Feng Wins SLF Illustration Award

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) has announced that artist Michelle Feng is the winner of their 2022 Illustration of the Year.

“Feng’s winning piece will be featured throughout 2022 on the Speculative Literature Foundation’s website and on social media. In addition, it may be featured in limited edition SLF-related marketing materials, such as bookmarks and pins.”

Feng wanted to “combine visual elements from traditional village living structures with futuristic elements ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, January 2022


JOHN VARLEY, 74, was hospi­talized last year with COVID, pneu­monia, and congestive heart failure, and received a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He is home now, and expects to soon “be back at work on my next novel, a re-write and near total alteration of the horrible second draft of my first unpublished novel, Gas Giant.” Read his account here.

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2022 MWA Awards

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced several awards.

Laurie R. King has been named Grand Master, which “represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.”

Reviewer Lesa Holstine won the 2022 Raven Award, which “recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside ...Read More

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Philip K. Dick Award 2022 Finalists

The 2022 Philip K. Dick Award finalists have been announced:

  • Defekt, Nino Cipri (Tordotcom)
  • Plague Birds, Jason Sanford (Apex)
  • Bug, Giacomo Sartori, translated by Frederika Randall (Restless)
  • Far from the Light of Heaven, Tade Thompson (Orbit US)
  • The Escapement, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)
  • Dead Space, Kali Wallace (Berkley)

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the United States. The

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NEA 2022 Creative Writing Fellows

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced the 2022 Creative Writing Fellows, winners of the Literature Fellowships in Creative Writing which “provides $25,000 grants to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.”

This year’s recipients of genre interest include:

  • Steve Almond
  • Yohanca Delgado
  • Calvin Gimpelevich
  • Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  • Aubrey Hirsch
  • Nalo Hopkinson
  • Violet Kupersmith
  • Peyton Marshall
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Heinlein Scholarship Applications Open

The Heinlein Scholarships are open for applications. There are four $4,000 scholarships awarded to “undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities.”

The Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship is “dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences.” The other three awards, The Robert A. Heinlein, Dr. Yoji Kondo, and Dr. Jerry Pournelle scholarships, “may be awarded to a candidate of any gender.”

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New A.C. Bose Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) and DesiLit have announced the new co-sponsored A.C. Bose Grant, which “will annually give $1,000 to a South Asian / South Asian diaspora writer developing speculative fiction. It supports adult fiction, but work that is also accessible to older children and teens will be given preference in the jury process.”

The grant is open for submissions until January 31, 2022. The jurors aim to announce ...Read More

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Heffner Wins Nicholls Prize

The Science Fiction Foundation has announced Kathryn Heffner’s “More Work for Mimeo-Mothers: Femme-Fans’ Labour in Post-War Fan Cultures” as the winner of the 2022 Peter Nicholls Essay Prize. The prize was inaugurated in 2001, and is “awarded to the best submission by a postgraduate or non-tenured researcher. (The latter within five years of their PhD.) The essays can be on any area of science fiction studies.”

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2021 Cybils Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest follow.

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • Iron Widow, Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen)
  • The City Beautiful, Aden Polydoros (Inkyard)
  • The Gilded Ones, Namina Forna (Delacorte)
  • The Mirror Season, Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel & Friends)
  • The Ones We’re Meant to Find, Joan He (Roaring Brook)
  • Vespertine, Margaret Rogerson
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2022 WSFA Small Press Award Open

The Washington Science Fiction Association is now accepting nominations of works “published for the first time in the English language” in 2021 for its Small Press Award, given annually to an outstanding story of “imaginative literature” (17,500 words or fewer) published in the small press. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2022.

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Mosley Wins Sankofa Freedom Award

Tulsa City-County Library’s African-American Resource Center and the Tulsa Library Trust have named Walter Mosley as the winner of the 2022 Sankofa Freedom Award.

The Sankofa Freedom Award is given to “a nationally acclaimed individual who has dedicated his or her life to educating and improving the greater African-American community.” It includes a $10,000 prize and an engraved medallion. The award will be presented in a ceremony on February 12, ...Read More

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2021 Dream Foundry Contest Winners

Dream Foundry, a “non-profit dedicated to bolstering the careers of nascent professionals working with the speculative arts,” has announced the winners of its 2021 writing contest.

