2019 Geffen Awards Winners

Winners for the 2019 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew have been announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • WINNER: Artemis, Andy Weir (Armchair)
  • The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood (Kinneret Zmora Dvir)
  • Provenance, Ann Leckie (Sial)
  • Nexus, Ramez Naam (Yaniv)
  • A Man Lies Dreaming, Lavie Tidhar (Modan)

Best Translated Fantasy Book

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Atwood and Evaristo Win 2019 Booker Prize

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Vintage, Chatto & Windus) and Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton) were announced as joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize during a ceremony held October 14, 2019 at the Guildhall in London, UK.

The Booker rules forbid splitting the prize, but chair of judges Peter Florence said, “We were told quite firmly that the rules state we can only have one winner. ...Read More

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2018 Sidewise Award Winners

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

Long Form

  • WINNER: 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

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


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2019 Imadjinn Awards Winners

Winners for the 2019 Imadjinn Awards were announced during Imaginarium 2019, held October 11-13, 2019 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Louisville KY. Categories of genre interest include:

Best Science Fiction Novel

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

Best Fantasy Novel

  • WINNER: Fey West, Michael J. Allen (Bell Bridge)
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Tiptree Award Renamed

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award has been renamed the Otherwise Award, announced by members of the Tiptree Motherboard on October 13, 2019. In a statement, they said:

The Tiptree Award was named as a joyful joke, 28 years ago.

James Tiptree, Jr/Alice Sheldon is a complicated figure who has grown more so as participants in the sff world have gained more diverse perspectives and more acute critical analyses. In ...Read More

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Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

Dazzling by Chikọdili Emelumadu has won the inaugural Curtis Brown First Novel Prize. Emelumadu will receive £3,000 and an offer of representation from the Curtis Brown agency. The Wickedry of Mrs Wood by Lucy Barker was runner-up, and Barker will also receive an offer of representation; Monkeyflower by Debra Hills won a special commendation prize, earning Hills “a place on a three-month novel-writing course.” Curtis Brown Creative received “more than ...Read More

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Tokarczuk and Handke Win Nobels

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk has won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life.” Her genre work includes Flights (Riverhead) and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (Riverhead).

Austrian author Peter Handke was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature “for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the ...Read More

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2018 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award Winners

Twelfth Planet Press announced two winners of the 2018 D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award, given in recognition of “work in disability advocacy in SFF literature”: R.B. Lemberg for blog post “Sergeant Bothari and Disability Representation in the Early Vorkosiverse” (Strange Horizons 7/16/18) and Ace Ratcliff for blog post “Staircases In Space: Why Are Places In Science Fiction Not Wheelchair-Accessible?” (io9 7/31/18).

The prize is judged by Tsana Dolichva, Holly Kench, ...Read More

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2019 National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead) is a finalist in the Fiction category. The Young People’s Literature category includes Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (Make Me A World) and Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby (Balzer & Bray). The Translated Literature category includes The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by ...Read More

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Hambly Wins Forry Award

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected Barbara Hambly as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for lifetime achievement in the SF field. The award, named for Forrest J Ackerman and given annually since 1966, will be presented by LASFS president Marty Cantor at Loscon 46, to be held November 29 – December 1, 2019 at the LAX Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles CA.

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2019 Sunburst Awards Winners

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

Adult Fiction

  • WINNER: Plum Rains, Andromeda Romano-Lax (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • 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)

Young Adult Fiction

  • WINNER: Tess of the Road, Rachel
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Tiptree Award to Be Renamed

The Tiptree Motherboard, the seven-member committee in charge of the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for books “encouraging the exploration and expansion of gender,” has an­nounced plans to change the name of the award in the future. In a post titled “Alice Sheldon and the name of the Tiptree Award” updated on Sep­tember 11, 2019, they wrote

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2019 BAMB Readers Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2019 Books Are My Bag (BAMB) Readers Awards have been announced, including some titles and authors of genre interest in the following categories:


