2020 Prometheus Awards Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the winner of the 2020 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, honoring works published in 2019 that “examine the meaning of freedom.”

Best Novel Award

  • WINNER: Alliance Rising, C.J. Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (DAW)
  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Random House; Nan A. Talese)
  • Ruin’s Wake, Patrick Edwards (Titan)
  • Luna: Moon Rising, Ian McDonald (TOR)
  • Ode to Defiance, Marc
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Whitehead Wins Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

Colson Whitehead has won the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction for his book The Nickel Boys (Doubleday). Given by The Orwell Foundation, the prize recognizes “outstanding novels and collections of short stories first published in the UK that illuminate major social and political themes, present or past, through the art of narrative.”

The judges for 2020 were Tom Gatti, Jude Kelly (chair), Sarah Shaffi, and Matthew Sperling. Winners receive ...Read More

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2020 Wellman Award Shortlist

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • Where Oblivion Lives, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • The Women’s War, Jenna Glass (Del Rey)
  • The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher (Saga)
  • Breaking Gods, D.J. Molles (self-published)
  • To the Bones, Valerie Nieman (West Virginia
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2020 Heinlein Scholarship Recipients

Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year were announced July 7, 2020. This year’s winners are Charles Hanson, Tulla Bee Picardi, and Samantha Townsend. The scholarship awards $2,500 to each recipient.

Townsend received the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Picardi received the Dr. Jerry Pournelle Memorial Scholarship, and Hanson received the Dr. Yoji ...Read More

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Evans Wins CrimeFest Award

Kathryn Evans has won the 2020 CrimeFest Award for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults for her novel Beauty Sleep (Usborne). The award “is for the best crime novel for young adults (aged 12-16) first published in the United Kingdom in 2019.”

Winners receive a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award and were announced July 7, 2020 on the CrimeFest website and social media pages. “Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, ...Read More

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2020 SF&F Hall of Fame Inductees

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced the 2020 inductees to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame: short story writer Ted Chiang, Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana, the Star Wars movie series, and the Hugo Award-winning graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons. The inductees will be included in the SF&F Hall of Fame display later this year.

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2020 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

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

  • “Hero”, L.R. Braden
  • “The Strength of Summer Storms”, Evey Brett
  • “Humanslayer”, Scott Huggins
  • “A Hole in the Gut”, M.T. Kadisin
  • “From Darkest Depths”, Sean CW Korsgaard
  • “The Power”, Stephen Lawson
  • “Gently They Took What Was Hers”, Amanda J. Lee
  • “Who Will Know?”, Scott R. Parkin
  • “The Chilling Account of the Wolf-Bann of Krallenburg”, J.E. Tabor
  • “Seidh”, Morgan Welch
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Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award Open

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has opened submissions for the 11th Annual Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award for “emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination” until December 1, 2020.

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 dillong@pdx.edu. For ...Read More

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2020 SFRA Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) has announced the 2020 winners of its annual research awards:

The SFRA Award for lifetime contributions to SF scholarship

  • Sherryl Vint

The SFRA Innovative Research Award

  • WINNER: “Triangulating the Dyad: Seen (Orciny) Unseen”, Susan Ang (Foundation #48)
  • Honorable Mention: “‘I Will Speak in Their Own Language’: Yugoslav Socialist Monuments and Science Fiction,” Raino Isto (Extrapolation 12/19)

Thomas D. Clareson award for distinguished service

  • Wu
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The Testaments Team Wins Three British Book Awards

The Bookseller announced recipients of the British Book Awards, honoring The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese; Chatto & Windus) for three related awards: Publicity Campaign of the Year, Agent of the Year, and Audiobook of the Year.

Also called the “Nibbies,” the British Book Awards “honours and celebrates the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops.” The Testaments audiobook, narrated by Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Mae ...Read More

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2020 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the winners in each category of the 2020 Locus Awards. Winners were announced June 27, 2020 at the virtual Locus Awards Weekend; Connie Willis MCed the awards ceremony, available online, with co-presenter Daryl Gregory. Additional weekend events included readings and panels with leading authors.


