2019 Branford Boase Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Branford Boase Award has been announced, and includes the following titles of genre interest.

The House with Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson (Usborne) The Train to Impossible Places, P.G. Bell (Usborne)

“The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist.” Judges for the 2019 award are Sanchita Basu De Sarkar, Julia Eccleshare (chair), ...Read More

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Eaves Wins Wellcome Prize

Murmur by Will Eaves (Bellevue) won the Wellcome Book Prize, announced May 1, 2019 at the Wellcome Collection in London, UK.

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 were Jon Day, Rick Edwards, Kevin Fong, Viv Groskop, and Elif Shafak (chair).

For more information, see the Wellcome Prize website.

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2019 Scribe Award Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the nominees for the 2019 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Nominees of genre interest follow.

Original Novel — Speculative

Halo: Silent Storm, Troy Denning (Gallery) World of Warcraft: Before the Storm, Christie Golden (Del Rey) Star Trek Discovery: Fear Itself, James Swallow (Pocket) Star Trek Discovery: Drastic Measures, Dayton Ward (Pocket) Alien: The Cold ...Read More Read more

Nebula Awards Ballot Controversy

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Board released a statement March 1, 2019 in response to allegations that a Facebook group devoted to self-publishing, “20Booksto50k,” may have promoted slate voting to influence this year’s ballot, a situation that drew sometimes heated responses from authors troubled by the issue. The statement reads, in part:

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2019 Edgar Awards Winners

Winners of the 2019 Edgar Awards have been announced by the MWA (Mystery Writers of America), including the following titles of SF genre interest.

Best Novel

Down the River Unto the Sea, Walter Mosley (Mulholland)

Best Juvenile

Otherwood, Pete Hautman (Candlewick)

Best Young Adult

Sadie, Courtney Summers (Wednesday)

As previously announced, Martin Cruz Smith was named a 2019 Grand Master. For the complete list of SF nominees, ...Read More

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Bobak Ferdowsi Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Bobak Ferdowsi will be Toastmaster at the 2019 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference to be held May 16-19, 2019 at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills CA.

Ferdowsi has served as a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, working on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission and the Cassini–Huygens mission to Saturn. Following the Curiosity landing, Ferdowsi achieved fame for the ...Read More

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2019 TAFF and GUFF Winners

Geri Sullivan won the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) to travel from North America to Europe to attend Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon, the 77th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 15-19, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland, defeating Teresa Cochran, Sarah Gulde, and Michael Lowrey. There were 212 votes counted. The fund is currently administered by John Purcell in North America and Johan Anglemark in Europe. For more information, see ...Read More

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Zhou Wins Terran Award

Zhou Wen 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 from a country where English is not the primary language.” The winner was selected by workshop staff including Walter Jon Williams.

Zhou was born in Jinan, Shandong province, and has ...Read More

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2019 Oregon Book Awards Winners

The 2019 Oregon Book Awards have been announced, with winners and finalists of genre interest.

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas (Little, Brown) won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. The Maw by Taylor Zajonc (Skyhorse) was a fiction award finalist. Judges were Kim Fu, J. Robert Lennon, and Hannah Pittard.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (Simon & Schuster) won the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature. Finalists included ...Read More

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HWA Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the recipients of three awards for 2018.

JG Faherty is the winner of the 2018 Mentor of the Year Award. Introduced in 2014, the Award “recognizes one mentor in the Mentor Program who has done an outstanding job of helping newer writers” and is chosen by the current chair of the mentor program.

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2019 Hemming Award Finalists

The shortlists for the 2019 Norma K. Hemming Award have been announced.

Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)

“Pinion”, Stephanie Gunn (Aurum) “Triquetra”, Kirstyn McDermott (Tor.com 9/5/18) “The Sea-Maker of Darmid Bay”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone 9-10/18) “With this Needle I Thee Thread”, Angela Rega (Aurum) “Shatterglass”, Susan Wardle (Aurum) “Knitting Day”, Jen White (Mother of Invention)

Long Work

Icefall, Stephanie ...Read More Read more

2018 BSFA Winners

Winners of the 2018 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards have been announced.

Best Novel

WINNER: Embers of War, Gareth L. Powell, (Titan) Europe at Dawn, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris) Before Mars, Emma Newman (Ace) Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit)

Best Shorter Fiction

WINNER: Time Was, Ian McDonald (Tor.com Publishing) “The Gift of Angels: an introduction”, Nina Allan (Clarkesworld 11/18) ...Read More Read more

Schulman Wins Philip K. Dick Award

Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman (Europa) won the 2019 Philip K. Dick Award, announced April 19, 2019 during Norwescon 42 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac WA.  84k by Claire North (Orbit) 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. Dick Trust ...Read More

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2019 Prix Bob Morane

Winners of the 2019 Prix Bob Morane have been announced.

Romans francophones (French Novels) Les nuages de Magellan, Estelle Faye (Scrineo)

Roman traduit (Translated Novels)

Underground Airlines, Ben H. Winters, translated by Éric Holstein (ActuSF)

Nouvelles (Short Stories)

Signal d’alerte: Fictions courtes et dérangements [Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances], Neil Gaiman, translated by Patrick Marcel (Au diable Vauvert)

Coup de coeur (Favorites)

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Powers Wins Pulitzer

The Overstory (Norton) by Richard Powers won the Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category. The award, given for “distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life,” comes with a prize of $15,000.

