2022 Amazon Literary Partnership Grant Recipients

The Amazon Literary Partnership has awarded 74 grants totaling more than $1 million to nonprofit literary organizations across the United States. Organizations of genre interest that have received grants include Graywolf, Coffee House, Clarion West, Lambda, PEN America, and Aspen Word.

For more information, as well as a full list of recipients, see the Amazon Literary Partnership announcement.

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SFWA Launches Indie Resources

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has “launched the first wave of resources for Indie Pub 101, a new section of the SFWA.org website.”

Whether veterans of traditional publishing or brand-new authors with debut books in hand, independent authors, also known as self-publishing authors, must take on the multiple roles of designer, publisher, and publicist, which can be daunting. Indie Pub 101 will help! Its first three sections ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, July 2022

AWARDS

QUENTIN BLAKE, SALMAN RUSHDIE, and MARINA WARNER all received the High Award Companion of Honour dis­tinction in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. IAN RANKIN received the Knights Bachelor distinction, while JOANNE HARRIS and MICHAEL FOREMAN received the Officer of the Order of the Brit­ish Empire distinction for services to literature. JAMES DAUNT, head of Waterstones in the UK and CEO of Barnes & Noble in the US, received ...Read More

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Steampunk and Fantasy Museum

Steampunk Transylvania has opened the “first Steampunk and Fantasy museum” in Transylvania, Romania.

Boton Istvándi says of the collection:

Our goal is to increase interest in this fantastic subgenre of science fiction. We would like to offer unforgettable and motivational experiences for the next generations and to offer everyone an out of home experience motivating people to dare to dream and to create. Thinking long term, in 2-3 years time, ...Read More

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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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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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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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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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Patterson Apologizes for Racism Comments

James Patterson has posted an apology for comments he recently made in a Times interview:

I apologize for saying white male writers having trouble finding work is a form of racism. I absolutely do not believe that racism is practiced against white writers. Please know that I strongly support a diversity of voices being heard — in literature, in Hollywood, everywhere.

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Hunter Apologizes for Inappropriate Behavior

Author Faith Hunter has posted an apology regarding her behavior at JordanCon 2022, held Apr 22-24, 2022 in Atlanta GA, where she was Guest of Honor. Hunter wrote,

First, I want to say that I’m very sorry to the people I offended and hurt at JordanCon 2022. I have a black hole in my memory for that night, but what little I recalled was indeed unacceptable. When one of the ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, June 2022

MILESTONES

ELSA SJUNNESON is now represented by Larissa Melo Pien­kowski at Jill Grinberg Literary.

RR HAYWOOD is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

JOSHUA COHEN’s The Ne­tanyahus (New York Review) won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category, given for ‘‘distin­guished fiction published in book form during the year by an Ameri­can author, preferably dealing with American life,’’ with its $15,000 prize.

 

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UTA Buys Curtis Brown UK

United Talent Agency announced the acquisition of UK literary agency Curtis Brown Group. A UTA statement says Curtis Brown is “the first prominent UK literary and talent representation group to join with a major global talent agency.”

For UTA, the deal significantly expands its global footprint in one of the world’s most important and thriving creative markets. Under the terms of the deal London-based Curtis Brown Group, founded in 1899, ...Read More

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Costa Book Awards Ends After 50 Years

The Costa Book Awards are ending:

After 50 years of celebrating some of the most enjoyable books written by hugely talented authors from across the UK and Ireland, Costa Coffee has taken the difficult decision to end the Costa Book Awards.

The prizes presented in February 2022, for works from 2021, are the last that will be given. The Awards were known as the Whitbread Book Awards from their founding ...Read More

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Promotions at Tor UK

Bella Pagan has been promoted to publisher at Tor UK. Pagan joined Pan Macmillan in 2011 after five years as a commissioning editor at Orbit UK, and was promoted to editorial director at Pan Macmillan Fiction in 2016, later becoming publishing director. In this new role Pagan will report to Pan Macmillan publisher Lucy Hale.

Georgia Summers has been promoted to editor from assistant editor, and continues to report to ...Read More

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Glukhovsky On Russia’s Wanted List

Popular Russian SF author Dmitry Glukhovsky has been added to a wanted list by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, according to multiple news organizations. Russian outlet Pravda said, “The writer is charged with committing a crime under Article 280.3 (‘Public actions aimed at discrediting the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation’) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.” The law carries sentences up to ...Read More

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Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022

Several people of genre interest were recognized in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The 1,133 honourees include Quentin Blake, Salmon Rushdie, and Marina Warner, who each received the High Award Companion of Honour distinction. Ian Rankin received the Knights Bachelor distinction. while Joanne Harris and Michael Foreman received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire distinction for services to literature. James Daunt, head of Waterstones in the ...Read More

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Taos Toolbox Moves Due to Fires

Walter Jon Williams, founder of the Taos Toolbox workshop, announced on Facebook that this year’s event is relocating from Taos NM to Albuquerque NM due to fires in the area:

So quite a number of plans have gang agley in the last days, so I’ve been putting out fires—nearly literal fires.

Taos Toolbox, the master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy, starts this weekend, and has been held

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HWA Mental Health Initiative

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is launching a Mental Health Initiative, a “coordinated roll-out of events, resources, and activities intended to promote positive mental health, foster the concept of hope, and challenge the stigma of mental illness in the horror genre.”

