2019 British Book Awards Shortlists

The Bookseller has announced the shortlists for the 2019 British Book Awards, including several titles of genre interest.

Début Book of the Year
  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (HarperCollins; Harvill Secker)
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury; Raven)

Children’s Book of the Year

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt; Macmillan)
  • The House with Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson
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2018 HWA Specialty Press Award

Raw Dog Screaming Press won the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Specialty Press Award, recognizing “the accomplishments of a noteworthy small press or presses” and given to “an outstanding publisher of horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction.”

The awards will be presented during StokerCon 2019, May 9-12, 2019 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids MI. As previously announced, Graham Masterton will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. For ...Read More

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2019 Colorado Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Colorado Book Awards include the following titles of genre interest:

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures, Alex Acks (Queen of Swords)
  • While Gods Sleep, L.D. Colter (Tam Lin)
  • Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars, Warren Hammond & Joshua Viola (Hex)

General Nonfiction

  • Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded, Jason Heller (Melville House)


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Pullman Wins J.M. Barrie Award

Philip Pullman won the 2019 J.M. Barrie Award, given annually by the Action for Children’s Arts (ACA) “to a children’s arts practitioner or organisation in recognition of a lifetime’s achievement in delighting children.”

ACA chair Vicky Ireland said:

The Trustees selected Sir Philip Pullman as the winner of the ACA JM Barrie Award 2019, for his outstanding talent as a storyteller who appeals to all ages, especially to the young. ...Read More

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2019 Carnegie Medal Shortlist

The Carnegie Medal shortlist for best children’s book has been announced. Titles of genre interest follow.

  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey)
  • The House with Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
  • A Skinful of Shadows, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s)
  • The Land of Neverendings, Kate Saunders (Faber & Faber)

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Wellcome Prize Shortlist

Murmur by Will Eaves (Bellevue) and My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin) are on the six-title shortlist for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize.

The £30,000 prize “rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives.” Judges for 2019 are Jon Day, Rick Edwards, Kevin Fong, Viv Groskop, and Elif Shafak (chair). The winner will be announced on ...Read More

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2019 Jim Baen Memorial Award Winner

Winners of the 2019 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award have been announced.

  • Grand Prize: “Burners”, Matt McHugh
  • First runner-up: “Acid Test”, Gustavo Bondoni
  • Second runner-up: “Dangerous Orbit”, M.T. Reiten

The Grand Prize winning story will be featured on the Baen website in June 2019. The author will be given a trophy and paid a professional rate.

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SF in Translation Winners

Winners have been announced for the inaugural “Favorite SF in Translation” award, given to non-Anglophone speculative fiction that has been translated into English and published between January 1 and December 31, 2018. The winners were chosen by a readers’ survey.


  • WINNER: The Bottom of the Sky, Rodrigo Fresan, translated by Will Vanderhyden (Open Letter)
  • First Runner-up: Condomnauts, Yoss, translated by David Frye (Restless)
  • Second Runner-up: Killing Commendatore
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IAFA Awards Winners

Several award winners were announced at the 40th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), held March 13-16, 2019 at the Orlando Airport Marriott in Orlando FL.

Mark Bould received the IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award, given for “distinguished contributions to the scholarship and criticism of the fantastic.”

Gary K. Wolfe received the Robert A. Collins Service Award, “presented to an officer, board member, or division head for outstanding

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2019 Darrell Awards Winners

Winners of the 2019 Darrell Awards were announced March 16, 2019 during MidSouthCon 37 at the Hilton Memphis in Memphis TN.

Best Midsouth Novel

  • WINNER: Every Wind of Change, Frank Tuttle (self-published)
  • First Runner-Up: In the Service of Luna, John E. Siers (Stonewall)

Best Midsouth Novella

  • WINNER: “Find the Lady”, Kevin Andrew Murphy (Mississippi Roll)
  • First Runner-Up: The Hairy Man, William Alan Webb (Dingbat)


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2019 Man Booker International Longlist

Love in the New Millennium by Can Xue, translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen (Yale University Press) and Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell (Oneworld) are on the 13-title longlist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.

The award is given “annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the UK.” The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author and translator(s). ...Read More

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Paterson Wins E.B. White Award

Katherine Paterson won the $10,000 E.B. White Award for achievement in children’s literature, given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Paterson’s genre work includes Bridge to Terabithia, for which she won the Newbery Medal in 1978.

Judges for the E.B. White Award were Judy Blume and Alison Lurie. The award will be presented in May 2019 at the Academy’s annual ceremony in New York NY.

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Uncanny Magazine 2018 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll

The top five results of the Uncanny Magazine 2018 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll have been announced.

  1. “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat”, Brooke Bolander
  2. “The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society”, T. Kingfisher
  3. “How to Swallow the Moon”, Isabel Yap
  4. “The Thing About Ghost Stories”, Naomi Kritzer
  5. (tie): “The Hydraulic Emperor”, Arkady Martine and “She Still Loves the Dragon”, Elizabeth
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31st Annual Lambda Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced finalists for the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.” Nominees of genre interest follow.


  • Metabolize, If Able, Clay AD (Monster House)
  • In the Vanishers’ Palace, Aliette de Bodard (JABberwocky)
  • Resilience, Fletcher DeLancey (Heartsome)
  • The Breath of the Sun, Isaac R. Fellman (Aqueduct)
  • The Barrow Will Send What it
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2019 Jim Baen Memorial Award Finalists

Baen Books has released the list of ten finalists for the 2019 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Gustavo Bondoni
  • C Stuart Hardwick
  • Harry Lang
  • Jeffrey Lyman
  • Matt McHugh
  • Wendy Nikel
  • M.T. Reiten
  • Benjamin Tyler Smith
  • Tiffany Smith
  • Marie Vibbert

The Grand Prize winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a trophy and paid a professional rate.

