sf-Lit Award 2021 Longlist

sf-Lit.de has announced the 2021 sf-Lit Award 2021 longlist winners. The longlist consists of 13 candidates and 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 Longlist

  • Gabriele Behrend, Salzgras & Lavendel (p.machinery)
  • Laurent Binet, Eroberung (Rowohlt)
  • Blake Crouch, Gestohlene Erinnerung (Goldmann)
  • Christoph Dittert, Fallender Stern (Piper)
  • Ralph C. Doege,
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2021 Ditmar Preliminary Ballot

The preliminary ballot for the 2021 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF has been announced.

Best Novel

  • 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)
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
  • Poison & Light, Gillian Polack (Shooting Star)
  • Repo Virtual, Corey J.
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2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the longlist 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” with 23 fiction titles and 22 non-fiction. The fiction longlist includes the following titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
  • The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • The Book of
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2021 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2021 Mythopoeic Awards winners in an online ceremony.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • WINNER: The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune (Tor)
  • Magic Lessons, Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko (Amulet)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Katherine Tegen)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • WINNER: A Wizard’s
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New Le Guin Prize for Fiction

The Ursula K. Le Guin Literary Trust has announced the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction, a new award to launch in 2022. The annual $25,000 cash prize will be given to “a single book-length work of imaginative fiction.”

This award is intended to recognize those writers Ursula spoke of in her 2014 National Book Awards speech—realists of a larger reality, who can imagine real grounds for hope and ...Read More

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2021 Aurora Awards Winners

The 2021 Aurora Awards winners were announced October 16, 2021 during a livestreamed ceremony organized by Ottawa’s Can*Con convention.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • A Stitch in Time, Kelley Armstrong (KLA Fricke)
  • A Connecticut Gumshoe in King Arthur’s Court, Randy McCharles (Tyche)
  • Beneath the Rising, Premee Mohamed (Solaris)
  • The Oppenheimer Alternative, Robert J. Sawyer (Red Deer)

Best YA Novel

  • WINNER: Flights
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Campbell Wins Sturgeon

Results for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of 2020 have been announced by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The award is traditionally presented during the annual Campbell Conference Awards, but was instead announced online.

  • WINNER: “An Important Failure”, Rebecca Campbell (Clarkesworld 8/20)
  • Second place: “The Pill”, Meg Elison (Big Girl)
  • Third place: “Yellow and the Perception of Reality”,
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People & Publishing Roundup, October 2021


N.K. JEMISIN was named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time. See the full list on their website.


NANCY PEARL will receive the 2021 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, to be presented November 17, 2021 at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York. Pearl is the influential librarian who created the ‘‘One Book, One City’’ program.

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Heinlein Journal Wins Design Award

The Heinlein Journal was chosen as one of six winners for the Editorial category in Communication Arts’ 62nd annual design competition. This win comes after the Heinlein Journal‘s recent redesign.

Managing Editor and Designer Mark Bult says

This redesign matches the quality of the publication with the stature of its authors and their scholarship…. We’ve enlivened the publication with a new masthead and typography, plus more photos and new, custom ...Read More

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Williams Wins Forry Award

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected composer John Williams as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for lifetime achievement in the SF field. Williams created the scores for SF and fantasy films including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, and installments of the Jurassic Park and Harry Potter film series.

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2022 Baen Memorial Contest Open

The 2022 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest is open until February 1, 2022. Co-sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, the contest is for stories of near-future space exploration. This year, the focus is on “Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure.”

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Goldsmiths Prize 2021 Shortlist

This One Sky Day by Leone Ross (Faber & Faber) is included in the six-title shortlist for the 2021 Goldsmiths Prize.

The £10,000 is given for a book by a British or Irish author that “breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form.” This year’s judges are Fred D’aguiar, Kamila Shamsie, Nell Stevens (chair), and Johanna Thomas-Corr. The winner will be announced November 10, 2021.

