New Le Guin Prize for Fiction

The Ursula K. Le Guin Literary Trust has announced the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction, a new award to launch in 2022. The annual $25,000 cash prize will be given to “a single book-length work of imaginative fiction.”

This award is intended to recognize those writers Ursula spoke of in her 2014 National Book Awards speech—realists of a larger reality, who can imagine real grounds for hope and ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, October 2021

MILESTONES

N.K. JEMISIN was named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time. See the full list on their website.

AWARDS

NANCY PEARL will receive the 2021 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, to be presented November 17, 2021 at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York. Pearl is the influential librarian who created the ‘‘One Book, One City’’ program.

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Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Fourth Edition

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE) has launched its Fourth Edition. The online edition of the essential reference work was sponsored by Orion/Gollancz from 2011-2021, but is now published by SFE Ltd and Ansible Editions.

Editors John Clute and David Langford say of the move:

With the release of the Fourth Edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, we have a new publisher and a new web server; but ...Read More

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Breuer Exhibit

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles will host an exhibition to honor Czech-American writer Miles J. Breuer (1889-1945) on October 14, 2021. The event will commemorate the 76th anniversary of Breuer’s death.
Breuer is the author Paradise and Iron (1930) and co-author of The Birth of a New Republic (1931, with Jack Williamson), along with numerous stories, including “The Gostak and the Doshes” (1930) and “The
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100 Novels That Shaped Our New World

Libraries Connected announced “The 100 Novels that Shaped our New World”, a reading list chosen by over 400 library staff members and users. The list “follows the BBC Novels that Shaped our World library campaign” and features many titles of genre interest, including Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Bloomsbury), The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton), Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine ...Read More

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World Fantasy Convention Updates

The upcoming World Fantasy Convention, to be held November 4-7, 2021 at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal in Québec, Canada, has announced several changes.

Guest of Honor Nisi Shawl will not be attending in person, but will take part virtually.

Julie Czerneda has joined as a Special Guest.

The convention will have a significant online component:

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2021 Nielsen Bestseller Awards

The Nielsen Bestseller Awards have been announced, and include several titles and authors of genre interest. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake (Jonathan Cape) was a Platinum Bestseller; Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton) was a Gold Bestseller; and The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman (Penguin UK & David Fickling) was a Silver Bestseller. Several titles by Matt Haig ...Read More

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Prior Takes Pan Macmillan CEO Role

Joanna Prior has been named the new CEO of Pan Macmillan. Current CEO Anthony Forbes Watson will step down in early 2022, but will continue to advise Stefan von Holtzbrinck and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Prior has worked as managing director of Penguin General Books in the UK for 12 years, and has been with Penguin for 23 years, rising in the ranks from publicity and marketing. “The decision to ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, September 2021

MILESTONES

DOMINICA PHETTEPLACE has been chosen for the Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency. She will spend two weeks writ­ing at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, working on her novel Robot Country, “a dystopian sci­ence fiction novel which imagines robots as the agents of the next wave of American colonization and forced resettlement.” For details see the website.

Writers LAUREN DIXON & DALLAS TAYLOR were married July 31, 2021. ...Read More

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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 dillong@pdx.edu. 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 (Tor.com 10/21/20)
  • “Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law“, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com 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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