Vagina Dentata Award

Vagina Dentata, a Swedish network for horror creators identifying as women, has announced film director Frida Kempff as the winner of the Vagina Dentata Award, and author and editor Kelly Link as winner of the International Vagina Dentata Award. Other nominees were author and illustrator Jonna Björnstierna and author Camilla Sten.

Winners receive a “Golden Pussy” statue created by artist Titti Winbladh. For more information, see the Vagina Dentata Facebook ...Read More

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2021 Philip K. Dick Award Judges

The five judges for the Philip K. Dick Award for works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2021 have been announced:

  • John P. Murphy, 30 Peaslee Road, Merrimack NH 03054-4517
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  • Kelly Robson, 96 Saint Patrick Street, Suite 315, Toronto ON M5T 1V2, Canada
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  • David M. Sandner, 1530 Ponderosa Avenue, Fullerton CA
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2020 Nebula Awards Ballot

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have released the final ballot for the 2020 Nebula Awards.


  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US & UK)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey; Jo Fletcher)
  • The Midnight Bargain, C.L. Polk (Erewhon)
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga; Solaris)
  • Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)


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2021 Jim Baen Memorial Award Finalists

Baen Books has announced the ten finalists for the 2021 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Gustavo Bondoni
  • Deborah L. Davitt
  • C. Stuart Hardwick
  • Scott Huggins
  • José Pablo Iriarte
  • William Paul Jones
  • Leigh Kimmel
  • Wendy Nikel
  • Kurt Pankau
  • Russell Pike

The Grand Prize winner will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a trophy and paid professional rates.

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33rd Annual Lambda Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced finalists for the 33rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.” Nominees of genre interest follow.


  • The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, Zen Cho (Tordotcom)
  • Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel, Julian K. Jarboe (Lethe)
  • Subcutanean, Aaron A. Reed (self-published)
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • The
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2021 Neukom Award for Playwriting Shortlist

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Playwriting:

  • “Some of Us Exist in the Future”, Nkenna Akunna
  • “Roll Play”, Julia Blauvelt
  • “NOISE: A Teenage Panic Attack on National Themes”, Ezra Brain & J. Andrew Norris
  • “Omen Road to Starrville”, Erik Champney
  • “BETA”, Christian Durso
  • “Meet You at the Galaxy Diner”, Gina Femia
  • “Edit Annie”, Mary
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Aelita 2020: the XXXVII International Literary Festival of Fiction

The International Union of Writers (IUW) announced the winners of several awards during Aelita 2020: the XXXVII International Literary Festival of Fiction, held online December 18-20, 2020:

Aelita Award
  • Michael Swanwick

Bugrov Award (named after V.I. Bugrov)

  • Sergey Volkov

Aelita-Start Award

  • Leon Smith

Hyperboloid Award

  • Sasha Krugosvetov

Order of the Knight of Science Fiction Award (named after I.G. Khalymbadzhi)

  • Nikolay Kalinichenko

The literary festival combined the Aelita Convention, Second International

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Nebula Finalists Livestream

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will livestream the announcement of the Nebula Awards finalists on March 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m Pacific Time. The livestream will be available on SFWA’s Facebook and Youtube channels, and will include “readings by SAG-AFTRA narrators, trailers, and sizzle reels for the nominated works.”

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2021 Women’s Prize Longlist

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) is among the 16 titles on the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” The shortlist will be announced on April 28, 2021 and the winner on July 7. The winner will receive £30,000 and a bronze “Bessie” trophy. The 2021 judges are Elizabeth Day, Bernardine Evaristo (chair), Vick

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Nyabola Prize for Science Fiction 2021

The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature has announced the Nyabola Prize for Science Fiction, for speculative fiction written in Kiswahili by authors aged 18-35.

The award is designed to promote and popularise a Kiswahili vocabulary for technology and digital rights, in order to empower citizens in Kiswahili-speaking communities to participate in broader conversations on the issues.

First prize will receive $1,000, second prize $500, third Prize $250, and the ...Read More

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Butler Inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame

Octavia E. Butler is among the National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF) inductees for 2021. The list also includes NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. The inductees will be honored during a ceremony on October 2, 2021 at the NWHF headquarters in the remodeled 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill building in Seneca Falls NY. A livestream of the ceremony will also be available free to the public.