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2021 National Book Awards Finalists

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

The Fiction category includes Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Scribner), Matrix by Lauren Groff (Riverhead), Zorrie by Laird Hunt (Bloomsbury), and Hell of a Book by Jason Mott (Dutton).

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SKRIVA Short Story Competition Winners

Results of the 2021 Fantastiknovelltävlingen, a Swedish “Fantastic Short Story Competiton” organized by writers’ email list SKRIVA, have been announced.

First Place

  • “Gro” [“Grow” or “Germinate”], Terese Säljö

Second Place

  • “Mannen på åtta trappor” [“The Man on Eighth Stairs”], Carl-Magnus Åsard

Third Place

  • “Gratis flytthjälp” [“Free Moving House Help”], Linnea Ronnholm

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Elin Frykholm, Björn Lestell, Katarina Nyman, Ambra Bolin Rojek, Louise Sahlberg, John Wide, and

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Kingfisher Wins 2021 WSFA Small Press Award

“Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny 9-10/20) is the winner of the 2021 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction. Kingfisher is a pen name for Ursula Vernon. Other finalists were:

  • “Heritage Hill”, Matthew R. Davis (Outback Horrors Down Under)
  • “Myself”, Rebecca Enzor (DreamForge 12/20)
  • “Memories Taste Best When Marinated With Sadness”, Feng Gooi (Hexagon Fall ’20)
  • “Foster-Child of Silence
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2021 Salam Award

The winner, finalists, and honorable mentions for the 2021 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced:


  • “You Get What is Yours“, Dur e Aziz Amna


  • “Ignition” by Khizer Abbas
  • “The Calls” by Zunaira Nadeem

Honorable Mentions

  • “Nameless” by Mehr-un-Nisa Waheed
  • “Custody” by Mujtaba Ayub
  • “We All Return to the Sea” by Mashal Faraz Shamsi

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2021 Nielsen Bestseller Awards

The Nielsen Bestseller Awards have been announced, and include several titles and authors of genre interest. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake (Jonathan Cape) was a Platinum Bestseller; Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton) was a Gold Bestseller; and The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman (Penguin UK & David Fickling) was a Silver Bestseller. Several titles by Matt Haig ...Read More

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2021 MacArthur Fellowships

The 25 MacArthur Foundation Fellows have been announced for 2021, and include two creators of genre interest: Daniel Alarcón (author of 2006 fantasy story “Abraham Lincoln Has Been Shot”), and Alex Riveria (a filmmaker whose work includes 2008’s Sleep Dealer).

Each “genius grant” recipient receives a no-strings-attached “stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

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2021 Roswell Award and Tomorrow Prize Open for Submissions

Light Bringer Project and Omega Sci-Fi have opened submissions for the Roswell Award for short SF by adults living anywhere, and for the Tomorrow Prize for short SF by Los Angeles County high school students. Two special awards are included: The Green Feather Award recognizing “an outstanding science fiction short story by a teen author [or team of authors] that centers on overcoming today’s environmental challenges,” and The Feminist Futures ...Read More

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2021 First Novel Prize Shortlist

The City of Good Death by Priyanka Champaneri (Restless Books) and Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith (Random House) are on the seven-title shortlist for the 2021 First Novel Prize, given by the Center for Fiction “to honor the best debut fiction of the year.”

The shortlist and winners are chosen by “a committee of distinguished American writers.” The winner will be announced during the Center’s Annual ...Read More

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2021 Kindle Storyteller Award Shortlist

A Thousand Li: The Second Sect by Tao Wong (Starlit) is on the five-title shortlist for the 2021 Kindle Storyteller Award. The award, launched in 2017, includes 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.

The winner will be announced in October after the shortlist is judged by a jury panel.

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Delany Fellowship Accepting Applications

CatStone Books is currently accepting applications for their inaugural Samuel R. Delany Fellowship, which will provide a $10,000 stipend for “one author from a community that has traditionally been marginalized in speculative fiction. This can include authors of color, LGBT+ authors, female authors, authors with disabilities, and authors living an immigrant experience.”

