2018 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

Finalists for the fifth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:

  • “Spun of Salt and Stone”, Deborah L. Davitt
  • “The Lady of Pain”, Steve DuBois
  • “Deny the World with a Thought”, Benjamin Scott Farthing
  • “The Puzzle Vault”, Auston Habershaw
  • “The Memory Bank & Trust”, Patrick Hurley
  • “Ashes for Ashes”, Kevin Kauffmann
  • “Luchadora”, Melissa Mead
  • “The Deadliest Dish”, David Samuels
  • “Ash-Eater”, Benjamin Tyler Smith
  • “Dragon’s Hand”, David VonAllmen

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2018 Heinlein Scholarship Recipients

Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year were announced July 7, 2018. This year’s winners are Carson Butler, Reese Caldwell, and Emma Sebesta. The scholarship awards $1,500 to each recipient.

Butler received the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Caldwell received the Dr. Jerry Pournelle Memorial Scholarship, and Sebesta received the Dr. Yoji Kondo ...Read More

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2018 Prometheus Awards Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the winner of the 2018 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, honoring works published in 2017 that “examine the meaning of freedom.”

Best Novel Award

  • WINNER: The Powers of the Earth, Travis J I Corcoran (Morlock)
  • Drug Lord: High Ground, Doug Casey and John Hunt (High Ground)
  • Torchship, Torchship Pilot, and Torchship Captain, Karl K. Gallagher (Kelt Haven)
  • Darkship Revenge, Sarah Hoyt (Baen)
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2018 Rhysling Award Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the annual Rhysling Awards for SF, fantasy, and horror poetry in short and long form categories. This year’s winners are:


First Place
“Advice to a Six-Year-Old”, Mary Soon Lee (Star*Line 40.2)

Second Place
“How to Grieve: A Primer for Witches”, Sara Cleto (Mythic Delirium 5/17)

Third Place
“Gramarye”, F.J. Bergmann (Polu Texni 12/26/17)

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2018 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist

The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2018 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • Under the Pendulum Sun, Jeannette Ng (Angry Robot)
  • The Court of Broken Knives, Anna Smith Spark (HarperVoyager)
  • The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams (Headline)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • The Boy on the Bridge, M.R. Carey (Orbit)
  • The Changeling,
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2018 Prix Utopiales Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Prix Utopiales award has been announced.

  • L’Or du diable, Andreas Eschbach (L’Atalante)
  • Espace Lointain, Jaroslav Melnik (Agullo)
  • L’âme des horloges, David Mitchell (de l’Olivier)
  • Station: La chute, Al Robertson (Denoël)
  • Amatka, Karin Tidbeck (La Volte)

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winners

Regional winners for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize have been announced, including several titles of genre interest: “Ghillie’s Mum” by Lynda Clark is the winner for the Canada and Europe region; “The Divine Pregnancy in a Twelve-Year-Old Woman” by Sagnik Datta is the winner for the Asia region; and “Passage” by Kevin Hosein is the winner for the Caribbean region.

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1943 Retro Hugo Awards Packet

Worldcon 76 has released a voter packet with information on the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards finalists. Members of Worldcon 76 can download the packet from the Worldcon 76 website. “Not all works shortlisted for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards appear in the Retro-Hugo Voter Packet due to challenges with obtaining rights to distribute them.”

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2018 Campbell and Sturgeon Awards Winners

The Genius Plague by David Walton (Pyr) is this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner for the best science fiction novel published in 2017, and “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue” by Charlie Jane Anders (Global Dystopias) is the winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short fiction of 2017.

Other finalists were:

John W. Campbell Memorial Award

  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Tropic of
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2018 Prix Utopiales Jeunesse

The shortlist for the 2018 Prix Utopiales Jeunesse has been announced.

  • The Rain, Virginia Bergin (Bayard)
  • Les Puissants, tome 1: Esclaves, Vic James (Nathan)
  • Nouvelle Sparte, Erik L’Homme (Gallimard Jeunesse)
  • Star Trip, Éric Senabre (Didier jeunesse)
  • Le Mort du Temps, Aurélie Wellenstein (Scrineo)

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2018 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Locus Awards during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 22-24, 2018:


  • WINNER: The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor US; Tor UK)
  • Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Walkaway, Cory Doctorow (Tor; Head of Zeus)
  • The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • Provenance, Ann
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New Locus Awards Trophy

Locus will present winners of the annual Locus Awards with a new trophy, designed by Francesca Myman with art by Shaun Tan. The trophy will be awarded starting with the 2018 Locus Awards, and replaces the previous plaque design.

