2020 James White Award Canceled

The James White short story competition will not be held in 2020, due to “technical issues with the current website, and problems caused by a certain global crises.”

The competition, founded in 2000, is open to non-professional writers. Winners receive £200 and publication in Interzone. Award administrator Martin McGrath said,

We have been put off this decision for months, hoping (perhaps increasingly foolishly) that we could come up with a ...Read More

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Head of Zeus Launches New Imprint

Head of Zeus announced a new imprint, Ad Astra, which will publish “the best high-concept SFF our world can offer.” Cixin Liu will be Ad Astra’s “talisman.”

Ad Astra will launch six books on October 1, 2020: Attack Surface by Cory Doctorow; Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott; Hold Up the Sky by Cixin Liu; Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker; The Lost Colony by A.G. ...Read More

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World Fantasy Convention Updates

The World Fantasy Convention 2020 committee is ”hard at work designing an online convention that includes many of the elements you’ve come to identify with World Fantasy Convention – and maybe a few new ones.” They ”hope that our virtual convention will be attended by a diverse membership, many of whom are using their craft to create literature and art that not only entertain but introduce fantasy enthusiasts to a ...Read More

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Octavia E. Butler Fellowship Announced

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino CA has created a new Octavia E. Butler Fellowship.

The Huntington is the repository of the literary archive of Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006), the first science fiction writer to receive a prestigious MacArthur “genius” award and the first African-American woman to win widespread recognition writing in that genre. Applicants may be working from a variety of disciplinary perspectives on ...Read More

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Stewart’s Roundabout

SF, fantasy, and alter­nate reality game writer Sean Stewart has written an interactive online farce called Roundabout: “A love triangle gets even more complicated when three digital beings decide they want to go back into bodies – and the audience chooses who goes where.” You can watch (and participate!) at <twitch.tv/NIDA-Roundabout> on August 6, 7, and 8 at 6 p.m. PST. Stewart created the play in collaboration with the ...Read More

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Chicago Wins 2022 Worldcon

CoNZealand Site Selection announced that Chicago has won the site vote and will host the 80th Worldcon, Chicon 8, to be held September 1-5, 2022, winning 517 of the 587 ballots. The con will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Guests include author guest of honor Charles de Lint, artist guest of honor Floyd Norman, fan guests of honor Edie Stern and Joe Siclari, First Fandom guest of honor ...Read More

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Free Issue of Aurealis

A digital copy of Aurealis #132, the All-New Zealand issue, will be sent free to anyone who emails <editor@aurealis.com.au> with the subject line “Aurealis #132 All-New Zealand” during CoNZealand, July 29 – August 2, 2020.


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CoNZealand Fringe Programming

CoNZealand Fringe, “a project of many genre fiction fan communities” which is “not endorsed by CoNZealand,” has created “a complementary programming series to the annual science fiction convention Worldcon,” accessible on their website and free to watch on YouTube.

Programming events will livestream on YouTube from July 28 – August 2nd (PDT) at “European-friendly times.” Panelists include Jeannette Ng, Gareth L. Powell, DongWong Song, Alasdair Stuart, Bogi Takács, and many ...Read More

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Hugo Voting Glitch

CoNZealand has reported a bug in the Hugo Award-voting interface that may lead to some votes not being recorded:

This mostly seems to happen when using the Safari browser on a Mac, but we have a couple of reports from other browser/device combinations.

  • If you received an email confirmation after voting, your votes have been entered into the system and you should not be concerned.
  • If you did NOT receive
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New SIGMA Members

Arlan Andrews, Sr., director and founder of science fiction think tank SIGMA, has announced the addition of six new members to their group: Kevin Ikenberry, Mike Massa, Theodore “T.C.” McCarthy, Marc Miller, Hans G. Schantz, and Martin L. Shoemaker. SIGMA, founded in 1992, is “an ad hoc organization of science fiction authors, game writers, and other creatives who offer futurism consulting services pro bono to the US Government and appropriate ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, July 2020


GEORGE R.R. MARTIN (and two other investors) have purchased 18 miles of abandoned railway connecting the historic depot in Lamy NM with Santa Fe. Martin plans to restore the line as a tourist attraction and film shooting venue by 2022.

