2020 Neukom Award for Playwriting

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College has awarded the $5,000 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting to Drive by Deborah Yarchun.

A second-place prize, with a $750 honorarium, was awarded to Override by Elizabeth Keel.

The Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards program was established in 2017 as an open competition to honor and support creative works around speculative fiction. The playwriting award is offered to ...Read More

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Woodson Wins Andersen Award

The International Board on Books for Young People awarded the 2020 Hans Christian Anderson Award to author Jacqueline Woodson. Awarded biyearly, the Hans Christian Anderson Awards “recognize lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children’s literature.” Woodson’s work of genre interest includes Harbor Me (2018) and “The Other Half of Me” in Tomorrowland: Ten Stories about ...Read More

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RWA Award Changes

Romance Writers of America is retiring its RITA Awards and introducing a new award called The Vivian. Named after RWA founder Vivian Stephens, the new award “recognizes excellence in romance writing and showcases author talent and creativity. We celebrate the power of the romance genre with its central message of hope–because happily ever afters are for everyone.” A task force will present a proposed format for the Vivian at the ...Read More

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2020 Virtual British Book Awards Date Announced

The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, will hold a virtual awards ceremony on June 29, 2020. The original award ceremony, planned for May 18, 2020, was postponed due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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2020 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, given by The Orwell Foundation to novels and short story collections published in the UK which explore major political and social themes through a fictional lens, includes three titles of genre interest.

  • The Wall, John Lanchester (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
  • Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton)

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2020 Encore Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 Encore Award, given by the Royal Society of Literature to the best second novel of the year, includes one title of genre interest. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the award, each of the four shortlisted authors will receive a £500 prize.

  • Everything You Ever Wanted, Luiza Sauma (Viking)

The judges for 2020 are Edmund Gordon, Nikita Lalwani, and Eley Williams. The winner of ...Read More

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Moore Wins Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant

B. Sharise Moore won a $5,000 grant, one of several given to artists and writers around the world by the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Her debut novel, YA historical fantasy Dr. Marvellus Djinn’s Odd Scholars, is forthcoming from MVmedia.

For more information, including the list of finalists and recipients, see the Sustainable Arts Foundation website.

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Lai Wins 2020 Jim Duggins Prize

Larissa Lai, author of The Tiger Flu (Arsenal Pulp), won the $5,000 Jim Duggins Mid-Career Novelist prize, for “LGBTQ-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high quality work for years to come.” Judges were Brian Leung and Shani Mootoo.

For more information, see the official announcement.

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2020 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists

The New York Public Library announced its five Young Lions Fiction Award finalists for 2020, which includes Bryan Washington’s Lot (Atlantic). The winner will be announced June 11, 2020. The $10,000 prize is awarded “each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories” by a panel of judges. 2019’s winner was Ling Ma’s Severance (Farrar, Straus, Giroux). For more information, including ...Read More

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Washington Wins 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize

Bryan Washington’s Lot (Atlantic) is the winner of the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize, announced May 14. Inland by Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) had also made the shortlist.

The annual Dylan Thomas prize, in partnership with Swansea University, awards £30,000 “to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.” The judging panel was chaired by Professor Dai Smith

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2020 Premios Kelvin Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Premio Kelvin 505 Awards, presented by the Celsius 232 festival and honoring “the best science fiction, fantasy or horror novels published in 2019” for the first time in Spain have been announced.

Mejor Novela Original (Best Original Novel)

  • Sigilo, Ismael Martínez Biurrun (Alianza)
  • Nuestra parte de la noche, Mariana Enríquez (Anagrama)
  • Mars Company, Francisco Miguel Espinosa (Aristas Martínez)
  • El arcano y el jilguero
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2020 Prix Imaginales Winners

Winners have been announced for the 2020 Prix Imaginales, for “the best fantasy novels, and everything particularly fantasy, published the previous calendar year” in France.