The 2018 Locus Awards will be held June 22-24, 2018 at the Best Western Executive Inn in Seattle WA. For more information, see the 2018 Locus Awards page.

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Cardinal and Hennig Win Older Writers Grants

Ann Dávila Cardinal and J Tullos Hennig are the winners of the 2018 Older Writers Grant, given by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF).

The Speculative Literature Foundation’s $500 Older Writers Grant is awarded annually to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. The SLF ...Read More

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2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist

The five-title shortlist for the 2018 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story has been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Madame Zero, Sarah Hall (Faber & Faber)
  • All the Beloved Ghosts, Alison MacLeod (Bloomsbury)
  • Come Let Us Sing Anyway, Leone Ross (Peepal Tree)

The £10,000 prize is given to “a single-authored collection of short stories” by writers born or residing in the UK or Ireland. Judges for ...Read More

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Jemisin Wins 2018 BoBi

N.K. Jemisin will receive the annual Best of Brooklyn (BoBi) Award, and “is the first author of speculative fiction to win the BoBi.”

“The Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors.” The event will be held September 10-17, 2018 in New York with “more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling ...Read More

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Queen’s Birthday Honours

Several individuals of genre interest are among the 1,057 people recognized by the Queen of England in her 2018 Birthday Honours list.

Writer Kazuo Ishiguro was knighted “for services to literature,” and bookstore founder Tim Waterstone received a knighthood for “services to bookselling and charity.”

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2018 REH Foundation Awards Winners

The Robert E. Howard Foundation has announced the winners for its 2018 REH Foundation Awards.

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • WINNER: Savage Scrolls: Scholarship from the Hyborian Age (Volume 1), Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero)
  • AR-I-E’CH and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to R. E. Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction, Fred Blosser (Black Stone)
  • The Robert E. Howard Bar Guide, Bobby Derie (self-published)

The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay

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McCormack Wins Dublin Literary Award

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Tramp) has won the €100,000 2018 International Dublin Literary Award, announced by Mícheál Mac Donncha, Lord Mayor of Dublin, during a ceremony at the Mansion House in Dublin Ireland on June 13, 2018. The  award, “the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English,” receives nominations from public libraries around the world and selects the winner by jury. The 2018 judging panel consisted ...Read More

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New Non-Fiction Stoker Award Category

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the addition of a new Short Non-Fiction category to its Bram Stoker Awards. HWA president Lisa Morton said:

Works qualifying for the new award category include magazine articles, short essays, and academic papers, all of which must be at least 2,000 words but less than 40,000 words. The works must be published in a book (print or e-format), a magazine (print or online), ...Read More

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2018 Kurd Laßwitz Preis

Winners of the 2018 Kurd Laßwitz Preis for best German science fiction works and translations have been announced:

Best German SF Novel

  • WINNER: Der Kanon mechanischer Seelen, Michael Marrak (Amrûn)
  • Die Welten der Skiir, Dirk van den Boom (Cross Cult)
  • Das Erwachen, Andreas Brandhorst (Piper)
  • Versuchsreihe 13 – Die Epidemie, Uwe Hermann (Atlantis)
  • Divided States of America, Claudia Kern (Cross Cult)
  • QualityLand, Marc-Uwe Kling (Ullstein)
  • Neanderthal, Jens Lubbadeh (Heyne)
  • Die
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2017 Australian Shadows Awards Winners

The winners for the 2017 Australian Shadows Awards were announced on June 9, 2018 during Continuum XIV in Melbourne Australia. 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.”

