Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award Opens

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has opened submissions for the Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award for “emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination” through December 1, 2023.

Applicants must send a “200-word statement with background & goals in writing SF” and a “4,000-word maximum writing sample addressing Indigenous perspectives” to Professor Grace L. Dillon at For more information, ...Read More

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2023 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2023 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • Intergalactic Exterminators, Inc, Ash Bishop, narrated by Scott Brick and Suzanne Elise Freeman (CamCat Books)
  • Ymir, Rich Larson, narrated by Alan Medcroft (Hachette Audio)
  • How High We Go in the Dark, Sequoia Nagamatsu, narrated by Julia Whelan, Brian Nishii, Keisuke
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Hugo Nominations Are Open

Nominations are now open for the Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, to be presented at Chengdu Worldcon 2023, the 81st World Science Fiction Convention, to be held October 18-22, 2023 in Chengdu, China. The convention says,

Everyone with memberships to either Chicon 8 or the 2023 Chengdu Worldcon that was purchased before February 1, 2023 is eligible ...Read More

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Uncanny 2022 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll

The top five winners of Uncanny‘s 2022 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll have been announced:

  • “Rabbit Test”, Samantha Mills
  • “can i offer you a nice egg in this trying time”, Iori Kusano
  • “The Coward Who Stole God’s Name”, John Wiswell
  • “Two Hands, Wrapped in Gold”, S.B. Divya
  • (tie) “If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You”, John Chu; “Ribbons”, Natalia Theodoridou
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    2022 Stoker Awards Final Ballot

    The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the final ballot for the 2022 Bram Stoker Awards:

    Superior Achievement in a Novel

    • The Devil Takes You Home, Gabino Iglesias (Mullholland)
    • The Fervor, Alma Katsu (Putnam)
    • Reluctant Immortals, Gwendolyn Kiste (Saga)
    • Daphne, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
    • Sundial, Catriona Ward (Nightfire)

    Superior Achievement in a First Novel

    • Jackal, Erin Adams (Bantam)
    • The Hacienda, Isabel Cañas (Berkley)
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    Apex 2022 Reader’s Choice Awards

    Apex Magazine has announced their 2022 Reader’s Choice Awards. “Hoodie” by Tonya Liburd is the winner of Story of the Year. Issue 133 by Angelica Alzona, Alyssa Winans, and Pamela Zhang has won Cover of the Year. “Crimson Clover” by Angela Sylvaine won Microfiction of the Year.

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    2023 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 2023 have been announced:

    • Nicky Drayden, PO Box 200833, Austin TX 78720-0833; print books preferred, .mobi files to
    • Gordon Eklund, 4420 176th St SW Apt C3, Lynnwood WA 98037-3486; digital files to
    • Christopher Rowe, 439 N Upper St, Lexington KY 40508-1450; digital files to
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    2022 Ray Bradbury Prize Finalists

    Finalists for this year’s Ray Bradbury Prize for “Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction” were announced as part of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes:

    • The Book of the Most Precious Substance, Sarah Gran (Dreamland)
    • Spear, Nicola Griffith (Tordotcom)
    • The Ballad of Perilous Graves, Alex Jennings (Redhook)
    • The Mountain in the Sea, Ray Nayler (MCD)
    • Liberation Day, George Saunders (Random House)

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    2022 Zsoldos Péter Award Finalists

    The finalists for the Zsoldos Péter Award have been announced, honoring Hungarian works speculative fiction.

    • Szerződési szabadság, Moskát Anita (A hazugság tézisei, GABO Kiadó)
    • Az utolsó tanú, Lőrinczy Judit (GABO Kiadó)
    • Második magyar köztársaság, Kondor Vilmos (Open Books)

    Short Stories

    • “Ha elég mélyre nyúlsz”, Gaura Ágnes: (Az év magyar science fiction és fantasynovellái 2022)
    • “Hétszerte”, Kiss Gabriella (Az év magyar science fiction és
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    Mishell Baker Wins Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award

    The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has announced Mishell Baker as the winner of the 2023 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.”

    Baker “has liaised with publishers interested in reprinting works by science fiction and fantasy authors who are no longer with ...Read More

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    2022 Gaughan Award

    Martina Fačková is the recipient of the 2022 Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist. The award was presented by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) at Boskone 60, hosted February 17-19, 2023 at Westin Boston Seaport District in Boston Massachusetts.

    This year the Skylark Award was not awarded. For more information and a list of past recipients, see the NESFA website.

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    Authors’ Club Best First Novel Longlist

    The 12-title longlist for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel award has been announced. When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (Hamish Hamilton) and Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook (Mantle) were both included on the list.