Applications are due October 31, 2021. The shortlist will be announced November 15, and the winner on December ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, September 2021


DOMINICA PHETTEPLACE has been chosen for the Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency. She will spend two weeks writ­ing at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, working on her novel Robot Country, “a dystopian sci­ence fiction novel which imagines robots as the agents of the next wave of American colonization and forced resettlement.” For details see the website.

Writers LAUREN DIXON & DALLAS TAYLOR were married July 31, 2021. ...Read More

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McKay Wins Clarke Award

The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay (Scribe) won the 35th Arthur C. Clarke Award. McKay receives a check for £2,021 and an engraved bookend.

Other finalists were:

  • The Infinite , Patience Agbabi (Canongate)
  • The Vanished Birds, Simon Jimenez (Titan)
  • Vagabonds, Hao Jingfang (Head of Zeus)
  • Edge of Heaven, R.B. Kelly (NewCon)
  • Chilling Effect,  Valerie Valdes (Orbit)

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2021 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners for the 2021 British Fantasy Awards:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
  • WINNER: The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook)
  • Threading the Labyrinth, Tiffani Angus (Unsung Stories)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Dark River, Rym Kechacha (Unsung Stories)
  • The Bone Shard Daughter, Andrea Stewart (Orbit)
  • By Force Alone, Lavie Tidhar (Tor)
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Premio Imaginación y Futuro Award

Mexicona, the first Mexican virtual convention of speculative fiction, presented the Premio Imaginación y Futuro (Imagination and Future Award) “to celebrate, recognize and uplift speculative works created by people of Mexican origin” and to “strengthen and build a more diverse and vibrant SFF community in Mexico and Latin America.” The winners were announced September 24, 2021.

Imago by Rakel Hoyos won the Short Story Collection Prize. Entre las grietas by ...Read More

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2021 Academy of British Cover Design Winners

Winners of the 2021 Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) Awards have been announced. A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker, designed by Jack Smyth (Head of Zeus) and The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, designed by Nick Stearn (Hot Key) won the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates, designed by Jamie Keenan and photographed by Jeff Cottenden (Fourth Estate) won the ...Read More

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2021 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2021 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: The Sign of the Dragon, Mary Soon Lee (JABberwocky)
  • Second Place: A Collection of Dreamscapes, Christina Sng
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Russell Wins McIlvanney Prize

Hyde by Craig Russell (Constable) won the 2021 McIlvanney Prize, given by the Scottish writing festival Bloody Scotland “to the best Scottish Crime book of the year.” Russell receives a £1,000 prize. Judges were Ayo Onatade, Karen Robinson, and Ewan Wilson.

For more information, see the Bloody Scotland website.

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2021 Neffy Awards Winners

The winners of the 2021 National Fantasy Fan Federation Speculative Fiction Awards (the Neffys) have been announced on Facebook.

Best Novel (tie)

  • Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga)
  • Hussar, Declan Finn (Silver Empire)

Younger Readers (tie)

  • “The Shadows of Alexandrium”, David Gerrold (F&SF 9-10/20)
  • The Unbearable Heaviness of Remembering, L. Jagi Lamplighter (Silver Empire)

Best Book Editor

  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Pro Artist

  • Brad Fraunfelter

Best Non-N3F Fanzine

  • Event Horizon
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2021 Ignyte Awards Winners

The FIYAHCON 2021 committee has announced the winners for the 2021 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.” Winners were presented at an online ceremony on September 18, 2021.

Best Novel — Adult

  • WINNER: Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
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2021 National Books Awards Fiction Longlist

The National Book Awards Fiction 10-title longlist has been announced, including works of genre interest:

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster)
  • Bewilderment, Richard Powers (Norton)

There were 415 books submitted for the 2021 Fiction category. The judges are Alan Michael Parker, Emily Pullen, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Luis Alberto Urrea (chair), and Charles Yu.

Five finalists will be announced October 5, 2021, and winners on November 17, ...Read More

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