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Sturgeon Award 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 will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on June 21, 2019.

  • “Freezing Rain, A Chance of Falling”, L.X. Beckett (F&SF 7-8/18)
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “The Secret Lives of the Nine
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Powers a PEN/Faulkner Finalist

The Overstory by Richard Powers (Norton) is a finalist for the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges are Percival Everett, Ernesto Quiñonez, and Joy Williams.

The winner will receive $15,000 and finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner will be announced on April 29, 2019 and honored at an award ceremony on ...Read More

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2019 Audie Awards Winners

The Audio Publishers Association announced the winners of the 2019 Audie Awards, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment, at an awards ceremony on March 4, 2019 at Guastavino’s in New York City.

Winners of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • WINNER: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase, Eoin Colfer & Douglas Adams, read by John Lloyd, Simon Jones, Geoff McGivern, and a full cast (Penguin Random
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Romantic Novel Awards Winners

The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) announced the winners for the 2019 Romantic Novel Awards in a ceremony at the Gladstone Library in London.

The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award

  • WINNER: Living in the Past, Jane Lovering (Choc Lit)
  • Eve of Man, Giovanna & Tom Fletcher (Michael Joseph)
  • Daughter of Light and Shadows, Anna McKerrow (Bookouture)

For more information, including complete winners, see the RNA website.

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2018 Kitschies Shortlists

Finalists for the 2018 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager)
  • The Smoke, Simon Ings (Titan)
  • Circe, Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury)
  • Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • Semiosis
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2019 Women’s Prize Longlist

There are several titles of genre interest on the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist:

  • The Pisces, Melissa Broder (Hogarth)
  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
  • Circe, Madeline Miller (Little, Brown)
  • Ghost Wall, Sarah Moss (FSG)

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” The shortlist will be announced on April 29, 2019 and the winner on June 5.

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2018 Sara Douglass Shortlist

Finalists for the 2018 Sara Douglass Book Series Award, for series ending between January 2015 and December 2017, have been announced:

  • Electric Empire: The Diabolical Miss Hyde (2015), The Devious Dr. Jekyll (2015), The Dastardly Miss Lizzie (2017), Viola Carr (HarperCollins)
  • The Fire Sermon: The Fire Sermon (2015), The Map of Bones (2016), The Forever Ship (2017), Francesca Haig (HarperCollins)
  • Blackthorn & Grim: Dreamer’s Pool (2014), Tower of Thorns (2015),
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Clarkesworld Readers’ Poll Winners

“When We Were Starless” by Simone Heller was named Best Story in the annual Clarkesworld readers’ poll. “The Storkfriars” by Sean Murray, from the June 2018 issue, won Best Cover Art.

For more, including finalists, see the Clarkesworld site.


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2019 Salam Award Judges

Judges for the 2019 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced: Jeffrey Ford, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Maha Khan Phillips, John Joseph Adams, and Saba Sulaiman. The award is “a short story award to promote science fiction and related genres of writing in Pakistan,” open to original fiction of 10,000 words or less, written in English by authors who must be “currently residing in Pakistan, or be of Pakistani birth/descent.” ...Read More

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YA Book Prize 2019 Shortlist

The YA Book Prize 2019 shortlist includes several titles and authors of genre interest:

  • The Surface Breaks, Louise O’Neill (Scholastic)
  • White Rabbit, Red Wolf, Tom Pollock (Walker)
  • Outwalkers, Fiona Shaw (Fickling)

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 a panel of judges which consists of Laura Bates, Caroline ...Read More

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2019 PEN America Winners

Winners of the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards were announced February 26, 2019 in an awards ceremony held at the NYU Skirball Center in New York NY.

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner) won the $75,000 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award given “to the author of a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact, and that has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its ...Read More

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2019 Writers Guild Awards Winners

Winners of the 2019 Writers Guild Awards were announced February 17, 2019 during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills CA.

Winners of genre interest include Castle Rock in the Original Long Form category, The Walking Dead: “Red Machete” in Adapted Short Form New Media, and A Series of Unfortunate Events: “The Ersatz Elevator: Part One” in Children’s Episodic and Specials.

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Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 12th annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards have been announced. All five finalists in the Teen category are of genre interest.

  • The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform)
  • Furyborn, Claire Legrand (Sourcebooks)
  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker, Jen Wang (First Second)
  • Wildcard, Marie Lu (Putnam)

The awards presented by non-profit literacy organization Every Child a Reader and

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2018 Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the final ballot for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel
  • The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam)
  • Glimpse, Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin’s)
  • Unbury Carol, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
  • Dracul, Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker (Putnam)
  • The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Morrow)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • What Should Be Wild
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2019 Aspen Words Finalists

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner) is a finalist for the second annual Aspen Words Literary Prize.

The winner will be announced during a ceremony on April 11, 2019 in New York NY. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.” Finalists each receive $1,000. Finalists and winner are ...Read More

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LA Times Book Prize Finalists

The Los Angeles Times has announced the finalists for their 39th annual Book Prize.

Works of genre note include Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Knopf) in Fiction, as well as The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen) and The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (Little, Brown BFYR) in Young Adult Literature.

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2018 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2018 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Scales of Empire, Kylie Chan (HarperCollins)
  • Obsidio, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • A Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer (Ventura)
  • Dyschronia, Jennifer Mills (Picador)
  • The Second Cure, Margaret Morgan (Penguin Random House)

Best Science Fiction Novella

  • “I Almost
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