French Novel

  • Danse avec les lutins, Catherine Dufour (L’Atalante)

Foreign Novel

  • Vita Nostra, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko (L’Atalante)

YA Novel

  • L’Estrange Malaventure de Mirella, Flore Vesco (L’École des loisirs)


  • François Baranger for illustrations in Les Montagnes hallucinées 1 by H.P. Lovecraft
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2019 BSFA Winners

The winners of the 2019 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards have been announced.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Children of Ruin, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
  • The Green Man’s Foe, Juliet E. McKenna (Wizard’s Tower)
  • Atlas Alone, Emma Newman (Gollancz)
  • Fleet of Knives, Gareth L. Powell (Titan)
  • The Rosewater Insurrection, Tade Thompson (Orbit)

Best Shorter Fiction

  • WINNER: This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar
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2019 This Is Horror Awards Nominees

Nominees for the This Is Horror Awards 2019 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • Carnivorous Lunar Activities, Max Booth III (Cinestate)
  • The Dark Game, Jonathan Janz (Fiction Without Frontiers)
  • The Reddening, Adam Nevill (Ritual Limited)
  • Wilder Girls, Rory Power (Delacorte)
  • The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah Read (Trepidatio)

Novella of the Year

  • Dear Laura, Gemma Amor (self-published)
  • The Half-Freaks, Nicole Cushing (Grimscribe)
  • The
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2020 Nommo Awards Shortlist

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Nommo Awards, for speculative fiction by Africans living anywhere.

Best Novel

  • Sing Down the Stars, Nerine Dorman (Tafelberg)
  • Triangulum, Masande Ntshanga (Penguin Random House South Africa/Two Dollar Radio)
  • David Mogo, Godhunter, Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Abaddon)
  • War Girls, Tochi Onyebuchi (Razorbill)
  • The Old Drift, Namwali Serpell (Hogarth)
  • Rosewater Insurrection, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
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Aguda Wins 2020 Rogers Award

The Suicide Mothers by ’Pemi Aguda won the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. The award “gives £10,000 to an unpublished writer to enable them to complete a first book.” Aguda’s novel “begins with a real wow moment and sustains momentum as it draws us into a world that is utterly contemporary yet has room for the mythic and the supernatural.”

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2020 Xingyun Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 11th annual Xingyun Awards for Chinese science fiction were announced by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association.

Best Novel

  • Memory Deviation, Wu Chu
  • The Cosmic Egg, Wang Jinkang
  • A Voyager in the Sea of Stars, A Que
  • The Stars, Qi Yue

Best Novella

  • “Astronomical Priests”, Baoshu
  • “Host”, Cheng Jingbo
  • “The Algorithms for Life”, Chen Qiufan
  • “Forget-Me-Not”, A Que

Best Short Story

  • “The Man
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2020 Best Translated Book Awards Finalists

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder (Pantheon), and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Riverhead), are among the finalists for the 2020 Best Translated Book Awards.

The award was founded by Three Percent at the University of Rochester and awards $10,000 to be split by the author and translator of the winning titles. The fiction jury ...Read More

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2020 Glass Bell Award Shortlist

The Lost Ones by Anita Frank (HQ) and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker) are on the six-title shortlist for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award.

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.” The winning title will be announced July 2, 2020 and the author ...Read More

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Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award Shortlist

Shortlisted titles for the Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award have been announced:

  • “The Shape of the World”, Amy Borg
  • “The Scent of Cloves”, Dan Buchanan
  • “Kali’s Call”, Dolly Garland
  • “The Reeves’ Guild”, Kyla Jardine
  • “The Principles of Moments”, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson
  • “Nowhere more Changeable than the Mortal Heart”, Ewen Ma
  • “Blood of the Wolf”, Jaya Martin
  • “Seeds of Heaven”, Victor Ogana

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2020 Aurora Awards Ballot

The 2020 Aurora Awards ballot has been announced. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected, with additional works included when there was a tie for fifth place.

Best Novel

  • Haunting the Haunted, E.C. Bell (Tyche)
  • The Gossamer Mage, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW)
  • A Brightness Long Ago, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada)
  • The
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2020 Seiun Awards Nominees

The Science Fiction Fan Groups’ Association of Nippon (SFFAN) has announced the finalists for the 2020 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan.

