2021 Dell Award Winner

“My Gardening Journal: Tales from a Psychic Gardener” by Jazmin Collins is the winner of the 2021 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. The award is “given annually to the best short-story written in the science fiction or fantasy genres by a full-time undergraduate college student,” and is accompanied by a $500 cash prize, publication in Asimov’s, and an invitation to ICFA (International Conference ...Read More

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2021 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition Winners

Results of the 2021 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Science Fiction Studies have been announced:

World Science Fiction Studies

  • WINNER: “From Wilderness to Anthropocene: The Frontier in African Speculative Fiction”, Michelle Clarke

Utopian Studies

  • WINNER: “Zone Theory: SF and Utopia in the Space of Possible Worlds”, Alexander Popov
  • Runner-up: “The Rebirth of Utopia in 21st-Century Cinema: Cosmopolitan Hopes in the Films of Globalization”, Mónica Martín

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2020-2021 NESFA Contest Winners

Winners of the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) SF/F short story contest were announced at Boskone 58, held online, February 12-14, 2021. Prizes included certificates of achievement, books from NESFA Press, and free membership to a future Boskone convention.

  • WINNER: “The Last Prophet”, Nicholas Marconi
  • Runner-up: “What We Take from Each Other”, Sam Ruhmkorff
  • Honorable Mention: “You Told Me To”, John Dulak
  • Honorable Mention: “Letter to Death”, K.S. Shere
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Fallis Awarded SLF Working Class Writers Grant

Jackie Fallis is the recipient of this year’s Working Class Writers Grant, presented by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF). The $1,000 grant is given annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who “have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers which have made it much harder for them to have access to the writing world.”

Jackie Fallis is from Ontario, California. They write speculative ...Read More

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2021 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2021 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • Ruins of the Galaxy, J.N. Chaney & Christopher Hopper, read by R.C. Bray (Podium)
  • Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis, read by Stephanie Willis & Oliver Thorn (Macmillan Audio)
  • Aliens: Phalanx, Scott Sigler, read by Bronson Pinchot (Blackstone)
  • The Deep, Rivers
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2020 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners for the 2020 British Fantasy Awards:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • WINNER: The Bone Ships, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Orbit)
  • The Migration, Helen Marshall (Titan)
  • The Poison Song, Jen Williams (Headline)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • WINNER: The Reddening, Adam Nevill (Ritual Limited)
  • The Plague
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2021 Norma K. Hemming Award Updates

The Norma K. Hemming Award, “given to mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a speculative fiction work (e.g. science fiction, fantasy, horror) by Australian citizens and/or residents,” will not be held in 2021.

This decision has been made due to several factors, including COVID-19, juror fatigue, and administrative changes. Please note that all 2020 and 2021 publications will be eligible when ...Read More

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Charles Yu Establishes Taiwanese American Creative Writing Prize

Author Charles Yu, in collaboration with TaiwaneseAmerican.org, has created the Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes, “intended to encourage and recognize creative literary work by Taiwanese American high school and college students, and to foster discussion and community around such work.”

Submissions are open to fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction, and “must be from writers of Taiwanese heritage (or writers with other significant connection to Taiwan), ...Read More

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2020 Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the final ballot for the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Gallery/Saga)
  • The Deep, Alma Katsu (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Devil’s Creek, Todd Keisling (Silver Shamrock)
  • Malorie, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey/Jo Fletcher)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • The Taxidermist’s Lover, Polly
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2021 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Longlists

The longlists for the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book and the Kate Greenaway Medal for best illustrations in a children’s book have been announced. Titles and authors of genre interest follow.

Carnegie Medal

  • The Girl Who Speaks Bear, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
  • The Short Knife, Elen Caldecott (Andersen)
  • The Girl Who Became a Tree, Joseph Coelho (Otter-Barry)
  • Beverly, Right Here, Kate DiCamillo (Walker)
  • Pet, Akwaeke
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2020 Otherwise Fellowship Winners

Shreya Ila Anasuya, Eleyna Sara Haroun, and FS Hurston are the 2020 recipients of the Otherwise Fellowship (formerly the Tiptree Fellowship). Each winner will receive a $500 grant, and work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Otherwise Award.