    The award is open to any debut novel written in English and published in the UK. The winner will receive £2,500. The shortlist will be revealed March 20, 2023, and

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    2021 Endeavour Award Finalists

    Finalists for the Endeavour Award have been announced:

    • Jade Legacy, Fonda Lee (Orbit)
    • Calculated Risks, Seanan McGuire (Daw)
    • How to Get to Apocalypse, Erica L. Satifka (Fairwood)
    • Blood of the Chosen, Django Wexler (Orbit)
    • On Fragile Waves, E. Lily Yu (Erewhon)

    The award was suspended in January 2021 and reopened to submissions in November 2022. The Endeavour is given to “a distinguished science fiction or ...Read More

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    37th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

    Finalists for Asimov’s 37th Annual Readers’ Awards have been announced and works are available to read online. 


    “The Court Martial of the Renegat Renegades“, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (September/October & November/December 2022) ”Goldie”, Sean Monaghan (January/February 2022) “Snowflake”, Nick Wolven (January/February 2022) ”Blimpies”, Rick Wilber (March/April 2022) ”The Goose“, Rick Wilber (July/August 2022)


    ”Falling Off the Edge of the World“, Suzanne Palmer (November/December 2022) ”Rocket Girls“, Kristine

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    AnLab Awards 2022 Finalists

    Finalists for the 2022 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards have been announced, with many finalists available to read online.


    ”Burning the Ladder”, Adam-Troy Castro (May/June 2022) “Communion”,Jay Werkheiser & Frank Wu (January/February 2022) ”Kingsbury 1944”, Michael Cassutt (September/October 2022)


    ”Cloud Chaser”, Tom Jolly (January/February 2022) ”In Transit”, J.T. Sharrah (March/April 2022) ”Shepherd Moons”, Jerry Oltion (September/October 2022) ”The Journeyman: at the Bluffs of Sinjin Trell”, Michael

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    2023 Dell Award Winners

    “blooming beating hearts” by Sam Wilson is the winner of the 2023 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing.

    The complete list of honors is:

    • Winner: “blooming beating hearts”, Sam Wilson
    • First Runner-up: “Of the Known Universe”, Olivia Garcia
    • Second Runner-up: “The Glass Foxkit”, Rona Wang
    • Third Runner-up: “The River People”, Simon Herz
    • Honorable Mention: “A Practical Guide to Housesitting for North American Witches”, Jazmin
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    2023 REH Foundation Awards Finalists

    The Robert E. Howard (REH) Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2023 Robert E. Howard Awards.

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

    • Robert E. Howard in the Pulps, Dennis McHaney, ed. (self-published)

    The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay

    • “‘Is That Robert E. Howard?’: A Look at Two Photographs”, John Bullard & Bill Cavalier (Adventures Fantastic 6/19/22)
    • “Gender Performativity in Howard’s ‘Sword Woman’”, Nicole Emmelhainz (New Edge Sword
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    2023 PEN America Literary Awards Shortlist

    PEN America has announced their 2023 shortlists for a number of literary awards. The awards “will confer over $350,000 to writers and translators. Spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essay, science writing, translation, and more, these finalists’ books are dynamic, diverse, and thought-provoking examples of literary excellence.” There are 11 categories; finalists of genre interest follow.

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

    • The White Mosque, Sofia Samatar (Catapult)

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    People & Publishing Roundup, February 2023


    LAIRD BARRON was hospi­talized in early January 2023 with respiratory problems and other medical issues. Mike Davis has organized a crowdfunding cam­paign as the author lacks health insurance. Davis says, ‘‘Laird is a private person and I’m trying to convey just how serious this is without revealing too much per­sonal information. Make no mis­take: This is very serious, and potentially life-threatening. For more: <>.

    Author and Locus reviewer PAUL

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    SF Debuts Writing Prize Winner

    Science Museum in London and UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton announced the winner for their inaugural Science Fiction Debuts Writing Prize.

    • WINNER: The Measurement Problem, David Whitmarsh
    • Runner Up: The Forest That Eats Bone, Laura Tisdall
    • Twice-World, Richard Caves
    • Saturnine, Chris Chiam
    • Children of Clay, Alexander James
    • Emotional Transport, Ruth E. Newton

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    2022 Cybils Awards Winners

    Winners for the 2022 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Categories with winners of genre interest follow.

