2020 BSFS Amateur Writing Contest Winners

Winners of the 2020 Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) Amateur Writing Contest were announced during Capclave, held online October 17-18, 2020.

  • 1st Place: “The Dragon Who Refused to Fly”, Mary Harrigan
  • 2nd Place: “Starling”, Alexander Dzwonchyk
  • 3rd Place: “A Tale from the Harmonium”, Miguel O. Mitchell

The contest is open to non-professional writers residing or attending school in Maryland. The first place winner receives $250, second place receives $100, and

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2020 Neukom Award Event

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College will host an online event on October 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. Eastern time, celebrating the winners of the 2020 Neukom Literary Awards.

The event is free and open to the public, and will include a panel discussion with winners Ted Chiang and Cadwell Turnbull, 2020 judge Sam J. Miller, and awards director Dan Rockmore. An author Q&A will follow.

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Honigman Wins 2020 WSFA Small Press Award

“The Partisan and the Witch” by Charlotte Honigman (Skull and Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga) is the winner of the 2020 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction. Other finalists were:

  • “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H”, Beth Cato (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 1/3/19)
  • “The Weight of Mountains”, L. Deni Colter (DreamForge 6/19)
  • “The Sound of Distant Stars”, Judi Fleming (Footprints in
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Ignyte Awards Winners

The winners of the inaugural Ignyte Awards, which “seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre,” were announced during FIYAHCON on October 17, 2020.

Best Novel — Adult

  • WINNER: Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • Kingdom of Copper, S.A. Chakraborty
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QueerSciFi.com Flash Fiction Contest Winners

QueerSciFi.com has announced the winners of their annual flash fiction contest, with 300-word stories inspired by a one-word theme (2020’s theme was “Innovation”). The top three winners are Devon Widmer (first place), E.M. Hamill (second), and K.A. Masters (third), and the top 120 stories were published in the Innovation anthology. For more: <www.queerscifi.com>.

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Goldsmiths Prize 2020 Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the 2020 Goldsmiths Prize has been announced, including the following titles of genre interest:

  • The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again, M. John Harrison (Gollancz)
  • Meanwhile in Dopamine City, DBC Pierre (Faber)
  • The Mermaid of Black Conch, Monique Roffey (Peepal Tree)

The £10,000 is given for a book by a British or Irish author that “breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of

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2020 Brave New Words and Hero Awards Winners

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, edited by Nisi Shawl (Rebellion) won the Brave New Words Award, announced by Starburst magazine during Octocon 2020, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, held online October 9-11, 2020. Other finalists were:

  • Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers, Sady Doyle (Melville House)
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Saga; Quercus)
  • The Imaginary
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2020 Geffen Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew were announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy during Icon 2020, held online October 6-8, 2020.

Best Translated Fantasy Book

  • WINNER: Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik, translated by Yael Achmon (Tamir)
  • Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin, translated by Zafrir Grosman (Opus)
  • The Rot / The Might, Siri Pettersen, translated
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SKRIVA Short Story Competition Winners

Results of the 2020 Fantastiknovelltävlingen, a Swedish “Fantastic Short Story Competiton” organized by writers’ email list SKRIVA, have been announced. First, second, and third place all resulted in ties.

First Place

  • “Tretton dagar i underjorden” [“Thirteen Days Underground”], Elin Frykholm
  • “Möbhell AB” [“Furniture Hell Inc”], Lukas Renklint

Second Place

  • “Rose-Majs stickning” [“Rose-Maj’s Knitting”], Frank Berger
  • “Sjöjungfrun i Fyrisån” [“The Mermaid in the Fyris Creek”], Tony Elgenstierna

Third Place

  • “Min vän
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2020 Neukom Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Speculative Fiction have been announced:

