2020 International Booker Prize Shortlist

Several titles and authors of genre interest are on the six-title shortlist for the 2020 International Booker Prize:

  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Shokoofeh Azar, translated anonymously (Europa)
  • Tyll, Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Ross Benjamin (Quercus)
  • The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder (Harvill Secker)

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Underwood Wins 2020 DUFF

Erin Underwood has won the 2020 Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF), intended to send one fan from North America to CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon. The fund is administered in North America by Paul Weimer and in Australia by Marlee Jane Ward. Weimer said,

With ConZealand being a virtual Worldcon this year and [COVID-19], Erin will not be traveling to New Zealand this year, but hopes to travel to Australasia in ...Read More

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2019 HWA Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the recipients of three awards for 2019.

The 2019 Richard Laymon President’s Award, “presented to a member who has served HWA in an exemplary manner and shown exceptional dedication to the organization,” will go to Rena Mason. The winner is chosen by HWA’s sitting president.

Leslie S. Klinger is the winner of the 2019 Silver Hammer Award, presented “to an HWA volunteer who ...Read More

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2020 Neukom Awards Judge

Sam J. Miller will judge the $5,000 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards in the debut author and open author categories.

A shortlist will be selected by Tarek El-Ariss, Jessica Flack, Peter Orner, Eric Schaller, and Dan Rockmore, the creator of the award program. The shortlist will be announced in May, with final winners chosen by Miller and announced in June 2020 at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

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2020 IAFA Awards Winners

Winners of several awards given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) have been announced.

“The Soviet Anthropocene: Desiccation, Desertification, and Environmental Horror in Dmitri Svetozarov’s Dogs” by Brittany Roberts won the Walter James Miller Memorial Award, given to the “best ICFA student paper devoted to a work or works of the fantastic originally created in a language other than English.”

“White Hope” by Julia

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2020 Brave New Words Award Nominees

Nominees for the Brave New Words Award have been announced by Starburst magazine:

  • 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 Corpse, Tyler Hayes (Angry Robot)
  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
  • New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, Nisi Shawl, ed. (Rebellion)
  • Rage
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2020 Jamie Bishop Award

Valentina Gosetti & Eliza Kent are the winners of the 2020 Jamie Bishop Memorial Award, given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) “for a critical essay on the fantastic written in a language other than English.” Their winning essay is “Maribas et la sorcellerie masculine” [Maribas and Male Witchcraft], published in Revue Bertrand 9/19.

They receive $250, an honorary plaque, and one year’s membership in

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YA Book Prize 2020 Shortlist

The YA Book Prize 2020 shortlist includes several titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Crossfire, Malorie Blackman (Penguin)
  • Deeplight, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
  • The Quiet at the End of the World, Lauren James (Walker)
  • The Deathless Girls, Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Orion)

The YA Book Prize is awarded to a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland. Finalists and winners are selected by ...Read More

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2020 Whiting Award Winners

Andrea Lawlor and Ling Ma are among the winners of the 2020 Whiting Awards, which annually gives $50,000 each “to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.” The award is funded by the Whiting Foundation, created by New York investor and philanthropist Flora Ettlinger Whiting in 1971. Recipients of the award are selected by an anonymous committee appointed by the Foundation.

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2019 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2019 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • The Subjects, Sarah Hopkins (Text)
  • Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (University of Queensland Press)
  • The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG Australia)
  • The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson (Affirm)
  • Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan Wilson
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2020 Jim Baen Memorial Award Winner

Winners of the 2020 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award have been announced.

  • Grand Prize: “Bagala Devi Objective”, M.T. Reiten
  • First Runner-up: “Spinners”, Kate MacEachern
  • Second Runner-up (tie): “Sample Return”, C. Stuart Hardwick
  • Second Runner-up (tie): “The Caretaker”, Tiffany Smith

Judges for the contest were David Drake and the editors of Baen Books.

The Grand Prize winning story will be featured on the Baen website in June 2020. The author ...Read More

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Nebula Conference Going Virtual

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced that this year’s Nebula Conference, scheduled for May 28-31, 2020 in Woodland Hills CA, will be held as an entirely virtual event.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of SFWA feels that holding an in-person event this May would be irresponsible.

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2020 British Book Awards Shortlists

The Bookseller has announced the shortlists for the 2020 British Book Awards, including several titles of genre interest.

Fiction Book of the Year
  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese; Chatto & Windus)
  • The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth, Philip Pullman (Knopf; Penguin UK & David Fickling)

Début Book of the Year

  • The Binding, Bridget Collins (Morrow; Borough)

Audiobook Book of the Year

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
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Li and Serpell Win Windham-Campbell Prize

Fiction writers Yiyun Li and Namwali Serpell are among the eight winners of the Windham-Campbell Prize and will each 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 ...Read More

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2020 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists

The shortlists 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 of genre interest follow.

Carnegie Medal

  • Nowhere on Earth, Nick Lake (Hachette)
  • Lampie, Annet Schaap (Pushkin)
  • Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black, Marcus Sedgwick & Julian Sedgwick (Walker)
  • Girl. Boy. Sea., Chris Vick (Head of Zeus)

Greenaway Medal

  • Mary
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Rios Wins Service to SFWA Award

Julia Rios has been awarded the 2020 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.” Rios established and oversaw the SFWA Mentoring Initiative. SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal said:

One of the most effective pieces of outreach and education that SFWA currently has is our mentorship program. Julia Rios’s work to match ...Read More

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Philip K. Dick Award Judges

The five judges for the Philip K. Dick Award for works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2020 have been announced:

  • F. Brett Cox, PO Box 333, Roxbury VT 05669-0333
  • Brendan A. DuBois, 12 Juniper Ridge Road Exeter NH 03833-4409
  • Cynthia Felice, 5025 Park Vista Blvd, Colorado Springs CO 80918-2443
  • Tim Pratt, 2041 Ashby Ave Unit B, Berkeley CA 94703-2506
  • Jessica Reisman, 2401
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Gaughran and Picacio Receive Solstice Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced David Gaughran and John Picacio as recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award “for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community.”