  • The Binding, Bridget Collins (Morrow)
  • Washington Black, Esi Edugyan (Knopf)
  • Circe, Madeline Miller (Little, Brown)
  • Lanny, Max Porter (Graywolf)


  • The Girl Aquarium, Jen Campbell (Bloodaxe)
  • Poems to Fall in Love With, Chris Riddell, ed., illustrated by
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2020 Baen Memorial Contest Open

The 2020 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest is open until February 1, 2020. Co-sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, the contest focuses on stories of near-future space exploration.

The grand prize includes publication on the Baen website at “normal paying rates for professional story submittals,” an engraved award, an assortment of Baen books, free admission to the 2020 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership ...Read More

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2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the longlist for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year,” including the following titles and authors of genre interest:


  • The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World)
  • The World That We Knew, Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Inland, Téa Obreht (Random House)
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2019 Dwarf Stars and Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the 2019 Dwarf Stars and Elgin Awards winners.

The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the SFPA to recognize the best speculative poem of one to ten lines published in the previous year. Winners will have their work reprinted in the 2019 Dwarf Stars Anthology, edited by John C. Mannone.

  • First Place: “embalmed”, Sofía Rhei, translated by Lawrence Schimel (Multiverse: An
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Beams Wins Bard Fiction Prize

Debut collection We Show What We Have Learned by Clare Beams (Lookout) won the Bard Fiction Prize. The $30,000 annual prize is awarded by Bard College “to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application.” Beams also receives a one-semester residency at the college.

Applications for next year’s prize are open now through June 15, 2020. For more information, ...Read More

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Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award

Gollancz and author Ben Aaronovitch, in partnership with NaNoWriMo and the Good Literary Agency, have announced a writing prize “to support Black, Asian & ethnic minority writers in the UK in the genres of scifi, fantasy & horror.”

Submissions for short story or novel beginnings from 5,000 to 10,000 words will open October 1, 2019 and close January 31, 2020. Prizes will include £4,000, a critique, and a year-long mentoring ...Read More

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2019 Salam Award

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


  • “The Puppetmaster”, Kehkashan Khalid

Honorable Mention

  • “The City of Mitr”, Sadia Khatri


  • “Compound”, Umair Khan
  • “The Third Feather”, Fatima Taqvi

The Salam Award, “a short story award to promote science fiction and related genres of writing in Pakistan,” is an annual award open to original fiction of 10,000 words or fewer written ...Read More

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Niels Klim Award 2018

Winners of the eighth annual Niels Klim Award were announced September 22, 2019 during Fantasticon, the Danish fantastika convention.


  • “Børnehjemslederen” [Clockwork Fagin], Cory Doctorow (Damphammeren)


  • De ansatte [The Employees], Olga Ravn (Gyldenda)


  • “Krinoline og kedsomhed” [Crinoline and Boredom], Gudrun Østergaard (Science Fiction Cirklen)

Short Story (tie)

  • “Verdensherredømme” [World Domination], Jakob Drud (Lige under overfladen 13: De fremmede)
  • “Sortskørt” [Black Skirt], Kenneth Krabat (
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Streeby Receives Le Guin Fellowship

Shelley Streeby (professor and faculty director of Clarion) has been chosen as the 2019 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow. The $2,000 fellowship, sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), is awarded “to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction.” SCUA houses the papers of Suzette Haden Elgin, Kate Elliot, Sally Miller Gearhart, Molly Gloss, Damon Knight, Ursula K. Le ...Read More

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Clarke Award Science Fiction Competition for Young People

The Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Rumble Museum have announced a new short story competition, open to residents of the UK, age 15 or younger. Contestants must submit “a premise and opening lines for a science fiction short story” based on the theme “Future Season,” including “a description of the world or society your story is set in, an outline of the main characters and plot, and first 350 ...Read More

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Hunt Wins SFC Literary Prize

The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt (FSG Originals) won the $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize, given to “mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.” The biennial prize was announced September 21, 2019 during the Brooklyn Book Festival annual gala at City Point in Brooklyn NY. Judges for 2019 were Chris Abani, Kate Christensen, and Ron Currie.

