Readercon 32 Postponed to 2023

The Readercon board has announced that Readercon will not be held in 2022. Readercon 32 will instead take place July 13–16, 2023 at the Marriott Boston Quincy hotel in Quincy MA.

The announcement says

We just need some time to recharge and get our house in order.

The last two years have been a doozy for everyone. We all need some rest. And Readercon as an organization needs an opportunity ...Read More

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HWA 2021 Election Results

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the results of the election for its open officers’ positions. Meghan Arcuri was re-elected Vice President. Maxwell Gold was elected Treasurer. Gabino Iglesias, Lisa Kröger, Brian W. Matthews, and Angela Yuriko Smith were elected to the Board of Trustees.

The election team volunteers were Jamal Hodge, Nicole Givens Kurtz, and Angel Leigh McCoy. The election verifiers were Lindy Ryan and Sumiko Saulson. For

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Word Horde To Open Emporium

Ross E. Lockhart’s publishing company Word Horde is opening The Word Horde Emporium of the Weird & Fantastic, a brick and mortar store in Petaluma, CA. The Emporium will feature “objects that complement the Word Horde philosophy and aesthetic,” including books from various publishers, games, “curiosities, jewelry, stickers, and so much more.” Lockhart said, “I’ve long daydreamed about building my own store, stocking it with my favorite things, and on ...Read More

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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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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 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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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 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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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 ( 10/21/20)
  • “Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law“, Lavie Tidhar ( 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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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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2021 NESFA Short Story Contest

The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) SF/F short story contest is now open to entries from amateur and semi-professional writers. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at Boskone 59, to be held at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston MA, February 18-20, 2022. Prizes include certificates of achievement, books from NESFA Press, and free membership to a future Boskone convention.

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Cybil Awards Call for Judges

The Cybil Awards are looking for judges in the 2021 awards process. The awards aim to “recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.”

Open categories of genre interest include Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction and YA Speculative fiction.

Who’s eligible: Anyone who posts regularly about children’s or young adult books on media such as a blog or vlog, podcast, ...Read More

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Call for SLF Jurors

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) is looking for jurors to read applications for the Working Class Writers’ Grant, which aims to “assist writers of speculative literature to working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to the financial barriers which have made it much harder for them to have access to the writing world.”

SLF is a non-profit arts foundation, focused on ...Read More

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Lubin Receives Le Guin Fellowship

Joan Lubin has been chosen as the 2021 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, Jessica ...Read More

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JFA Editorial Collective Applications

The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (JFA) is now accepting applications for a “diverse Editorial Collective” to serve as editors-in-chief for the journal, “a volunteer scholarly position.”

JFA is an interdisciplinary journal established in 1988, and publishes analyses of fantastic work in every medium. It is the official publication for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA).

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DisCon III COVID-19 Policy

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced their COVID-19 policies for in-person attendees.

The convention will require attendees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof.

We will accept original vaccination cards, digital photographs of vaccination cards (front and back), or electronic documentation provided by your country or state of origin. Photo ID will be required, and the name on your vaccination documentation must match the name on ...Read More

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NPR’s 50 Favorite SF/F Books of the Decade

NPR announced “Your 50 Favorite Sci-Fi And Fantasy Books of the Past Decade”, a list that began with their 2021 summer reader poll, with a top 50 selected by Amal El-Mohtar, Ann Leckie, Fonda Lee, and Tochi Onyebuchi. Titles are separated into categories, such as “Worlds To Get Lost In” and “Will Mess With Your Head”, and include a range of subgenres and interests, such as Joe Abercrombie’s Age of ...Read More

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SLF Convention Grant Recipients

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) has named Estcon (July 16-18, 2021), FIYAHCON (September 16-19), Astronomicon (October 29-31), and Loscon (Nov 26-28) as recipients of its inaugural round of Convention Support Grants for fantasy, science fiction, and literary conventions with significant speculative literature content. Loscon was awarded $86,0 and the other three received $1,000 each.

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People & Publishing Roundup, August 2021


TA-NEHISI COATES is joining the faculty of Howard University, his alma mater.

NNEDI OKORAFOR accepted an appointment at Arizona State University as a Professor of practice as part of the Interplanetary Initia­tive and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

TADE THOMPSON has been voted vice president of the British Science Fiction Association.

RB KELLY is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


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Museums Honor Butler and Afrofuturism

The Smithsonian Institution plans to honor Octavia E. Butler as part of their upcoming Futures exhibit, scheduled to open November 2021 in the Arts and Industries building. An Olivetti typewriter originally donated to the museum by Butler “will represent Butler’s life,” and will be displayed alongside a portrait of Butler by Nettrice Gaskins, an artist who “uses algorithms meant to be employed in machine learning to produce artworks.” The exhibit ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, July 2021


KAT HOWARD is now represent­ed by Allie Levick of Writers House.


V.E. SCHWAB‘s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Tor) won the Bisexual Book Award in the Specu­lative Fiction category, presented by the Bi Writers Association.

DAVID DIOP‘s At Night All Blood Is Black (Pushkin), translated by ANNA MOSCHOVAKIS, won the 2021 International Booker Prize. The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author and ...Read More

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NYFA Fellowship Recipients

The New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts announced the recipients for the annual NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program, including authors Amanda Lee Koe and Su-Yee Lin. The program awarded $616,000 to 92 artists across five disciplines.

For more information, see the NYFA site.

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Rediscovery Award Judges Empaneled

The administrators of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award have announced a new panel of judges: Rich Horton, Steven H Silver, and Grant Thiessen. New judges were selected from a call for volunteers after last year’s judges, Robert J. Sawyer and Barry Malzberg, resigned from position.

Established in 2001 by the Cordwainer Smith foundation, the Rediscovery Award is intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. Award recipients include ...Read More

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