Open Category

  • WINNER: Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Knopf)
  • The Divers’ Game, Jesse Ball (Ecco)
  • Naamah, Sarah Blake (Riverhead)
  • And Go Like This, John Crowley (Small Beer)
  • The Archive of Alternate Endings, Lindsey Drager (Dzanc)
  • Tears of the Trufflepig, Fernando A. Flores (MCD x FSG Originals)
  • Zero Bomb, M.T. Hill
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Glück Wins Nobel

American Poet Louise Glück has won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” Glück was named US Poet Laureate in 2003 and often draws inspiration from classical mythological figures. The 2020 prize amount is 10 million Swedish kronor, equal to about 1.1 million USD. Glück will give her Nobel lecture in the United States due to coronavirus travel ...Read More

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2020 BFS Short Story Competition

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

  • First place: “Thought Surgery”, Richard Webb
  • Second place: “Fairy Cattle”, Patrick Creek
  • Third place: “One Direction”, Beverley Haddon

First prize is £100 and a year’s membership in the BFS. Second prize is £50 and a year’s membership. Third prize is £20. All three stories will be published in BFS Horizons. Judges this year were Charlotte Bond, Lucy

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2020 National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Young People’s Literature, and Translated Literature categories have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

The Fiction category includes Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco), A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet (Norton), and Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon).

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2020 ESFS Awards Winners

The European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) Hall of Fame Awards, Achievement Awards, and Chrysalis Award winners were announced during Futuricon, the 2020 Eurocon, held online October 2-4, 2020.

European Grand Master

  • Franz Rottensteiner (Austria)

Hall of Fame Awards:

Best Author

  • WINNER: Milena Benini (Croatia)
  • Philippe Curval (France)
  • Marc Elsberg (Austria)
  • Anna Kańtoch (Poland)
  • Maura McHugh (Ireland)
  • Claude Peiffer (Luxembourg)
  • Victor Pelevin / Виктор Пелевин (Russia)
  • Gheorghe Sasarman (Romania)
  • Johanna Sinisalo
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2020 HWA Rocky Wood Fund Recipients

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced Howard David Ingham and Claire Fitzpatrick as recipients of the 2020 Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship for Non-fiction Writing. The fund committee is empowered annually to award a “flexible amount.” The fund is named for a former president of HWA who died in 2014.

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2020 Diverse Book Awards Shortlist

The inaugural shortlist for the Diverse Book Awards, created “to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK during 2019, both traditionally and self-published,” has been announced. Works of genre interest follow.

Best Children’s

  • Tin Boy, Steve Cole, illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Barrington Stoke)

Best Young Adult

  • The Tunnels Below, Nadine Wild-Palmer (Pushkin Children’s)

Best Adult

  • Do You Dream of Terra-Two?, Temi Oh (Saga)
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2020 First Novel Prize Shortlist

Temporary by Hilary Leichter (Coffee House) and How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead) are on the seven-title shortlist for the 2020 First Novel Prize, given by the Center for Fiction “to honor the best debut fiction of the year.”

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2020 BAMB Readers Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2020 Books Are My Bag (BAMB) Readers Awards have been announced, including titles and authors of genre interest in the following categories:


  • Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, Cho Nam-joo (Scribner)
  • The Devil and the Dark Water, Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury)


  • Sylvanian Family, Summer Young (Bad Betty)

Children’s Fiction

  • Gargantis, Thomas Taylor (Walker)

Young Adult Fiction

  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance, Tomi Adeyemi
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2020 Salam Award

The winner, finalists, and honorable mentions for the 2020 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced:


  • “The Smokecense of Pluvistan“, Nihal Ijaz Khan


  • “Door One-Seventy-One”, Hira Awais
  • “Into The Light”, Zunaira Nadeem

Honorable Mentions

  • “Visions of Host”, Eman Kamran
  • “Jinns”, Mehak Khan
  • “Of Sweet Seas and Starlight”, Zahra Mukhi

