Yolen Wins Jeremiah Ludington Award

Jane Yolen has won the 2018 Jeremiah Ludington Memorial Award, presented annually by the Educational Book and Media Association (EBMA) “to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the educational paperback business.” Yolen will receive a certificate at the EBMA annual meeting to be held January 7-10, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Austin in Austin TX. As part of the award, the EBMA will present a check for ...Read More

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2018 Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards

The winners of the Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards were announced during Phantistika 2018 held October 20-21, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Best Novel in German

  • Die Krone der Sterne, Kai Meyer (Fischer Tor)

Best Debut Novel in German

  • Izara – Das ewige Feuer, Julia Dippel (Planet!)

Best International Novel

  • Das Lied der Krähen [Six of Crows], Leigh Bardugo (Knaur Verlag)

Best German Short Story

  • “Der geheimnisvolle Gefangene”, Gerd Scherm (Reiten wir!)
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Mozley Wins Polari Prize

Elmet by Fiona Mozley (Algonquin/John Murray) won the 2018 Polari First Book Prize, announced October 20, 2018 at the London Literature Festival in London, England. The prize “is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction.” Judges for 2018 were Paul Burston (chair), Alexis Gregory, Rachel Holmes, V.G. Lee, and Karen McLeod.

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2018 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners for the 2018 British Fantasy Awards:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • WINNER: The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams (Headline)
  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • Under the Pendulum Sun, Jeannette Ng (Angry Robot)
  • The Court of Broken Knives, Anna Smith Spark (HarperVoyager)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • WINNER: The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
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2018 Not The Booker Winner

Sweet Fruit, Sour Land (Sandstone) by Rebecca Ley is the winner of The Guardian’s 2018 Not The Booker prize. The “dark dystopian novel” was chosen by judge vote, overriding the reader vote in accordance with prize rules:

A judging meeting will be organised online on the morning of 15 October 2018. The winner of the public vote will be allotted two votes at this meeting. The reader judges will each ...Read More

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2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards Shortlist

Shortlisted titles and publishers for the 2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards have been announced:

Best Traditionally Published Novel

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • The Girl In The Tower, Katherine Arden (Del Rey)
  • Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)
  • Bloody Rose, Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
  • A Time of Dread, John Gwynne (Pan)
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • Master Assassins, Robert V.S. Redick (Talos)
  • Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)
  • Age
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Condé Wins The New Academy Prize

Maryse Condé was announced as the winner of The New Academy Prize in Literature at the Stockholm Public Library on October 12, 2018. The prize was founded by Swedish journalist Alexandra Pascalidou with the intent of providing an international literature award since the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature is not being awarded. The New Academy plans to dissolve in December 2018.

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2018 Sunburst Awards Winners

The winners for the 2018 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced.

Adult Fiction

  • The Bone Mother, David Demchuk (ChiZine)
  • American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
  • Sputnik’s Children, Terri Favro (ECW)
  • Jade City, Fonda Lee (Little, Brown)
  • Son of a Trickster, Eden Robinson (Knopf Canada)

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline (Dancing Cat)
  • The Painting, Charis Cotter (Tundra)
  • Exo, Fonda Lee (Scholastic)
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2018 Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the seventh annual Copper Cylinder Awards.

The Adult Award winner is Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson (Penguin Random House Canada). The Young Adult Award is shared by two works, Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko (ECW Press), and Weave A Circle Round by Kari Maaren (Tor Books).

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Jemisin Wins Planete-SF Prize

The French edition of N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season won the 2018 Planete-SF Prize for best SF novel, announced September 10, 2018.

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2018 Imadjinn Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 Imadjinn Awards were announced, including several titles of genre interest.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • The Unmoving Stars, Dave Creek (self-published)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • The Rite of Wands, Mackenzie Flohr (Indigo)

Best Horror Novel

  • Dark and Deadly Things, Kelly Martin (self-published)

Best Urban Fantasy Novel

  • Orphan: Surfacing, Nathan Day (Seventh Star)

Best Paranormal Romance

  • Magic’s Fate, Sela Carsen (Sugar Skull)

Best Non-Fiction Book

  • Invisible 3: Essays and
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2018 Warwick Prize Longlist

The 2018 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation longlist has been announced. Titles of genre interest include:

  • Land of Smoke, Sara Gallardo, translated by Jessica Sequeira (Pushkin)
  • The Emperor of Portugallia, Selma Lagerlöf, translated by Peter Graves (Norvik)
  • Flights, Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft (Riverhead)

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2018 National Book Awards Finalists

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


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

Young People’s Literature

  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, M.T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin (Candlewick).

Translated Literature

  • Disoriental, Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover (Europa Editions)
  • The Emissary, Yoko Tawada, translated
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2018 Parsec Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced.

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • Ark City, Adam Christopher
  • Uncanny County, Todd Faulkner, Alison Crane, William Franke & Nicole Greevy
  • Nairobi Jack Rackham and the Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani, Thomas E. Fuller
  • Exoplanetary, C. Christopher Hart
  • Time! Trip! Season One, Gabe Templin & Orlando Segarra

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

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2018 BAMB Readers Awards Shortlists

Shortlists 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:


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

Young Adult

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • A Skinful of Shadows,
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2018 Premio Italia Winners

The Italian Conference of Fantasy and Science Fiction (Italcon) announced winners for the 2018 Premio Italia on October 6, 2018, during Stranimondi held in Milan, Italy.