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Corpselight, Angela Slatter (Jo Fletcher)
  • Aletheia, J.S. Breukelaar (Crystal Lake)
  • Slithers, WW Mortensen (self-published)
  • Soon, Lois Murphy (Transit Lounge)
  • Providence
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2018 Sunburst Awards Longlist

The longlists for the 2018 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic were announced June 11, 2018:

Adult Fiction

  • Dragon Springs Road, Janie Chang (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Malagash, Joey Comeau (ECW)
  • The Bone Mother, David Demchuk (Chizine)
  • Walkaway, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • Tarry This Night, Kristyn Dunnion (Arsenal Pulp)
  • American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
  • Sputnik’s Children, Terri Favro (ECW)
  • Little Sister, Barbara Gowdy (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Jade City, Fonda
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2018 Aurora Awards Ballot

The 2018 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

  • The Rebel, Gerald Brandt (DAW)
  • To Guard Against the Dark, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW)
  • All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, James Alan Gardner (Tor)
  • RecipeArium,
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2018 Hemming Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 Norma K. Hemming Awards were announced June 8, 2018 at Continuum 14, the Australian National SF Convention, in Melbourne Australia.

Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)

  • WINNER: “Coral Bones”, Foz Meadows (Monstrous Little Voices)
  • “Induction”, Thoraiya Dyer (Bridging Infinity)
  • “The Rock in the Water”, Thoraiya Dyer (Fantasy 12/16)
  • “Braid”, Kirstyn McDermott (Review of Australian Fiction Volume 24, Issue 1)
  • “Tea Party”, Lauren E Mitchell
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2018 Campbell Memorial Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced:

  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Tropic of Kansas, Christopher Brown (HarperCollins)
  • Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Saga)
  • The Moon and the Other, John Kessel (Saga)
  • The Stargazer’s Embassy, Eleanor Lerman (Mayapple)
  • Austral, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
  • After the Flare, Deji Bryce Olukotun (Unnamed)
  • New
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2018 Wellman Award Nominees

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • Frost & Filigree, Natania Barron (Falstaff)
  • Amazing Grace, John G. Hartness (Falstaff)
  • The Stravinsky Intrigue, Darin Kennedy (Curiosity Quills)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Scourge, Gail Z. Martin (Solaris)

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30th Annual Lambda Awards Winners

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the winners of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “achievement in LGBTQ writing for books published in 2017.” Winners of genre interest follow.


  • WINNER: Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Lost Daughter Collective, Lindsey Drager (DZANC)
  • The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager)
  • Night Visitors, Owen Keehnen (OutTales)
  • An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King
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2017 Bisexual Book Awards Winners

The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announced winners for the sixth annual Bisexual Book Awards on June 2, 2018 including titles of genre interest:

Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.]

  • WINNER: The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, F.T. Lukens (Duet)
  • Island of Exiles, Erica Cameron (Entangled Teen)
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss, Julia Ember (Duet)
  • Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor)
  • Rescues and the Rhyssa, TS Porter (Less Than Three)
  • Run in the Blood,
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Gowar Nominated for Times Breakthrough Award

Imogen Hermes Gowar’s The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock (Harvill Secker) is one of ten nominees for the Times Breakthrough Award, a category of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards that recognizes outstanding new British artists. A “panel of Times judges” will determine the winner, who will receive a trophy at an awards ceremony broadcast on Sky Arts on July 1, 2018.

For more information, see the Bookseller website.


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2018 Best Translated Book Awards

The 11th annual Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) 2018 winners were announced at the New York Rights Fair. The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán (Open Letter), translated by Will Vanderhyden, won for fiction.

The winning authors and translators will each receive $5,000 cash prizes. Three Percent at the University of Rochester founded the BTBAs in 2008. For more information, see the Best Translated Book Award site.

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Audie Awards Winners

The Audio Publishers Association announced the 2018 Audie Awards winners, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment, at the Audies Gala on May 31, 2018 at the New York Historical Society in New York.

Winners of genre interest include:

Literary Fiction & Classics

  • WINNER: House of Names, Colm Tóibín, read by Juliet Stevenson, et al. (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood & Valerie Martin, read by Claire
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Hill Wins YA Book Prize

Will Hill is the winner of the 2018 YA Book Prize for his novel After the Fire (Usborne). The £2,000 annual prize is given to the best young adult book written by an author living in the UK or Ireland and was presented May 31, 2018 at a ceremony during Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Hill’s previous genre titles include the Department 19 vampire hunter series.

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