Merlin Redux, Dave Duncan (Night Shade)
  • Shadow Stitcher, Misha Handman (EDGE)
  • Middlegame, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)

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Publishing News

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt fired 525 employees on the first of October, fol­lowed by more than 150 employees who took early retirement in September. In all, their workforce has dropped by over 20%, from about 3,3000 to 2,600. They have implemented other cost-cutting measures, most related to the increased popularity of ebooks and a new “digital first” approach.

Harper Children’s has announced changes at their Harper imprint. Director of publishing VP ...Read More

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Goldsmiths Fantasy Prize “Winners”

Goldsmiths University of London announced “‘winners’ to date” of the hypothetical Goldsmiths Fantasy Prize, for “a novel by any British or Irish writer published since 1759.” The “Fantasy” in the prize title refers to the counterfactual nature of the award, not to genre; nonetheless, several titles of genre interest were selected as “winners”:

  • The Atrocity Exhibition, J.G. Ballard (4th Estate; originally Jonathan Cape 1970)
  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony
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Chiang Receives Unleash Imagination Award

Ted Chiang was honored with the Imagination in Service to Society Award, presented November 12, 2020 by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation during their 2020 Unleash Imagination online event. The award was given “for his thoughtful and thought-provoking science fiction, leading us to examine in fresh ways our own beliefs.”

For more information, including Chiang’s video conversation, see the Clarke Foundation website.

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ISFiC Writers Contest Deadline Extension

The 2020 Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago (ISFiC) short fiction contest for unpublished writers of science fiction and fantasy has extended its deadline for submissions to November 27, 2020. First prize includes $300, publication in the Windycon 47 program book and on the ISFiC website, and membership and accommodations for Windycon 47, to be held at the Westin in Lombard, Illinois on November 12-14, 2021, COVID-permitting, featuring all of the ...Read More

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Harrison Wins Goldsmiths Prize

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison (Gollancz) won the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize, given for a book by a British or Irish author “that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best.” This year’s judges were Will Eaves, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chris Power, and Frances Wilson (chair).

For more information, see the Goldsmiths website.


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Time Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2020

Time magazine has released a list of 100 Must-Read Books of 2020, including many of genre interest:

  • Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
  • Followers, Megan Angelo (Graydon House)
  • We Ride Upon Sticks, Quan Barry (Pantheon)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • Agency, William Gibson (Berkley)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)
  • The Glass Hotel,
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PEN America/L’Engle Rahman Prize for Mentorship

Honorees of the 2020 PEN America/L’Engle Rahman Prize for Mentorship have been announced: Benjamin Frandsen & Noelia Cerna, Elizabeth Hawes & Jeffrey James Keyes, Derek Trumbo & Agustín Lopez, and Seth Wittner & Katrinka (Kei) Moore.

Named for the late acclaimed author Madeleine L’Engle and her 10-year written friendship with scholar, writer and former Black Party leader Ahmad Rahman, the PEN America/L’Engle Rahman Prize for Mentorship honors four mentor/mentee pairs ...Read More

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2020 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster) is the winner of the 2020 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in the Fiction category. The prize “is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace,” and includes $10,000 for the winners of each category and $5,000 for runners-up. Fiction judges for 2020 were Hua Hsu and Brando Skyhorse.

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2020 BAMB Readers Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Books Are My Bag (BAMB) Readers Awards have been announced. The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury) won the Fiction category, Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury) won the Young Adult Fiction category, and Greek Myths by Jean Menzies, illustrated by Katie Ponder (DK) won the Breakthrough Author category.

