Audible Best of 2020 has announced their Best of 2020 lists, selected by their editorial team. Titles of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • WINNER: The Sea in the Sky, Jackson Musker (Audible)
  • Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis (Macmillan)
  • The Space Between Worlds, Micaiah Johnson (Random House)
  • Riot Baby, Tochi Onyebuchi (Blackstone)
  • Network Effect, Martha Wells (Recorded Books)


  • WINNER: The Sandman, Neil Gaiman & Dirk Maggs (Audible)
  • The
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2020 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards for the “best books of 2020,” as chosen by users of the site, have been announced. There are several winners of genre interest.

Best Fiction

  • The Midnight Library, Matt Haig (Viking) 72,828 votes

Best Fantasy

  • House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury) 95,084 votes

Best Science Fiction

  • To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, Christopher Paolini (Tor) 45,833
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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.

  • The Winter of the World, Poul Anderson (Doubleday)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (London 3-4/1912)
  • “The Trees”, Rush (Hemispheres)
  • Emphyrio, Jack Vance (Doubleday)
  • “Lipidleggin'”, F. Paul Wilson (Asimov’s 5-6/78)

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Addison Named SFPA Grand Master

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has named Linda Addison as their newest Grand Master.

The title is given “to an individual living at the time of selection whose body of work reflects the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, who has been actively publishing within the target genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a period of no fewer than 20 years, and whose poetry has been ...Read More

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2020 Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants Winners

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) announced that Kanyinsola Olorunnisola has won the 2020 Diverse Writers Grant for his work “How Dead Men Come Back Home”, and Tatiana Schlote-Bonne has won the 2020 Diverse Worlds Grant for her work “The Afterlife Memoirs”.

The Diverse Writers Grant is “intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, ...Read More

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Forbes 30 Under 30

Patrice Caldwell and Molly Knox Ostertag are on the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Media category.

Caldwell is the founder of People of Color in Publishing and the editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn. Ostertag is the author and illustrator of the Witch Boy graphic novel series and co-creator and illustrator of the Strong Female Protagonist webcomic (with Brennan Lee Mulligan).

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Hopkinson Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named Nalo Hopkinson the 37th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal said,

I have loved Nalo Hopkinson’s work since 1999 when I discovered her through the short story “Precious” in a Datlow/Windling anthology Silver Birch, Blood Moon. Each new piece continues to delight me and stretch me as a reader and ...Read More

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White Wins 2020 Rotsler

Alan White is the winner of the 2020 Rotsler Award for “long-time wonder-working with graphic art in amateur publications of the science fiction community.” The award is normally announced during LOSCON. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LOSCON 47 has been delayed until November 26-28, 2021.

The award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests (SCIFI), and includes an honorarium of $300. The Rotsler judges this year were ...Read More

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2020 Costa Book Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2020 Costa Book Awards, for books “by writers resident in the UK and Ireland,” have been announced. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) and The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey (Peepal Tree) are on the four-title Costa Novel Award shortlist. Finalists were also announced in First Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Book categories.

Category winners will be announced January 4, 2021, and will each receive £5,000. ...Read More

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Apex Holiday Horrors Flash Fiction Winner

The winner and runners-up of Apex magazine’s Holiday Horrors flash fiction contest have been announced:

  • WINNER: “All I Want for Christmas”, Charles Payseur
  • Runner-up: “Blood and Peppermint”, Clint Collins
  • Runner-up: “Missa do Galo”, Inês Montenegro

Payseur’s story will be published in Apex #121 on January 5, 2021. The runners-up each receive $10 and will be published on Apex‘s blog and Patreon page. The winner and runners-up were chosen by guest

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The New York Times Best Books of 2020

The editors of The New York Times Book Review have selected 100 Notable Books of 2020, including the following titles of genre interest:

  • The Death of Jesus, J.M. Coetzee (Viking)
  • The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead)
  • Red Pill, Hari Kunzru (Knopf)
  • A Children’s Bible, Lydia Millet (Norton)
  • Tokyo Ueno Station, Yu Miri, translated by Morgan Giles (Riverhead)
  • Earthlings, Sayaka Murata, translated by
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Amazon’s Best Books of 2020 published its yearly array of lists to promote the best books of 2020, with editors’ selections in various cat­egories.

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown), Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey), Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore (Flatiron), and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Tor) are included in the overall Top 20 list. Editors’ picks for science fiction and fantasy are:

  • Devolution:
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Video Game Hugo Category Announced

DisCon III, the 79th Worldcon, will include a “Best Video Game” category in the 2021 Hugo Awards. DisCon III co-chair Colette Fozard said,

Since early 2020, many of us have spent more time gaming than we ever expected. This award will offer fans an opportunity to celebrate the games that have been meaningful, joyful, and exceptional over this past year. Video games draw from the same deeply creative well that ...Read More

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Deaver and Harris Named MWA Grand Masters

Jeffery Deaver and Charlaine Harris have been named the 2021 Mystery Writers of America (MWA) Grand Masters. MWA president Meg Gardiner said,

Over the course of decades, Deaver and Harris have gripped tens of millions of readers while broadening the reach of the genre with transformative books—notably, Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series, and Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels—and while generously encouraging and supporting fellow writers and the reading public. We’re delighted to ...Read More

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2020 National Book Awards Winners

Winners of the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Young People’s Literature, and Translated Literature categories were announced November 18, 2020 in a virtual ceremony.

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon) won the Fiction category. King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (Scholastic) won the Young People’s Literature category. Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri, translated by Morgan Giles (Riverhead), won the Translated Literature category.

