Erdrich Wins Pulitzer Prize

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Harper) won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category. The award, given for “distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life,” comes with a prize of $15,000.

The judges called the winner a “majestic, polyphonic novel about a community’s efforts to halt the proposed displacement and elimination of several Native American tribes in ...Read More

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2020 Australian Shadows Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”

Novel

  • WINNER: Deception Pass, Matthew Tait (Dark Crib)
  • The Crying Forest, Venero Armanno (IFWG)
  • Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings (Picador)
  • Gutterbreed, Marty Young (Eclectic Trio)

Long Fiction

  • WINNER: “By Touch and
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2021 BSFS Poetry Contest Winners

Winners of the 2021 Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) Poetry Contest have been announced.

  • 1st Place: “It is a Father’s Tale”, Eric Nicholson
  • 2nd Place: “Memories of a Mermaid”, Natascha Graham
  • 3rd Place: “Cygnus”, Ryan E. Holman
  • Honorable Mention: “Milicent Patrick Speaks of Monsters”, Laura Shovan
  • Honorable Mention: “The Catty Hours”, Adele Gardner

The first place winner receives $100, second place receives $75, and third place receives $50, with all

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2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Shortlist

A few authors of genre interest are on the six-title shortlist for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award:

  • “The July War”, Rabih Alameddine
  • “A Prolonged Kiss”, Jonathan Gibbs
  • “The Irish Wedding”, Elizabeth McCracken

The £30,000 award is given to a single story “of 6,000 words or less” published in the UK or Ireland. Judges for 2021 are Romesh Gunesekera, Andrew Holgate, Yiyun Li, David Mitchell, and Curtis Sittenfeld.

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2020 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced winners of the 2020 Nebula Awards at the 56th Annual Nebula Banquet during the 2021 SFWA Nebula Conference.

Nalo Hopkinson became the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master, for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award was presented to Connie Willis. The Kate Willhelm Solstice Award was presented to Ben ...Read More

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Diop Wins 2021 International Booker Prize

At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop, translated by Anna Mocschovakis (Pushkin), has won the 2021 International Booker Prize.

The award is given “every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland.” The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author and translator. Shortlisted authors and translators each receive £1,000. Judges for 2021 were Aida Edemariam, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Neel ...Read More

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Nebula Awards Livestream

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will livestream the 56th Nebula Awards ceremony on June 5, 2021 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. The ceremony will be available to the public on YouTube and Facebook, and will be hosted by Aydrea Walden. Award presenters include Tobias S. Buckell, Jeffe Kennedy, Mallory O’Meara, Mark Oshiro, Carrie Patel, Adam Savage, Nisi Shawl, and Troy L. Wiggins.

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2021 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2021 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, given by The Orwell Foundation to novels and short story collections published in the UK which explore major political and social themes through a fictional lens, includes two titles of genre interest.

  • Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam (Bloomsbury)
  • The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi (Faber)

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2021 Nommo Awards Shortlist

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Nommo Awards, given to works “by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel

  • Soul Searching, Stephen Embleton (Guardbridge)
  • The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead)
  • Club Ded, Nikhil Singh (Luna)

Best Novella

  • Guardians: The Awakening, David A. Atta (Makere)
  • A Fledgling Abiba, Dilman Dila (Guardbridge)
  • “Ife-Iyoku:
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2021 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlists

Shortlisted titles for the 2021 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced in the Illustrated Books, Younger Readers’, and Older Readers’ categories, including the following of genre interest:

Older Readers’

  • Wranglestone, Darren Charlton (Stripes/Little Tiger)
  • Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko (Amulet; Hot Key)

Category winners each receive £2,000 and the overall Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year title winner will receive an additional £3,000. Winners will be announced on July ...Read More

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Omega Sci-Fi Awards Winners

Winners of the Omega Sci-Fi Awards, presented by Sci-Fest LA and the Light Bringer Project, were announced in an online ceremony.

Roswell Award

  • First place: “Imagine Dandelions”, Andrea Goyan
  • Second place: “Biomimicry”, Ven Pillay
  • Third place: “Realtiger”, Susan Wachowski

Tomorrow Prize

  • First place: “Star Sailor”, Gwendolyn Lopez
  • Second place: “Returning Home”, Sofia Orduno
  • Third place: “EP-1M Contamination”, Britney Cruz

“Corn” by Sienna Koizumi won the 2021 Green Feather Award competition,

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2021 Ignotus Finalists

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

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • Un poco de odio [A Little Hatred], Joe Abercrombie, translated by Manu Viciano (Alianza)
  • Una órbita cerrada y compartida [A Closed and Common Orbit], Becky Chambers, translated by Alexander Páez & Antonio Rivas (Insólita)
  • Los últimos días [Last Days], Brian
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2020 Stoker Awards Winners

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

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • WINNER: The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (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)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • WINNER: The Fourth Whore, EV
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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2021

MILESTONES

ALICE BELL is now repre­sented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

AWARDS

JEAN-CLAUDE MOURLEVAT won the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Me­morial Award, honoring children’s and young adult literature, which includes a prize of five million krona ($572,000).

MICAIAH JOHNSON‘s The Space Between Worlds (Del Rey) won the 2021 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for the “best debut novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.” The $1,000 award will ...Read More

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2020 Australian Shadows Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”

Novel

  • The Crying Forest, Venero Armanno (IFWG)
  • Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings (Picador)
  • Deception Pass, Matthew Tait (Dark Crib)
  • Gutterbreed, Marty Young (Eclectic Trio)

Short Fiction

  • “Hideous Armature”, Joanne Anderton (Midnight
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2021 Guggenheim Fellowships

Author Alexander Chee and translator Edward Gauvin are among the 2021 Guggenheim Fellows, announced by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellowships were awarded to 184 recipients across 49 fields of study “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

The Foundation was started in 1925 and has awarded grants totaling nearly $400 million. Fellowships are through two annual competitions: one for citizens and permanent residents of the US ...Read More

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Gollancz and Orion Win British Book Awards

Orion was named Publisher of the Year and Orion’s genre imprint Gollancz was declared Imprint of the Year at the 2021 British Book Awards. The Bookseller announced the winners on May 13, 2021 during a virtual event. Several titles of genre interest were also included in the shortlist.

