Parallel Lit Reading Series

Parallel Lit’s inaugural reading launches on April 12, 2019 at Paulista Brazilian Kitchen & Taproom in Oakland CA at 8:30 p.m. Authors include Becca Gomez-Farrell, Tim Pratt, Caroline Ratajski, and Juliette Wade.

The monthly series, hosted by Meg Elison, will include readings and panel-style discussions on genre, writing, and the worlds of fantasy and science fiction.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite. For more information visit the Parallel Lit website.

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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
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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 ( Publishing)
  • The Fractal Man, J. Neil Schulman (Steve Heller)
  • The Murderbot
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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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Neukom Awards Judges

Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer are judges for the $5,000 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards, to be awarded in May 2019 at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Jeff is also one of this year’s judges for the National Book Awards in the fiction category. Longlists in each category will be announced in September, with finalists announced on October 8, and winners at the 70th National Book Awards Ceremony on November ...Read More

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F+W Media Files for Bankruptcy

F+W Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2019, and plans to sell its assets in order to pay its creditors (at least partially). F+W published some works of SF interest, including collectibles guides from the Krause Publications imprint, art books from the Impact imprint, and writing guides from Writer’s Digest Books. The filing blames the bankruptcy largely on a failed attempt to shift to an e-commerce model in ...Read More

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FOGcon 9 Report

The 2019 Friends of Genre convention (FOGcon 9) was held March 8-10 at the Walnut Creek Marriot in Walnut Creek CA. 227 memberships were sold, plus an additional 61 day passes. The theme was “Friendship”, with honored guests Becky Chambers, Karen Joy Fowler, and Ursula K. Le Guin (posthumously).

Programming included 66 participants and 32 items, with panels on science, writing, publishing, literature, politics, and more, such as “Creating With ...Read More

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2019 Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 International Dublin Literary award has been announced, and includes two titles of genre interest:

  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House)

The €100,000 prize winner will be announced June 12, 2019. The shortlist and winner are chosen by the 2019 judging panel, consisting of Eilis Ní Dhuibhne, Yan Ge, Martin Middeke, Hans-Christian Oeser, Eugene R. Sullivan (non-voting ...Read More

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2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. Titles of genre interest include:

  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner; riverrun)
  • Folk, Zoe Gilbert (Bloomsbury)
  • Trinity, Louisa Hall (Ecco)
  • Melmoth, Sarah Perry (Serpent’s Tail)

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.” Judges

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2019 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists

Finalists for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer have been announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, to be held August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland. 1,800 valid nominating ballots (1,797 electronic and three paper) were received and counted from members of Dublin 2019 and Worldcon 76. Nominating ballot information for individual categories has not been released. ...Read More

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Vonda N. McIntyre (1948-2019)

Author Vonda N. McIntyre, 70, died April 1, 2019 of cancer. She is best known for her groundbreaking feminist SF.

McIntyre began publishing SF with “Breaking Point” in 1970, the same year she attended the Clarion Workshop. Her novelette “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand” (1973) won a Nebula Award, and formed part of her classic novel Dreamsnake (1978), winner of Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Awards. Other notable stories include ...Read More

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1944 Retro Hugo Awards Ballot

Finalists for the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1943, have been announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, to be held August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland. They counted 217 valid nominating ballots (214 electronic and three paper) from the members of Dublin 2019 and Worldcon 76. Ballot information for individual categories has not been released.

Best Novel

  • Das Glasperlenspiel [The Glass Bead
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Spectrum 26 Awards Winners

The 2019 Spectrum Awards winners have been announced.


  • Gold Award: “Annihilation variant”, Greg Ruth
  • Silver Award: “After the Flood”, Valentin Kopetzki
  • “Lair of the Firebreather”, Justin Gerard
  • “Reach”, Donato Giancola
  • “Earth Species Project”, Victo Ngai


  • Gold Award: “Charlie Florida”, Francis Vallejo
  • Silver Award: “Dragon Lords: Bad Faith”, Chase Stone
  • “Winter Road”, Jaime Jones
  • “I Am the Light”, Vanessa Lemen
  • “Japanese Tales 1: The Invisible Man”, Yuko Shimizu


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BooktubeSFF Awards Shortlists

The fifth annual BooktubeSFF Awards Shortlists 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 chosen by readers and judges.