MEHDI BEL ABBES is now represented via the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

TOBI OGUNDIRAN is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


Writer ELIZABETH KNOX was appointed ...Read More

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DC Drops Diamond

Comics giant DC has end­ed its 25-year relationship with Diamond Comic Distributors, telling retail customers that future or­ders will be fulfilled by the newly created Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors (for peri­odicals), and Penguin Random House (for graphic novels and collections). DC says, “We recognize that, to many of you, this may seem like a momen­tous decision. However, we can assure you that this change in DC’s distribution plans ...Read More

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Online Hugo Voting Open

CoNZealand has announced that online voting for “the 2020 Hugo Awards, the 2020 Lodestar and Astounding Awards, and the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards” is now open.

Members can access their ballots logging in to https://members.conzealand.nz. For more information, including voting eligibility and a complete list of Hugo finalists, visit the CoNZealand website.

The voting deadline has been extended to July 22, 2020 at 23:59 PDT. For more information on the ...Read More

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New Copyright Registration Rules

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced that “the U.S. Copyright Office has issued a new copyright registration rule that will allow authors to register up to fifty short textual works published online for a single flat fee.”

SFWA worked with the National Writers Union, Horror Writers Association, and American Society of Journalists and Authors to request this change starting in January 2017. The new rule will ...Read More

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CoNZealand Hugo Voting Deadline Extended

CoNZealand has announced on twitter that they plan to make online Hugo voting available by July 8, 2020 latest. To account for the delay, they are extending the voting deadline to July 22, 2020.

Mail and email ballots will also be accepted if they are received before the deadline, but voters are strongly encouraged to wait for the online voting system to open at this point. A fillable pdf has ...Read More

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Fantasy Magazine Relaunch

John Joseph Adams has announced the relaunch of Fantasy magazine, with issue #61 scheduled for November 2020. Fantasy will be joining “sister-magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare under the same publishing umbrella”. Adams has named Christie Yant and Arley Sorg as co-editors-in-chief of Fantasy. From this point forward, all three magazines will be co-published by Adams and Yant under the name Adamant Press.

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People & Publishing Roundup, June 2020


BROOKE BOLANDER is now represented by DongWon Song of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

J.K. ROWLING‘s Harry Potter character Salazar Slytherin (who could speak to snakes) provided the name for a new species of pit viper, Trimeresurus salazar, discovered by researchers in India.

Locus assistant editor JOSH PEARCE & EMILY DOAN are the parents of LUCA DOAN PEARCE, born May 15, 2020.

NEIL GAIMAN left New Zealand to ...Read More

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SFWA to Offer Health Insurance Assistance

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has partnered with Lighthouse Insurance Group (LIG) Solutions to provide assistance with a choice of health insurance options for members based in the US. SFWA is part of a coalition of nine organizations known as the Book Industry Health Insurance Partnership (BIHIP); other members include the American Booksellers Association, Book Industry Study Group, Independent Book Publishers Association, Novelists Inc., and Western ...Read More

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SFWA Statement on Black Lives Matter

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) board unanimously signed a statement about the Black Lives Matter movement and the recent protests against police violence. The statement reads, in part,

It is not enough to have an anti-harassment policy and call that good. We must work for equity and diversity to make sure that underrepresented voices are heard, to increase inclusion in the genre of science fiction and ...Read More

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2020 Virtual British Book Awards Date Announced

The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, will hold a virtual awards ceremony on June 29, 2020. The original award ceremony, planned for May 18, 2020, was postponed due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.



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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2020


Actor and writer AYDREA WALDEN will be Toastmaster for the 2020 Nebula Awards, to be pre­sented online May 30, 2020.

Brothers and video game devel­opers CHRIS & TIM STAMPER have joined the John Jarrold Literary Agency and will work on multime­dia projects.

