2021 Wellman Award Shortlist

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • Queen of None, Natania Barron (Vernacular)
  • Sword of the Seven Sins, Emily Colin (Blue Crow)
  • Legendborn, Tracy Deonn (McElderry)
  • Carved from Stone and Dream, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • Impervious, A.J. Hartley
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2021 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners in each category of the 2021 Locus Awards on June 26, 2021, during the virtual Locus Awards Weekend. Connie Willis MCed the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events included readings and panels with leading authors.


  • WINNER: Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)
  • Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)
  • Attack Surface, Cory Doctorow (Tor; Ad Astra)
  • Unconquerable Sun, Kate
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Indigenous Voices Awards Winners

Ghost Lake by Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler (Kegedonce Press) won the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for the Published Prose in English: Fiction category, announced June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, in a virtual gala. Other categories included Unpublished Prose in English, Published Poetry in French, Published Work in an Indigenous Language, and many others.

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2020 Kitschies Shortlists

Finalists for the 2020 Kitschies, awarded for “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • A Tall History of Sugar, Curdella Forbes (Canongate)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Lost Future of Pepperharrow, Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury)
  • The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson
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Hugo Administration Team Resigns

The 2021 Hugo Awards administration team — consisting of Kathy Bond, Kat Jones, Cassidy Riddlebarger, Marguerite Smith, and Nicholas Whyte — released a statement announcing their resignation:

The 2021 Hugo Administration team came on board, at short notice, at the start of this year. we were committed to the words in the 12 January statement by the DisCon III chair, Bill Lawhorn: “The Hugo Awards exist to celebrate and honor ...Read More

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2021 Munsey Award Nominees

PulpFest has announced the nominees for the 2021 Munsey Award, given “to an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, with the winner selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners. The nominees are:

  • Airship 27 Productions
  • John Betancourt
  • Richard Bleiler
  • Gene Christie
  • William Contento
  • Rich Harvey
  • Chris Kalb
  • Rick Lai
  • Gary Phillips
  • Sheila Vanderbeek
  • Howard
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Lacey Wins Young Lions Award

The New York Public Library announced Pew by Catherine Lacey (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) as the winner of its Young Lions Fiction Award for 2021. Temporary by Hilary Leichter (Coffee House) was one of the five finalists.

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 ...Read More

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2021 Premios Kelvin Winners

Winners of the 2021 Premios Kelvin 505 Awards have been announced, honoring the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror novels published in Spain.

Mejor Novela Original (Best Original Novel)

  • WINNER: Newropía, Sofía Rhei (Minotauro)
  • Subsolar, Emilio Bueso (Gigamesh)
  • Los dioses muertos, José Antonio Fideu (El Transbordador)
  • Malasangre, Michelle Roche (Anagrama)

Mejor Novela Juvenil (Best YA Novel)

  • WINNER: El asesino de Alfas, Patricia García-Rojo (SM)
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2021 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners

Winners of the 2021 Kurd Laßwitz Preis for best German science fiction works and translations have been announced:

Best German SF Novel

  • Eines Menschen Flügel, Andreas Eschbach (Lübbe)

Best German SF Short Story

  • “Marslandschaften”, Angela & Karlheinz Steinmüller (Exodus #41)

Best Foreign SF Work Published in German

  • Tales from the Loop, Simon Stålenhag (Fischer Tor)

Best SF Translation Into German

  • Die groβe Stille [The Broken Earth], N.K. Jemisin,
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People & Publishing Roundup, June 2021


TOBIAS S. BUCKELL has joined Bluffton University in Bluff­ton OH as a full-time member of the creative writing faculty. He will be teaching writing and American Literature classes, and directing literary magazines Shalith and The Bridge. “I’ve ordered a jacket with leather patches, and expect your mental image of me to be updated accordingly!”

DAVID CRAIG is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.



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Reynolds Wins 2021 Carnegie Medal

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (Knights Of) has won the 2021 Carnegie Medal for best children’s book, announced June 16, 2021 during a ceremony at the British Library in London. Other finalists of genre interest included:

  • The Girl Who Speaks Bear, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
  • The Girl Who Became a Tree, Joseph Coelho (Otter-Barry)
  • On Midnight Beach, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber)

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2021 Geffen Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew have been announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins, translated by Yael Achmon (Kinneret Zmorah-Dvir)
  • Vox, Christina Dalcher, translated by Yoav Katz (Dani Sfarim)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss, translated by Hamutal
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2020 Bisexual Book Awards Winners

The Bi Writers Association (BWA) has announced winners for the ninth annual Bisexual Book Awards. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Tor) won in the Speculative Fiction category. Other finalists in that category included:

  • Plain Bad Heroines, Emily M. Danforth (Morrow)
  • Children of Fury, Rashid Darden (Old Gold Soul)
  • Queens of Noise, Leigh Harlen (Neon Hemlock)
  • Architects of Memory, Karen Osborne (Tor)


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2021 Scribe Award Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the nominees for the 2021 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Nominees of genre interest follow.

Original Novel — Speculative

  • Marvel’s Avengers: The Extinction Key, Greg Keyes (Titan)
  • Firefly: The Ghost Machine, James Lovegrove (Titan)
  • Star Trek: More Beautiful Than Death, David Mack (Gallery)
  • Star Trek Discovery: Die Standing, John Jackson Miller (Gallery)
  • Star Trek:
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Erdrich Wins Pulitzer Prize

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Harper) won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category. The award, given for “distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life,” comes with a prize of $15,000.

