2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize Longlist

The 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize has announced its 37-title longlist. The award honors “mid-career authors in fiction,” and the winner receives a $50,000 prize, given by the New Literary Project. Authors of genre interest, along with their most recent titles, include:

  • The Turnout, Megan Abbott (Putnam)
  • Appleseed, Matt Bell (Custom House)
  • How to Wrestle a Girl, Venita Blackburn (MCD)
  • Sleepwalk, Dan Chaon (Henry Holt)
  • The
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2021 Ditmar Awards Winners

The winners of the 2021 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF were announced November 20, 2021 in an online ceremony.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Crying Forest, Venero Armanno (IFWG Publishing Australia)
  • Hollow Empire, Sam Hawke (Penguin)
  • The Animals in That Country, Laura Jean McKay (Scribe)
  • Monstrous Heart, Claire McKenna (HarperCollins)
  • Poison & Light, Gillian Polack (Shooting
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Nommos at Worldcon

The Nommo Awards, honoring the best in African SF, will be presented at Discon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held December 15-19, 2021 in Washington DC. Sheree Renée Thomas will be master of ceremonies. She says,

As a reader and a writer who loved the genre, I hoped to see a time when the work of Black writers would be widely embraced in the field, a
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2021 Ignotus Winners

The Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror (AEFCFT) has announced the Winners for the 2021 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards).

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: Una órbita cerrada y compartida [A Closed and Common Orbit], Becky Chambers, translated by Alexander Páez & Antonio Rivas (Insólita)
  • Un poco de odio [A Little Hatred], Joe Abercrombie, translated by Manu Viciano (Alianza)
  • Los últimos días [Last Days],
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2021 Future Worlds Prize Shortlist

The Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour, formerly the Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award, has announced its eight-title shortlist

  • “A Shadow in Chains”, MH Ayinde
  • “The Sawling”, Jordan Collins
  • “Frankincense”, Salma Ibrahim
  • “In the City of Villages”, Franchesca Liauw
  • “Margot, Who Is Beautiful Now”, Bea Pantoja
  • “The Warden”, Madeehah Reza
  • “Contracts Made in Gold”, Aqeelah Seedat
  • “A Box Full of Stories”, Fatima
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2021 National Book Awards Winners

Winners of the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction and Young People’s Literature categories were announced November 17, 2021 in a virtual ceremony.

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott (Dutton) won the Fiction category, and Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Dutton Books for Young Readers) won the Young People’s Literature category.

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Nyabola Prize Shortlist

The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature has announced the 10-title shortlist for the Nyabola Prize. The award recognizes science fiction written in the Kiswahili language by authors age 18-35. The finalists are:

  • “Dunia ya Pili” by Sofi Binsari
  • “Pigo Zito” by Twihuvila Gillah
  • “Afriti Hasitiki” by Hussna Mohamed Hassan
  • “Dubwasha” by Stallone Joyfully
  • “Sayari Ya Wanawake” by Emmanuel Kimeu
  • “Mashine” by Hassan Omar Mambosasa
  • “Ustaarabu Wa Sayari Ya Sadiza”
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Amazon Best Books of 2021

Amazon has published its yearly array of lists to promote the best books of 2021, with editors’ selections in various categories. Titles and authors of genre interest follow, in ranked order.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)
  • A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)
  • The Crown of Gilded Bones, Jennifer L. Armentrout (Blue Box)
  • Klara and the Sun, Kazuo
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2021 Kirkus Best of the Year

Kirkus has announced its list of the 12 best books of 2021. Titles and authors of genre interest include:

  • The Sentence, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (Harper)
  • Bewilderment, Richard Powers (Norton)
  • The Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles (Viking)
  • Harlem Shuffle, Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

For more information, including the complete list, see the Kirkus website.

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Wattel Wins Prix Joël-Champetier

Anne Wattel’s story “Les Yeuses de Noire-Épine” won the sixth annual Prix Joël-Champetier , given to a non-Canadian author who writes SF or fantasy in French. Wattel will receive €1,000 and publication in Solaris #221 (Winter 2022).

