2020 Compton Crook Award Finalists

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

  • 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 Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker (Berkley)

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2020 PEN/Faulkner Longlist

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World) and The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (Grove) both appear on the 2020 Pen/Faulkner Longlist, this year with ten titles instead of five. The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges are Patricia Engel, Ru Freeman, and Porochista Khakpour.

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2020 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlists

Shortlisted titles for the 2020 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced in the Illustrated Books, Younger Fiction, and Older Fiction categories, including the following of genre interest:

Older Fiction

  • Internment, Samira Ahmed (Little, Brown)

Younger Fiction

  • The Middler, Kirsty Applebaum (Nosy Crow)
  • Asha & the Spirit Bird, Jasbinder Bilan (Chicken House)
  • Charlie Changes Into a Chicken, Sam Copeland (Puffin)

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Goingback and Ligotti Win HWA Lifetime Achievement Award

Owl Goingback and Thomas Ligotti will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association (HWA).

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to “individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.” The HWA said, “When more than one award winner is determined, the rules require a unanimous vote from all committee members. Thus, the winners were recognized as highly deserving individuals for their ...Read More

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Muir Wins Crawford Award

Tamsyn Muir’s novel Gideon the Ninth (Tor.com Publishing) is the winner of the 2020 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction. The awards committee named The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK) as “a close runner-up.”

Other finalists were The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons (Tor) and Silver

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2020 Darrell Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Darrell Awards, “presented annually in support of Midsouth Literacy by recognizing the best published Science Fiction, Fantasy and/or Horror in Short Story, Novella, Novel, Young Adult & Other Media formats,” have been announced. This year they aren’t announcing which works are nominated in which categories until the award ceremony.

  • Eric Barnes
  • H. David Blalock
  • Erin A. Craig
  • John G. Hartness
  • Robert J. Krog
  • Carolyn McSparren
  • Kaitlyn
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2020 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2020 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest follow.

Science Fiction

  • Hollow Kingdom, Kira Jane Buxton, read by Robert Petkoff (Hachette Audio)
  • Emergency Skin, N.K. Jemisin, read by Jason Isaacs (Brilliance)
  • Permafrost, Alastair Reynolds, read by Natasha Soudek (Macmillan Audio)
  • The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull, read by Ron Butler & Janina
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Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award Judges

Judges have been announced for the Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award:

  • Adjoa Andoh
  • Dhonielle Clayton
  • Abi Fellows
  • Daphne Tonge
  • Rachel Winterbottom

The award was launched in 2019 by Gollancz and author Ben Aaronovitch, in partnership with NaNoWriMo and the Good Literary Agency “to champion underrepresented BAME [Black, Asian, and minority ethnic] voices in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.” The shortlist will be announced April ...Read More

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2020 Romantic Novel Awards

The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) has announced shortlists for the 2020 Romantic Novel Awards, including titles of genre interest.

The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award

  • The Girl at the Window, Rowan Coleman (Ebury; Penguin Random House)
  • The Ghost Garden, Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead (Totally Bound)
  • Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel, Ruth Hogan (Two Roads)
  • The Hotel Where We Met, Belinda Jones (self-published)
  • The Stone’s Heart, Jessica
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2020 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2020 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled.

The judges will read and consider eligible materials between now and June 1, 2020. To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges and Peter Dennis Pautz by June 1, 2020. Per the official announcement, “If… something is received on May 31 the judges may well have only one day to read it before

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2020 PEN America Finalists

Finalists for the PEN America Literary Awards have been announced, and include several works of genre interest.

PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
  • Where Reasons End, Yiyun Li (Random House)
  • The World Doesn’t Require You, Rion Amilcar Scott (Liveright)

PEN Open Book Award

  • We Cast a Shadow, Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World)

PEN Translation Prize

  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk (Riverhead)

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2020 Minnesota Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Minnesota Book Awards, given by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, have been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest.

Novel & Short Story

  • Suicide Woods, Benjamin Percy (Graywolf)

Genre Fiction

  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James (Riverhead)

Young Adult Literature

  • Catfishing on CatNet, Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)
  • Last Things, Jacqueline West (Greenwillow)

Middle Grade Literature

  • A Tear
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2020 Branford Boase Award Long List

The long list for the 2020 Branford Boase Award has been announced and includes several titles of genre interest:

  • The Middler, Kirsty Applebaum (Nosy Crow)
  • Asha and the Spirit Bird, Jasbinder Bilan (Chicken House)
  • A Pocketful of Stars, Aisha Bushby (Egmont)
  • Charlie Changes into a Chicken, Sam Copeland (Puffin)
  • The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow, Emily Ilett (Floris)
  • Frostheart, Jamie Littler (Puffin)
  • Nevertell,
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RUSA 2020 Selections

The selections for the 2020 Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Reading List, Listen List, and Notable Books List were announced during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, held January 24-28, 2020 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia PA.

Reading List The annual best-of reading list is selected by the Reading List Council. Shortlisted honor titles were also announced. Titles of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • WINNER: A Memory
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2020 ALA Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the results of the Youth Media Awards during their Midwinter Meeting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia PA, January 24-28, 2020.

Scary Stories for Young Foxes, written by Christian McKay Heidicker and illustrated by Junyi Wu (Henry Holt), was named a John Newbery Medal Honor Book, “for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.”

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

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Berry Wins Golden Kite Award

Lovely War by Julie Berry (Viking) won the 2020 Golden Kite award in the Young Adult Fiction category, given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for “excellence in children’s literature.”

“The Golden Kites are the first children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers.” This year’s judges were Chris Barton, Samantha Berger, Ben Clanton, Carmen Agra Deedy, Angela Dominguez, Susan Fletcher, Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Eric ...Read More

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2020 LITA SF Notable Lists

The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) announced the selections for its 2020 LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, held January 25-29, 2020 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia PA.

Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List

  • Honor Bound, Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre (Katherine Tegen)
  • Alien: Echo, Mira Grant (Imprint)
  • The Waning Age, S.E.
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2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. Titles of genre interest include:

  • 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 chaired by Professor Dai Smith

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2020 Edgar Awards Nominations

Several authors and works of genre interest made the MWA (Mystery Writers of America) 2020 Edgar Awards list of nominees.

Best Paperback Original

  • Blood Relations, Jonathan Moore (Mariner)

Best Critical/Biographical

  • Hitchcock and the Censors, John Billheimer (University Press of Kentucky)
  • Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan, Ursula Buchan (Bloomsbury)
  • The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle  Remade the World
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2020 GUFF and DUFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2020 Going Under Fan Fund (GUFF) have been announced:

  • Cora Buhlert (Germany)
  • Hisham El-Far & Lee Fletcher (UK)
  • Hanna Hakkarainen (Finland)
  • Elizabeth Jones & Claire Rousseau (UK)
  • Dave Lally (UK)
  • Alison Scott (UK)

The 2020 fund will send fans from Europe to Australasia to attend the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, CoNZealand, to be held July 29 – August 2, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Voting is

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2019 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

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

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Coyote Rage, Owl Goingback (Independent Legions)
  • Unamerica, Cody Goodfellow (King Shot)
  • Black Heart Boys’ Choir, Curtis M. Lawson (Wyrd Horror)
  • The Murder of Jesus Christ, John R. Little (Bad Moon)
  • Inspection, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
  • The Worst is Yet to Come, S.P. Miskowski
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2020 Dublin Literary Award Longlist

The longlist for the €100,000 2020 International Dublin Literary award has been announced, and includes numerous titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Flames, Robbie Arnott (Text Publishing; Atlantic UK)
  • The Luminous Sea, Melissa Barbeau (Breakwater)
  • The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker (Doubleday)
  • The Woman in the Woods, John Connolly (Emily Bestler)
  • Vox, Christina Dalcher (Berkley)
  • The Saturday Night Ghost Club, Craig Davidson (Penguin)
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Lowrey Wins 2020 TAFF

Michael Lowrey won the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF), defeating Ann Totusek, to travel from North America to Europe to attend Concentric: Eastercon 2020 from April 10-13, 2020 in Birmingham, UK. There were 103 votes counted. The fund is currently administered by Geri Sullivan in North America and Johan Anglemark in Europe. For more information, see the TAFF website.

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Philip K. Dick Award 2020 Nominees

The 2020 Philip K. Dick Award nominees have been announced:

  • The Outside, Ada Hoffmann (Angry Robot)
  • Velocity Weapon, Megan E. O’Keefe (Orbit)
  • All Worlds Are Real, Susan Palwick (Fairwood)
  • Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea, Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer)
  • The Rosewater Redemption, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • The Little Animals, Sarah Tolmie (Aqueduct)

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Chabon Receives Writers for Writers Award

Michael Chabon will re­ceive the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award “for his service on the board of the MacDowell Colony, for donating the proceeds of several books to organizations that support writers, and for helping to raise funds to assist other authors,” to be presented at the Poets & Writers 50th Anniversary Gala in New York City on March 16, 2020.

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2020 WSFA Small Press Award Open

The Washington Science Fiction Association is now accepting nominations of “works published for the first time in the English language in 2019” for its Small Press Award, given annually to an outstanding story of “imaginative literature” (17,500 words or fewer) published in the small press. Authors and small-press publishers are among those eligible to nominate, and need not be members of WSFA. Finalists are selected “by a committee of five ...Read More

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AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Open

Public voting is now open for the Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Awards, covering works published in their 2019 issues. Readers can select three favorite choices from each magazine in novella, novelette, short story, poem, and cover categories, as well as a “Best Science Fact” article from Analog. The deadline to vote is February 1, 2020.

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Vinge Wins 2020 Heinlein Award

Vernor Vinge is the winner of the 2020 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space,” recognizing his body of work, including nine novels, more than 24 short stories, and many non-fiction articles. The award is administered by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS).

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2020 RITA Awards Canceled Amid Controversy

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced that they will not hold the RITA Awards in 2020, after numerous judges and entrants withdrew their participation. The move occurs amid significant controversy within the organization and following the resignation of its president, directors, and many members. RWA plans to use “next year’s contest to celebrate 2019 and 2020 romances,” and any RWA members who have already entered the 2020 contest will ...Read More

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SF in Brazil, by Roberto Causo

These are dire times for Brazil’s book market and publishing industry, with the current political and economic crisis extended un­der the unsympathetic-toward-culture Bolsonaro administration. In 2018, important book chains Saraiva and Cultura filed for the local equivalent of US Chapter 11. Measures included closing up bookstores; firing staff, clerks and booksellers; and withholding payments for publishing houses and other suppliers. In 2019, Saraiva revised its reorganization plan before court.

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2020 Hugo Awards Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Hugo Awards, the 1945 Retro Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book. They will be presented at the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, CoNZealand, to be held July 29 – August 2, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Members with an attending or supporting membership of CoNZealand or Dublin 2019 are eligible to ...Read More

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2019 Cybils Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest include:

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • Internment, Samira Ahmed (Little, Brown)
  • The Wicked King, Holly Black (Little, Brown)
  • Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Knopf)
  • Echo North, Joanna Ruth Meyer (Page Street Kids)
  • Fireborne, Rosaria Munda (Putnam)
  • War Girls, Tochi Onyebuchi (Razorbill)
  • Sorcery of Thorns
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