JFA Editorial Collective Appointments

The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (JFA)  announced appointments for its new editorial collective. Mailyn Abreu Toribio is Reviews Editor-in-Chief, Cat Ashton is Project Editor-in-Chief, Novella Brooks de Vita is Acquisitions Editor-in-Chief, and Jude Wright is Managing Editor-in-Chief. The restructuring of JFA staff was announced last year, along with an open call for applications. The collective “will be taking over the duties of previous Editor Brian Attebery, for ...Read More

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Publishing News

Hachette Book Group has announced their latest plan for employees to return to the New York offices on April 25, 2022. Offices elsewhere have return dates in April and May. They will begin a six-month pilot, following ‘‘a hybrid model, with all fully vaccinated office-based staff members required to work from the office two days per week.’’

Macmillan is launching a ‘‘hybrid/remote-friendly’’ pilot on April 4, to run through October: ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, April 2022

MILESTONES

JOANNE HARRIS was re-elected as the chair of the Society of Authors board. She ran unop­posed for her second two-year term.

CELIA NERI is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

AWARDS

EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS has been awarded a star on the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars, which was founded in 1992 and runs through the commercial district of Palm Springs CA. Burroughs lived in Palm Springs ...Read More

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CoFUTURES Prize Opens

The CoFUTURES prize is open to submissions in three categories: The Creation Prize for speculative fiction in any media, The Vision Prize for non-fiction works and studies of speculative fiction, and The Inception Prize for doctoral dissertations “in futurisms, futures, and speculative media.” The winner in each category will receive $500. Submission deadline is November 1, 2022.

CoFUTURES is “an international research group working on contemporary Global Futurisms headquartered in ...Read More

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Esquire 50 Best Sci-Fi Books

Following their 50 Best Fantasy Books list, Esquire has announced a 50-title list of the best Sci-Fi books of all time.

Though we assessed single installments as representatives of their series, we limited the list to one book per author. We also emphasized books that brought something new and innovative to the genre; to borrow a great sci-fi turn of phrase, books that “boldly go where no one has gone ...Read More

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2022 Guggenheim Fellowships

Authors Jennifer Croft, Brandon Hobson, Ladee Hubbard, and Alexandra Kleeman are among the 2022 Guggenheim Fellows, announced by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellowships were awarded to 180 recipients across 51 fields of study “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

The Foundation was started in 1925 and has awarded grants totaling nearly $400 million. Fellowships are through two annual competitions: one for citizens and permanent residents ...Read More

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All Stories Mentorship For Writers From Underrepresented Groups

All Stories is open to applications for its free mentorship program for young adult and children’s writers from underrepresented groups: “a person of colour, disabled, neurodiverse, LGBTQ+, working class or socio-economically marginalised.” The mentorship includes nine months of one-on-one mentoring, a year’s membership to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and introductions to agents. Ten mentorships are available, and they will run from October 2022 to June ...Read More

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Mah Joins SFWA Staff

Emily Mah is taking over as interim editorial director at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, replacing Kevin Wabaunsee.

Wabaunsee stated:

It has been an honor and a privilege to work with SFWA’s dedicated team of staff and volunteers over the past two years. I’m proud to have worked under two inspiring SFWA presidents, Mary Robinette Kowal and Jeffe Kennedy, and just as proud to leave the work of ...Read More

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Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize

UK bookstore chain Waterstones has announced a new £5,000 debut fiction prize “open to all debut fiction, including genre fiction such as crime, sci-fi and fantasy as well as fiction in translation.”

Bea Carvalho, head fiction buyer at Waterstones, says:

It is with immense joy that we announce the launch of the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize. Our booksellers are consistent champions of emerging talent, often propelling debuts to bestseller status ...Read More

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ESFS Statement on Ukraine

The European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) has released the following statement regarding the war in Ukraine:

War is against the very values on which the ESFS was founded. 50 years ago the ESFS was created during the Cold War to promote understanding between people of different racial, political and religious grounds.