The judges called Powers’s novel, “An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those ...Read More

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Kuang Wins Compton Crook Award

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the winner of the 2019 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award:

WINNER: The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager) The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager) Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga) Sisters of the Winter Wood, Rena Rossner (Redhook) Implanted, Lauren C. Teffeau (Angry Robot) The Feed, Nick Clark Windo (Morrow)

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2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2018, has been announced:

French Novel

BonheurTM, Jean Baret (Le Bélial’) Dernières fleurs avant la fin du monde, Nicolas Cartelet (Mü Éditions) Le Cycle de Syffe, tomes 1 & 2, Patrick K. Dewdney (Au diable vauvert) Rouille, Floriane Soulas (Scrineo) Les Pierres et les Roses, tomes 1 ...Read More Read more

2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Nominees

Finalists for the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners will be selected by members of SFFANZ and GeyserCon 2019, and honored at the convention, May 31 – June 2, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Rotorua in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Best Novel

The Kingfisher’s Debt, Kura Carpenter (IFWG) Restoration Day, Deborah Makarios (Oi Makarioi) Into ...Read More Read more

2018 Kitschies Winners

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

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

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

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

WINNER: Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi (Oneworld) Children of ...Read More Read more

2018 This Is Horror Awards Nominees

Nominees for the This Is Horror Awards 2018 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

Coyote Songs, Gabino Iglesias (Broken River) The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam) The Rust Maidens, Gwendolyn Kiste (Journalstone) The Listener, Robert R. McCammon (Cemetery Dance) The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Morrow)

Novella of the Year

Out Behind the Barn, John Boden & Chad Lutzke (self-published) ...Read More Read more

2019 Ditmar Award Preliminary Ballot

The 2019 Ditmar Award preliminary ballot for Australian SF has been announced:

Best Novel

Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter) The Subjugate, Amanda Bridgeman (Angry Robot) Faerie Apocalypse, Jason Franks (IFWG Australia) City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Tor) The Beast’s Heart, Leife Shallcross (Hodder & Stoughton) Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum)

Best Novella or Novelette

Triquetra, Kirstyn McDermott (Tor.com Publishing) Cabaret ...Read More Read more

Space Educator: Lifetime Achievement Award

Writer and astronomy professor Andre W Fraknoi was awarded the 2019 Space Educator: Lifetime Achievement Award, presented March 22 in Washington DC at the 62nd Annual Robert Goddard Memorial Dinner. Fraknoi teaches at the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco.

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2020 Vilcek Prizes

The 2020 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Literature, honoring “emerging to mid-career immigrant professionals who have demonstrated significant accomplishments early in their careers,” are open to writers in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry categories. Each winner will receive $50,000. Applicants should have published at least one full-length book (self-published work is ineligible), been born outside the US, and be 38 years of age or younger. Applications are due by June ...Read More

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2019 Guggenheim Fellowships

Authors Edward Carey, Michael Helm, Carmen Maria Machado, and Luis Alberto Urrea are among the 2019 Guggenheim Fellows, announced April 10, 2019 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellowships were awarded to 168 recipients across 49 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 $360 million. Fellowships are through two annual competitions: ...Read More

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Martindale Wins Service to SFWA Award

Lee Martindale has been awarded the 2019 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. Martindale has served SFWA in a number of capacities including on the election committee, as chair of the bylaws committee, mediation specialist on the grievance committee, SFWA ombudsman, South-Central director, and as director-at-large. SFWA president Cat Rambo said:

Lee’s service to SFWA includes driving the creation of SFWA’s accessibility guidelines, which have been used by dozens ...Read More

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UKLA Shortlists

Shortlists for the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) awards have been announced. There are several titles of genre interest in the 12-16 year category:

The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (Egmont Electric Monkey) After the Fire, Will Hill (Usborne) Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein, Lita Judge (Wren & Rook) Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds (Faber)

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CrimeFest Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the CrimeFest Awards have been announced, including several titles of genre interest:

Audible Sounds of Crime Award

Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch (Orion) The Outsider, Stephen King (Simon & Schuster Audio)

H.R.F. Keating Award

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction, Nils Clausson (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Last Laugh Award

Bryant & May: Hall of Mirrors, Christopher Fowler (Transworld)

Best Crime Novel for Children

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Brave New Words Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the Brave New Words Award has been announced by Starburst magazine:

Origamy, Rachel Armstrong (NewCon) 84K, Claire North (Orbit) Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri (Orbit) Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit) The Loosening Skin, Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories) Lost Gods, Micah Yongo (Angry Robot)

Starburst editorial staff chose the shortlist “from over 100 entries, which included blog posts, comic books, short stories, screenplays, ...Read More

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2019 Seiun Awards Nominees

The 58th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2019 Seiun Awards finalists (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The nominees for translated works follow.

Best Translated Novel

Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty, translated by Takeshi Mogi (Tokyo Somotosha) Provenance, Ann Leckie, translated by Hideo Akao (Tokyo Somotosha) Waking Gods, Sylvain Neuvel, translated by Sada ...Read More Read more

2019 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 2018.

Best Novel Award

Causes of Separation, Travis Corcoran (Morlock) Kingdom of the Wicked [Book One: Rules and Book Two: Order], Helen Dale (Ligature Pty Limited) State Tectonics, Malka Older (Tor.com Publishing) The Fractal Man, J. Neil Schulman (Steve Heller) The Murderbot ...Read More Read more

2019 Writers & Illustrators of the Future Awards

The 2019 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award went to Andrew Dykstal for his story “Thanatos Drive”. The Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Aliya Chen for her illustration of Elise Stephens’s story “Untrained Luck”.

They were honored, along with the other 2018 quarterly contest winners, in a ceremony held April 5, 2019 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles CA. All winners received trophies, and ...Read More

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Children’s History Book Prize

Ellen Klages’s novel Out of Left Field (Viking) is one of four finalists for the $10,000 Children’s History Book Prize, presented by the New York Historical Society. The winner will be announced in May.

For more information, see the prize’s website.

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