Rosson Receives Octavia E. Butler Fellowship

Lois Rosson, a PhD science historian “focusing on visual representations of the space environment,” is the second recipient of the $50,000, year-long Octavia E. Butler Fellowship, given by the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino CA.

Rosson plans to spend her time principally working with The Huntington’s Octavia E. Butler Papers. Butler’s literary vision of space as a place of asylum, Rosson writes, is one of ...Read More

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Locus Awards MC Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Guest Speaker Connie Willis

The Locus SF Foundation is thrilled to announce two esteemed personalities will be headlining the upcoming Locus Awards ceremony. Author Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Love in the Library; The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea; Squad) will bring her wit and personality to the stage as emcee for the event, and legendary science fiction writer Connie Willis will grace the evening as the guest speaker. The Locus Awards will take ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2023


SALMAN RUSHDIE will re­ceive a Hay Festival Medal for Prose for “exceptional work” as one of four “groundbreaking sto­rytellers” during the Hay Festival event in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, to be held May 25 – June 4, 2023.

ARLEY SORG received the fourth annual Space Cowboy Award, for “someone whose work has helped to enhance and support our ever growing and changing field,” administered by Space Cowboy Books in Joshua Tree ...Read More

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2023 Locus Awards Top Ten Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2023 Locus Awards. These results are from the February 1 to April 15 voting, done by readers on an open public ballot. Congratulations to all of the finalists!

The Locus Awards winners will be announced June 24, 2023, during the in-person Locus Awards Ceremony, held in the historic Nile Hall at Preservation Park in ...Read More

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Butler Awarded Inaugural Infinity Award

Octavia E. Butler has been named the recipient of the Inaugural Infinity Award. The award is presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) to “posthumously honor acclaimed creators who passed away before they could be considered for a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. This new award aims to recognize that even though those celebrated worldbuilders, storytellers, and weavers of words are no longer with us, their ...Read More

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Literary Laddership for Emerging African Authors Opens

The Literary Laddership for Emerging African Authors fellowship, created by Nigerian author and creative writing professor Suyi Davies Okungbowa, is opening submissions for the next set of fellows. 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 current program advisors include Dhonielle Clayton, Alexander Cochran, Wale Lawal, Kwame Mbalia, Ukamaka Olisakwe, Makena ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, April 2023


BONNIE JO STUFFLEBEAM is now represented by Scribe Agency.



LING MA’s Bliss Montage (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) won the Story Prize, “honoring the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction,” presented March 15, 2023. The prize includes $20,000 and an engraved silver bowl.



The late TERRY PRATCHETT’s estate sold collection A Stroke of the Pen: The Lost Stories to Transworld for six ...Read More

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SFWA Mentorship Program Open

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) Mentorship Committee has announced that the SFWA Career Mentorship Program is now taking applications for mentors and mentees for three-month-long mentorships, set to run June 10 – September 10, 2023.

This all-volunteer service is provided free of charge. We aim to connect emerging writers with each other and established professionals for community, knowledge sharing, and networking opportunities. This endeavor is focused on ...Read More

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North Wins 2022 Gulliver Travel Grant

Writer Em North has won the 2022 Gulliver Travel Grant, given by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) “to assist writers of speculative literature (in fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction) in their research.” The $1,000 grant is intended to cover airfare, lodging, or other travel expenses.

For more information, see the SLF website.

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Platz Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has announced that performer and designer Cheryl Platz will be toastmaster at the 58th Annual Nebula Awards to be presented May 14, 2023 in Anaheim CA. SFWA President Jeffe Kennedy said, “We are proud to welcome Cheryl Platz as our 2023 Toastmaster. Platz shares our love of game writing and exploring new worlds — from the page to the movie screen and ...Read More

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2023 Sturgeon Symposium

The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction has announced the second annual Sturgeon Symposium, to be held September 28-30, 2023 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence KS.

The Symposium is “celebrating the 30th anniversary of Octavia Butler’s groundbreaking novel, The Parable of the Sower. As KU’s choice for the 2023 Common Book program, this novel is a powerful inspiration for our Symposium’s theme, ‘Fantastic Worlds, Fraught ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, March 2023


GREGORY BENFORD, 82, had a stroke on December 22, 2022. While his condition is serious, he has moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation center, and is reportedly recovering well.



WALTER MOSLEY, 71, won the 2023 Diamond Dagger Award, presented by the Crime Writers’ Association. The award is the highest honor offered by the group, and ‘‘recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked ...Read More

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Random House Reorganization

Penguin Random House has announced plans to separate Crown Publishing Group (CPG), making it independent from the Random House Publishing Group (RHPG). Crown was previously separate before being absorbed in 2018.

The newly reorganized Random House Publishing Group will include Random House, the Dial Press, Hogarth, the Modern Library, One World, Ballantine Bantam Dell/Delacorte, Random House Worlds, Harmony/Rodale, Convergent, and WaterBrook & Multnomah. The new Crown Publishing Group will include ...Read More

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Hugo Nominations Are Open

Nominations are now open for the Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, to be presented at Chengdu Worldcon 2023, the 81st World Science Fiction Convention, to be held October 18-22, 2023 in Chengdu, China. The convention says,

Everyone with memberships to either Chicon 8 or the 2023 Chengdu Worldcon that was purchased before February 1, 2023 is eligible ...Read More

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Ekpeki Denied US Entry

Nigerian author and editor Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki was reportedly denied entry to the US when attempting to attend the NAACP Image Awards ceremony as a nominee.

