Alison Scott Wins 2020 GUFF

Alison Scott has won the 2020 Going Under Fan Fund (GUFF), intended to send one fan from Europe to CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon. The fund is currently administered in Europe by Marcin Klak and in Australasia by Simon Litten.

CoNZealand is being held as a virtual convention, July 29 – August 2, 2020. Scott will attend remotely, with plans to travel once it is safe to do so.

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2019 Stoker Awards Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the winners for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • WINNER: Coyote Rage, Owl Goingback (Independent Legions)
  • Inspection, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
  • The Worst is Yet to Come, S.P. Miskowski (Trepidatio)
  • Into the Ashes, Lee Murray (Severed)
  • Wanderers, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • WINNER: The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah
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2019 LA Times Book Prize Winners

The Los Angeles Times has announced winners for their 40th annual Book Prizes.

Works of genre interest include Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead), which received the inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, and The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth), which received the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. As previously announced, Walter Mosley received the 2019 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime ...Read More

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2020 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2019, has been announced:

French Novel

  • Vie™, Jean Baret (Le Bélial’)
  • Les Furtifs, Alain Damasio (La Volte)
  • Le Chant mortel du soleil, Franck Ferric (Albin Michel)
  • Les Machines fantômes, Olivier Paquet (L’Atalante)

Foreign Novel

  • Vita Nostra, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko (L’Atalante)
  • Trop semblable à l’éclair [Too
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Retro Hugo Fan Material Online

Edie Stern, webmaster of the Fan History Project (, has created a page with links to fan material on the 1945 Retro Hugo Awards Ballot, including the Best Fanzine category.

Chairman Joe Siclari says, “She also combed through all the 1944 fan publications available on the net to show all the writings available for the Best Fan Writer nominees. In addition, she links to the two amateur pieces nominated for  ...Read More

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Martine Wins Compton Crook Award

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the winner of the 2020 Compton Crook Award:

  • WINNER: A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Here and Now and Then, Mike Chen (Harlequin/Mira)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix Harrow (Redhook)
  • The Outside, Ada Hoffman (Angry Robot)
  • A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker (Berkley)

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Emezi Wins 2019 Otherwise Award

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove) won the 2019 Otherwise Award (formerly the James Tiptree, Jr. Award), given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Emezi will receive $1,000, original artwork, and chocolate.

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

  • “Dreamborn”, Kylie Ariel Bemis (Maiden, Mother, Crone)
  • The Book of Flora, Meg Elison (47North)
  • Pet, Akwaeke
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Pinsker Wins Philip K. Dick Award

Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer) won the 2020 Philip K. Dick Award, announced April 10, 2020 by Norwescon in an online ceremony. The Little Animals by Sarah Tolmie (Aqueduct) received a special citation.

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philip K.

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2020 Guggenheim Fellowships

Authors Yiyun Li and Helen Phillips are among the 2020 Guggenheim Fellows, announced by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellowships were awarded to 175 recipients across 53 fields of study “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

The Foundation was started in 1925 and has awarded grants totaling more than $375 million. Fellowships are through two annual competitions: one for citizens and permanent residents of the US ...Read More

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2020 Hugo and Astounding Awards Finalists

Finalists for the Hugo Awards and for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer have been announced by CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon.

Best Novel

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)
  • The Light Brigade, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor
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1945 Retro Hugo Awards Ballot

Finalists for the 1945 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1944, have been announced by CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon via their YouTube channel.