ROBERT MARCHBANK is now represented by the John Jarr­old Literary Agency.

ANDY LIVINGSTONE is now represented by the John Jarrold Lit­erary Agency.


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Nightmare Magazine Staff Changes

John Joseph Adams will step down as editor of Nightmare magazine after issue #100 in January 2021, with with author and editor Wendy N. Wagner taking over. Adams will remain editor of Lightspeed and publisher of both magazines.

Adams said:

If you’re a diligent Nightmare reader, you’re already familiar with her editorial contributions: She was the guest editor for our Queers Destroy Horror! special issue back in 2015. But in ...Read More

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SFWA Opens to Comic and Graphic Novel Writers

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) voted to accept active membership applications from comic and graphic novel writers.

The decision was made by a membership-wide vote during the 2020 SFWA Officer Election. Specific dates and rules are yet to be announced. The voting results are available on the SFWA site.

SFWA also voted to change the membership class name from “active member” to “full member.”

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Aguda Wins 2020 Rogers Award

The Suicide Mothers by ’Pemi Aguda won the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. The award “gives £10,000 to an unpublished writer to enable them to complete a first book.” Aguda’s novel “begins with a real wow moment and sustains momentum as it draws us into a world that is utterly contemporary yet has room for the mythic and the supernatural.”

Judges for the 2020 award were Sarah Perry, Max ...Read More

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SFWA Nebula Conference Online Registration

Registration is now open for the SFWA Nebula Conference Online, and the website for the event, “complete with an artistic redesign of SFWA’s logos and spaces,” is now live.

Taking place on May 29th – 31st, 2020, and focusing on content relevant to professionals in the genre, attendees will be able to choose from career management, professional development, and expert knowledge panels and workshops. The event will also include solo ...Read More

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Us in Flux

The Center for Science and the Imagi­nation at Arizona State University launched Us in Flux, “a series of stories and virtual events about community, collaboration, and collective imagination in times of transformative change.” They will publish an original flash fiction story each Thursday, and host a virtual event with the author in conversation with an expert in a related field on the following Monday at 4 p.m. Eastern. The first ...Read More

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Layoffs at Macmillan and Tor

Macmillan (parent company of Tor, Tor.com Publishing, St. Martin’s, and others) has instituted layoffs company-wide, reduced pay for some employees, and has frozen hir­ing, effective April 2, in response to the projected impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Employees laid off include Tor executive editor Diana Gill, senior editor Melissa Frain, and editor Diana Pho; their last day is May 1. The sal­ary reductions are expected to last through June and ...Read More

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2020 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

  • Tobias S. Buckell

Chief Financial Officer

  • Nathan Lowell


  • Phoebe Barton (through 2022)
  • James Beamon (through 2021)
  • Monica Valentinelli (through 2022)

The election committee consisted of Maurice Broaddus, Matthew Johnson (chair), Peng Shepherd, and Kate Baker (advisor). For more information, see the SFWA site.

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USPS Using Sea Mail

The United States Postal Service is sending international shipments by sea, effective April 20, 2020, due to COVID-19 flight cancelations. The first shipment is scheduled to arrive in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on May 7, 2020. This change will affect magazine deliveries to Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. As previously reported, several other international shipping delays are in effect that will impact deliveries. ...Read More

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2019 LA Times Book Prize Winners

The Los Angeles Times has announced winners for their 40th annual Book Prizes.

Works of genre interest include Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead), which received the inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, and The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth), which received the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. As previously announced, Walter Mosley received the 2019 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime ...Read More

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Choose to Read Ohio Booklist

A few titles of genre interest are included in the 2021 & 2022 Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) booklist:

Books for Adults

  • A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber, Michael J. Rosen (Trillium)

Books for Teens

  • The Gone Away Place, Christopher Barzak (Knopf)
  • Opposite of Always, Justin A. Reynolds (Katharine Tegen; Macmillan)

The program promotes reading across Ohio through a biennial ...Read More

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