The judges called the winner a “majestic, polyphonic novel about a community’s efforts to halt the proposed displacement and elimination of several Native American tribes in ...Read More

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2020 Australian Shadows Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”


  • WINNER: Deception Pass, Matthew Tait (Dark Crib)
  • The Crying Forest, Venero Armanno (IFWG)
  • Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings (Picador)
  • Gutterbreed, Marty Young (Eclectic Trio)

Long Fiction

  • WINNER: “By Touch and
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2021 BSFS Poetry Contest Winners

Winners of the 2021 Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) Poetry Contest have been announced.

  • 1st Place: “It is a Father’s Tale”, Eric Nicholson
  • 2nd Place: “Memories of a Mermaid”, Natascha Graham
  • 3rd Place: “Cygnus”, Ryan E. Holman
  • Honorable Mention: “Milicent Patrick Speaks of Monsters”, Laura Shovan
  • Honorable Mention: “The Catty Hours”, Adele Gardner

The first place winner receives $100, second place receives $75, and third place receives $50, with all

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2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Shortlist

A few authors of genre interest are on the six-title shortlist for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award:

  • “The July War”, Rabih Alameddine
  • “A Prolonged Kiss”, Jonathan Gibbs
  • “The Irish Wedding”, Elizabeth McCracken

The £30,000 award is given to a single story “of 6,000 words or less” published in the UK or Ireland. Judges for 2021 are Romesh Gunesekera, Andrew Holgate, Yiyun Li, David Mitchell, and Curtis Sittenfeld.


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2020 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced winners of the 2020 Nebula Awards at the 56th Annual Nebula Banquet during the 2021 SFWA Nebula Conference.

Nalo Hopkinson became the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master, for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award was presented to Connie Willis. The Kate Willhelm Solstice Award was presented to Ben ...Read More

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Diop Wins 2021 International Booker Prize

At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop, translated by Anna Mocschovakis (Pushkin), has won the 2021 International Booker Prize.

The award is given “every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland.” The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author and translator. Shortlisted authors and translators each receive £1,000. Judges for 2021 were Aida Edemariam, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Neel ...Read More

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Nebula Awards Livestream

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will livestream the 56th Nebula Awards ceremony on June 5, 2021 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. The ceremony will be available to the public on YouTube and Facebook, and will be hosted by Aydrea Walden. Award presenters include Tobias S. Buckell, Jeffe Kennedy, Mallory O’Meara, Mark Oshiro, Carrie Patel, Adam Savage, Nisi Shawl, and Troy L. Wiggins.

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2021 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2021 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 two titles of genre interest.

  • Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam (Bloomsbury)
  • The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi (Faber)

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2021 Nommo Awards Shortlist

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Nommo Awards, given to works “by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel

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

Best Novella

  • Guardians: The Awakening, David A. Atta (Makere)
  • A Fledgling Abiba, Dilman Dila (Guardbridge)
  • “Ife-Iyoku:
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2021 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlists

Shortlisted titles for the 2021 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced in the Illustrated Books, Younger Readers’, and Older Readers’ categories, including the following of genre interest:

Older Readers’

  • Wranglestone, Darren Charlton (Stripes/Little Tiger)
  • Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko (Amulet; Hot Key)

Category winners each receive £2,000 and the overall Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year title winner will receive an additional £3,000. Winners will be announced on July ...Read More

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Omega Sci-Fi Awards Winners

Winners of the Omega Sci-Fi Awards, presented by Sci-Fest LA and the Light Bringer Project, were announced in an online ceremony.

Roswell Award

  • First place: “Imagine Dandelions”, Andrea Goyan
  • Second place: “Biomimicry”, Ven Pillay
  • Third place: “Realtiger”, Susan Wachowski

Tomorrow Prize

  • First place: “Star Sailor”, Gwendolyn Lopez
  • Second place: “Returning Home”, Sofia Orduno
  • Third place: “EP-1M Contamination”, Britney Cruz

“Corn” by Sienna Koizumi won the 2021 Green Feather Award competition,

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2021 Ignotus Finalists

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

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • Un poco de odio [A Little Hatred], Joe Abercrombie, translated by Manu Viciano (Alianza)
  • Una órbita cerrada y compartida [A Closed and Common Orbit], Becky Chambers, translated by Alexander Páez & Antonio Rivas (Insólita)
  • Los últimos días [Last Days], Brian
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2020 Stoker Awards Winners

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

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • WINNER: The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (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)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • WINNER: The Fourth Whore, EV
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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2021


ALICE BELL is now repre­sented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.


JEAN-CLAUDE MOURLEVAT won the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Me­morial Award, honoring children’s and young adult literature, which includes a prize of five million krona ($572,000).

MICAIAH JOHNSON‘s The Space Between Worlds (Del Rey) won the 2021 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for the “best debut novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.” The $1,000 award will ...Read More

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2020 Australian Shadows Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”


  • The Crying Forest, Venero Armanno (IFWG)
  • Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings (Picador)
  • Deception Pass, Matthew Tait (Dark Crib)
  • Gutterbreed, Marty Young (Eclectic Trio)

Short Fiction

  • “Hideous Armature”, Joanne Anderton (Midnight
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