International SF Novel

  • Il problema dei tre corpi [The Three-Body Problem], Cixin Liu (Mondadori)

Science Fiction Novel

  • Ucronia, Elena di Fazio (Delos Digital)

Fantasy Novel

  • La donna leopardo, Andrea Carlo Cappi (Bonelli)

Anthology or Collection

  • Stic Voyages 3, various authors (Star Trek Italian Club
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2018 Aurora Awards Winners

The 2018 Aurora Awards winners have been announced “for Canadian literary and fan works that members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) feel are exceptional.”

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit)
  • The Rebel, Gerald Brandt (DAW)
  • To Guard Against the Dark, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW)
  • All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, James Alan Gardner (Tor)
  • RecipeArium, Costi Gurgu (White Cat)
  • Light of a Distant
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2018 Harvey Awards Winners

Winners of the 2018 Harvey Awards were announced October 5, 2018 during New York Comic Con at the Javits Center in New York City.

Book of the Year

  • Monstress, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda (Image)

Digital Book of the Year

  • Barrier, Brian K. Vaughn, Marcos Martin & Muntsa Vicente (Panel Syndicate)

Best Adaptation From a Comic

  • Black Panther

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Bishop Named Georgia Author of the Year

Michael Bishop received the Georgia Author of the Year Award for Best Story Collection of 2017 for Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories (Kudzu Planet), presented June 16, 2018 at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw GA.


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Lynn Wins 2018 Storyteller Award

The Afterlife of Walter Augustus (self-published) by Hannah Lynn won the 2018 Kindle Storyteller Award. Lynn was honored during a ceremony at the Royal Society in London on October 3, 2018. The award, inaugurated in 2017, comes with a £20,000 prize and is “open to anyone over the age of 18 who publishes their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk.”

For more information, see the Kindle Storyteller page.

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Link Wins Genius Grant

Kelly Link is one of 25 MacArthur Foundation Fellows selected for 2018. Each “genius grant” recipient receives a no-strings-attached “stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a lifetime achievement award, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose of the MacArthur Fellows Program is to enable recipients to ...Read More

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Digital Book World Awards Winners

Winners have been announced for the 2018 Digital Book World Awards across 52 categories. Winners and finalists of genre interest included:

Best Book (Science Fiction)

  • WINNER: Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View, Anonymous, ed. (Del Rey)
  • The Tangled Lands, Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell (Saga)
  • Candidates, Cartel, and Chaos, Sterling Emmal (Blurb)
  • Seeker, Douglas E. Richards (Paragon)

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2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the longlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year.” Numerous titles and authors of genre interest appear on the fiction list.


  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner)
  • Census, Jesse Ball (Ecco)
  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
  • Virgil Wander, Leif Enger (Grove)
  • Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
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Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist

The five-title shortlist for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize has been announced and includes titles of genre interest: French Exit by Patrick deWitt (House of Anansi); Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont (QC); Motherhood by Sheila Heti (Knopf Canada); and An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim (Viking Canada). Also on the shortlist is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Patrick Crean).

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2018 Salam Award

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


  • “Influence”, Akbar Shahzad


  • “A Picture of the Dying World”, Nur Ibrahim
  • “In the Village Where the Mazaar Now Stands”, Nur Kahn

Honorable Mentions

  • “Up on the Eggshell Bridge”, Maira Asaad
  • “Repairman”, Saher Husnain
  • “Stop Paying Attention”, Kasim Mohammed
  • “A Foolproof Reason”, Ramlah Nadeem
  • “The Dead Man’s Gift”, Fatima Taqvi

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Palmer Wins WSFA Small Press Award

“The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld 9/17) is the winner of the 2018 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction.

Other finalists were “Probably Still the Chosen One”, Kelly Barnhill (Lightspeed 2/17); “Floaters Can’t Float”, Pip Coen (Compelling Science Fiction 4/17); “A Vague Inclination to Please”, Brandon Daubs (All Hail Our Robot Conquerers); “Oba Oyinbo”, Jonathan Edelstein (Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic ...Read More

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2018 Geffen Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew were announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy during Icon 2018, held September 25-27, 2018 at the Tel Aviv Cinematequein Tel Aviv, Israel.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • WINNER: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne (Ocean)
  • Labyrinth of Reflections, Sergei Lukyanenko (Opus)
  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (Babel)
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2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Open

The 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize “for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words)” by authors from Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific is open to submissions until November 1, 2018. For rules, including a list of eligible countries, see the official website.

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Niels Klim Award 2017

Winners of the seventh annual Niels Klim Award were announced September 23, 2018 during Fantasticon, the Danish fantastika convention. Best Novelette went to Ogel i Fare (Ogel in Danger) by Carolineskolens 4. klasse (Lurifaks) and Best Short Story went to “Verdens rigeste mand og hans tro tjener Boris” (The Richest Man in the World and his Faithful Servant Boris) by Chr. Winther (Smspress). There were no awards given in the ...Read More

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Kirkus Prize 2018 Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Kirkus Prize have been announced, including titles of genre interest:


  • Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead)
  • Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
  • Tell the Machine Goodnight, Katie Williams (Riverhead)


  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • Harbor Me, Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen)

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Due Receives Octavia Butler/L.A. Banks Award

Tananarive Due received the Octavia Butler/L.A. Banks Memorial Award from the United California African-American Bookclubs (UCAAB) during the 12th annual Fall Into Fiction conference, held September 21-22, 2018 at the Long Beach Mariott in Long Beach CA. The award includes a trophy in the shape of California and was presented to Due by Steven Barnes.

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2018 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2018 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: Liberating the Astronauts, Christina M. Rau (Aqueduct)
  • Second Place: Satan’s Sweethearts, Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo (Weasel)
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