Best Fantasy

  • Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown)
  • Grey Sister, Mark Lawrence
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Amazon News

Amazon Publishing has announced a new imprint, Amazon Crossing Kids, publishing picture books in translation, starting in July.

Amazon has cancelled plans to open a new branch office for their headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens NY. The local community opposed the plans, voicing concerns about transit and real estate problems, and objecting to the new $3 billion in incentives that New York City and state offered ...Read More

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Mavroudis Wins Scholarship From Hell

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced Thomas Mavroudis as the recipient of its 2019 Scholarship From Hell. The scholarship places writers in the intensive Horror University workshop, which will take place during StokerCon 2019.

Mavroudis will receive airfare to and from the StokerCon venue, a four-night stay at the convention, membership for StokerCon 2019, and his choice of the Horror University workshop classes.

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Gemmell Awards Closes

Organizers for the Gemmell Awards have announced the closure of the awards. According to the press release:

Unfortunately, after ten years, the Gemmell Awards will draw to a close with immediate effect.  With a lack of suitable volunteers to take on current committee roles, and insufficient manpower to deliver the wide range of tasks involved, the present team has been left with no choice but to wind up the awards. ...Read More

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2019 Jamie Bishop Award

Alessandro Cabiati is the winner of the 2019 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.”

Cabiati received $250 and one year’s membership in the IAFA and was honored during the 40th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), held March 13-16, 2019 at the Orlando

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W.H. Pugmire (1951-2019)

Writer W.H. Pugmire, 67, died March 26, 2018 in Seattle WA. Pugmire was best known for his Lovecraftian fiction, and was a beloved figure in horror fandom.

Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire was born Wiliam Harry Pugmire on May 3, 1951, and grew up in Seattle, where he became locally famous for his vampire character “Count Pugsly” while employed at the Jones Fantastic Museum. Pugmire was raised Mormon and did his mission ...Read More

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Adeyemi Wins Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Macmillan) won the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the Older Fiction category.

Adeyemi received £2,000 and was honored at an award ceremony on March 21, 2019 at Waterstones Piccadilly in London. Shortlisted books of genre interest in the Older Fiction category were The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Egmont) and A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (Europa Editions).

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Miravete Wins 2018 Tiptree Award

Gabriela Damián Miravete’s short story “They Will Dream in the Garden” (Latin American Literature Today 5/18) won the 2018 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Miravete will receive $1,000, original artwork, and chocolate. She will be honored at a ceremony during WisCon 43, to be held at the Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, May 24-27, 2019 ...Read More

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Booker Prize News

Hedge fund Man Group will no longer sponsor the Booker Prize, effective after the 2019 prizes are presented. The Man Group has contributed £25 million to the prize since its sponsorship began in 2002, including £1.6 million for the 2019 prize. The Booker Foundation said, “The Trustees are in discussion with a new sponsor and are confident that new funding will be in place for 2020. In the meantime the ...Read More

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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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SLF Offers South Asian Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation’s inaugural A.C. Bose Grant for South Asian Literature is open for submissions until March 31, 2019. The grant provides $1,000 to “a South Asian / South Asian diaspora writer developing speculative fiction.”

The SLF also offers the Older Writers Grant, the Working Class Writers Grant, and more. For details or to apply, visit the Speculative Literature Foundation website. ...Read More

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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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Strange Horizons Staff Changes

Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde are stepping down as editors-in-chief of Strange Horizons, with Vanessa Rose Phin taking over the role. Crowley and Dollarhyde said:

Friends and fellow readers, we come bearing bittersweet news: the time has come for us to move along. We’re stepping down from our positions as editors-in-chief and passing the torch to Vanessa Rose Phin, who’s served the magazine ably in several capacities during vees ...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)

The award is presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). The winner will be ...Read More

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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.

Grand Prize, second, and third place winners each receive free admission into the ...Read More

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