Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

The Orwell Foundation is launching a new prize to recognize novels and stories that address social and political themes. The Orwell Prize for Po­litical Fiction is sponsored by A.M. Heath (the agency for George Orwell’s literary estate) and Orwell’s son Richard Blair. The existing Orwell Book Prize for fiction and non-fiction will be re­named the Orwell Prize for Political Writing and will focus exclusively on non-fiction. Each of the two ...Read More

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2019 Tournament of Books Shortlist

The Morning News has announced their shortlist for the 2019 Tournament of Books, “a month-long battle royale among the year’s best novels,” including titles of genre interest:

  • Census, Jesse Ball (Ecco)
  • So Lucky, Nicola Griffith (MCD)
  • The Overstory, Richard Powers (Norton)

For the full shortlist, or to vote in the “Zombie Poll,” see the official announcement.

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Adeyemi Shortlisted for Morris Award

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt) has been shortlisted for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to “a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers.” The winner will be announced at ALA’s Midwinter Youth Media Awards on January 28, 2019.

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Inaugural STEAM Book Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the inaugural STEAM prize for books that highlight science, technology, engineering, arts, and math have been announced, including titles of genre interest.


  • The Fandom, Anna Day (Chicken House)
  • The Secret Deep, Lindsay Galvin (Chicken House)
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Lauren James (Walker)
  • The Electrical Venus, Julie Mayhew (Hot Key)
  • Jinxed, Amy McCulloch (Simon & Schuster)
  • White Rabbit, Red Wolf, Tom Pollock (Walker)

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2019 GUFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2019 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) have been announced:

  • Lynelle Howell (New Zealand)
  • Simon Litten (New Zealand)
  • Nicole Murphy (Australia)

The 2019 fund will send fans from Australasia to Europe to attend Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, in Dublin, Ireland to be held August 15-19, 2019. GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of the previous year. Candidates ...Read More

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2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Winners

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister of Australia announced the winners for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on December 5, 2018. The awards “celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.” The winner receives A$80,000 and each runner-up gets A$5,000. Winner and finalists of genre interest include:


  • WINNER: Border Districts, Gerald Murnane (Giramondo)
  • A Long
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Ohaegbu Wins Arts Scholarship

Chimedum Ohaegbu, assistant editor at Uncanny magazine, has been awarded the $17,500 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship from the University of British Columbia.

In selecting recipients, consideration is given to both scholarly excellence and the demonstrated ability to work with and lead others in student and community activities at the university, local, national, and/or international level.

For more information, see the announcement on Uncanny‘s website.

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2019 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2019 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify. Only living authors and editors are eligible. All books must have a 2018 publication date, and all magazines a 2018 cover date.

The judges will read and consider eligible materials between now and June 1, 2019 (the earlier, the better). To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges

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2018 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards for the “best books of 2018” as chosen by users of the site, were announced December 4, 2018. There are several winners of genre interest:

Best Mystery & Thriller

  • The Outsider, Stephen King (Scribner) 62,170 votes

Best Science Fiction

  • Vengeful, V.E. Schwab (Tor) 49,563 votes

Best Fantasy

  • Circe, Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) 78,733 votes

Best Horror

  • Elevation, Stephen King (Scribner) 39,616 votes


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Dublin 2019 Worldcon Award Announcements

Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, has announced a special category for Best Art Book to be included in the 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

An eligible work for this special Hugo award is any art book in the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and ...Read More

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Adeyemi Wins Foyles Book of the Year Award

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Pan Macmillan/Henry Holt) was named the Foyles Children’s Book of the Year for 2018. Winners were also chosen by Foyles staff in fiction and non-fiction categories, and all three winners will receive “significant focus instore and online throughout the festive period across windows, table displays, instore screens, and online on the Foyles website, where a bundle of all three titles is also ...Read More

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Ishiguro to Receive Bodley Medal