    Young Adult Speculative Fiction

    • WINNER: From Dust, a Flame, Rebecca Podos (Balzer + Bray)
    • How to Succeed in Witchcraft, Aislinn Brophy (Putnam)
    • The Weight of Blood, Tiffany D. Jackson (Katherine Tegen)
    • A Snake Falls to Earth, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
    • The Girl Who
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    2023 Compton Crook Award Finalists

    The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the finalists for the 2023 Compton Crook Award:

    • Obsidian, Sarah J. Daley (Angry Robot)
    • The Ballad of Perilous Graves, Alex Jennings (Redhook)
    • The Bone Orchard, Sara Mueller (Tor)
    • Bluebird, Ciel Pierlot (Angry Robot)
    • Daughter of the Moon Goddess, Sue Lynn Tan (Harper Voyager)
    • The Genesis of Misery, Neon Yang (Tor)

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    2023 PEN/Faulkner Longlist

    The ten-title 2023 PEN/Faulkner longlist includes a number of titles and authors of genre interest:

    • The Family Izquierdo, Rubén Degollado (Norton)
    • Fruiting Bodies, Kathryn Harlan (Norton)
    • Self-Portrait with Ghost, Meng Jin (Mariner)
    • Invisible Things, Mat Johnson (Ecco)
    • The Book of Goose, Yiyun Li (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

    The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges

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    2023 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

    Nominees have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2021 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.”

    Best Novel

    • Playground, Aron Beauregard (self-published)
    • The Television, Edward Lee (Madness Heart)
    • Faces of Beth, Carver Pike (self-published)
    • Last of the Ravagers, Bryan Smith (Stygian Sky)
    • Mastodon, Steve Stred (Black Void)
    • Ex-Boogeyman, Kristopher Triana (Bad Dream/Thunderstorm)

    Best Novella

    • Charcoal,
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    Mosley Wins Diamond Dagger

    Author Walter Mosley, 71, won the 2023 Diamond Dagger Award, presented by the Crime Writers’ Association. The award is the highest honor offered by the group, and “recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to the genre.” The winner is chosen from nominations by CWA members.

    Mosley said,

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    2023 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

    The Upwelling by Lystra Rose (Hachette Australia) won the Prize for Indigenous Writing and We Who Hunt the Hollow by Kate Murray (Hardie Grant Children’s) won the Prize for Writing for Young Adults in the 2023 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, announced February 2, 2023.

    The awards, administered by the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, Australia on behalf of the Premier of Victoria, were inaugurated by the Victorian Government in 1985 to ...Read More

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    Future Worlds Prize Opens

    The Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour is open to submissions from unpublished writers of color based in the UK until February 20, 2023.

    The winner will receive £4,000, one runner-up £2,000, and up to six shortlisted authors will each receive £800. All finalists will receive mentoring from one of the prize’s publishing partners.

    The prize is funded by author Ben Aaronovitch and actor Adjoa ...Read More

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    Jimenez Wins Crawford

    The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez (Del Rey) is the winner of the 2023 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction. “Jimenez had previously published a well-received science fiction novel, The Vanished Birds (2020), but The Spear Cuts Through Water is his first fantasy book, making it eligible for the award.”

    The awards

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    2023 Tähtivaeltaja Award Shortlist

    The five-title shortlist for the Tähtivaeltaja Award has been announced, honoring the best science fiction published in Finland. The award is sponsored by Helsingin Science Fiction seura (the Helsinki Science Fiction Society). The nominees are:

    • Kivinen taivas [The Stone Sky], N.K. Jemisin, translated by Mika Kivimäki (Jalava)
    • Ihmishämärä, Heikki Kännö (Sammakko)
    • Vaikka kaikki päättyisi, Jens Liljestrand, translated into Finnish by Jaana Nikula (WSOY)
    • Asema 11 [Station Eleven], Emily
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    2023 Canopus Awards Winners

    Winners for the 100 Year Starship (100YSS) 2023 Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Writing have been announced. Canopus recognizes “the finest fiction and non-fiction works that expand our understanding of the challenges, opportunities, pitfalls, and rewards of interstellar space exploration.”

    Published Long-Form Fiction (40,000 words or more)

    • WINNER: Sentient, Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Hernandez Walta (TKO)
    • Sweep of Stars, Maurice Broaddus (Tor)
    • Escaping Exodus, Nicky Drayden
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    2023 Wingate Literary Prize Shortlist

    The seven-title shortlist for the 2023 Wingate Literary Prize includes titles and authors of genre interest, such as The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land by Omer Friedlander (John Murray/Hodder), The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft (Fitzcarraldo Editions), and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (Chatto/Penguin Random House). The award gives £4,000 “to the best book, fiction or non-fiction, to translate ...Read More

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    2023 World Fantasy Awards Judges Update

    The World Fantasy Awards administration has announced an update to their previously announced panel of judges. Kelly Robson has joined the panel, replacing Mary Anne Mohanraj, who stepped down in January.

    The judges will read and consider eligible materials from 2022 between now and June 1, 2023. To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges and Peter Dennis Pautz by June 1, 2023. “If…

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