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2020 Ignotus Winners

Winners of the 2020 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, were announced during the online Hispacón.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: La brigada de luz [The Light Brigade], Kameron Hurley, translated by Natalia Cervera (Alianza)
  • Ararat, Christopher Golden, translated by Efraim Suárez (Grupo Tierra Trivium)
  • El cielo de piedra [The Stone Sky], N.K. Jemisin, translated by David
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2020 Endeavour Award Winners

What the Wind Brings by Matthew Hughes (Pulp Literature) and The Witch’s Kind by Louisa Morgan (Redhook) have jointly won the 2020 Endeavour Award, announced November 13, 2020 during the online OryCon 42. Other finalists were:

  • Merlin Redux, Dave Duncan (Night Shade)
  • Shadow Stitcher, Misha Handman (EDGE)
  • Middlegame, Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)

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Goldsmiths Fantasy Prize “Winners”

Goldsmiths University of London announced “‘winners’ to date” of the hypothetical Goldsmiths Fantasy Prize, for “a novel by any British or Irish writer published since 1759.” The “Fantasy” in the prize title refers to the counterfactual nature of the award, not to genre; nonetheless, several titles of genre interest were selected as “winners”:

  • The Atrocity Exhibition, J.G. Ballard (4th Estate; originally Jonathan Cape 1970)
  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony
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Chiang Receives Unleash Imagination Award

Ted Chiang was honored with the Imagination in Service to Society Award, presented November 12, 2020 by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation during their 2020 Unleash Imagination online event. The award was given “for his thoughtful and thought-provoking science fiction, leading us to examine in fresh ways our own beliefs.”

For more information, including Chiang’s video conversation, see the Clarke Foundation website.

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Harrison Wins Goldsmiths Prize

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison (Gollancz) won the £10,000 Goldsmiths Prize, given for a book by a British or Irish author “that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best.” This year’s judges were Will Eaves, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chris Power, and Frances Wilson (chair).

For more information, see the Goldsmiths website.


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PEN America/L’Engle Rahman Prize for Mentorship

Honorees of the 2020 PEN America/L’Engle Rahman Prize for Mentorship have been announced: Benjamin Frandsen & Noelia Cerna, Elizabeth Hawes & Jeffrey James Keyes, Derek Trumbo & Agustín Lopez, and Seth Wittner & Katrinka (Kei) Moore.

Named for the late acclaimed author Madeleine L’Engle and her 10-year written friendship with scholar, writer and former Black Party leader Ahmad Rahman, the PEN America/L’Engle Rahman Prize for Mentorship honors four mentor/mentee pairs ...Read More

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2020 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster) is the winner of the 2020 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in the Fiction category. The prize “is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace,” and includes $10,000 for the winners of each category and $5,000 for runners-up. Fiction judges for 2020 were Hua Hsu and Brando Skyhorse.

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2020 BAMB Readers Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Books Are My Bag (BAMB) Readers Awards have been announced. The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury) won the Fiction category, Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury) won the Young Adult Fiction category, and Greek Myths by Jean Menzies, illustrated by Katie Ponder (DK) won the Breakthrough Author category.

There are also winners in the Children’s Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry categories. The ...Read More

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2021 Aspen Words Longlist

The 15-title longlist for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize has been announced, including titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
  • The New Wilderness, Diane Cook (HarperCollins)
  • The Death of Vivek, Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead)
  • The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • If I Had Two Wings, Randall Kenan (Norton)
  • A Children’s Bible, Lydia Millet (Norton)
  • A Girl is a
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Working Class Writers Grant Opens

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) is accepting applications for its $1,000 Working Class Writers Grant, “awarded annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers.” Applications are open until December 31, 2020. The winner will be announced February 15, 2021.

For more information, see the SLF website.

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Women’s Prize Controversy

UK Literary award the Women’s Prize released a statement clarifying eligibility. They say “in our terms and conditions, the word ‘woman’ equates to a cis woman, a transgender woman, or anyone who is legally defined as a woman of the female sex.” Chair of trustees Jo Prior said,

Over the past quarter of a century the Prize has publicly championed and amplified a diverse breadth of women’s voices, and holds ...Read More

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Reynolds to Host National Book Awards

Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of Long Way Down (Atheneum), will host the 71st National Book Awards virtual ceremony on November 18, 2020. Winners will be announced in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature categories. Each category winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. This year’s award ceremony is open to the public. For more information, and to RSVP for the ...Read More

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Lemberg Receives Le Guin Fellowship

Author R.B. Lemberg has been chosen as the 2020 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 Guin, Laurie Marks, Joanna Russ, ...Read More

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World Fantasy Awards Winners

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2019 were announced during the virtual World Fantasy 2020 (WFC) convention, held October 29 – November 1, 2020.

The Life Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Karen Joy Fowler and Rowena Morrill.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Queen of the Conquered, Kacen Callender (Orbit US)
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2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the longlist for the 2021 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:


  • Parakeet, Marie-Helene Bertino (Farrar)
  • Pew, Catherine Lacey (Farrar)
  • The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf)
  • Utopia Avenue, David Mitchell (Random)
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ABCD Awards Winners

Winners of the 2020 Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) Awards have been announced. Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer (MCD x FSG) won in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut (4th Estate) won the Classics/Reissue category. Faber Stories, featuring titles by Brian Aldiss, Junot Diaz, Celia Fremlin, Sarah Hall, Kazuo Ishiguro, James Joyce, Marianne Moore, Flannery O’Connor, and others, won the Series category.

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