Kazuo Ishiguro will receive the 2019 Bodley Medal, awarded by the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University. The original medal was created in 1646 to honor Sir Thomas Bodley, who rebuilt the first public library at Oxford. Since 2002, replicas have been awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds of literature, culture, science, and communication. The medal will be presented April 3, 2019 at the FT Weekend ...Read More

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Green Wins FutureBook Story Contest

The winner of the inaugural FutureBook short fiction contest, in partnership with The Pigeonhole reading app, has been announced:

  • WINNER: “The Once and Future Book”, Ian Green
  • “Flying Lessons”, Fire Bird
  • “The Paper Pages”, Jamie Groves
  • “Living Fiction”, Louise Harnby
  • “On Developments in Book Delivery Systems”, Ian Sansom

Entries were judged by FutureBook associate editor Molly Flatt, The Pigeonhole founder Anna Jean Huges, and Arthur C. Clarke Award director Tom

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Bishop Inducted into Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Michael Bishop was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame during a November 5, 2018 ceremony at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library in Athens GA. The Hall of Fame “was established in 2000 as part of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library to honor Georgia writers and to introduce the public to the library’s rich collections for research into Georgia literature and cultural ...Read More

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2018 Galaxy Awards

The 29th annual Galaxy Awards for Chinese science fiction were announced November 23, 2018 at the third China Science Fiction Conference in Shenzhen, China.

Most Popular Foreign Writer

  • Richard K. Morgan

Best Novelette (tie)

  • Forest of Death, Peng Chao
  • The Hearts Behind, Gu Di

Best Short Story (tie)

  • “Amorville”, Bella Han
  • “Tian Tu”, Wang Jinkang
  • “An Account of the Sky Whales”, A Que

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Klages Wins 2018 Gaylactic Spectrum

The winner for the 2018 Gaylactic Spectrum Award in the novel category was announced at Chessiecon 2018, held at the Red Lion Hotel Baltimore North in Timonium MD from November 23-25, 2018.

  • WINNER: Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Cult of Ocasta, Mark Allan Gunnells (Evil Jester)
  • Hexslayer, Jordan L. Hawk (self-published)
  • An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King (Harper Voyager)
  • Tremontaine, Ellen Kushner, ed.
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Women’s Prize Announces Fee

The Women’s Prize for Fiction (until this year known as the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and from 1996-2012 called the Orange Prize for Fiction) has announced a new £1,000 fee for publishers whose works appear on the 16-title longlist, prompting outcry from smallpress publishers. Galley Beggar Press called the change “catastrophic to small publishers,” noting that though one of their authors won the prize years ago, “it would have ...Read More

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Fletcher Wins Rotsler

Ken Fletcher is the winner of the 2018 Rotsler Award for “long-time artistic achievement in amateur publications of the science fiction community.” The award was announced during Loscon 45 in Los Angeles CA, November 23-25, 2018.

The award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, and includes an honorarium of $300 and a plaque. The Rotsler judges are Mike Glyer, John Hertz, and Sue Mason.

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Smith Named MWA Grand Master

Martin Cruz Smith has been named 2019 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), along with Linda Fairstein. Smith’s genre work includes The Indians Won (Tower & Leisure), The Analog Bullet (Nordon), and Nightwing (Simon & Schuster). The Grand Master awards will be presented during the 73rd annual Edgar Awards banquet, April 25, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York NY.

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2018 Costa Book Awards Shortlist

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Costa First Novel award, and The Colour of the Sun by David Almond (Hodder Children’s) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Children’s Book award.