Writing Contest

  • FIRST PLACE: “Cooking: A Science”, Shinjini Dey
  • SECOND PLACE: “Amadi on the Concrete”, Jarred Thompson
  • THIRD PLACE: “Clear As Water, Red As Ruin”, Sigrid Marianne Gayangos

Other finalists were

  • Brienne D. Hayes
  • Amy Johnson
  • Kellye McBride
  • Kay Orchison
  • Robin Sebolino
  • Cat T.
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2021 PEN Translates Winners

The 18 winning titles for the PEN Translates awards have been announced, including the following titles of genre interest:

  • House Arrest, Hasan Alizadeh, translated by Kayvan Tahmasebian and Rebecca Ruth Gould (Arc Publications)
  • The Gospel According to the New World by Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox (World Editions)
  • Fairy Tales Are For Everyone, translated by Anna Bentley (HarperCollins)

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Colin Coyle Wins Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced Colin Coyle as the winner of the 2021 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. The award is presented to “a volunteer of SFWA who best exemplifies the ideal of service to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.”

SFWA President Jeffe Kennedy remarks:

Summarizing all the ways that Colin has served SFWA feels almost impossible. He’s been ...Read More

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Fan Awards at Worldcon 79

Several awards for services to SF fandom were presented during the Discon III opening ceremonies, held December 15, 2021 in Washington DC.

First Fandom Hall of Fame Award

  • William F. Nolan

First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame Award

  • Richard & Pat Lupoff

Sam Moskowitz Archive Award

  • Kevin L. Cook

David A. Kyle Big Heart Award

  • Linda Deneroff

Though William F. Nolan died in July 2021, he was notified of his

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2019 and 2020 Sidewise Awards Winners

The winners for the 2019 and 2020 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were announced December 18, 2021 at Discon III in Washington DC.

2020 Long Form

  • WINNER: The Doors of Eden, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Orbit US/Tor UK)
  • The Good German, Dennis Bock (Patrick Crean Editions)
  • The Cold Last Swim, Junior Burke (Gibson House)
  • The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • The Day Lincoln Lost, Charles Rosenberg
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2021 Hugo, Astounding, and Lodestar Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book were announced by DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention on December 18, 2021 in Washington D.C, USA.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Relentless
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2021 Nommo Awards Winners

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the 2021 Nommo Awards winners at DisCon III. The awards were given to works “by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead)
  • Soul Searching, Stephen Embleton (Guardbridge)
  • Club Ded, Nikhil Singh (Luna)

Best Novella

  • WINNER: “Ife-Iyoku: The Tale of Imadeyunuagbon”, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Dominion
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PEN America Literary Awards Longlist

PEN America has announced their 2022 Longlist. The awards “will confer over $350,000 to writers and translators. Spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essay, science writing, translation, and more, these Longlisted books are dynamic, diverse, and thought-provoking examples of literary excellence.” There are 11 awards, each announcing their long lists.

Pen/Jean Stein Book Award ($75,000)

Judges: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Angie Cruz, Maurice Manning, Steph Opitz

  • The Trees, Percival Everett (Graywolf
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People & Publishing Roundup, December 2021


Author BRADLEY P. BEAU­LIEU suffered a stroke on Novem­ber 10, 2021, and was admitted for observation and testing. “Knock wood, it seems light so far…. It’s affecting my left hand (fingers, mostly) and the left side of my face a bit. Some slurred speech but not too bad.”


MERCEDES LACKEY is the 38th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial SFWA Grand Master Award. Her award will be presented ...Read More

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Brown Wins Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices

Kedrick Brown is the winner of the inaugural Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices, for stories between 1,000-5,000 words by “any writer over 18 years of age who customarily identifies as Black, has not published nor is under contract for a book, and has three or less paid fiction publications.” Finalists are Yazeed Dezele, Erika Hardison, and Jermaine Martin.

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2021 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards for the “best books of 2021,” as chosen by users of the site, have been announced. There are several winners of genre interest.

Best Fantasy

  • A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US) 111,498 votes

Best Science Fiction

  • Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine) 92,831 votes

Best Horror

  • The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix (Berkley) 45,960 votes
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2022 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has named the finalists for the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for Best Classic Fiction.

  • Citizen of the Galaxy, Robert Heinlein (Charles Scribner’s Sons)
  • That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis (The Bodley Head)
  • Circus World, Barry B. Longyear (Nelson Doubleday)
  • “The Trees”, Rush (Hemispheres)

Four titles were also considered: The Winter of the World by Poul Anderson (Doubleday), “It’s a Good ...Read More

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BSFA Nominations Open

The BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) longlist nominations are open for works published in 2021. The process includes an “informal crowdsourced suggestion sheet” which is open to anyone, and a nomination form which is open exclusively to BSFA members.