Known as the “Nibbies,” the British Book Awards “honours and celebrates the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops” with nominees in

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Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices

Analog has announced the launch of the Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices, open to “any writer over 18 years of age who customarily identifies as Black, has not published nor is under contract for a book, and has three or less paid fiction publications.”

Submissions will be read blind. Please remove all identifying information from the document before sending it. The file name should be the title of the ...Read More

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2020 and 2021 REH Foundation Awards Nominees

The Robert E. Howard Foundation announced the final ballot for its 2020 and 2021 REH Foundation Awards.

2020 Nominees

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • Silken Swords: An Informal Guide to the Women in the Fiction of Robert E. Howard, Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero)
  • Weird Talers: Essays on Robert E. Howard and Others, Bobby Derie (Hippocampus)
  • History in Robert E. Howards Fantastic Stories: From an Age Undreamed
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2021 Nommo Awards Longlists

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the longlists for the 2021 Nommo Awards, given to works “by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.” All works are speculative fiction, published between January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020. Works on the longlists were nominated by members of the ASFS. Shortlists will be announced at the end of May 2021.

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2021 Premios Kelvin Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2021 Premios Kelvin 505 Awards, presented by the Celsius 232 festival and honoring the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror novels published in Spain.

Mejor Novela Original (Best Original Novel)

  • Subsolar, Emilio Bueso (Gigamesh)
  • Los dioses muertos, José Antonio Fideu (El Transbordador)
  • Newropía, Sofía Rhei (Minotauro)
  • Malasangre, Michelle Roche (Anagrama)

Mejor Novela Juvenil (Best YA Novel)

  • La conjura de Aramat
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2021 Aurora Awards Ballot

The 2021 Aurora Awards ballot has been announced. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected, with additional works included when there was a tie for fifth place.

Best Novel

  • A Stitch in Time, Kelley Armstrong (KLA Fricke)
  • A Connecticut Gumshoe in King Arthur’s Court, Randy McCharles (Tyche)
  • Beneath the Rising, Premee Mohamed
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2021 Imadjinn Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Imadjinn Awards have been announced, including several categories of genre interest:

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • The Second Star, Alma Alexander (Crossroad)
  • Storm Shattered, Patrick Dugan (Falstaff)
  • High Mountain Hunters, William Alan Webb (Seventh Seal)
  • Hope’s Game, Mick Williams (Hydra)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Curling Vines & Crimson Trades, Kellie Doherty (Desert Palm)
  • The Watchers of Moniah, Barbara V. Evers (New Mythology)
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Buhlert Wins Space Cowboy Award

Cora Buhlert received the second annual Space Cowboy Award, given for “support and excellence in the field of Science Fiction.” The award is administered by science fiction bookstore Space Cowboy Books, based in Joshua Tree CA. 2020’s recipients were Gideon and Janice Marcus of Galactic Journey.

For more information, see Buhlert’s announcement.

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Evans Selected for Gulf South Writer in the Woods

Desiree S. Evans has been awarded the position of Gulf South Writer in the Woods. The program is designed for writers of speculative fiction and “supports the creative work, scholarship and community engagement of writers examining the Gulf South region.” Evans will receive a stipend of $5,000 plus a 6-week residency at A Studio in the Woods, which includes access to Tulane University library.

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2021 James Tait Black Prize Shortlists

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Oneworld) and A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet (Norton) are on the four-title shortlist for the 2021 James Tait Black Prize in the fiction category. The £10,000 award is presented by the University of Edinburgh for books published during the previous year. Winners will be announced during the Edinburgh International Book Festival, to be held August 14-30, 2021 at the Edinburgh College of ...Read More

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2021 Anthony Awards Nominees

Bouchercon has announced nominees for the 2021 Anthony Awards, honoring the best in crime fiction. Authors and works of genre interest include:

Best Hardcover Novel

  • What You Don’t See, Tracy Clark (Kensington)
  • Blacktop Wasteland, S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
  • The First to Lie, Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Best Short Story

  • “Dear Emily Etiquette”, Barb Goffman (Ellery Queen 9-10/20)
  • “90 Miles”, Alex Segura (Both Sides: Stories From the Border
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2021 Encore Award Shortlist

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) and The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (One World) are on the five-title shortlist for the 2021 Encore Award, given by the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) to the best second novel of the year. The judges for 2021 are Sian Cain, Nikita Lalwani, and Paul Muldoon. The winner of the £10,000 will be announced May 20, 2021. Each of the four other finalists ...Read More

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Barnes Wins Jerusalem Prize

Julian Barnes has won the 2021 Jerusalem Prize, given “to a writer whose work best expresses and promotes the idea of ‘freedom of the individual in society.'” The $10,000 prize was announced May 3, 2021 during the online Jerusalem International Book Forum. Judges for 2021 were Nurit Gertz (chair), Alit Karp, and Dror Mish’ani.

For more information, see the Jerusalem Prize website.

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Inaugural Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards Winners

Winners of the inaugural Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards have been announced. Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston (Balzer + Bray) won the Young Readers category. Other finalists of genre interest include:

  • Wink, Rob Harrell (Dial)
  • Twins, Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright (Graphix)
  • Everything Sad Is Untrue, Daniel Nayeri (Levine Querido)
  • The List of Things That Will Not Change, Rebecca
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