Ekpeki said on Twitter today,

I’m alive, though I won’t say well, yet. Currently in Nigeria. I was detained for 3 days, & missed the NAACP Image awards. Been seeing the speculations. I’ll just say it’s way worse than anyone is says or thinks. ...Read More

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HWA 2023 Summer Scares

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced their Summer Scares Reading list for 2023.


  • Ring Shout, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom, 2020)
  • The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, Daniel M. Lavery (Holt, 2018)
  • Catherine House, Elisabeth Thomas (Custom House, 2020)


  • Squad, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Lisa Sterle (Greenwillow , 2021)
  • Mooncakes, Suzanne Walker, illustrated by Wendy Xu (Oni Press, 2019)
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HarperCollins Union Ratifies Contract

The HarperCollins Union has voted to ratify their new contract, and will return to work on February 21, 2023.

HarperCollins Publishers and the Association of HarperCollins Employees affiliated with Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers reached a tentative agreement on February 9, 2023 after being on strike since November 10, 2022.

The new contract includes “increases to minimum salaries across levels throughout the term of the agreement, as well ...Read More

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Pérez Literary & Entertainment Launched

Agent Kristina Pérez has launched her own company, Pérez Literary & Entertainment, based in London. Pérez spent three years at Zeno Agency, and also has a background as an academic, fiction writer, and journalist.

Pérez represents a wide range of fiction––from YA, horror, and SFF to book club––as well as serious non-fiction. As a New Yorker in London, Pérez’s new agency will continue the special relationship, considering both the US ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, February 2023


LAIRD BARRON was hospi­talized in early January 2023 with respiratory problems and other medical issues. Mike Davis has organized a crowdfunding cam­paign as the author lacks health insurance. Davis says, ‘‘Laird is a private person and I’m trying to convey just how serious this is without revealing too much per­sonal information. Make no mis­take: This is very serious, and potentially life-threatening. For more: <>.

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Fantasy Writers’ Week

Writing app ProWritingAid is running a free online event, Fantasy Writers’ Week, February 27 – March 2, 2023. The event will include:

  • 20 free training workshops for writers
  • Interviews with authors including Rebecca F. Kuang and Jessica Brody
  • Workshops to improve writing, editing, and marketing
  • Networking events to share work and meet other authors

For additional information, and to register, see the ProWritingAid website.

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HarperCollins Union Tentative Deal

The HarperCollins Union has reached a tentative agreement with publisher HarperCollins after three months on strike:

HarperCollins Publishers and the Association of HarperCollins Employees affiliated with Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers (UAW), which represents over two hundred HarperCollins employees, have reached a tentative labor agreement. The deal has been agreed to by representatives of the Union and the Company.

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Toronto Public Library Writer In Residence Opens

Applications for Toronto Public Library’s Writer in Residence programs are open, including a residency “focused on Science Fiction/Fantasy writing, based at North York Central Library.” The deadline to apply for the science fiction residency is March 6, 2023. The residency is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are “active in the writing profession” and who also have a “minimum of two books in print, published by a professional ...Read More

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Monteleone Expelled from HWA

The Horror Writers Association’s Board of Trustees has voted to expel author and editor Thomas F. Monteleone from the organization, as explained in this post:

The Board of Trustees for the Horror Writers Association does not condone hate speech in any way, shape, or form. We stand in support of our members’ right to feel safe, welcome, and above all else, respected. The Horror Writers Association condemns the recent words ...Read More

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2022 Recommended Reading List


Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

We are so pleased to share this list of excellent fiction! Published in Locus magazine’s February 2023 issue, the list is assembled by Locus editors, columnists, outside reviewers, and other professionals and well-known critics of genre fiction and non-fiction. We looked at 982 titles from 2022 in short fiction and long fiction. The final recommendations, trimmed down to a somewhat reasonable-length ...Read More

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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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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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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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Sean Markey, publisher of The Deadlands magazine, has launched a new publishing company, Markey says, 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, instead of being its own independent thing.

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Galactic Philadelphia Returns

The Galactic Philadelphia reading series has returned after a long COVID hiatus:

The Galactic Philadelphia author reading series is returning at a new venue: The Rosenbach Library, famed for its rare book collection rare books. GP’s first salon will be on January 18th, and will feature readings by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and C.S.E. Cooney. Before the readings will be a wine & cheese reception, tours of the library, and time ...Read More

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EW‘s Best Books of 2022

Entertainment Weekly has released their set of the best books of 2022, “a highly subjective list of EW staff favorites”. Titles of genre interest include The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan (Simon and Schuster) and Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House (Scribner).

For the full list, see EW‘s website.

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New Rhysling Award Guidelines

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced new guidelines for the Rhysling Award. The changes include the addition of a jury, as well as a rule to prevent “double dipping”, or submitting the same work to the Dwarf Stars and Elgin Award.

The changes have gone through two rounds of membership surveys, and have been approved by SFPA’s executives. For more information, see their website.

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