2019 RITA and Golden Heart Awards Winners

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America (RWA) at their annual convention in New York NY on July 26, 2019. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest follow.

RITA for Paranormal Romance:

Dearest Ivie, J.R. Ward (Ballantine)

Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance:

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Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has announced that starting in 2020, the Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award will be presented at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA).

The $1,000 award, now in its tenth year, “recognizes emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.” Deadline for entry is November 1, 2019.

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2019 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 “After Her Brother Ripped the Heads from Her Paper Dolls”, Beth Cato (Mythic Delirium 1-3/18)

Second Place “What Loves You”, Jeff Crandall (F&SF 9-10/18)

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2019 Seiun Awards Winners

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

Best Translated Novel

WINNER: Mecha Samurai Empire, Peter Tieryas, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa) Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty, translated by Takeshi Mogi (Tokyo Sogensha) Provenance, Ann Leckie, translated by ...Read More Read more

2019 Sunburst Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2019 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced:

Adult Fiction

Sodom Road Exit, Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp) Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield (Chizine) Annex, Rich Larson (Orbit) Trickster Drift, Eden Robinson (Penguin Random House Canada) Plum Rains, Andromeda Romano-Lax (Penguin Random House Canada)

Young Adult Fiction

Spellslinger, Sebastian de Castell (Orbit) Tess of ...Read More Read more

2019 World Fantasy Awards Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2018 has been announced. The awards will be presented November 3, 2019 during World Fantasy 2019 (WFC) to be held at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles CA.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Hayao Miyazaki and Jack Zipes.

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2019 Booker Prize Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced, including several of genre interest:

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Vintage, Chatto & Windus) The Wall, John Lanchester (Faber & Faber) An Orchestra of Minorities, Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown) Lanny, Max Porter (Faber & Faber) Quichotte, Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape) Frankissstein, Jeanette Winterson (Jonathan Cape)

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2019 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist

The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2019 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher) The Green Man’s Heir, Juliet E. McKenna (Wizard’s Tower) Priest of Bones, Peter McLean (Jo Fletcher) Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri (Orbit) The Loosening Skin, Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories) The Bitter Twins, Jen Williams ...Read More Read more

Changes to Retro Hugo Ballot

The Hugo Award administrators have announced changes to the 1944 Retro Hugo ballot which affect the Best Fanzine category. Fantasy News has been removed, and Guteto has been added. The announcement says:

The Hugo Administrators have discovered an error in their tally of the nominations for the 1944 Retro Hugo for Best Fanzine.

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2019 Scribe Award Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the winners for the 2019 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Winners were announced on July 19, 2019 at Comic-Con International, held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego CA. Titles of genre interest include:

Original Novel — Speculative

WINNER: Star Trek Discovery: Drastic Measures, Dayton Ward (Pocket) Halo: Silent Storm, Troy Denning (Gallery) World ...Read More Read more

2019 Eisner Awards

The 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 29, 2019. Winners of SF/F interest include:

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310, Chip Zdarsky (Marvel)

Best Limited Series

Mister Miracle, Tom King & Mitch Gerads (DC)

Best New Series

Gideon Falls, Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino (Image)

Best Short Story

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2019 Inky Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2019 Inky Awards have been announced, including titles of genre interest:

Gold Inky Award (for Australian titles)

Hive, A.J. Betts (Pan Australia) Whisper, Lynette Noni (Kids Can) After the Lights Go Out, Lili Wilkinson (Allen & Unwin)

Silver Inky Award (for international titles)

The Cruel Prince, Holly Black (Little, Brown) The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton (Gollancz) The Astonishing Colour of After, Emily ...Read More Read more

The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird Report

The third annual Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird was held March 22-23, 2019 at Hotel Indigo-College Park in College Park GA and Silver Screen FX Lab in Atlanta GA. There were about 80 attendees, in­cluding volunteers. The event was organized by Anya Martin and Scott Nicolay, producers of The Outer Dark podcast, hosted by This Is Horror.

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Klages Wins 2019 Ohioana Award

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages (Viking BFYR) won the 2019 Ohioana Book Award in the Middle Grade / Young Adult category. The awards, given “to recognize outstanding literary achievement by Ohio writers and on Ohio subjects,” will be presented October 17, 2019 at the Statehouse in Columbus OH.

For more information, see the prize’s official website.

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Rosewater Wins 2019 Clarke Award

Rosewater by Tade Thompson (Orbit) won the 33rd Arthur C. Clarke Award, announced July 17, 2019 during a ceremony at Foyles Bookshop in London, UK. Thompson receives a check for £2,019 and an engraved bookend.

Other finalists were:

Semiosis , Sue Burke (HarperVoyager) Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris) Frankenstein in Baghdad,  Ahmed Saadawi (Oneworld) The Electric State, Simon Stålenhag (Simon & Schuster) The Loosening Skin, ...Read More Read more

BooktubeSFF Awards Winners

Winners of the fifth annual BooktubeSFF Awards have been announced. The awards were created “as a way to encourage more engagement among the emergent SFF fandom community on YouTube,” and the judges are “booktubers,” or “YouTube creators whose channels focus on books and reading.”

Nominees were chosen from 281 reader ballots, with winners voted on separately by readers and judges. For categories with differing results, both selections were named as ...Read More

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Compelling Switches to Subscription Model

Compelling Science Fiction has switched to a subscription model with the June issue, their 13th. Publisher Joe Stetch wrote, “New issues will only be available to people who subscribe to the magazine or buy individual issues. Full issues will no longer be posted for free on the website, although the stories that have already been posted will remain up.” He explains, “Moving to a purchase-only model was a difficult decision, ...Read More

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ISFiC Writers Contest

The 2019 Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago (ISFiC) short fiction contest for unpublished writers of science fiction and fantasy is open to submissions through September 1, 2019. First prize includes $300 and publication in the Windycon 2019 program book and on the ISFiC website.