Best Translated Novel

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers, translated by Youko Hosomi (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • The Paradox Men, Charles L. Harness, translated by Tohru Nakamura (Takeshobo)
  • Jade
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2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ).

Best Novel

  • The Blacksmith, Barbara Howe (IFWG Australia)
  • The Prince of Secrets, A.J. Lancaster (Camberion)
  • Solar Federation, S.E. Mulholland (self-published)
  • Into the Ashes, Lee Murray (Severed)
  • The Dawnhounds, Sascha Stronach (Little Hook)

Best Youth Novel

  • Light in My Blood, Jean Gilbert &
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2020 Branford Boase Award Shortlist

A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby (Egmont) and Frostheart by Jamie Littler (Puffin) are among the seven titles shortlisted for the 2020 Branford Boase Award.

The award is “given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children.” Winners will be announced July 1, 2020. Judges are Sue Bastone, Victoria Dilly, Julia Eccleshare (chair), Layla Hudson, and Muhammad Khan.

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2020 Edgar Awards Winners

Winners of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) 2020 Edgar Awards were announced April 30, 2020 on Twitter, including several authors and titles of genre interest.

Best Short Story

  • “One of These Nights”, Livia Llewellyn (Cutting Edge)

Best Young Adult

  • Catfishing on CatNet, Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)

Best Critical/Biographical

  • Hitchcock and the Censors, John Billheimer (University Press of Kentucky)

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark

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2020 Minnesota Book Awards Winners

Winners of the 2020 Minnesota Book Awards, given by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, were announced in a virtual ceremony. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead) won the Genre Fiction category, and Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen) won the Young Adult Literature category.

For more information, including a complete list of winners, see the award website.

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2020 Premio Italia Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Premio Italia Awards have been announced:

International SF Novel

  • La quinta stagione [The Fifth Season], N.K. Jemisin (Mondadori)
  • Macchine come me [Machines Like Me], Ian McEwan (Einaudi)
  • L’uomo del censimento [This Census-Taker], China Miéville (Zona 42)
  • La città dell’orca [Blackfish City], Sam J. Miller (Zona 42)
  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Mondadori)

Science Fiction Novel

  • Korolev. La luce di
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Tolkien Society Awards 2020

Winners of the Tolkien Society Awards 2020 were announced at the society’s annual meeting (held this year online) on April 18, 2020. The awards “recognize excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom, highlight­ing our long-standing charitable objective to ‘seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of”‘ J.R.R. Tolkien. The society’s trustees choose the shortlist, with winners chosen by the membership.


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Alison Scott Wins 2020 GUFF

Alison Scott has won the 2020 Going Under Fan Fund (GUFF), intended to send one fan from Europe to CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon. The fund is currently administered in Europe by Marcin Klak and in Australasia by Simon Litten.

CoNZealand is being held as a virtual convention, July 29 – August 2, 2020. Scott will attend remotely, with plans to travel once it is safe to do so.

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2019 Stoker Awards Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the winners for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • WINNER: Coyote Rage, Owl Goingback (Independent Legions)
  • Inspection, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
  • The Worst is Yet to Come, S.P. Miskowski (Trepidatio)
  • Into the Ashes, Lee Murray (Severed)
  • Wanderers, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • WINNER: The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah
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2019 LA Times Book Prize Winners

The Los Angeles Times has announced winners for their 40th annual Book Prizes.

Works of genre interest include Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead), which received the inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, and The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth), which received the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. As previously announced, Walter Mosley received the 2019 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime ...Read More

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2020 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2019, has been announced:

French Novel

  • Vie™, Jean Baret (Le Bélial’)
  • Les Furtifs, Alain Damasio (La Volte)
  • Le Chant mortel du soleil, Franck Ferric (Albin Michel)
  • Les Machines fantômes, Olivier Paquet (L’Atalante)

Foreign Novel

  • Vita Nostra, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko (L’Atalante)
  • Trop semblable à l’éclair [Too
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