Best Novel

  • “Shadow Over Mars”, Leigh Brackett (Startling Stories Fall ’44)
  • Land of Terror, Edgar Rice Burroughs (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.)
  • The Golden Fleece, Robert Graves (Cassell)
  • “The Winged Man”, E. Mayne Hull & A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science Fiction 5-6/44)
  • The Wind on the
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2020 Colorado Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Colorado Book Awards include the following titles of genre interest:

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • An Illusion of Thieves, Cate Glass (Tor)
  • Denver Moon, Book II: The Saint of Mars, Warren Hammond & Joshua Viola (Hex)
  • The Blood of Seven, Claire L. Fishback (Dark Doorways)
  • The Legend of Carl Draco, Gary Reilly (Running Meter)


  • Straight Outta Deadwood, David Boop, ed. (Baen)
  • Rise: An
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2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced, and includes both titles of genre interest from the longlist:

  • Inland, Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Lot, Bryan Washington (Atlantic)

The annual Dylan Thomas prize, in partnership with Swansea University, awards £30,000 “to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.” The judging panel is

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Walden Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that writer and actor Aydrea Walden will be Toastmaster at the 2020 SFWA Nebula Awards, to be presented in an online ceremony on May 30, 2020.

Walden has written for the series Yin Yang Yo! and created, written, and starred in the Webby-nominated series Black Girl in a Big Dress. She has worked in the animation department on ...Read More

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2019 Kitschies Winners

Winners for the 2019 Kitschies, awarded “for progressive, intelligent, and entertaining literature with a speculative element,” were announced April 6, 2020 in a virtual ceremony.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • WINNER: The Fire Starters, Jan Carson (Transworld)
  • This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Jo Fletcher)
  • Always North, Vicki Jarrett (Unsung)
  • The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa (Harvill Secker)
  • From The Wreck
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2020 Hugo Awards Designers Announced

CoNZealand has announced John Flower as the designer of the 2020 Hugo Award base, and James Brown as the designer of the 1945 Retro Hugo Award base.

The awards will be given during CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held July 29 – August 2, 2020 as a virtual event. For more information, see the CoNZealand website.

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2020 Prometheus Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has released the finalists for the Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2019.

Best Novel Award

  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Random House: Nan A. Talese)
  • Alliance Rising, C.J. Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (DAW)
  • Ruin’s Wake, Patrick Edwards (Titan)
  • Luna: Moon Rising, Ian McDonald (Tor)
  • Ode to Defiance, Marc Stiegler (LMBPN)

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Spectrum 27 Awards Winners

The 2020 Spectrum Awards winners for the best in contemporary fantastic art were announced on April 4, 2020.


  • GOLD: “The Shining”, Bartos Kosowski
  • SILVER: “Lilith”, Brom
  • “The Magic Flute Backstage”, Anna & Elena Balbusso
  • “The Part You Throw Away”, Alessandra Pisano
  • “Fighting in the Harpy Nest”, Bayard Wu


  • GOLD: “Ivywood”, Rovina Cai
  • SILVER: “The Three Lords of Shambhala”, Sija Hong
  • “Arthur Jermyn”, Sam Araya
  • “Penric’s Progress”, Dan dos
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2020 International Booker Prize Shortlist

Several titles and authors of genre interest are on the six-title shortlist for the 2020 International Booker Prize:

  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Shokoofeh Azar, translated anonymously (Europa)
  • Tyll, Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Ross Benjamin (Quercus)
  • The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder (Harvill Secker)

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Underwood Wins 2020 DUFF

Erin Underwood has won the 2020 Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF), intended to send one fan from North America to CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon. The fund is administered in North America by Paul Weimer and in Australia by Marlee Jane Ward. Weimer said,

With ConZealand being a virtual Worldcon this year and [COVID-19], Erin will not be traveling to New Zealand this year, but hopes to travel to Australasia in ...Read More

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2019 HWA Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the recipients of three awards for 2019.

The 2019 Richard Laymon President’s Award, “presented to a member who has served HWA in an exemplary manner and shown exceptional dedication to the organization,” will go to Rena Mason. The winner is chosen by HWA’s sitting president.

Leslie S. Klinger is the winner of the 2019 Silver Hammer Award, presented “to an HWA volunteer who ...Read More

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2020 Neukom Awards Judge

Sam J. Miller will judge the $5,000 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards in the debut author and open author categories.

