2021 World Fantasy Awards Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2020 has been announced. The awards will be presented during World Fantasy Convention 2021, to be held November 4-7, 2021 at the Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal, Quebec.

The Life Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Megan Lindholm and Howard Waldrop .

The World Fantasy Awards finalists are:

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2020 Kitschies Winners

Winners for the 2020 Kitschies, awarded for “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • WINNER: Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • A Tall History of Sugar, Curdella Forbes (Canongate)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Lost Future of Pepperharrow, Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury)
  • The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley
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2021 Seiun Awards Winners

SF60, the 60th Nihon SF Taikai convention held in Japan, has announced the winners for the 2021 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan.

Best Translated Novel

  • WINNER: The Dark Forest, Cixin Liu, translated by Nozomi Ohomori, Touya Tachihara, Kaori Uehara & Ko Tomari (Hayakawa)
  • All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders,
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2021 Prix Utopiales Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2021 Prix Utopiales (for best French SF) and Prix Utopiales Jeunesse Awards (for best French SF for young adults) have been announced.

Prix Utopiales

  • Esther, Olivier Bruneau (Le Tripode)
  • Le chant des glaces, Jean Krug (Critic)
  • Ru, Camille Leboulanger (L’Atalante)
  • Quitter les Monts d’Automne, Émilie Querbalec (Albin Michel Imaginaire)
  • After®, Auriane Velten (Mnémos)

Prix Utopiales Jeunesse

  • La honte de la galaxie,
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2021 ESFS Awards Winners

The European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) Hall of Fame Awards, Achievement Awards, and Chrysalis Award winners were announced during Eurocon 2021 held July 15-17, 2021 in Fiuggi, Italy.

European Grand Master

  • Maurizio Manzieri (Italy)

Hall of Fame Awards:

Best Author

  • Victor Pelevin / Виктор Пелевин (Russia)

Best Artist

  • Igor Baranko (Ukraine)

Best Magazine (tie)

  • Helion (Romania)
  • Mir Fantastiki / Мир фантастики (Russia)

Best Publisher (tie)

  • Azbooka / Азбука (Russia)
  • Colibri
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2021 Premio Italia Winners

Winners for the 2021 Premio Italia Awards have been announced:

International SF Novel

  • Notte d’ottobre [A Night in the Lonesome October], Roger Zelazny (Hypnos)

Science Fiction Novel

  • Avrai i miei occhi, Nicoletta Vallorani (Zona 42)

Fantasy Novel

  • Il ragno del tempo, Maico Morellini (Providence)


  • Biblioteca di un sole lontano


  • Mondi paralleli. Il meglio della fantascienza italiana indipendente 2019, Carmine Treanni, ed. (Delos)

Short Fiction —

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2021 Rhysling Award Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the annual Rhysling Awards for SF, fantasy, and horror poetry in short and long form categories. This year’s winners are:

  • First place: “Summer Time(lessness)“, Linda D. Addison (Star*Line 43.4)
  • Second place: “Why did white people conquer the world for spices and then never use them?“, R. Thursday (Drunk Monkeys 11/16/20)
  • Third place: “Darning”, Sandra J.
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Murray Wins Branford Boase Award

Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray (Puffin) is the 2021 Branford Boase Award winner. The prize is shared with the book’s editor, Ben Horslen. Witch by Finbar Hawkins (Head of Zeus) was also among the seven titles on the 2021 shortlist.

The Branford Boase award is “given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children.” The author and editor of the winning title each receive an ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, July 2021


KAT HOWARD is now represent­ed by Allie Levick of Writers House.


V.E. SCHWAB‘s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Tor) won the Bisexual Book Award in the Specu­lative Fiction category, presented by the Bi Writers Association.

DAVID DIOP‘s At Night All Blood Is Black (Pushkin), translated by ANNA MOSCHOVAKIS, won the 2021 International Booker Prize. The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author and ...Read More

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NYFA Fellowship Recipients

The New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts announced the recipients for the annual NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program, including authors Amanda Lee Koe and Su-Yee Lin. The program awarded $616,000 to 92 artists across five disciplines.

For more information, see the NYFA site.

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Rediscovery Award Judges Empaneled

The administrators of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award have announced a new panel of judges: Rich Horton, Steven H Silver, and Grant Thiessen. New judges were selected from a call for volunteers after last year’s judges, Robert J. Sawyer and Barry Malzberg, resigned from position.