For more information, see the BSFA website.

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Kaguya Sci-Fi Contest 2021 Winners

Japanese science fiction website VirtualGorillaPlus (VG+) has announced the winners of its 2021 Kaguya Sci-Fi Contest, judged by Terrie Hashimoto, Kanata Inoue, Katsuya Okumura, and Kaoru Sakasak:

  • Grand Prize: “Toward the Open Sea”, Shunichiro Yoshimi
  • Readers’ Prize: “Boundaryless, Flexible”, Makura Kareki
  • Judge’s Special Prize: “Heat and Light”, Yoh Ikkaidoh

Winners were chosen from 381 entries on the theme of “Colors of the Future.” The grand prize story was translated into ...Read More

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AudioFile’s Best SF/F Audiobooks

AudioFile has announced its list of the best science fiction & fantasy audiobooks for 2021:

  • Black Water Sister, Zen Cho (Recorded Books)
  • Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Audible Studios)
  • Remote Control , Nnedi Okorafor (Macmillan Audio)
  • Rule of Cool , Matthew Siege (Podium)
  • The Sandman: Act II, Neil Gaiman & Dirk Maggs (Audible Originals)
  • The Bezoar of Kings, Magdalene Visaggio (GraphicAudio)

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2021 Costa Book Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2021 Costa Book Awards, for books “by writers resident in the UK and Ireland,” have been announced. The Stranding by Kate Sawyer (Coronet) is on the four-title Costa First Novel Award shortlist. The High House by Jessie Greengrass (Swift) made the Novel Award shortlist. Anna Goodall’s Maggie Blue and the Dark World (Guppy) and Ross Montgomery’s The Midnight Guardians (Walker) are both finalists in the Children’s Book ...Read More

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2021 Dream Foundry Contest Finalists

Dream Foundry, a “non-profit dedicated to bolstering the careers of nascent professionals working with the speculative arts,” has announced the finalists for its 2021 contests.

Writing Contest

  • Shinjini Dey
  • Sigrid Marianne Gayangosm
  • Brienne D. Hayes
  • Amy Johnson
  • Kay Orchison
  • Kellye McBride
  • Robin Sebolino
  • Cat T.
  • Jarred Thompson
  • C. Bradley White

Art Contest

  • Yue Feng
  • Ellen He
  • Mikoto
  • Albokhari Mohamed
  • Nair Nascimento
  • Alex Pernau
  • Vinnia Kemala Putri
  • Julia Quandt
  • Mols Slom
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2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize Longlist

The 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize has announced its 37-title longlist. The award honors “mid-career authors in fiction,” and the winner receives a $50,000 prize, given by the New Literary Project. Authors of genre interest, along with their most recent titles, include:

  • The Turnout, Megan Abbott (Putnam)
  • Appleseed, Matt Bell (Custom House)
  • How to Wrestle a Girl, Venita Blackburn (MCD)
  • Sleepwalk, Dan Chaon (Henry Holt)
  • The
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2021 Ditmar Awards Winners

The winners of the 2021 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF were announced November 20, 2021 in an online ceremony.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Crying Forest, Venero Armanno (IFWG Publishing Australia)
  • Hollow Empire, Sam Hawke (Penguin)
  • The Animals in That Country, Laura Jean McKay (Scribe)
  • Monstrous Heart, Claire McKenna (HarperCollins)
  • Poison & Light, Gillian Polack (Shooting
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Nommos at Worldcon

The Nommo Awards, honoring the best in African SF, will be presented at Discon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held December 15-19, 2021 in Washington DC. Sheree Renée Thomas will be master of ceremonies. She says,

As a reader and a writer who loved the genre, I hoped to see a time when the work of Black writers would be widely embraced in the field, a
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2021 Ignotus Winners

The Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror (AEFCFT) has announced the Winners for the 2021 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards).

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: Una órbita cerrada y compartida [A Closed and Common Orbit], Becky Chambers, translated by Alexander Páez & Antonio Rivas (Insólita)
  • Un poco de odio [A Little Hatred], Joe Abercrombie, translated by Manu Viciano (Alianza)
  • Los últimos días [Last Days],
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