The Costa Book Awards recognizes “some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” Each winner in the five individual ...Read More

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2019 Aspen Words Longlist

The 16-title longlist for the second annual Aspen Words Literary Prize has been announced, including titles of genre interest:

  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner)
  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
  • Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

The winner will be announced during a ceremony on April 11, 2019 in New York NY. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction focused on vital contemporary issues.” Finalists each receive ...Read More

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2018 Ignotus Winners

Winners for the 2018 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: Las estrellas son legión [The Stars Are Legion], Kameron Hurley (Alianza)
  • Fuego [The Fireman], Joe Hill (Nocturna)
  • La quinta estación [The Fifth Season], N.K. Jemisin (B)
  • Detrás de sus ojos [Behind Her Eyes], Sarah Pinborough (Alianza)
  • El archivo de atrocidades
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2019 Dublin Literary Award Longlist

The longlist for the 2019 International Dublin Literary award has been announced, and includes numerous titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Stay With Me, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Knopf)
  • 4321, Paul Auster (Henry Holt)
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies, John Boyne (Hogarth)
  • A Long Way From Home, Peter Carey (Knopf)
  • Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Small Beer)
  • Smile, Roddy Doyle (Viking)
  • Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan (Scribner)
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2018 National Book Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 National Book Awards have been announced and include authors and works of genre interest.

Isabel Allende received the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters lifetime achievement award, presented by author Luís Alberto Urrea.


  • WINNER: The Friend, Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)
  • Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead)
  • The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai (Viking)

Young People’s Literature

  • WINNER: The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, M.T. Anderson
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Hamid Shortlisted for 2018 DSC Prize

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead) is on the six-title shortlist for the 2018 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. The $25,000 prize “is open to authors of any ethnicity or nationality as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people.” The judges for 2018 are Claire Armitstead, Firdous Azim, Tissa Jayatilaka, Rudrangshu Mukherjee (chair), and Nandana Sen. The winner will be announced at the Tata Steel ...Read More

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2018 BAMB Readers Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 Books Are My Bag (BAMB) Readers Awards have been announced, including some titles and authors of genre interest in the following categories:


  • WINNER: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury)
  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (HarperCollins)
  • Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie (Riverhead)
  • Tin Man, Sarah Winman (Putnam)

Young Adult

  • WINNER: La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One, Philip Pullman
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Amazon’s Best Books of 2018

Amazon.com published its yearly array of lists to promote the best books of 2018, with editors’ selections in various cat­egories.

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (Europa) was the editors’ pick for best science fiction and fantasy book of the year. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt) was the editors’ pick for best young adult book of the year.

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Liu Wins Imagination in Service to Society Award

Cixin Liu was presented with the Imagination in Service to Society award during the Arthur C. Clarke “Unleash Imagination” awards ceremony and dinner, November 8, 2018 at the Sidney Harman Hall in Washington DC. The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation also presented its Lifetime Achievement award to Irwin Jacobs and the Innovator award to Jill Tarter.

For more information, see the Clarke Foundation website.

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Nebula Awards Rule Changes

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced changes to the Nebula Awards rules, effective November 15, 2018: associate members of SFWA have been granted full voting privileges, where previously this was limited only to active members, and Game Writing has been added as a new Nebula Award category.

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2018 Endeavour Award Winner

The winner of the 2018 Endeavour Award has been announced:

  • WINNER: The Cold Eye, Laura Anne Gilman (Saga)
  • CrossTown, Loren W. Cooper (Xeno)
  • Ironfoot, Dave Duncan (Night Shade)
  • Portal of a Thousand Worlds, Dave Duncan (Open Road)
  • A Secret History of Witches, Louisa Morgan (Orbit)

The award “honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific ...Read More

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Estcon 2018 Report and Stalker Awards Winners

Estcon 2018 was another wonderful summer event, held in the same location, Udu Farm in Estonia. Estcon is possibly the only science fiction convention in the world held primarily in the open air. The farm offers a camping area and two large farmhouses with multiple bedrooms as well as two dozen “camping huts,” each fitted with three beds, a small refrigerator, and a covered area with picnic bench and grill ...Read More

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Barnett Wins J.F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award

David G. Barnett will be awarded the 2019 J.F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award by Splatterpunk Awards founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene.

The Lifetime Achievement Award “honors individuals who have upheld, impacted and contributed to the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.” The award will be presented during the second annual Splatterpunk Awards, presented during Killercon 2019 in Austin, Texas.

For more information, see the official announcement.

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