The initiative will launch in June 2022. Plans include “a dedicated webpage for resources on the HWA website, publication of Of Horror and Hope, a downloadable anthology of ...Read More

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History of Fantasy Illustration Exhibit

The Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee has opened Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration, an exhibition exploring “a thoughtful appraisal of how artists from the early 20th century to the present have brought to life myths, fairy tales, and modern epics like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.”

Artists showcased include Bob Eggleton, Kinuko Y. Craft, Victo Ngai, Charles Vess, and Michael Whelan, among ...Read More

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HWA Scholarships Open

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced that the submission window for HWA scholarships, grants, and endowments are open from June 1, 2022 to August 1, 2022. You do not need to be a member of the organization to apply.

Available programs include The Horror Writers Association Scholarship, The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, Diversity Grants, The Dark Poetry Scholarship, The Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship for Non-fiction, The Dennis Etchison Young ...Read More

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2021 Aurealis Awards Winners

The 2021 Aurealis Awards winners, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Waking Romeo, Kathryn Barker (Allen & Unwin)
  • The 22 Murders of Madison May, Max Barry (Hachette Australia)
  • Stealing Time, Rebecca Bowyer (Story Addict)
  • Papa Lucy & The Boneman, Jason Fischer (Outland Entertainment)
  • Aurora’s End, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Deepwater King,
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Lackey Posts Apology

As previously reported, Mercedes Lackey was removed from this year’s Nebula Conference following a comment on a panel. She posted an apology on her Tumblr:

I wish to Apologize

On a panel at the 2022 Nebulas, I had the chance to celebrate authors who wrote positive gay characters long before me.

Chip Delany is obviously a major player in that game. Because there are two Samuel Delanys ⁠– there’s one ...Read More

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2022 Nommo Awards Shortlist

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Nommo Awards, given to works “by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel

  • The Madhouse, TJ Benson (Penguin South Africa)
  • The Gilded Ones, Namina Forna (Delacorte; Usborne)
  • The Library of the Dead, T.L Huchu (Tor)
  • Son of the Storm, Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • They Made
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Mayer, Sorg, and Wiggins Receive Solstice Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced Petra Mayer, Arley Sorg, and Troy L. Wiggins as recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award “for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community.”

The Solstice Award, created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA president with the majority approval of the Board of Directors, is for individuals, living or dead, who have had ...Read More

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British Fantasy Awards Call for Jurors

The British Fantasy Society (BFS) is looking for judges for the British Fantasy Awards. “For each category, 3-5 jurors read/watch/examine every entry on the final shortlist (4-6 titles) & then agree between themselves on the final winner.”

The BFA constitution calls for “at least one non-member of the Society” to be on the jury. Interested individuals may apply through the webform, which is scheduled to close May 29, 2022.

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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2022

MILESTONES

Horror author JOHN SKIPP, 64, has announced his retirement from writing and publishing fiction; his final title is col­lection Don’t Push the Button (Clash Books). Going for­ward he will focus on music and film. He has two new albums, The Antidote to Fear and Cry Me a Rain­bow, out via his own Fungasm Records label. He also wrote, produced, directed, and scored short film Doppelbanger, which premiered ...Read More

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2021 Stoker Awards Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the winners for the 2021 Bram Stoker Awards.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • WINNER: My Heart Is a Chainsaw, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)
  • The Queen of the Cicadas, V. Castro (Flame Tree)
  • The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix (Berkley)
  • Children of Chicago, Cynthia Pelayo (Agora)
  • The Book of Accidents, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey)

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Fantast Three Closing

Susie Haynes of Fantast Three has announced her retirement from bookselling, and will end operations in mid-summer. She specialized in importing and distributing magazines to the UK, and was for a long time the British subscription agent for Locus.

Haynes set up Fantast Three in 2008 following the death of her father Ken Slater, the well-known fan and bookseller since the 1940s, who ran Operation Fantast & Fantast (Medway) Ltd. ...Read More

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2022 SFWA Election Results

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the results of its election for open Board of Directors positions.

Vice President:

  • John Murphy

Chief Financial Officer:

  • Erin Hartshorn

Directors-at-Large (through 2024)

  • Jordan Kurella
  • Monica Valentinelli

They will join continuing Board members José Pablo Iriarte, Jeffe Kennedy (president), Remy Nakamura, Adam Rakunas (secretary), and Christine Taylor-Butler. Monica Valentinelli will continue as director-at-large for another two years. Nathan Lowell (CFO),

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Inaugural SF Debuts Writing Prize

Science Museum in London and UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton have announced the inaugural Science Fiction Debuts Writing Prize. To qualify, “writers must be unpublished and not represented by a literary agent, and residents of the United Kingdom.” The author of the winning entry will receive £4,000, a six-month mentorship with Hodderscape editorial director Molly Powell, introduction to three literary agents, and a full critique. The runner-up will receive £2,000 ...Read More

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Sturgeon Symposium Announced

The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction has announced the first Annual Sturgeon Symposium, to be held September 29-30, 2022 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence KS.

The Symposium “which will feature the presentation of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction short story and a reading from this year’s winner. This hybrid in-person/online symposium will also feature panels, presentations, and roundtable discussions that highlight ...Read More

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