2018 Sidewise Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2018 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History have been announced.

Long Form The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor) Summerland, Hannu Rajaniemi (Tor) The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington, Charles Rosenberg (Hanover Square) Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)

Short Form

“The Secret City”, Rick Wilber (Asimov’s 9-10/18) Codex Valtierra, Oscar (Xiu) Ramirez & Emmanuel Valtierra (self-published)

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2019 WSFA Small Press Award

Finalists for the 2019 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced:

“The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat”, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 7-8/18) “Familiar in Her Angles”, E.A. Brenner (Metaphorosis 9/21/18) “Baggage”, Leslie Burton-Lopez (When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology) “The Djinni and the Accountant”,  Hal J. Friesen (Fire: Demons, Dragons, ...Read More Read more

2019 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, on August 18, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland.

Best Novel

WINNER: The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US; Hodder & Stoughton) Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK) Spinning Silver, ...Read More Read more

1944 Retro Hugo Awards Winners

Winners for the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1943, were announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, during a ceremony held August 15, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland.

Best Novel

WINNER: Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Unknown Worlds 4/43) Das Glasperlenspiel [The Glass Bead Game], Hermann Hesse (Fretz & Wasmuth) Gather, Darkness!, Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Astounding Science-Fiction 5/43-7/43) Perelandra, C.S. Lewis ...Read More Read more

2019 SFRA Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) has announced the winners of several of its awards.

Mary Kay Bray award for best essay, interview, or extended review to appear in the SFRA Review (tie)

Amandine Faucheux for a review of The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin T.S. Miller for a review of The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction by Rob Latham, ed.

Thomas D. Clareson award for distinguished service

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2019 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the 2018 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story includes genre titles The Sadness of Beautiful Things by Simon Van Booy (Penguin) and The Sing of the Shore by Lucy Wood (4th Estate).

The £10,000 prize “recognises excellence in a single author short story collection.” Judges for 2019 are Elizabeth Baines, Tessa Hadley, and Sam Jordison. The winners will be announced on October 25, 2019 during a ...Read More

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2019 Imadjinn Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Imadjinn Awards have been announced, including several categories of genre interest.

Best Science Fiction Novel

The Shadow Beneath the Waves, Matt Betts (Severed) Storm Forged, Patrick Dugan (Falstaff) Jurassic Jail, William Alan Webb (Dingbat)

Best Fantasy Novel

Winter’s Heir, Sarah Joy Adams & Emily Lavin Leverett (Falstaff) Fey West, Michael J. Allen (Bell Bridge) Terra Australis, Cody Higgins (Zen Mob) ...Read More Read more

2019 Dragon Awards Ballot

Dragon Con has announced the ballot for the 2019 Dragon Awards. Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website; registration for voting is open until August 30, 2019, 11:59PM (EDT). Winners will be announced at Dragon Con, held August 29 – September 2, 2019 in Atlanta GA.

Best Science Fiction Novel

Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager) Tiamat’s Wrath, James S.A. Corey ...Read More Read more

2019 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2019 Mythopoeic Awards winners on August 4, 2019 during Mythcon 50, held at San Diego State University in San Diego CA.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

WINNER: Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) The Arcadia Project: Borderline, Phantom Pains, Impostor Syndrome, Mishell Baker (Saga) In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House) The Innsmouth Legacy: “The Litany of ...Read More Read more

2019 ESFS Awards Nominations

The European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) Hall of Fame Awards, Achievement Awards, and Chrysalis Award nominees have been announced, along with the names of the nominating countries:

Hall of Fame Awards:

Best Author

Ismael Martínez Biurrun (Spain) Philippe Curval (France) Yana Dubynianska (Ukraine) Victor Pelevin / Виктор Пелевин (Russia) Charles Stross (United Kingdom) Maria Turtschaninoff (Finland and Sweden) João Ventura (Portugal) Alessandro Vietti (Italy) Aleksandar Žiljak (Croatia)

Best Artist

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2019 RITA and Golden Heart Awards Winners

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America (RWA) at their annual convention in New York NY on July 26, 2019. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest follow.

RITA for Paranormal Romance:

Dearest Ivie, J.R. Ward (Ballantine)

Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance:

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Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has announced that starting in 2020, the Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award will be presented at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA).

The $1,000 award, now in its tenth year, “recognizes emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.” Deadline for entry is November 1, 2019.

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2019 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 “After Her Brother Ripped the Heads from Her Paper Dolls”, Beth Cato (Mythic Delirium 1-3/18)

Second Place “What Loves You”, Jeff Crandall (F&SF 9-10/18)

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2019 Seiun Awards Winners

The 58th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2019 Seiun Awards winners (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The winners for translated works are:

Best Translated Novel

WINNER: Mecha Samurai Empire, Peter Tieryas, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa) Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty, translated by Takeshi Mogi (Tokyo Sogensha) Provenance, Ann Leckie, translated by ...Read More Read more

2019 Sunburst Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2019 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced:

Adult Fiction

Sodom Road Exit, Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp) Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield (Chizine) Annex, Rich Larson (Orbit) Trickster Drift, Eden Robinson (Penguin Random House Canada) Plum Rains, Andromeda Romano-Lax (Penguin Random House Canada)

Young Adult Fiction

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2019 World Fantasy Awards Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2018 has been announced. The awards will be presented November 3, 2019 during World Fantasy 2019 (WFC) to be held at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles CA.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Hayao Miyazaki and Jack Zipes.