  • WINNER: The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • The
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2020 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 “Taking, Keeping“, Jessica J. Horowitz (Apparition Lit 1/19)

Second Place “when my father reprograms my mother {“, Caroline Mao (Strange Horizons Fund Drive 2019)

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Westover Wins Inaugural US Selfies Award

The Winter Sisters by Tim Westover (Qw) is the winner of the Selfies Book Awards U.S., awarded by Publishers Weekly and BookBrunch “to discover promising talent and recognise the very best indie-published titles each year.”

Westover will receive $1,000 and a $5,000 advertising package with Publishers Weekly. The Winter Sisters “will also be featured at trade shows and promoted to 30,000 librarians….”

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2020 Ignotus Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • Ararat, Christopher Golden, translated by Efraim Suárez (Grupo Tierra Trivium)
  • La brigada de luz [The Light Brigade], Kameron Hurley, translated by Natalia Cervera (Alianza)
  • El cielo de piedra [The Stone Sky], N.K. Jemisin, translated by David Tejera Expósito (Nova)
  • El
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Toon Shortlisted for Bloody Scotland Debut Prize

Pine, by Francine Toon (Doubleday) has been shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year, awarded by the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival “to recognise the quality in new talent blossoming within crime writing.”

Winners receive a check for £500 and a trophy sponsored by the Glencairn Glass. Bloody Scotland 2020, scheduled for September 18-20 in Stirling, UK, has been canceled. Winners will be announced ...Read More

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2019 Bisexual Book Awards Winners

The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announced winners for the sixth annual Bisexual Book Awards on June 19, 2020 including titles of genre interest:

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

  • WINNER: Shatter the Sky, Rebecca Kim Wells (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Monster of the Week, FT Lukens (Duet; Interlude)


  • WINNER: In the Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)


  • WINNER: Blood & Bitcoin, L.A. Witt
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2020 Premio Italia Winners

Winners for the 2020 Premio Italia Awards have been announced:

International SF Novel

  • WINNER: L’uomo del censimento [This Census-Taker], China Miéville (Zona 42)
  • La quinta stagione [The Fifth Season], N.K. Jemisin (Mondadori)
  • Macchine come me [Machines Like Me], Ian McEwan (Einaudi)
  • La città dell’orca [Blackfish City], Sam J. Miller (Zona 42)
  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Mondadori)

Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Übermensch,
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2020 Creative Writing Awards

We Need Diverse Books and Penguin Random House announced the 2020 Creative Writing Awards, which honor “graduating seniors from public high schools nationwide.” The winning pieces for each category are:

Fiction & Drama
  • “Loophole Abuse”, Erika Whisnant

Personal Essay

  • “Planet: Elkhart, Indiana”, Ivana Cortez


  • “Museum of My Own History, Age Sixteen”, Jeffrey Liao

Maya Angelou Award for Spoken Word

  • “Evolution of the Black Woman”, Orlane Devesin

NYC Entrant Award

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Haeems Wins Terran Award

Maurice Haeems is the winner of the Terran Award scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin to cover all tuition and fees (travel and meals not included) for one applicant to attend the Taos Toolbox writing workshop. Applicants “must be from a country where English is not the primary language.”

Maurice was born in Mumbai and has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Mumbai and an MBA in ...Read More

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2020 Premios Kelvin Winners

Winners for the 2020 Premios Kelvin 505 Awards, presented by the Celsius 232 festival and honoring “the best science fiction, fantasy or horror novels published in 2019” for the first time in Spain, have been announced.

Mejor Novela Original (Best Original Novel)

  • WINNER: Nuestra parte de la noche, Mariana Enríquez (Anagrama)
  • Sigilo, Ismael Martínez Biurrun (Alianza)
  • Mars Company, Francisco Miguel Espinosa (Aristas Martínez)
  • El arcano y el 
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2020 Clarke Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 34th Arthur C. Clarke Award has been announced:

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • The Light Brigade, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • The Old Drift, Namwali Serpell (Hogarth US & UK)
  • Cage of Souls, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Head of Zeus)
  • The Last Astronaut , David Wellington (Hachette)
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Tan Wins Greenaway Medal

Artist Shaun Tan won the Kate Greenaway Medal for outstanding illustration for his work Tales from the Inner City (Walker). The award was announced live on BBC Front Row on June 17, 2020.