A shortlist will be selected by Tarek El-Ariss, Jessica Flack, Peter Orner, Eric Schaller, and Dan Rockmore, the creator of the award program. The shortlist will be announced in May, with final winners chosen by Miller and announced in June 2020 at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

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2020 IAFA Awards Winners

Winners of several awards given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) have been announced.

“The Soviet Anthropocene: Desiccation, Desertification, and Environmental Horror in Dmitri Svetozarov’s Dogs” by Brittany Roberts won the Walter James Miller Memorial Award, given to the “best ICFA student paper devoted to a work or works of the fantastic originally created in a language other than English.”

“White Hope” by Julia

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2020 Brave New Words Award Nominees

Nominees for the Brave New Words Award have been announced by Starburst magazine:

  • Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers, Sady Doyle (Melville House)
  • This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Saga; Quercus)
  • The Imaginary Corpse, Tyler Hayes (Angry Robot)
  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir ( Publishing)
  • New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color, Nisi Shawl, ed. (Rebellion)
  • Rage
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2020 Jamie Bishop Award

Valentina Gosetti & Eliza Kent are the winners of the 2020 Jamie Bishop Memorial Award, given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) “for a critical essay on the fantastic written in a language other than English.” Their winning essay is “Maribas et la sorcellerie masculine” [Maribas and Male Witchcraft], published in Revue Bertrand 9/19.

They receive $250, an honorary plaque, and one year’s membership in

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YA Book Prize 2020 Shortlist

The YA Book Prize 2020 shortlist includes several titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Crossfire, Malorie Blackman (Penguin)
  • Deeplight, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
  • The Quiet at the End of the World, Lauren James (Walker)
  • The Deathless Girls, Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Orion)

The YA Book Prize is awarded to a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland. Finalists and winners are selected by ...Read More

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2020 Whiting Award Winners

Andrea Lawlor and Ling Ma are among the winners of the 2020 Whiting Awards, which annually gives $50,000 each “to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.” The award is funded by the Whiting Foundation, created by New York investor and philanthropist Flora Ettlinger Whiting in 1971. Recipients of the award are selected by an anonymous committee appointed by the Foundation.

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2019 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2019 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • The Subjects, Sarah Hopkins (Text)
  • Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (University of Queensland Press)
  • The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG Australia)
  • The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson (Affirm)
  • Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan Wilson
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2020 Jim Baen Memorial Award Winner

Winners of the 2020 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award have been announced.

  • Grand Prize: “Bagala Devi Objective”, M.T. Reiten
  • First Runner-up: “Spinners”, Kate MacEachern
  • Second Runner-up (tie): “Sample Return”, C. Stuart Hardwick
  • Second Runner-up (tie): “The Caretaker”, Tiffany Smith

Judges for the contest were David Drake and the editors of Baen Books.

The Grand Prize winning story will be featured on the Baen website in June 2020. The author ...Read More

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Nebula Conference Going Virtual

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced that this year’s Nebula Conference, scheduled for May 28-31, 2020 in Woodland Hills CA, will be held as an entirely virtual event.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of SFWA feels that holding an in-person event this May would be irresponsible.

The Nebula Conference will include panels, solo presentations, conference mentorships, workshops, forums, chats, and virtual room ...Read More

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2020 British Book Awards Shortlists

The Bookseller has announced the shortlists for the 2020 British Book Awards, including several titles of genre interest.

Fiction Book of the Year
  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese; Chatto & Windus)
  • The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth, Philip Pullman (Knopf; Penguin UK & David Fickling)

Début Book of the Year

  • The Binding, Bridget Collins (Morrow; Borough)

Audiobook Book of the Year

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
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Li and Serpell Win Windham-Campbell Prize

Fiction writers Yiyun Li and Namwali Serpell are among the eight winners of the Windham-Campbell Prize and will each receive “an unrestricted grant” of $165,000.

The Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize was established “to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.” The prize is administered by Yale University, with a new nominating committee every year, and ...Read More

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