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2019 Booker Prize Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced, including several of genre interest:

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Vintage, Chatto & Windus) The Wall, John Lanchester (Faber & Faber) An Orchestra of Minorities, Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown) Lanny, Max Porter (Faber & Faber) Quichotte, Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape) Frankissstein, Jeanette Winterson (Jonathan Cape)

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2019 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist

The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2019 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher) The Green Man’s Heir, Juliet E. McKenna (Wizard’s Tower) Priest of Bones, Peter McLean (Jo Fletcher) Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri (Orbit) The Loosening Skin, Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories) The Bitter Twins, Jen Williams ...Read More Read more

Changes to Retro Hugo Ballot

The Hugo Award administrators have announced changes to the 1944 Retro Hugo ballot which affect the Best Fanzine category. Fantasy News has been removed, and Guteto has been added. The announcement says:

The Hugo Administrators have discovered an error in their tally of the nominations for the 1944 Retro Hugo for Best Fanzine.

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2019 Scribe Award Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the winners for the 2019 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Winners were announced on July 19, 2019 at Comic-Con International, held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego CA. Titles of genre interest include:

Original Novel — Speculative

WINNER: Star Trek Discovery: Drastic Measures, Dayton Ward (Pocket) Halo: Silent Storm, Troy Denning (Gallery) World ...Read More Read more

2019 Eisner Awards

The 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 29, 2019. Winners of SF/F interest include:

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310, Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)

Best Limited Series

Mister Miracle, Tom King & Mitch Gerads (DC)

Best New Series

Gideon Falls, Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino (Image)

Best Short Story

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2019 Inky Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2019 Inky Awards have been announced, including titles of genre interest:

Gold Inky Award (for Australian titles)

Hive, A.J. Betts (Pan Australia) Whisper, Lynette Noni (Kids Can) After the Lights Go Out, Lili Wilkinson (Allen & Unwin)

Silver Inky Award (for international titles)

The Cruel Prince, Holly Black (Little, Brown) The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton (Gollancz) The Astonishing Colour of After, Emily ...Read More Read more

Klages Wins 2019 Ohioana Award

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages (Viking BFYR) won the 2019 Ohioana Book Award in the Middle Grade / Young Adult category. The awards, given “to recognize outstanding literary achievement by Ohio writers and on Ohio subjects,” will be presented October 17, 2019 at the Statehouse in Columbus OH.

For more information, see the prize’s official website.

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Rosewater Wins 2019 Clarke Award

Rosewater by Tade Thompson (Orbit) won the 33rd Arthur C. Clarke Award, announced July 17, 2019 during a ceremony at Foyles Bookshop in London, UK. Thompson receives a check for £2,019 and an engraved bookend.

Other finalists were:

Semiosis , Sue Burke (HarperVoyager) Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris) Frankenstein in Baghdad,  Ahmed Saadawi (Oneworld) The Electric State, Simon Stålenhag (Simon & Schuster) The Loosening Skin, ...Read More Read more

BooktubeSFF Awards Winners

Winners of the fifth annual BooktubeSFF Awards have been announced. The awards were created “as a way to encourage more engagement among the emergent SFF fandom community on YouTube,” and the judges are “booktubers,” or “YouTube creators whose channels focus on books and reading.”

Nominees were chosen from 281 reader ballots, with winners voted on separately by readers and judges. For categories with differing results, both selections were named as ...Read More

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Ruocchio Wins 2019 Manly Wade Wellman Award

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) announced the winner of the 2019 Manly Wade Wellman Award on July 12, 2019 during ConGregate 6 held at the Red Lion Hotel in High Point NC. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

WINNER: Empire of Silence, Christopher Ruocchio (DAW) In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams) Pride and ...Read More Read more

Emshwiller Wins Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award

Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019) is the winner of the 2019 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. This year’s judges were Barry Malzberg, Mike Resnick, and Robert J. Sawyer. The award was announced July 12, 2019 during Readercon 30 at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy MA.

For more information about the award, see the Cordwainer Smith Foundation website.

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Suri Wins Brave New Words Award

Tasha Suri won the Brave New Words Award on the strength of her debut novel Empire of Sand  (Orbit). The award was announced by Starburst magazine at a ceremony during the Edge-Lit 8 festival, held July 13, 2019 at QUAD in Derby, UK. The award goes to an individual, not a specific work, so the titles listed are “examples that most define the creators output.” Other finalists were:

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2018 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards winners have been announced. The awards — for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction — were presented July 14, 2019 at Readercon 30 at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy MA.


WINNER: Little Eve, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams) Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton (Double Day) We Sold Our ...Read More Read more

2019 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winner

“Treason Properly” by J.J. Cragun won the sixth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, announced July 6, 2019 during SpikeCon in Layton UT. Second place went to “In the House of Rain and Gale” by Joelle Douthit and third place went to “In the City of Dreadful Joy” by Misha Burnett.

Other nominees were:

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Arimah Wins Caine Prize

“Skinned” by Lesley Nneka Arimah (McSweeney’s #53) won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing. The £10,000 prize “is awarded for a short story by an African writer published in English” and was announced during a ceremony on July 8, 2019 at the University of London’s Senate House in London, UK. Additionally, four shortlisted authors each received £500. Judges for 2019 were Sefi Atta, Peter Kimani (chair), Margie Orford, Scott ...Read More

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2019 Prometheus Awards Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the winner of the 2019 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, honoring works published in 2018 that “examine the meaning of freedom.”

Best Novel Award

WINNER: Causes of Separation, Travis Corcoran (Morlock) Kingdom of the Wicked [Book One: Rules and Book Two: Order], Helen Dale (Ligature Pty Limited) State Tectonics, Malka Older (Tor.com Publishing) The Fractal Man, J. Neil ...Read More Read more