“The Otherwise Award celebrates works of speculative fiction that imagine new futures by exploring and expanding our understanding of gender roles. Through the Fellowship ...Read More

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2021 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

Nominees have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2020 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.”

Best Novel

  • Pandemonium, Ryan Harding & Lucas Mangum (Death’s Head)
  • Tome, Ross Jeffery (The Writing Collective)
  • Dust, Chris Miller (Death’s Head)
  • Slaughter Box, Carver Pike (self-published)
  • Gone to See the River Man, Kristopher Triana (Cemetery Dance)
  • They All Died Screaming,
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2020 BSFA Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced.

Best Novel

  • Threading the Labyrinth, Tiffani Angus (Unsung Stories)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again, M. John Harrison (Gollancz)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Light of Impossible Stars, Gareth L. Powell (Titan)
  • The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Club Ded
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People & Publishing Roundup, February 2021

AWARDS

MONIQUE ROFFEY‘s The Mermaid of Black Conch (Peepal Tree) won the £5,000 Costa Novel award, given to one “of the most enjoyable books of the year, writ­ten by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” She’s in the running for the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year award.

BOOKS SOLD

STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES sold My Heart Is a Chainsaw and a second book to Joe Monti at Saga ...Read More

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2021 Aspen Words Finalists

The finalists for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize has been announced, including these titles and authors of genre interest:

  • The New Wilderness, Diane Cook (HarperCollins)
  • The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • If I Had Two Wings, Randall Kenan (Norton)

The winner will be announced during an online ceremony in April 2021. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction focused on vital contemporary ...Read More

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Willis Wins Service to SFWA Award

Connie Willis has been awarded the 2021 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, which “recognizes a member of SFWA who best exemplifies the ideal of service to his or her fellow members.” Willis has volunteered for mentorship roles in SFWA as well as the Emergency Medical Fund (EMF) and the Nebula Awards Rules committees. SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal said:

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2021 Compton Crook Award Finalists

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the finalists for the 2021 Compton Crook Award:

  • Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis (St. Martin’s)
  • The Space Between Worlds, Micaiah Johnson (Del Rey)
  • Nameless Queen, Rebecca McLaughlin (Crown)
  • Architects of Memory, Karen Osbourne (Tor)
  • The Bone Shard Daughter, Andrea Stewart (Orbit)
  • Docile, K.M. Szpara (Tordotcom)

The award honors the best first SF/fantasy/horror novel of the year, and ...Read More

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2021 Skylark and Gaughan Awards

Anthony R. Lewis is the recipient of the 2021 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (AKA the Skylark Award). The award was presented by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) at Boskone 58, held online, February 12-14, 2021.

The Skylark is given to “some person, who, in the opinion of the membership, has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying ...Read More

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2020 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2020 Mythopoeic Awards winners.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • WINNER: Snow White Learns Witchcraft, Theodora Goss (Mythic Delirium)
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook)
  • Lent: A Novel of Many Returns, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • The Bird King, G. Willow Wilson (Grove)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award

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2020 Cybils Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest follow.

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • Cemetery Boys, Aiden Thomas (Swoon)

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

  • Rival Magic, Deva Fagan (Atheneum)

Graphic Novels

  • Superman Smashes the Klan, Gene Luen Yang & Gurihiru (DC Zoom)

The Cybils Awards “aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books ...Read More

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Uncanny Magazine 2020 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll

The top five results of the Uncanny Magazine 2020 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll have been announced.

  •  “The Salt Witch“, Martha Wells
  • “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse“, Rae Carson
  • (tie): “My Country Is a Ghost“, Eugenia Triantafyllou and “The Bottomless Martyr“, John Wiswell
  • (tie): “The Sycamore and the Sybil“, Alix E. Harrow and “Metal Like Blood in the Dark“, T. Kingfisher
  • “Burn or The Episodic Life of Sam Wells as
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    2021 Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlist

    The eight-title shortlist for the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize has been announced, including the following titles of genre interest:

    • In the Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado (Serpent’s Tail)
    • A Ghost in the Throat, Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Tramp)
    • The Mermaid of Black Conch, Monique Roffey (Peepal Tree)

    The £30,000 Rathbones Folio Prize is open to all works of literature written in English and published in the UK during

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    2021 PEN America Finalists

    Finalists for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards have been announced, and include several works of genre interest.