Established in 2001 by the Cordwainer Smith foundation, the Rediscovery Award is intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. Award recipients include ...Read More

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2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Nominees

Nominees for the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced.

Best Novel
  • Tender Is the Flesh, Agustina Bazterrica (Scribner)
  • The Hollow Places, T. Kingfisher (Saga)
  • Betty, Tiffany McDaniel (Knopf)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • Saltblood, T.C. Parker (self-published)
  • The Sun Down Motel, Simone St. James (Berkley)

Best Young Adult

  • Category Five, Ann Dávila Cardinal (Tor Teen)
  • Harrow Lake, Kat
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2021 Deutsche Science Fiction Preis Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Deutsche Science Fiction Preis, presented by Science Fiction Club Deutschland (SFCD), have been announced.

Best German Language Short Story

  • “Stromsperre”, Stephan Becher (Rebellion in Sirius City)
  • “Die letzte Jungfrau”, T. Elling (Nova 29)
  • “Angereichert”, Karsten Kruschel (Spektrum der Wissenschaft)
  • “Die Sapiens-Integrale”, Michael Marrak (Wie künstlich ist Intelligenz?)
  • “Wagners Stimme”, Carsten Schmitt (Wie künstlich ist Intelligenz?)

Best German Language

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Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2021 Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame inductees list includes SF writers Kevin J. Anderson and W. Michael Gear in the Living category, and Robert Heinlein in the Legacy category.

A nonprofit founded in 2014, the Authors’ Hall of Fame is “dedicated to recognizing and preserving the history about the accomplishments of past and present authors who have created and published books.”

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2021 Wellman Award Winner

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) has announced the winner for the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • WINNER: Queen of None, Natania Barron (Vernacular)
  • Sword of the Seven Sins, Emily Colin (Blue Crow)
  • Legendborn, Tracy Deonn (McElderry)
  • Carved from Stone and Dream, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • Impervious, A.J.
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2021 Imadjinn Awards Winners

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

Best Science Fiction Novel

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

Best Fantasy Novel

  • WINNER: The Watchers of Moniah, Barbara V. Evers (New Mythology)
  • Curling Vines & Crimson Trades
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2021 Prometheus Awards Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the winner for the Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2020.

  • WINNER: The War Whisperer, Book 5: The Hook, Barry B. Longyear (Enchanteds)
  • Who Can Own the Stars?, Mackey Chandler (self-published)
  • Storm Between the Stars, Karl K. Gallagher (Kelt Haven)
  • Braintrust: Requiem, Marc Stiegler (LMBPN)
  • Heaven’s River, Dennis E. Taylor (Ethan Ellenberg)
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2020 Aurealis Awards Winners

Winners of the 2020 Aurealis Awards, for the best in Australian speculative fiction, were announced in an online ceremony.

Best Science Fiction Novel (tie)

  • WINNER: The Animals in That Country, Laura Jean McKay (Scribe)
  • WINNER: Repo Virtual, Corey J. White (Tordotcom)
  • Ghost Species, James Bradley (Penguin Random House)
  • Aurora Burning, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Fauna, Donna Mazza (Allen & Unwin)
  • The
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2021 Eugie Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction have been announced:

  • “The Bone-Stag Walks“, KT Bryski (Lightspeed 8/20)
  • “The Genetic Alchemist’s Daughter“, Elaine Cuyegkeng (Black Cranes)
  • “The Sycamore and the Sybil“, Alix E. Harrow (Uncanny 3-4/20)
  • “City of Red Midnight: A Hikayat“, Usman T. Malik (Tor.com 10/21/20)
  • “Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law“, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com 11/11/20)

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2021 Heinlein Scholarship Recipients

Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year were announced July 7, 2021. This year’s winners are Mandisa Keswa, Alexandra Ouimet, and LeAnn Rhodes. The scholarship awards $2,500 to each recipient. Winners were selected from a record 383 applications, including 23 international submissions.

Keswa received the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Ouimet received the ...Read More

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Williams to Receive Library of Congress Prize

Joy Williams will receive the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction “for a lifetime of outstanding work.” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said,

I am pleased and honored to confer this prize on Joy Williams, in celebration of her almost half-century of extraordinary work. Her work reveals the strange and unsettling grace just beneath the surface of our lives. In a story, a moment, a single sentence, it ...Read More

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SLF Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants Now Open

Submissions for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s (SLF) Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant are open now through July 31, 2021. Each $500 grant “is intended to support the SLF’s mission of promoting literary quality in speculative fiction” and are awarded by SLF staff on the basis of merit.