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2019 National Book Awards Longlists

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

The Fiction category includes Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead), The Need by Helen Phillips (Simon & Schuster), and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday).

The Young People’s Literature category includes Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (Make Me A World) and Out of ...Read More

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Dalcher Wins Goldsboro Glass Bell Award

Vox by Christina Dalcher (HQ) has won the 2019 Goldsboro Glass Bell Award. Dalcher was honored at a ceremony held September 16, 2019 at Goldsboro Books in London, UK, where she received £2,000 and a handmade, engraved glass bell.

The award was established in 2017 by independent bookstore Goldsboro Books for novels with “compelling storytelling with brilliant characterisation and a distinct voice that is confidently written and assuredly realised.”

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Ndlovu Wins Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

The Theory of Flight by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (Penguin) won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, part of the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards, which “are considered the most prestigious literary accolade in South Africa.” The R100,000 Barry Ronge prize, “now in its 19th year, honours the authors who enthral with their imagined worlds.” The award was judged by Ken Barris (chair), Wamuwi Mbao, and Nancy Richards. Winners were announced September ...Read More

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2019 HWA Scholarship Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2019 scholarships.

The $2,500 Horror Writers Association Scholarship went to Sara Adams. First awarded in 2014 and open to all horror writers, the scholarship is “designed to assist in the professional development of horror writers.”

The $2,500 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship went to Theresa Derwin. Open to female horror writers and first awarded in 2014, it is given annually “to ...Read More

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Campbell Conference Renamed

The Campbell Conference has been renamed the Gunn Center Conference. In a Facebook post on September 5 director Chris McKitterick said,

The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction acknowledges and condemns the problematic words and actions of John W. Campbell. We had already been discussing changing the name of the Campbell Conference to the Gunn Center Conference, which is in any case more accurate, as we’ve added other ...Read More

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Photo Story: 2019 Alfie Awards

Editors Jane Johnson and Malcolm Edwards received Alfie Awards for their editing, presented by George R.R. Martin at the Hugo Losers Party, held August 18, 2019 in Dublin Ireland during Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon. Martin created the Alfie Awards in 2015 and named them in honor of Alfred Bester (whose The Demolished Man was the first ever novel Hugo Award winner), with trophies created using ’50s hood ornaments.

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Maskill Wins James White Award

The James White Award Short Story competition has announced this year’s winner:

  • WINNER: “Limitations”, David Maskill
  • “The Last Words of Harry Niffen”, Stephen Cashmore
  • “Digital Nomad”, Koji A. Dae
  • “Property Crime”, Michael Donoghue
  • “Better Lost Than Loved”, Bryn Fazakerley
  • “Bug on Bug”, Mica Scotti Kole

A special commendation was also given to Donoghue.

Maskill receives £200 and publication in Interzone. His story will also be translated into Italian and published ...Read More

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Concept Art Association Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

The Concept Art Association has announced five recipients of its inaugural lifetime achievement award: Ron Cobb, H.R. Giger, Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Ralph McQuarrie, and Syd Mead. The award, which includes a trophy created by Legacy Effects, will be presented at the first annual Concept Art Awards, to be held September 7, 2019 during LightBox Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena CA.

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Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Readers’ Choice Award

“Crash Site” by Brian Trent (F&SF 5-6/18) is the winner of Baen‘s fifth annual Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Readers’ Choice Award, announced September 1, 2019 at Dragon Con in Atlanta GA. The prize includes $500 and an inscribed plaque.

The winner was selected by public vote from 12 finalist stories published in The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Vol. 5, edited by David Afsharirad (Baen).

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