The Solstice Award, created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA president with the majority approval of the Board of Directors, is for individuals, living or dead, who have had “a significant impact ...Read More

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32nd Annual Lambda Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced finalists for the 32nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.” Nominees of genre interest follow.


  • Stories to Sing in the Dark, Matthew Bright (Lethe)
  • The Rampant, Julie C. Day (Aqueduct)
  • A Spectral Hue, Craig Laurance Gidney (Word Horde)
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James (Riverhead)
  • False Bingo, Jac
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2019 Kitschies Shortlists

Finalists for the 2019 Kitschies, awarded “for progressive, intelligent, and entertaining literature with a speculative element,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • The Fire Starters, Jan Carson (Transworld)
  • This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Jo Fletcher)
  • Always North, Vicki Jarrett (Unsung)
  • The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa (Harvill Secker)
  • From The Wreck, Jane Rawson (Picador)

The Golden Tentacle

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Carl Brandon Parallax and Kindred Awards Reinstituted

The Carl Brandon Society is reinstituting two literary awards. The Parallax Award is given “to works of speculative fiction created by a self-identified person of color.” The Kindred Award goes “to any work of speculative fiction dealing with issues of race and ethnicity; nominees may be of any racial or ethnic group.” The awards were first given in 2006 and continued through 2011. Each comes with an award plaque and ...Read More

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2020 Joyce Carol Oates Prize Finalists

The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley (MCD), Mary Toft; or The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer (Pantheon), and Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco) are among the seven titles shortlisted for the 2020 Joyce Carol Oates Prize. The $50,000 prize is given by the Simpson Literary Project to “a distinguished mid-career author of fiction.” The winner will be announced in late March 2020 and will also be ...Read More

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2019 HWA Specialty Press Award

Short, Scary Tales Publications (SST) won the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Specialty Press Award, given “to a publisher whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.”

The HWA awards will be presented during StokerCon UK, April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK. As previously announced, Owl Goingback and Thomas Ligotti will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information, see the ...Read More

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2020 PEN/Faulkner Finalists

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World) and Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li (Random House) are among the five finalists for the 2020 PEN/Faulkner award. The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges are Patricia Engel, Ru Freeman, and Porochista Khakpour.

The winner will receive $15,000 and finalists will each receive $5,000. Final results will ...Read More

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2020 Audie Awards Winners

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2020 Audie Awards winners, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • WINNER: Emergency Skin, N.K. Jemisin, read by Jason Isaacs (Brilliance)
  • Hollow Kingdom, Kira Jane Buxton, read by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio)
  • Permafrost, Alastair Reynolds, read by Natasha Soudek (Macmillan Audio)
  • The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull, read by Ron Butler &
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2020 PEN America Winners

Winners of the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards were announced March 2, 2020 in an awards ceremony held at the Town Hall in New York City NY.

Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li (Random House) won the $75,000 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award given “to the author of a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact, and that has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of ...Read More

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Kontis Wins Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant

Alethea Kontis and non-genre author Tanuja Desai Hidier have won the 2019 Jane Yolen Mid-List Author Grant. The $3,000 annual grant, created and funded by Jane Yolen, honors mid-list authors “and aims to help raise awareness about their current works-in-progress.”

For more information, including how to apply for the grant, see the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) official website.

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2020 Romantic Novel Awards Winners

The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) announced the winners for the 2020 Romantic Novel Awards in a ceremony at the Leonardo Royal London City Hotel in London, UK.

The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award

  • WINNER: Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel, Ruth Hogan (Two Roads)
  • The Girl at the Window, Rowan Coleman (Ebury; Penguin Random House)
  • The Ghost Garden, Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead (Totally Bound)
  • The Hotel Where We Met
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2019 Clarkesworld Readers’ Poll Winners

Neil Clarke has announced the results of the annual Clarkesworld readers’ poll for best story and cover art of 2019:

Best Story

  • WINNER: “Give the Family My Love“, A.T. Greenblatt (2/19)
  • 2nd Place: “Such Thoughts Are Unproductive“, Rebecca Campbell (12/19)
  • 3rd Place: “The Sun from Both Sides“, R.S.A. Garcia (5/19)

Best Cover

  • WINNER: “Vertigo“, Matt Dixon (5/19)
  • 2nd Place: “Halo“, Derek Stenning (12/19)
  • 3rd Place: “Adaptation“, Beeple (10/19)

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2020 Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlist

Two titles of genre interest are on the 8-title shortlist for the 2020 Rathbones Folio Prize:

  • Vertigo & Ghost, Fiona Benson (Cape)
  • Grand Union, Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

The Rathbones Folio Prize is open to all works of literature written in English and published in the UK during the previous calendar year. Judges for 2020 are Paul Farley, Nikita Lalwani, and Ross Raisin. The winner receives £30,000 and ...Read More

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2020 International Booker Prize Longlist

Several titles and authors of genre interest are on the 13-title longlist for the 2020 International Booker Prize:

  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Shokoofeh Azar, translated anonymously (Europa)
  • Serotonin, Michel Houellebecq, translated by Shaun Whiteside (William Heinemann)
  • Tyll, Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Ross Benjamin (Quercus)
  • The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder (Harvill Secker)
  • Little Eyes, Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell
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