The award is named in honor of the late editor of Solaris, with winners chosen by jury; this year’s jurors were Iseult Bacon-Marcaurelle of Alire Editions, author Francine Pelletier, Solaris literary director Pascal ...Read More

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Smith Wins Older Writers Grant

Angela Yuriko Smith is the winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s (SLF) 2021 Older Writers Grant, which gives $1,000 to writers “fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level.”

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Crouch Wins sf-Lit Award

sf-Lit.de has announced that Gestohlene Erinnerung by Blake Crouch (Goldmann) won the 2021 sf-Lit Award 2021.

The award is open to any book published in German in 2020, regardless of the author’s country of origin or the language of the first publication.

Other finalists were:
  • Eroberung, Laurent Binet (Rowohlt)
  • Qube, Tom Hillenbrand (KiWi)
  • Was Preema nicht weiß, Sameena Jehanzeb (SP)
  • Tales from the Loop, Simon Stålenhag,
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People & Publishing Roundup, November 2021


Librarian MISHA STONE of the Seattle Public Library won the Librarian of the Year Award from the Greater Seattle Romance Writers Association. Stone is a Clarion West board member.


Composer JOHN WILLIAMS received the Forry Award for life­time achievement in the SF field, presented by The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society at their October 9, 2021 meeting.

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Waidner Wins Goldsmiths Prize

Sterling Karat Gold by Isabel Waidner (Peninsula) won the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize, given for a book by a British or Irish author “that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best.” This year’s judges were Fred D’Aguiar, Kamila Shamsie, Nell Stevens, and Johanna Thomas-Corr.

For more information, see the Goldsmiths website.

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2021 Warwick Prize Shortlist

The 2021 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation shortlist has been announced. The 8-title shortlist includes Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge, translated by Jeremy Tiang (Tilted Axis).

Inaugurated in 2017, the annual prize goes to “the best eligible work of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, work of fiction for children or young adults, or graphic novel, written by a woman, translated into English by a translator (or translators) of ...Read More

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2022 Aspen Words Longlist

The 16-title longlist for the 2022 Aspen Words Literary Prize has been announced, including titles and authors of genre interest:

  • What Strange Paradise, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (Harper Collins)
  • Hell of a Book, Jason Mott (Dutton, Penguin Random House)
  • Bewilderment, Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)

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2021 Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalists

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced the Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists. There are seven categories, in both English and French: Fiction, Literary Non-fiction, Poetry, Drama, Young People’s Literature – Text, Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books, and Translation.

Several authors and titles of genre interest made the list.


  • Second Place, Rachel Cusk (Harper Perennial)

Young People’s Literature – Text

  • Blood Like Magic, Liselle Sambury,
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2021 Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants Winners

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) announced that S. Qiouyi Lu has won the 2021 Diverse Writers Grant for “Razing Babel”, and Elena Pavlova the 2021 Diverse Worlds Grant for “The Life and Adventures of Hillmeria Cat”.

The Diverse Writers Grant is “intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, etc. — those whose marginalized ...Read More

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Gladman Wins Windham-Campbell Prize

Author Renee Gladman is among the eight winners of the Windham-Campbell Prize and will receive “an unrestricted grant” of $165,000.

The Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize was established “to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.” The prize is administered by Yale University, with a new nominating committee every year, and a jury choosing eight winners ...Read More

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sf-Lit Award 2021 Shortlist

sf-Lit.de has announced the 2021 sf-Lit Award 2021 shortlist of five candidates. The award is open to any books that have been published in German in 2020, regardless of the author’s country of origin or the language of the first publication.

sf.Lit Award Shortlist

  • Laurent Binet, Eroberung (Rowohlt)
  • Blake Crouch, Gestohlene Erinnerung (Goldmann)
  • Tom Hillenbrand, Qube (KiWi)
  • Sameena Jehanzeb, Was Preema nicht weiß (SP)
  • Simon Stålenhag, Tales from the Loop
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2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the six-title shortlist for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year.” The fiction shortlist includes Matrix by Lauren Groff (Riverhead) and The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin (Little, Brown and Company).

The two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and

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2021 World Fantasy Award Winners

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2020 were announced during the World Fantasy Convention 2021, held November 4-7, 2021 at the Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal, Quebec.

