2021 NBA Translated Literature Longlist

The National Book Awards Translated Literature 10-title longlist has been announced, including works of genre interest:

  • Waiting for the Waters to Rise, Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox (World Editions)
  • On the Origin of Species and Other Stories, Bo-Young Kim, translated by Joungmin Lee Comfort & Sora Kim-Russell (Kaya)
  • When We Cease to Understand the World, Benjamín Labatut, translated by Adrian Nathan West (Pushkin)
  • Rabbit Island,
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Headley Wins Translation Award

Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley (FSG) is the winner of the $1,000 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, which recognizes “a published translation of poetry from any language into English that shows literary excellence.” The 2021 judge was Indran Amirthanayagam.

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Imagine 2200 Short Story Winners


Fix, Grist‘s “solutions lab,” has announced three winners for their Imagine 2200 Short Story Contest. The contest aimed “to envision a clean, just future… [and] create stories of life in that future.” The theme was “Climate fiction for future ancestors.” Winners are:

    • First Place: “Afterglow”, Lindsey Brodeck
  • Second Place: “The Cloud Weaver’s Song”, Saul Tanpepper
  • Third Place: “Tidings”, Rich Larson

Other finalists were:

  • “When It’s Time to Harvest”, Renan
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2021 NBA Young People’s Literature Longlist

The National Book Awards Young People’s Literature 10-title longlist has been announced, including titles of genre interest:

  • A Snake Falls to Earth, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • Home Is Not a County, Safia Elhillo (Make Me A World)
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club, Malinda Lo (Dutton BFYR)
  • Too Bright to See, Kyle Lukoff (Dial)
  • The Mirror Season, Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)

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Inaugural Feminist Futures Award

The Omega Sci-Fi Awards have announced the creation of the Feminist Futures Award. The Feminist Futures Award will be co-presented by Artemis Journal, and “will be awarded to a distinct winner for an outstanding feminist sci-fi story.”

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2021 Booker Prize Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced, and includes Bewilderment by Richard Powers (Norton).

The £50,000 prize is “open to works by writers of any nationality, written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.” This year’s judges are Horatia Harrod, Maya Jasanoff (chair), Natascha McElhone, Chigozie Obioma, Rowan Williams.

Shortlisted authors receive £2,500 and a “specially bound edition of their book.” Winners will be

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Polari Prize 2021 Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2021 Polari Prizes have been announced, and the Polari Book Prize includes the following titles of genre interest:

  • Dragman, Steven Appleby (Metropolitan)
  • What Girls Do in the Dark, Rosie Garland (Nine Arches)

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Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award Opens

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has opened submissions for the 12th Annual Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award for “emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination” until November 1, 2021.

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Yamashita Awarded National Book Foundation Medal

Karen Tei Yamashita will receive the National Book Foundation‘s 2021 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, to be presented during the annual National Book Award ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on November 17. David Steinberger, chair of the NBF Board of Directors, said,

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2021 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the 2021 Dwarf Stars Award winners.

  • First Place: “Yes, Antimatter is Real”, Holly Lyn Walrath (Analog 9-10/20)
  • Second Place: “The Softness of Impossible Fossils”, Robert Borski (Asimov’s 7-8/20)
  • Third Place: “Frozen Hurricanes”, Herb Kauderer (Minimalism: A Handbook of Minimalist Genre Poetic Forms)

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Clarke Wins 2021 Women’s Prize

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury) is the winner of the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction, chosen from a shortlist of six titles.

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” The winner receives £30,000 and a bronze “Bessie” trophy. The 2021 judges were Elizabeth Day, Bernardine Evaristo (chair), Vick Hope, Nesrine Malik, and Sarah-Jane Mee.

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2021 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis Winners

Winners for the 2021 Deutsche Science Fiction Preis, presented by Science Fiction Club Deutschland (SFCD), have been announced.

Best German Language Short Story

  • WINNER: “Wagners Stimme”, Carsten Schmitt (Wie künstlich ist Intelligenz?)
  • “Stromsperre”, Stephan Becher (Rebellion in Sirius City)
  • “Die letzte Jungfrau”, T. Elling (Nova 29)
  • “Angereichert”, Karsten Kruschel (Spektrum der Wissenschaft)
  • “Die Sapiens-Integrale”, Michael Marrak (Wie künstlich ist Intelligenz?)

Best German

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2021 Mike Resnick Memorial Award Winner

The winner of the inaugural Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction has been announced:

  • WINNER: “The Measure of a Mother’s Love”, Z.T. Bright
  • 2nd Place: “Hive at the Dead Star”, Lucas Carroll-Garrett
  • 3rd Place: “Echoes of Gelise”, Christopher Henckel

Other finalists were:

  • “Feel”, Torion Oey
  • “Times, Needles, and Gravity”, Shirley Song

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2021 Dragon Awards Winners

Dragon Con has announced the winners for the 2021 Dragon Awards.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)
  • Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga)
  • Ready Player Two, Ernest Cline (Ballantine)
  • Attack Surface, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • The Ministry of the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

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2021 Eugie Award Winner

The winner of the 2021 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction has been announced:

  • WINNER: “The Genetic Alchemist’s Daughter“, Elaine Cuyegkeng (Black Cranes)
  • “The Bone-Stag Walks“, KT Bryski (Lightspeed 8/20)
  • “The Sycamore and the Sybil“, Alix E. Harrow (Uncanny 3-4/20)
  • “City of Red Midnight: A Hikayat“, Usman T. Malik (Tor.com 10/21/20)
  • “Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law“, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com 11/11/20)

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2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winner

The winner for the eighth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award has been announced:

  • WINNER: “Echoes of Meridian”, M. Elizabeth Ticknor
  • 2nd place: “Absinthe & the Alchemist”, Stephanie Kraner
  • 3rd place: “The Codes of Binding”, C. Jonah Abbott
  • “Shadows of the Children”, Jacob Barlow
  • “The First”, Dale Cozort
  • “Soulshifters”, Charles Dib
  • “The Teardrop Harvest”, J.D. Lars
  • “Reverse the Clock”, Ari Officer
  • “Blood and Ashes”, Grant Riddell
  • “War Painting”, Elise Stephens

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Ekpeki Wins 2020 Otherwise Award

“Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon” by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Dominion) won the 2020 Otherwise Award (formerly the James Tiptree, Jr. Award), given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Ekpeki will receive $1,000, original artwork, and chocolate.