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2020 Imadjinn Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Imadjinn Awards, including several titles of genre interest, were announced on September 27, 2020, the last day of the Imaginarium 2020 Virtual Conference and Convention.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Harvest Day, R. Kyle Hannah (Jumpmaster)
  • Things They Buried, Amanda K. King & Michael R. Swanson (Ismae)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • WINNER: Things They Buried, Amanda K. King & Michael R. Swanson (Ismae)
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Sunburst Awards on Hiatus

The Sunburst Award Society has announced that the Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic will be on hiatus in 2021, as a consequence of the COVID-19 shutdown:

The Sunburst Awards Society members plan to use this time to re-imagine the most effective means available to them for continuing to highlight the stellar work done by Canadians in the field of speculative literature.

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2020 JCB Prize Shortlist

Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu (Simon & Schuster) and Moustache by S. Hareesh (HarperCollins India) are on the five-title shortlist for the 2020 JCB Prize.

The Rs 25-lakh prize is “presented each year to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian author.” This year’s judges are Aruni Kashyap, Tejaswini Niranjana, Ramu Ramanathan, and Deepika Sorabjee.

Shortlisted authors receive Rs 1 lakh, and their translators, where applicable, receive Rs 50,000.

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2020 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2020 Elgin Awards, presented for the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin.

Best Full-Length Collection
  • First Place: Soft Science, Franny Choi (Alice James)
  • Second Place: Elemental Haiku, Mary Soon Lee (Ten Speed)
  • Third Place
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The Old Drift Wins Clarke Award

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth US & UK) won the 34th Arthur C. Clarke Award, announced online. Serpell receives a check for £2,020 and an engraved bookend.

Other finalists were:

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • The Light Brigade, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Cage of Souls, Adrian Tchaikovsky
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2020 Kindle Storyteller Award Shortlist

Of the Blood by Cameo Renae (self-published) is on five-title shortlist for the 2020 Kindle Storyteller Award. The award, inaugurated in 2017, comes with a £20,000 prize and “is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing” on Amazon.co.uk.

For more information, see the award page.

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Toon Wins McIlvanney Prize

Pine by Francine Toon (Doubleday) has won the 2020 McIlvanney Prize, given by the Scottish writing festival Bloody Scotland “to the best Scottish Crime book of the year.” Toon receives a £1,000 prize “and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.” Judges were Stuart Cosgrove, James Crawford, and Karen Robinson.

For more information, see the Bloody Scotland website.

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2020 National Book 5 Under 35

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang (One World) and How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead) are among the honorees of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, “a se­­lection of five fiction writers under the age of 35 whose debut work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Each winner receives $1,000 and will be honored in an online ceremony on October 20, ...Read More

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2020 Ditmar Winners

The winners of the 2020 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF were announced in an online ceremony on September 18, 2020:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG)
  • Claiming T-Mo, Eugen Bacon (Meerkat)

Best Short Fiction

  • WINNER: “Whom My Soul Loves”, Rivqa Rafael (Strange Horizons 11/11/19)
  • Into Bones Like Oil, Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Shorts)

Best Collected Work

  • WINNER: Collision, J.S. Breukelaar (Meerkat)
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2020 National Book Awards Longlists

Longlists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Young People’s Literature, and Translated Literature categories have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

The Fiction category includes Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco), If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan (Norton), A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet (Norton), and Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon).

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Voice of the Heartland Award

Publisher Two Dollar Radio won the 2020 Voice of the Heartland Award, given “to individuals and organizations who uphold the value of independent bookselling and who have made a significant contribution to bookselling in our combined regions.” The award is given by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA). Nominating bookseller Gary Lovely of Book Loft in Columbus, OH called them “a shining ...Read More

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Washington Wins 2020 Young Lions Award

The New York Public Library announced Bryan Washington’s Lot (Atlantic) as the winner of its Young Lions Fiction Award for 2020. The $10,000 prize is awarded by a panel of judges “each year to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories.” 2019’s winner was Ling Ma’s Severance (Farrar, Straus, Giroux).

For more information, see the official website.

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