2021 Working Class Writers Grant Open

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 September 30, 2021. The winner will be announced November 15, 2021.

For more information, see the SLF website.

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2021 National Books Awards Fiction Longlist

The National Book Awards Fiction 10-title longlist has been announced, including works of genre interest:

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster)
  • Bewilderment, Richard Powers (Norton)

There were 415 books submitted for the 2021 Fiction category. The judges are Alan Michael Parker, Emily Pullen, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Luis Alberto Urrea (chair), and Charles Yu.

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2021 NBA Translated Literature Longlist

The National Book Awards Translated Literature 10-title longlist has been announced, including works of genre interest:

  • Waiting for the Waters to Rise, Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox (World Editions)
  • On the Origin of Species and Other Stories, Bo-Young Kim, translated by Joungmin Lee Comfort & Sora Kim-Russell (Kaya)
  • When We Cease to Understand the World, Benjamín Labatut, translated by Adrian Nathan West (Pushkin)
  • Rabbit Island,
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Headley Wins Translation Award

Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley (FSG) is the winner of the $1,000 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, which recognizes “a published translation of poetry from any language into English that shows literary excellence.” The 2021 judge was Indran Amirthanayagam.

For more information, see the official website.

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Imagine 2200 Short Story Winners

Fix, Grist‘s “solutions lab,” has announced three winners for their Imagine 2200 Short Story Contest. The contest aimed “to envision a clean, just future… [and] create stories of life in that future.” The theme was “Climate fiction for future ancestors.” Winners are:

  • First Place: “Afterglow”, Lindsey Brodeck
  • Second Place: “The Cloud Weaver’s Song”, Saul Tanpepper
  • Third Place: “Tidings”, Rich Larson

Other finalists were:

  • “When It’s Time to Harvest”, Renan Bernardo
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New Afrofuturism Exhibit at Hatfield House

Hatfield House in Philadelphia PA has announced a new exhibit by Afrofuturist group Black Quantum Futurism. The exhibit “Ancestors returning again / this time only to themselves” was created by Rasheeda Phillips and Camae Ayewa, with nods to artists who influenced Afrofuturism, including Octavia E. Butler and Sun Ra. It includes the debut of video and sound installation Write No History:

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Jemisin On Time‘s 100 Most Influential List

Time has named author N.K. Jemisin as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 in the “Artists” category. Jemisin is the award-winning author of The City We Became, the Broken Earth trilogy, the Inheritance Trilogy, and more.

For the full list and more details, see the Time article.

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2021 HWA Scholarship and Grant Recipients

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2021 scholarships and diversity grants.

Eugen M. Bacon, Jonathan Kincade, Tonya Liburd, Somto Ihezue Onyedikachi, and Juan Manuel Pérez are winners of the $500 Diversity Grants, given to “underrepresented, diverse people who have an interest in the horror writing genre, including, but not limited to writers, editors, reviewers, and library workers.”

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2021 NBA Young People’s Literature Longlist

The National Book Awards Young People’s Literature 10-title longlist has been announced, including titles of genre interest:

  • A Snake Falls to Earth, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • Home Is Not a County, Safia Elhillo (Make Me A World)
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club, Malinda Lo (Dutton BFYR)
  • Too Bright to See, Kyle Lukoff (Dial)
  • The Mirror Season, Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)

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2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Grant Recipients

The Ladies of Horror Fiction (LOHF) have announced the winners of their annual Writers Grant:

  • T. L. Bodine
  • Ariell Cacciola
  • Chelsea Davis
  • Jules Gachs (writes as J.V. Gachs)
  • Marissa James
  • Naching T. Kassa
  • Nicole Givens Kurtz
  • Catherine Lundoff
  • Caitlin Marceau
  • Antonija Mežnarić
  • Eva Roslin
  • Sumiko Saulson
  • Christina Sng
  • Katalina Watt
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich

Each will receive $100. The grants are “inclusive to all women who have reasonably demonstrated a commitment

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Inaugural Feminist Futures Award

The Omega Sci-Fi Awards have announced the creation of the Feminist Futures Award. The Feminist Futures Award will be co-presented by Artemis Journal, and “will be awarded to a distinct winner for an outstanding feminist sci-fi story.”