There are also winners in the Children’s Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry categories. The ...Read More

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2021 Aspen Words Longlist

The 15-title longlist for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize has been announced, including titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
  • The New Wilderness, Diane Cook (HarperCollins)
  • The Death of Vivek, Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead)
  • The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • If I Had Two Wings, Randall Kenan (Norton)
  • A Children’s Bible, Lydia Millet (Norton)
  • A Girl is a
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EstCon 2020 Report

Estcon 2020 was special in a number of ways. The timing of COVID-19 in Esto­nia was close to perfect, as the pandemic retreated from the first wave and politely held off on a second wave long enough for allow for the gathering. The farm site meant that it was easy to put extra measures in place, for example encouraging attendees to bring their own tents, which meant that beds could ...Read More

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Working Class Writers Grant Opens

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) is accepting applications for its $1,000 Working Class Writers Grant, “awarded annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers.” Applications are open until December 31, 2020. The winner will be announced February 15, 2021.

For more information, see the SLF website.

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Senators Against Cixin Liu

Following the announcement of a Netflix series based on Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem, five Republican senators sent a letter objecting to the plans. The senators (Martha McSally of Arizona, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Rick Scott of Florida, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina), are troubled by comments Liu made in a New Yorker interview in 2019 that seemed to defend Chinese treatment of ...Read More

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Women’s Prize Controversy

UK Literary award the Women’s Prize released a statement clarifying eligibility. They say “in our terms and conditions, the word ‘woman’ equates to a cis woman, a transgender woman, or anyone who is legally defined as a woman of the female sex.” Chair of trustees Jo Prior said,

Over the past quarter of a century the Prize has publicly championed and amplified a diverse breadth of women’s voices, and holds ...Read More

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StokerCon 2021 Guests of Honor

Maurice Broaddus, Joe R. Lansdale, Seanan McGuire, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Lisa Morton, and Steve Rasnic Tem have been announced as the StokerCon 2021 Guests of Honor. The event is scheduled May 20-23, 2021 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver CO, and will include the Bram Stoker Awards banquet.

For more information, see the official website.

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HMH for Sale

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced it will explore selling its publishing company, HMH Books & Media.

The potential sale would reduce debt and build on the Company’s October 1 restructuring to align its cost structure to its digital-first, connected strategy, and create a pure-play learning technology company. The Company has engaged Centerview Partners to explore the potential sale of HMH Books & Media.

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Reynolds to Host National Book Awards

Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of Long Way Down (Atheneum), will host the 71st National Book Awards virtual ceremony on November 18, 2020. Winners will be announced in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature categories. Each category winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. This year’s award ceremony is open to the public. For more information, and to RSVP for the ...Read More

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Lemberg Receives Le Guin Fellowship

Author R.B. Lemberg has been chosen as the 2020 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow.

The $2,000 fellowship, sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), is awarded “to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction.”

SCUA houses the papers of Suzette Haden Elgin, Kate Elliot, Sally Miller Gearhart, Molly Gloss, Damon Knight, Ursula K. Le Guin, Laurie Marks, Joanna Russ, ...Read More

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ICon 2020 Online Report

The theme for ICon is usually announced around April, and that’s when the work on the festival kicks into high gear. For a while we held on to the hope that ICon could be held in the usual manner, in person. Around July, it became clear this wouldn’t happen, and the team running it faced a difficult choice. Aptly, “choices” was the theme of the festival this year. What they ...Read More

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Sheree Renée Thomas Named New F&SF Editor

Sheree Renée Thomas will be the new editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction starting with the March/April 2021 issue, replacing current editor C.C. Finlay, who is stepping down to devote more time to his writing. Gordon Van Gelder remains as publisher. Thomas will be the tenth editor in F&SF‘s history, which is currently in its 71st year of publication.

To prepare for the transition, F&SF closed to ...Read More

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Debra Doyle (1952-2020)

SF writer Debra Doyle, 67, died October 31 of a sudden cardiac event at home in Colebrook NH. She was best known for work written in collaboration with her husband, James D. Macdonald, including Mythopoeic Award winner Knight’s Wyrd (1992) and the Mageworlds space opera series.

Doyle was born November 30, 1952 in Florida, and grew up mostly in Texas. She married Macdonald in 1978. She was a frequent instructor ...Read More

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