The award jury released an “honor list” recognizing other noteworthy works:

  • City of a Thousand Feelings, Anya Johanna DeNiro (Aqueduct)
  • “Helicopter Story”, Isabel
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2020 This Is Horror Awards Winners

Winners for the This Is Horror Awards 2020 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • WINNER: The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)
  • Runner-up: Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix (Quirk)
  • The Invention of Sound, Chuck Palahniuk (Grand Central)
  • The Sun Down Motel, Simone St. James (Berkley)

Novella of the Year

  • WINNER: Crossroads,
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2019 and 2020 Sidewise Award Nominees

The finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History have been announced.

2020 Finalists

Long Form

  • The Good German, Dennis Bock (Patrick Crean Editions)
  • The Cold Last Swim, Junior Burke (Gibson House)
  • The Relentless Moon, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • The Day Lincoln Lost, Charles Rosenberg (Hanover Square)
  • The Doors of Eden, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Orbit US/Tor UK)

Short Form

  • “1827: Napoleon in Australia”,
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2021 Anthony Awards Winners

Bouchercon announced winners for the 2021 Anthony Awards honoring the best in crime fiction. Categories with winning works of genre interest include:

Best Hardcover Novel

  • WINNER: Blacktop Wasteland, S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
  • What You Don’t See, Tracy Clark (Kensington)
  • The First to Lie, Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Best Short Story

  • WINNER: “90 Miles”, Alex Segura (Both Sides: Stories From the Border)
  • “Dear Emily Etiquette”, Barb Goffman
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Cybil Awards Call for Judges

The Cybil Awards are looking for judges in the 2021 awards process. The awards aim to “recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.”

Open categories of genre interest include Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction and YA Speculative fiction.

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Call for SLF Jurors

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) is looking for jurors to read applications for the Working Class Writers’ Grant, which aims to “assist writers of speculative literature to working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to the financial barriers which have made it much harder for them to have access to the writing world.”

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Lubin Receives Le Guin Fellowship

Joan Lubin has been chosen as the 2021 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.”

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2020 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Winners

Results of the 2020 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced.

Best Novella

  • WINNER: “Take a Look at the Five and Ten”, Connie Willis (11-12/20)
  • “Semper Augustus“, Nancy Kress (3-4/20)
  • “Tool Use by the Humans of Danzhai County“, Derek Künsken (7-8/20)
  • “Nic and Viv’s Compulsory Courtship“, Will McIntosh (7-8/20)
  • “Maelstrom“, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (9-10/20)

Best Novelette

  • WINNER: “The Hind“, Kevin J. Anderson & Rick Wilber (11-12/20)
  • “Tunnels”, Eleanor Arnason (5-6/20)
  • “The
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2021 Splatterpunk Awards Winners

Winners 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

  • WINNER: The Magpie Coffin, Wile E. Young (Death’s Head)
  • 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
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Harvey Wins Munsey Award

Rich Harvey is the winner of the 2021 Munsey Award, presented annually by PulpFest “to an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, and the winner is selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners. Harvey received a fine art print by David Saunders as his award.

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2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Harper) is one of six finalists for the 2021 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.

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NPR’s 50 Favorite SF/F Books of the Decade

NPR announced “Your 50 Favorite Sci-Fi And Fantasy Books of the Past Decade”, a list that began with their 2021 summer reader poll, with a top 50 selected by Amal El-Mohtar, Ann Leckie, Fonda Lee, and Tochi Onyebuchi. Titles are separated into categories, such as “Worlds To Get Lost In” and “Will Mess With Your Head”, and include a range of subgenres and interests, such as Joe Abercrombie’s Age of ...Read More

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Wolfe Inducted into Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Grand Master Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) is part of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s (CLHOF) 2021 class of inductees, which includes “four extraordinary Chicago writers whose work influenced positive changes.” Inductees will be honored in a ceremony on September 19, 2021 at the City Lit Theater in Chicago IL. “The program will feature short presentations and performances covering the life and work of each inductee, as well as short speeches ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, August 2021


TA-NEHISI COATES is joining the faculty of Howard University, his alma mater.

NNEDI OKORAFOR accepted an appointment at Arizona State University as a Professor of practice as part of the Interplanetary Initia­tive and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

TADE THOMPSON has been voted vice president of the British Science Fiction Association.

RB KELLY is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


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2021 Odyssey Scholarship Recipients

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced recipients of several of its scholarships available for students attending in 2021.

Mars Hawthorne and Erina Lee won the Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin and covering full tuition and housing for a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror.

Catherine Yu won the Walter & Kattie Metcalf Singing Spider Scholarship, funded by Pam Metcalf Harrington, covering full tuition for “a fantasy novelist ...Read More

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Compton Wins Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award

D.G. Compton is the winner of the 2021 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. The jury particularly cites Compton’s 1974 novel The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe.

The award was presented by judges Rich Horton, Steven H Silver, and Grant Thiessen during the virtual Readercon 31.

For more information about the award, see the Cordwainer Smith Foundation website.

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