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2021 Romantic Novel Awards Winners

The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) has announced winners for the 2021 Romantic Novel Awards, including titles of genre interest.

The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award

  • WINNER: Echoes of the Runes, Christina Courtenay (Headline)
  • The Start of Us, Hannah Emery (One More Chapter)
  • The Reluctant Witch, Amelia Hopegood (self-published)
  • The Cornish Connection, Amanda James (self-published)
  • Someday in Paris, Olivia Lara (Aria)

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YA Book Prize 2021 Shortlist

The YA Book Prize 2021 shortlist includes genre titles Wranglestone by Darren Charlton (Stripes/Little Tiger) and Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury (Scholastic).

The £2,000 YA Book Prize is awarded to a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland. Finalists and winners are selected by a panel of judges: Caroline Carpenter (chair), Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, Rachel Fox, Will Hill, Layla Hudson, and Sanne Vliegenthart.

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Nghi Vo Wins Crawford Award

Nghi Vo’s novel The Empress of Salt and Fortune (Tordotcom) is the winner of the 2021 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction.

Other finalists were:

  • Night Roll, Michael DeLuca (Stelliform)
  • Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel, Julian Jarboe (Lethe)
  • Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings (Tordotcom)
  • In Veritas, C.J. LaVigne (NeWest)
  • Beneath
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2020 Ray Bradbury Prize Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction were announced as part of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes:

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • Lakewood, Megan Giddings (Amistad)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)
  • Where the Wild Ladies Are, Aoko Matsuda, translated by Polly Barton (Soft Skull)

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Cherryh Wins 2021 Heinlein Award

C.J. Cherryh is the winner of the 2021 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space,” recognizing her body of work, “with emphasis on her detailed social science and commercial relationship based stories set in the space station rich Alliance-Union universe.” The award is administered by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS).

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2020 Clarkesworld Readers’ Poll Winners

The results of the annual Clarkesworld readers’ poll for best story and cover art of 2020 were announced in the March 2021 issue:

Best Story

  • WINNER: “AirBody“, Sameem Siddiqui (4/20)
  • 2nd Place: “The Translator, at Low Tide“, Vajra Chandrasekera (5/20)
  • 3rd Place: “To Sail the Black“, A.C. Wise (11/20)

Best Cover

  • WINNER: “Ancient Stones“, Francesca Resta (10/20)
  • 2nd Place: “Home Planet“, Beeple (4/20)
  • 3rd Place: “Alien Scout“, Arjun Amky (11/20)
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2021 Dell Award Winner

“My Gardening Journal: Tales from a Psychic Gardener” by Jazmin Collins is the winner of the 2021 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. The award is “given annually to the best short-story written in the science fiction or fantasy genres by a full-time undergraduate college student,” and is accompanied by a $500 cash prize, publication in Asimov’s, and an invitation to ICFA (International Conference ...Read More

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2021 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition Winners

Results of the 2021 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Science Fiction Studies have been announced:

World Science Fiction Studies

  • WINNER: “From Wilderness to Anthropocene: The Frontier in African Speculative Fiction”, Michelle Clarke

Utopian Studies

  • WINNER: “Zone Theory: SF and Utopia in the Space of Possible Worlds”, Alexander Popov
  • Runner-up: “The Rebirth of Utopia in 21st-Century Cinema: Cosmopolitan Hopes in the Films of Globalization”, Mónica Martín

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2020-2021 NESFA Contest Winners

Winners of the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) SF/F short story contest were announced at Boskone 58, held online, February 12-14, 2021. Prizes included certificates of achievement, books from NESFA Press, and free membership to a future Boskone convention.

  • WINNER: “The Last Prophet”, Nicholas Marconi
  • Runner-up: “What We Take from Each Other”, Sam Ruhmkorff
  • Honorable Mention: “You Told Me To”, John Dulak
  • Honorable Mention: “Letter to Death”, K.S. Shere
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Fallis Awarded SLF Working Class Writers Grant

Jackie Fallis is the recipient of this year’s Working Class Writers Grant, presented by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF). The $1,000 grant is given annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who “have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers which have made it much harder for them to have access to the writing world.”