The Life Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Megan Lindholm and Howard Waldrop.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Trouble the Saints, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Tor)
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Imagined Futures Prize

UK publisher Faber is launching the Imagined Futures Prize, a new YA science fiction award.

Entries should be a “young adult (for 12–18 year olds) novel or collection of short stories that can be (loosely) defined as science fiction, comprising: the first 10,000 words and a full synopsis of the novel in 500 words maximum, or a full manuscript and 500 word synopsis.” Only UK residents age 18 and up ...Read More

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2021 BFS Short Story Competition

Results for the British Fantasy Society’s (BFS) short story competition have been announced:

  • First place: “All That Water”, Eris Young
  • Second place: “Archive of Trapped Souls”, Mikaela Silk
  • Third place: “Changeling”, James Bennett

Honorable mention goes to “Idomeneja” by Eris Young, which was withdrawn after tying for first place. First prize is £100 and a year’s membership in the BFS. Second prize is £50 and a year’s membership. Third prize

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Drager Wins Bard Fiction Prize

Lindsey Drager’s The Archive of Alternate Endings (Dzanc) won the $30,000 Bard Fiction Prize, awarded annually by Bard College “to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application.” Drager will also serve a one-semester residency at the college.

Applications for next year’s prize are open now through June 15, 2022. For more information, see the Bard College website.

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New Children’s Awards in China

The Xingyun (“Nebula”) Awards for Chinese science fiction have expanded to include works for children. The new awards were originally intended to launch in 2020, but were postponed until this year due to the pandemic.

The City of Ants by Ma Shuansi won the 2020 award for Best Children’s Science Fiction Novel, and China Orbit by Wu Yan was the winner for 2021. Other awards were presented for short fiction, ...Read More

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2020 and 2021 Prix Utopiales Winners

Winners of the 2020 and 2021 Prix Utopiales Awards, (for best French SF), Prix Utopiales Jeunesse Awards (for best French SF for young adults), and Prix Utopiales Bande Dessinée (for best French comic book) were announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, held October 29 – November 1, 2021 at the Nantes Convention Center in Nantes, France.

Prix Utopiales 2021

  • After®, Auriane Velten (Mnémos)

Prix Utopiales 2020

  • Rosewater
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2021 Chesley Awards Finalists

The 2021 Chesley Awards nominees have been announced:

Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover

  • Tommy Arnold for Harrow the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor Books)
  • Iris Compiet for The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Adam Cesare (Insight)
  • Jason Mowry for Red Dragon, Thomas Harris (Suntup)
  • John Picacio for Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • Corinne Reid for Encounters with the Imaginary Vol. 3,
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2021 Warwick Prize Longlist

The 2021 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation longlist has been announced. Titles and authors of genre interest include:

  • Strange Beasts of China, Yan Ge, translated by Jeremy Tiang (Tilted Axis)
  • People from My Neighbourhood, Hiromi Kawakami, translated by Ted Goossen (Granta)
  • The Employees, Olga Ravn, translated by Martin Aitken (Lolli)

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2021 Barnes & Noble Book of the Year Finalists

Barnes & Noble announced the eight finalists for its third annual Book of the Year award. Titles of genre interest include Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Scribner), The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (Harper), and Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (Tor).

The winner will be chosen by Barnes & Noble booksellers and announced November 18, 2021. For more information, see the Barnes & Noble website.

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2021 FAB Prize Winners

Author Narjas Zatat and illustrator Shirley Hottier are the winners of the fifth annual FAB Prize for “new writers and illustrators from underrepresented backgrounds.”

Zatat won the text prize with her epic YA fantasy submission, Djinn-touched, described by the judges as ‘engaging, sumptuous and magical. Narjas is an incredibly talented storyteller with the potential to be a true writing star. The decision was unanimous.’

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Haig Receives CILIP Fellowship

CILIP announced the three recipients for their 2021 Honorary Fellowships, including author Matt Haig. The title is described as “the highest recognition that CILIP can offer as a professional body” and fellowships have been awarded since 1896. Haig was selected for “his services to literacy, mental health and wellbeing.”

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