For details and rules, see the ISFiC site.

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Ruocchio Wins 2019 Manly Wade Wellman Award

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) announced the winner of the 2019 Manly Wade Wellman Award on July 12, 2019 during ConGregate 6 held at the Red Lion Hotel in High Point NC. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

WINNER: Empire of Silence, Christopher Ruocchio (DAW) In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams) Pride and ...Read More Read more

Emshwiller Wins Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award

Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019) is the winner of the 2019 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. This year’s judges were Barry Malzberg, Mike Resnick, and Robert J. Sawyer. The award was announced July 12, 2019 during Readercon 30 at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy MA.

For more information about the award, see the Cordwainer Smith Foundation website.

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Suri Wins Brave New Words Award

Tasha Suri won the Brave New Words Award on the strength of her debut novel Empire of Sand  (Orbit). The award was announced by Starburst magazine at a ceremony during the Edge-Lit 8 festival, held July 13, 2019 at QUAD in Derby, UK. The award goes to an individual, not a specific work, so the titles listed are “examples that most define the creators output.” Other finalists were:

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2018 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards winners have been announced. The awards — for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction — were presented July 14, 2019 at Readercon 30 at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy MA.


WINNER: Little Eve, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams) Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton (Double Day) We Sold Our ...Read More Read more

WisCon 43 Report

WisCon 43 was held May 24-27, 2019 at the Concourse Hotel in balmy Madison WI, with Charlie Jane Anders and G. Willow Wilson as guests of honor. There were 940 full memberships sold, plus 51 teen/youth/child memberships (including many donated and assisted memberships). Programming offered 109 panels, solo presentations, and roundtables, focused on SF/F literature, diversity, feminism, disability, criticism, and more. There were 14 group readings plus GoH readings for ...Read More

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2019 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winner

“Treason Properly” by J.J. Cragun won the sixth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, announced July 6, 2019 during SpikeCon in Layton UT. Second place went to “In the House of Rain and Gale” by Joelle Douthit and third place went to “In the City of Dreadful Joy” by Misha Burnett.

Other nominees were:

“The Laughing Folk”, Steve DuBois “The Storm Stone”, Kevin Harkness “Breach of Contract”, Anne Leonard “The Dragon ...Read More Read more

Granta Archives Go to British Library

The British Library has acquired the 300-box archive of Granta, covering 40 years since the relaunch of the magazine in 1979. The archive contains back issues as well as correspondence and manuscripts from authors including Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter, Kazuo Ishiguro, Doris Lessing, and Susan Sontag.

Granta publisher and editor Sigrid Rausing said:

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Sourcebooks News

Sourcebooks sold 45% ownership of the company to Penguin Random House. PRH will be a “collaborative inves­tor,” with founder and CEO Dominique Raccah working closely with Madeline McIntosh, CEO of Penguin Random House US. Both have seats on the newly created board of directors. There are no immediate changes planned to “leader­ship, management, publishing autonomy, or entrepreneurial culture” at Sourcebooks, which hopes to double in size.

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Cowell Named Waterstones Children’s Laureate

Cressida Cowell has been named the 2019-2021 Waterstones Children’s Laureate. “Selected by a panel made up of librarians, critics, writers, literature development workers and booksellers, the role is awarded to an outstanding children’s author or illustrator with a passion for fostering a new generation of writers, artists and readers.”

Cowell said:

I’m honoured to be chosen to be the 11th Waterstones Children’s Laureate and I will try and justify your ...Read More

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Arimah Wins Caine Prize

“Skinned” by Lesley Nneka Arimah (McSweeney’s #53) won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing. The £10,000 prize “is awarded for a short story by an African writer published in English” and was announced during a ceremony on July 8, 2019 at the University of London’s Senate House in London, UK. Additionally, four shortlisted authors each received £500. Judges for 2019 were Sefi Atta, Peter Kimani (chair), Margie Orford, Scott ...Read More

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NASFiC 2020 Site Selection

Columbus 2020 NASFiC has won the bid to host the next North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), to be held August 20-23, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus OH. There were no other registered candidates.

Confirmed guests of honor include author guests Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, artist guest Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, editor guest Christopher J. Garcia, science guest Marc Millis, fan guests Sue ...Read More

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2019 Prometheus Awards Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the winner of the 2019 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, honoring works published in 2018 that “examine the meaning of freedom.”

Best Novel Award

WINNER: 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 ...Read More Read more

2019 Chesley Awards Winners

The 2019 Chesley Awards winners have been announced:

Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover

WINNER: Jon Foster for I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land, Connie Willis (Subterranean) Tommy Arnold for Red Rising, Pierce Brown (Subterranean) Jensine Eckwall for Soulless: Illustrated Edition, Gail Carriger (Orbit) Michael Komarck for Low Chicago, George R.R. Martin, ed. (Tor) Maurizio Manzieri for The Tea Master and the Detective, Aliette de ...Read More Read more

2019 Heinlein Scholarship Recipients

Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year were announced July 7, 2019. This year’s winners are Charles Boyle, Rosemary Lach, and Faith Rovenolt. The scholarship awards $2,000 to each recipient.

Lach received the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Rovenolt received the Dr. Jerry Pournelle Memorial Scholarship, and Boyle received the Dr. Yoji Kondo ...Read More

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