We have received a number of suggestions for actions the society should take in relation to the Russia-Ukraine war. ...Read More

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SFWA Approves New Membership Eligibility Requirements

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has voted on five revisions to the membership eligibility qualifications.

The Board of Directors stated:

As previously announced, the new membership eligibility requirements, across all membership categories (e.g., prose, game writing, comics, etc.), are intended to set Associate membership eligibility at $100 earned professionally and Full membership at $1000 earned professionally over a career, attested by sworn affidavit.

Additionally, with this change, ...Read More

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Johnson Joins Ad Astra Center

Kij Johnson is joining the Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction & the Speculative Imagination as associate director. Created in November 2021 at the University of Kansas, the Center “brings writers, readers, scholars, educators, and fans of speculative fiction together to study and create work that changes the world.” The Center is headed by director Chris McKitterick.

For more information, see the official Ad Astra Center website.

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SFWA Stands with Ukraine

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America released a statement in support of the people of Ukraine:

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America stand with the people of Ukraine, all creators, and SFF fans around the world who oppose and abhor the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The organization wholly condemns this invasion and oppression which has tragically taken so much from the tireless and brave ...Read More

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Esquire 50 Best Fantasy Books

Esquire has announced a 50-title list of the best fantasy books of all time.

For this list, we concentrated on novels that are primarily fantasy, which is why you won’t see genre-straddlers like Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time or Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun.

To keep this lineup manageable, we only included books originally published as a bound book on paper — which ruled out ...Read More

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More Organizations Support Ukraine

We posted previously about the PEN International statement in opposition to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Other organizations have also added their voices to the chorus of opposition to the war.

The Horror Writers Association says:

The HWA condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We stand for democracy. We stand for truth. We stand for freedom of speech and freedom of the press. We support the people of Ukraine, including authors, ...Read More

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Smith Wins PEN/Audible Literary Service Award

Zadie Smith will receive the 2022 PEN/Audible America Literary Service Award on May 23, 2022 during a gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York NY. The award is presented to authors “whose work embodies PEN America’s mission to oppose repression in any form and to champion the best of humanity.”

Previous winners include Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, and Toni Morrison. For more information, see the PEN ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, March 2022

MILESTONES

BRONTE-MARIE WESSON is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency. She is an Australian bookseller and influencer.

SUZAN PALUMBO is now represented by Michael Curry of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

IORI KUSANO is now represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Author COLM TÓIBÍN has been named the new Laureate for Irish Fiction by the Arts Council of Ireland, a position which seeks to ...Read More

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SFWA to Change Name

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is changing its name to The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association. The Board of Directors says,

Last November, the SFWA Board of Directors voted to file a new name for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., to do business as: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association.

Once the filing is complete, which we expect to be in ...Read More

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Update on Conjunctions

Bard College has reconsidered their plan to end support for Conjunctions:

Bard College announced this week that the fall 2022 issue of Conjunctions would be the journal’s last under the Bard imprint. Having heard the immediate, widespread, and heartfelt reaction from readers, writers, and editors alike, the College is revisiting its decision with the intention of continuing its support for the journal.

Bard sincerely regrets both the decision and process ...Read More

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Conjunctions to Close

Update 3/11/22: Bard College has reconsidered its decision and hopes to continue publishing the magazine.

Our original story follows.

Conjunctions will close later this year, as Bard College can “no longer financially sustain the publication.” Founder and editor Bradford Morrow says:

In 2021, Conjunctions marked its fortieth anniversary, a milestone celebrated by the publication of a special anniversary issue and a series of online readings, defying the pandemic in order
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Authors Speak Out on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Amidst a string of open letters signed by scientists, journalists, and others, over 1,000 authors and artists signed a PEN International open letter “calling for an immediate end to the bloodshed.” The letter was posted in English, Ukrainian, Russian, Arabic, French and Spanish on the PEN International site. Signers include Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, Anthony Doerr, Jonathan Franzen, Roxane Gay, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, Elif Shafak, Colm Tóibín, Olga ...Read More

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2022 Nebula Conference To Be Virtual

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America events team has announced that their 2022 Nebula Conference will be entirely virtual, with no in-person component. Their email explains that:

for the third year in a row, the Nebula Conference will be held entirely online! Why yes, you can attend from anywhere on Earth (or in the galaxy). The conference will be held May 19–22, 2022.