Jackie Fallis is from Ontario, California. They write speculative ...Read More

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2021 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2021 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • Ruins of the Galaxy, J.N. Chaney & Christopher Hopper, read by R.C. Bray (Podium)
  • Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis, read by Stephanie Willis & Oliver Thorn (Macmillan Audio)
  • Aliens: Phalanx, Scott Sigler, read by Bronson Pinchot (Blackstone)
  • The Deep, Rivers
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2020 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners for the 2020 British Fantasy Awards:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • WINNER: The Bone Ships, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Orbit)
  • The Migration, Helen Marshall (Titan)
  • The Poison Song, Jen Williams (Headline)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • WINNER: The Reddening, Adam Nevill (Ritual Limited)
  • The Plague
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2021 Norma K. Hemming Award Updates

The Norma K. Hemming Award, “given to mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a speculative fiction work (e.g. science fiction, fantasy, horror) by Australian citizens and/or residents,” will not be held in 2021.

This decision has been made due to several factors, including COVID-19, juror fatigue, and administrative changes. Please note that all 2020 and 2021 publications will be eligible when ...Read More

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Charles Yu Establishes Taiwanese American Creative Writing Prize

Author Charles Yu, in collaboration with, has created the Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes, “intended to encourage and recognize creative literary work by Taiwanese American high school and college students, and to foster discussion and community around such work.”

Submissions are open to fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction, and “must be from writers of Taiwanese heritage (or writers with other significant connection to Taiwan), ...Read More

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2020 Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the final ballot for the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Gallery/Saga)
  • The Deep, Alma Katsu (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • Devil’s Creek, Todd Keisling (Silver Shamrock)
  • Malorie, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey/Jo Fletcher)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • The Taxidermist’s Lover, Polly
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2021 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Longlists

The longlists for the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book and the Kate Greenaway Medal for best illustrations in a children’s book have been announced. Titles and authors of genre interest follow.

Carnegie Medal

  • The Girl Who Speaks Bear, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
  • The Short Knife, Elen Caldecott (Andersen)
  • The Girl Who Became a Tree, Joseph Coelho (Otter-Barry)
  • Beverly, Right Here, Kate DiCamillo (Walker)
  • Pet, Akwaeke
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2020 Otherwise Fellowship Winners

Shreya Ila Anasuya, Eleyna Sara Haroun, and FS Hurston are the 2020 recipients of the Otherwise Fellowship (formerly the Tiptree Fellowship). Each winner will receive a $500 grant, and work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Otherwise Award.

“The Otherwise Award celebrates works of speculative fiction that imagine new futures by exploring and expanding our understanding of gender roles. Through the Fellowship ...Read More

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2021 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

Nominees have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2020 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.”

Best Novel

  • Pandemonium, Ryan Harding & Lucas Mangum (Death’s Head)
  • Tome, Ross Jeffery (The Writing Collective)
  • Dust, Chris Miller (Death’s Head)
  • Slaughter Box, Carver Pike (self-published)
  • Gone to See the River Man, Kristopher Triana (Cemetery Dance)
  • They All Died Screaming,
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2020 BSFA Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced.

Best Novel

  • Threading the Labyrinth, Tiffani Angus (Unsung Stories)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again, M. John Harrison (Gollancz)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Light of Impossible Stars, Gareth L. Powell (Titan)
  • The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Club Ded
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People & Publishing Roundup, February 2021


MONIQUE ROFFEY‘s The Mermaid of Black Conch (Peepal Tree) won the £5,000 Costa Novel award, given to one “of the most enjoyable books of the year, writ­ten by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” She’s in the running for the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year award.


STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES sold My Heart Is a Chainsaw and a second book to Joe Monti at Saga ...Read More

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2021 Aspen Words Finalists

The finalists for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize has been announced, including these titles and authors of genre interest:

  • The New Wilderness, Diane Cook (HarperCollins)
  • The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • If I Had Two Wings, Randall Kenan (Norton)

The winner will be announced during an online ceremony in April 2021. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction focused on vital contemporary ...Read More

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