“Australian author and illustrator Tan, who is of Australian, Chinese and Malay heritage, is the first illustrator of colour to win the Kate Greenaway Medal.” Winners receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, ...Read More

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2020 Neukom Awards Shortlist

Finalists for the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Speculative Fiction have been announced:

Open Category

  • The Divers’ Game, Jesse Ball (Ecco)
  • Naamah, Sarah Blake (Riverhead)
  • Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Knopf)
  • And Go Like This, John Crowley (Small Beer)
  • The Archive of Alternate Endings, Lindsey Drager (Dzanc)
  • Tears of the Trufflepig, Fernando A. Flores (MCD x FSG Originals)
  • Zero Bomb, M.T. Hill (Titan
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Nobel Wins Silver Birch

The Ontario Library Association awarded the Silver Birch Fiction Award to Julia Nobel for The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Sourcebooks Young Readers). The Silver Birch Fiction Award “celebrates fiction books for readers in Grades 3-6.” It is given as part of the The Forest of Reading, “Canada’s largest recreational reading program.”

For more information, including the complete winners list, see the press release.

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2020 Scribe Award Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the nominees for the 2020 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Nominees of genre interest follow.

Original Novel — Speculative

  • Batman: The Court of Owls, Greg Cox (Titan)
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, Delilah S. Dawson (Century)
  • Firefly: The Magnificent Nine, James Lovegrove (Titan)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Collateral Damage, David Mack (Pocket)
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2020 Prix Utopiales Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2020 Prix Utopiales (for best French SF) and Prix Utopiales Jeunesse Awards (for best French SF for young adults) have been announced.

Prix Utopiales

  • Inkarmations, Pierre Bordage (Leha)
  • Les Furtifs, Alain Damasio (La Volte)
  • Les machines fantômes, Olivier Paquet (L’Atalante)
  • Chiens de guerre [Dogs of War], Adrian Tchaikovsky (Denoël)
  • Rosewater, Tade Thompson (J’ai lu)

Prix Utopiales Jeunesse

  • Boxap 13-07, Amalia Anastasio (ScriNéo)
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2020 Forest of Reading Award Nominees

The Ontario Library Association has announced the 2020 Forest of Reading Award Nominees, including the following titles of genre interest:

Silver Birch Fiction Award (Grades 3-6)

  • A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, Kelley Armstrong (Puffin Canada)
  • Sweep, Jonathan Auxier (Abrams)
  • Oculum, Philippa Dowding (DCB)
  • Wings of Olympus, Kallie George (HarperCollins)
  • The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane, Julia Nobel (Sourcebooks Young Readers)

Red Maple Award (Fiction for

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2019 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

The winners for the 2019 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced. Most are available to read online.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory Winners
Best Novella
  • WINNER: “The Gorilla in a Tutu Principle or, Pecan Pie at Minnie and Earl’s“, Adam-Troy Castro (9-10/19)
  • “The Savannah Problem“, Adam-Troy Castro (1-2/19)
  • “You Must Remember This“, Jay O’Connell (11-12/19)
Best Novelette
  • WINNER:”Bonehunters“, Harry Turtledove (5-6/19)
  • “A Mate
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Ow Wins Avatars Inc Short Story Competition

“Life in Achar” by Anya Ow won the Avatars Inc Short Story Competition. The winning title was chosen from over 500 entries from 33 countries. Ow’s prize package, presented by XPRIZE in partnership with All Nippon Airlines, includes a 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W Processor iMac Pro, a GoPro Hero7 Camera, Sony noise cancelling headphones, a 32GB Kindle Paperwhite, a JoneR Universal Translator, and more.

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PEN Translates Winners

The 19 winning titles for the PEN Translates awards have been announced, including the following authors of genre interest:

  • The Divorce, César Aira, translated by Chris Andrews (And Other Stories)
  • Waiting for the Waters to Rise, Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox (World Editions)
  • Puppets, Daniela Hodrová, translated by Elena Sokol & Veronique Firkusny (Jantar)

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Sturgeon Finalists Announced

The finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been announced by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The award is normally presented during the annual Campbell Conference Awards, but will instead be announced online later this summer.

  • “The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex”, Tobias S. Buckell (New Suns)
  • “Omphalos”, Ted Chiang (Exhalation)
  • This Is How You
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