We had hoped to ...Read More

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WNDB Internship Grant Applications

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), an organization that addresses “the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature,” is accepting applications for the 2022 WNDB Internship Grants.

WNDB will “award grants to diverse interns in adult publishing (up to twelve $3000 grants) as well as children’s publishing (up to twelve $3000 grants).”

The organization “recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people ...Read More

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2021 Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the final ballot for the 2021 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

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

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Swanwick Resigns from IUW

Michael Swanwick has announced his resignation as honorary president of the International Union of Writers (IUW). IUW is a writers’ organization with headquarters in Russia.

Swanwick’s resignation letter reads, in part,

It is with deep regret that I am compelled to submit my resignation as honorary president of the International Union of Writers, effective immediately. Given the Russian invasion of Ukraine I cannot, however indirectly, support Vladimir Putin, his government, ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, February 2022

AWARDS

LAURIE R. KING has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and will be honored at the 76th Edgar Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York on April 28, 2022. Reviewer LESA HOLSTINE won the 2022 Raven Award, for “outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writ­ing,” and Soho Press associate publisher (and author) JULIET GRAMES received ...Read More

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Walter Scott Prize 2022 Longlist

The 2022 Walter Scott Prize 10-title longlist has been announced. The prize “celebrates outstanding historical novels published in the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth.” Titles and authors of genre interest include:

  • Blue Postcards, Douglas Bruton (Fairlight Books)
  • Snow Country, Sebastian Faulks (Hutchinson Heinemann)
  • The Ballad of Lord Edward and Citizen Small, Neil Jordan (Lilliput Press)
  • News of the Dead, James Robertson (Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Magician,
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2022 SFWA Givers Fund Grants

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the recipients of the 2022 Givers Fund Grants for organizations which further SFWA’s mission: “To promote, advance, and support science fiction and fantasy writing in the United States and elsewhere, by educating and informing the general public and supporting and empowering science fiction and fantasy writers.”

Grant recipients can be “any 501(c)(3) or similar organization… with a program related to ...Read More

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Briel Named First Sourcebooks President

Barbara Briel has been promoted to president of Sourcebooks, marking the first time the role has been filled. Briel was promoted from senior vice president and chief operating officer, a position she held for ten years. She started at Sourcebooks as director of administration and finance in 2004. Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah said,

Barb has been a leader in building Sourcebooks into a leading and energetically entrepreneurial publisher. Mission-driven, ...Read More

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Hachette Livre Acquires Remaining Bragelonne Stakes

Lagardère SCA subsidiary Hachette Livre announced acquisition of “the remaining share capital of Bragelonne and Bragelonne Games that is not yet owned by Hachette Livre.” Hachette had acquired 43% of the company in a 2019 merger. According to the announcement:

Within Hachette Livre, Bragelonne and its labels, driven by passionate and talented teams, will continue to develop itself with its own identity, while simultaneously benefiting from the sales and distribution ...Read More

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2021 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2022 issue, this list is assembled by Locus editors, columnists, outside reviewers, and other professionals and well-known critics of genre fiction and non-fiction. This year we considered over 900 titles between short fiction and long fiction. The final recommendations, combined and trimmed to a somewhat reasonable-length list, are our best recommendations for your consideration. We know there ...Read More

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Hale Wins 2021 Gulliver Travel Grant

UK writer Katie Hale has won the 2021 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.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring ...Read More

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