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2021 Booker Prize Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced, and includes Bewilderment by Richard Powers (Norton).

The £50,000 prize is “open to works by writers of any nationality, written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.” This year’s judges are Horatia Harrod, Maya Jasanoff (chair), Natascha McElhone, Chigozie Obioma, Rowan Williams.

Shortlisted authors receive £2,500 and a “specially bound edition of their book.” Winners will be

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Polari Prize 2021 Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2021 Polari Prizes have been announced, and the Polari Book Prize includes the following titles of genre interest:

  • Dragman, Steven Appleby (Metropolitan)
  • What Girls Do in the Dark, Rosie Garland (Nine Arches)

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StokerCon 2022 Guests of Honor

Ernest R. Dickerson, Gemma Files, Brian Keene, John Edward Lawson, and Sheree Renée Thomas have been announced as the StokerCon 2022 Guests of Honor.

The event will be held May 12-15, 2022 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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Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award Opens

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has opened submissions for the 12th Annual Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award for “emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination” until November 1, 2021.

Applicants must send a “200-word statement with background & goals in writing SF” and a “4,000-word maximum writing sample addressing Indigenous perspectives” to Professor Grace L. Dillon at dillong@pdx.edu. For ...Read More

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Publisher Reopenings Slow

The spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 has slowed the momentum among publishers to return to working in the office. Hachette Book Group has postponed its plans to reopen in September, with CEO Michael Pietsch explaining, “We have not set a new reopening schedule at this time. When we decide it is safe to proceed with reopening, we will provide a minimum of four weeks’ notice before we proceed.” ...Read More

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#DisneyMustPay Task Force Expands

The #DisneyMustPay Task Force, created by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and dedicated to making media giant Disney honor its author contracts, has expanded its focus. The task force is now ‘‘reaching out to all comic book and graphic novel creators who may be missing royalty statements and payments from Disney and its companies.’’ Mary Robinette Kowal, chair of the task force, says, ‘‘Writers, artists, illustrators, ...Read More

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Genevieve DiModica (1948-2021)

Longtime fan Genevieve DiModica, 73, known to friends as Gene or Genie, died of natural causes over the weekend of August 28, 2021 at her summer home in Beach Haven NJ. Genie was born in Middletown CT on January 7, 1948. She attended Carnegie Mellon University (then Carnegie Tech) in Pittsburgh PA, where she first became a part of the science fiction community.

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Yamashita Awarded National Book Foundation Medal

Karen Tei Yamashita will receive the National Book Foundation‘s 2021 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, to be presented during the annual National Book Award ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on November 17. David Steinberger, chair of the NBF Board of Directors, said,

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2021 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the 2021 Dwarf Stars Award winners.

  • First Place: “Yes, Antimatter is Real”, Holly Lyn Walrath (Analog 9-10/20)
  • Second Place: “The Softness of Impossible Fossils”, Robert Borski (Asimov’s 7-8/20)
  • Third Place: “Frozen Hurricanes”, Herb Kauderer (Minimalism: A Handbook of Minimalist Genre Poetic Forms)

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Clarke Wins 2021 Women’s Prize

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) is the winner of the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction, chosen from a shortlist of six titles.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” The winner receives £30,000 and a bronze “Bessie” trophy. The 2021 judges were Elizabeth Day, Bernardine Evaristo (chair), Vick Hope, Nesrine Malik, and Sarah-Jane Mee.

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2021 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis Winners

Winners for the 2021 Deutsche Science Fiction Preis, presented by Science Fiction Club Deutschland (SFCD), have been announced.

Best German Language Short Story

  • WINNER: “Wagners Stimme”, Carsten Schmitt (Wie künstlich ist Intelligenz?)
  • “Stromsperre”, Stephan Becher (Rebellion in Sirius City)
  • “Die letzte Jungfrau”, T. Elling (Nova 29)
  • “Angereichert”, Karsten Kruschel (Spektrum der Wissenschaft)
  • “Die Sapiens-Integrale”, Michael Marrak (Wie künstlich ist Intelligenz?)