The Diverse Writers Grant “is intended to support writers of speculative fiction who are from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as ...Read More

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2021 SFF Rosetta Awards Shortlist

Finalists for the 2021 Science Fiction and Fantasy Rosetta Awards (SFFRA), for best translated work, have been announced:


  • Daughter from the Dark, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko, translated from Russian by Julia Meitov Hersey (Harper Voyager)
  • Vagabonds, Hao Jingfang, translated from Chinese by Ken Liu (Saga)
  • Qualityland, Marc-Uwe Kling, translated from German by Jamie Searle Romanelli (Grand Central)
  • The Disaster Tourist, Yun Ko-eun, translated from Korean
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2021 Sturgeon Award Finalists

The finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been announced by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The award is normally presented during the annual Campbell Conference Awards, but will instead be announced online later this summer.

  • “If You Take My Meaning”, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com 2/20)
  • “An Important Failure”, Rebecca Campbell (Clarkesworld 8/20)
  • “The Translator, at Low Tide”,
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2021 Scribe Award Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the winners for the 2021 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Winners and nominees of genre interest follow.

Original Novel — Speculative

  • WINNER: Star Trek Discovery: Die Standing, John Jackson Miller (Gallery)
  • Marvel’s Avengers: The Extinction Key, Greg Keyes (Titan)
  • Firefly: The Ghost Machine, James Lovegrove (Titan)
  • Star Trek: More Beautiful Than Death, David Mack
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2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

Finalists for the eighth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:

  • “The Codes of Binding”, C. Jonah Abbott
  • “Shadows of the Children”, Jacob Barlow
  • “The First”, Dale Cozort
  • “Soulshifters”, Charles Dib
  • “Absinthe & the Alchemist”, Stephanie Kraner
  • “The Teardrop Harvest”, J.D. Lars
  • “Reverse the Clock”, Ari Officer
  • “Blood and Ashes”, Grant Riddell
  • “War Painting”, Elise Stephens
  • “Echoes of Meridian”, M. Elizabeth Ticknor

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Charlton Wins Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

Wranglestone by Darren Charlton (Stripes/Little Tiger) has won the 2021 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the Older Readers category. Winners were also announced in the Illustrated Books and Younger Readers categories, with each category winner receiving £2,000, and an overall Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year title winner received an additional £3,000.

For more information, see the Waterstones website.

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2020 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees

The 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards nominees have been announced. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.


  • Plain Bad Heroines, Emily M. Danforth (Morrow)
  • Sisters, Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • Death in Her Hands, Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin)
  • True Story, Kate Reed Petty (Viking)
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2021 Clarke Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 35th Arthur C. Clarke Award has been announced:

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

The 2021 judges are Phoenix Alexander, Nicole Devarenne, Stewart Hotston, Nick Hubble, and Alasdair Stuart, ...Read More

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2020 and 2021 REH Foundation Awards Winners

Winners of the 2020 and 2021 REH Foundation Awards were announced during Robert E. Howard Days, held June 11, 2021 in Cross Plains TX.

2020 Winners

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

  • WINNER: Weird Talers: Essays on Robert E. Howard and Others, Bobby Derie (Hippocampus)
  • Silken Swords: An Informal Guide to the Women in the Fiction of Robert E. Howard, Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero)
  • History in Robert
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2020 Analog AnLab Awards Winners

Results of the 2020 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards have been announced.

Best Novella

  • 1st place: “Draiken Dies“, Adam-Troy Castro (9-10/20)
  • 2nd place: “Flyboys“, Stanley Schmidt (7-8/20)
  • 3rd place: “Moral Biology“, Neal Asher (5-6/20)

Best Novelette

  • 1st place: “Minerva Girls“, James Van Pelt (9-10/20)
  • 2nd place: “The Quest for the Great Grey Mossy“, Harry Turtledove (1-2/20)
  • 3rd place: “The Offending Eye“, Robert R. Chase (7-8/20)
  • 4th place: “Sticks and Stones“,
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2021 Colorado Book Awards Winners

Winners for the 2021 Colorado Book Awards have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • WINNER: Once Again, Catherine Wallace Hope (Alcove)
  • Tower of the Four: The Champions Academy Episodes 1-3 [The Quad, The Tower, The Test], Todd Fahnestock (F4)
  • White Trash Warlock, David R. Slayton (Blackstone)

Additionally, Molly Tanzer’s Creatures of Charm and Hunger (John Joseph Adams Books) won the Historical ...Read More

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