    PEN/Jean Stein Book Award ($75,000)
    • The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead)
    • Sharks in the Time of Saviors, Kawai Strong Washburn (MCD)

    PEN Open Book Award ($10,000)

    • A Treatise on Stars, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge (New Directions)

    PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel ($10,000)

    • These Ghosts are Family, Maisy Card
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    ALA 2021 Reading List

    The American Library Association announced their 2021 Reading List winners and honor titles, given to the best in genre fiction for adult readers. They were announced February 4, 2021 at the Book & Media Awards Virtual Ceremony. Categories including work of SF/F interest follow.

    SCIENCE FICTION

    • WINNER: The Space Between Worlds, Micaiah Johnson (Del Rey)
    • Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis (St. Martin’s)
    • The Doors of Eden, Adrian Tchaikovsky
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    StokerCon™ 2021 Goes Virtual

    The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has decided to change StokerCon 2021 “from an in-person event to a virtual platform” according to a special announcement posted on the StokerCon 2021 site.

    Our hope is to preserve the spirit of StokerCon™ and create an event that will resemble as closely as possible our usual programming—panels, presentations, interviews, author readings, ceremonies, and the Bram Stoker Awards® presentation. At this time our plans include ...Read More

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    2021 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

    The judges for the 2021 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled.

    The judges will read and consider eligible materials from 2020 between now and June 1, 2021. To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges and Peter Dennis Pautz by June 1, 2021. Per the official announcement, “If… something is received on May 31 the judges may well have only one day to read

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    Hugo Award Credit Controversy

    DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 25-29, 2021 in Washington DC, announced a controversial Hugo Award credit policy on January 11, 2021, then rescinded it the next day. Convention Co-chair Colette H. Fozard subsequently resigned.

    The crux of the issue was the decision to limit the number of names of creators for a given work to four on the final ballot, in visuals during ...Read More

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    2021 Dublin Literary Award Longlist

    The longlist for the €100,000 2021 International Dublin Literary award has been announced, and includes numerous titles and authors of genre interest.

    • Tyll, Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Ross Benjamin (Quercus)
    • The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf)
    • Inland, Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
    • We Cast a Shadow, Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World)
    • The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
    • The Bird King, G. Willow
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    LeVar Burton Named Inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion

    Actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Reading Rainbow) has been named the inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion to “recognize devoted literary advocacy and a commitment to inspiring new generations of readers and writers.” PEN/Faulkner executive director Gwydion Suilebhan said, “For decades, LeVar Burton has inspired readers all over the world. He has brought stories to life in a magical and meaningful way for generations ...Read More

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    2021 PEN/Faulkner Longlist

    Nine Shiny Objects by Brian Castleberry (Custom House), Bestiary by K-Ming Chang (One World), and Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear by Matthew Salesses (Little A) are on the ten-title 2021 Pen/Faulkner Longlist.

    The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges are Charles Finch, Bernice L. McFadden, and Alexi Zentner.

    Five finalists will be selected in March and the winner will be ...Read More

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    2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

    The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay (Scribe) won the Victorian Prize for Literature as well as the Prize for Fiction, presented as part of the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards during an online award ceremony January 31, 2021.

    The awards, administered by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, Australia on behalf of the Premier of Victoria, were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to honor Australian writing. ...Read More

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    2021 Romantic Novel Awards Shortlists

    The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) has announced shortlists for the 2021 Romantic Novel Awards, including titles of genre interest.

    The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award

    • Echoes of the Runes, Christina Courtenay (Headline)
    • The Start of Us, Hannah Emery (One More Chapter)
    • The Reluctant Witch, Amelia Hopegood (self-published)
    • The Cornish Connection, Amanda James (self-published)
    • Someday in Paris, Olivia Lara (Aria)

    The Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award

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