Best German

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2021 Mike Resnick Memorial Award Winner

The winner of the inaugural Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction has been announced:

  • WINNER: “The Measure of a Mother’s Love”, Z.T. Bright
  • 2nd Place: “Hive at the Dead Star”, Lucas Carroll-Garrett
  • 3rd Place: “Echoes of Gelise”, Christopher Henckel

Other finalists were:

  • “Feel”, Torion Oey
  • “Times, Needles, and Gravity”, Shirley Song

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2021 Dragon Awards Winners

Dragon Con has announced the winners for the 2021 Dragon Awards.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)
  • Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga)
  • Ready Player Two, Ernest Cline (Ballantine)
  • Attack Surface, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • The Ministry of the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

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2021 Eugie Award Winner

The winner of the 2021 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction has been announced:

  • WINNER: “The Genetic Alchemist’s Daughter“, Elaine Cuyegkeng (Black Cranes)
  • “The Bone-Stag Walks“, KT Bryski (Lightspeed 8/20)
  • “The Sycamore and the Sybil“, Alix E. Harrow (Uncanny 3-4/20)
  • “City of Red Midnight: A Hikayat“, Usman T. Malik (Tor.com 10/21/20)
  • “Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law“, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com 11/11/20)

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2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winner

The winner for the eighth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award has been announced:

  • WINNER: “Echoes of Meridian”, M. Elizabeth Ticknor
  • 2nd place: “Absinthe & the Alchemist”, Stephanie Kraner
  • 3rd place: “The Codes of Binding”, C. Jonah Abbott
  • “Shadows of the Children”, Jacob Barlow
  • “The First”, Dale Cozort
  • “Soulshifters”, Charles Dib
  • “The Teardrop Harvest”, J.D. Lars
  • “Reverse the Clock”, Ari Officer
  • “Blood and Ashes”, Grant Riddell
  • “War Painting”, Elise Stephens

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Ekpeki Wins 2020 Otherwise Award

“Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon” by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Dominion) won the 2020 Otherwise Award (formerly the James Tiptree, Jr. Award), given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Ekpeki will receive $1,000, original artwork, and chocolate.

The award jury released an “honor list” recognizing other noteworthy works:

  • City of a Thousand Feelings, Anya Johanna DeNiro (Aqueduct)
  • “Helicopter Story”, Isabel
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2020 This Is Horror Awards Winners

Winners for the This Is Horror Awards 2020 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • WINNER: The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)
  • Runner-up: Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix (Quirk)
  • The Invention of Sound, Chuck Palahniuk (Grand Central)
  • The Sun Down Motel, Simone St. James (Berkley)

Novella of the Year

  • WINNER: Crossroads,
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Readercon 31

Readercon 31 was held online August 13-15, 2021. Guests of honor were Jeffrey Ford and Ursula Vernon; Vonda N. McIntyre was the memorial guest of honor. Of 556 individuals registered, 528 people attended. Merryl Gross, head of registration, reported that while most members were from the US and Canada, ‘‘This year saw a larger contingent from Great Britain, the European Union, Mexico and South Africa.’’ The focus of Readercon is ...Read More

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Carol Carr (1938-2021)

Author Carol Carr, 82, died September 1, 2021 of lung cancer. Carr was the author of several short stories, widow of author and editor Terry Carr, and wife of author Robert Lichtman, who survives her.

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DisCon III Announces Vice Chairs

DisCon III has announced Marguerite Smith and Lauren Raye Snow as Vice Chairs. Lauren is “the first Latinx to serve as a Vice Chair.” Marguerite is returning to the team, having served as a DisCon III Deputy Division Head in early 2021.

DisCon III will be held December 15-19, 2021 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC. For more information, see the convention’s website.

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Uncanny Magazine Announces New Staff Members

Uncanny Magazine has announced three new staff members: Meg Elison is the new Nonfiction Editor, taking over from Elsa Sjunneson. Naomi Day is moving from Assistant Editor to the newly created position of Senior Assistant Editor. Monte Lin will be assuming Naomi’s former role as Assistant Editor.

For more information, see the official announcement.

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