Authors and works of genre interest are among the winners of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) 2022 Edgar Awards, “honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television.” “The Road to Hana” by R.T. Lawton (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine) won in the Best Short Story category, and Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Scholastic) won the Best Juvenile category. “Analogue” by Rob Osler (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine) won the Robert ...Read MoreRead more
Robert J. Sawyer’s WWW trilogy — Wake (2009), Watch (2010), and Wonder (2011) — won the Machine Intelligence Foundation for Rights and Ethics 2021 Media Award, presented by AI research foundation MIFRE in “recognition of the representation of human and Machine Intelligence forming and thriving in a cooperative peer relationship.”
With this award, the Foundation intends to recognize, and encourage, works of fiction that portray a future in which humans ...Read MoreRead more
The 8-title shortlist for the 2022 Branford Boase Award has been announced, and includes several titles of genre interest:
- Skin of the Sea, Natasha Bowen (Penguin)
- The Upper World, Femi Fadugba (Penguin)
- Grimwood, Nadia Shireen (Simon & Schuster)
The award is “given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children.” The author and editor of the winning title each receive an engraved trophy, and ...Read MoreRead more
The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (Bloomsbury) is on the shortlist for the £10,000 Royal Society of Literature (RSL) Ondaatje Prize
The award is given “to an outstanding work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that best evokes the spirit of a place.” The judges for 2022 are Patrice Lawrence, Sandeep Parmar (Chair), and Philippe Sands.
The winner will be announced on May 4. For more information, including the ...Read MoreRead more
The 6-title shortlist has been announced for the 2022 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Nominees of genre interest include:
- The Bread the Devil Knead, Lisa Allen-Agostini (Myriad)
- The Sentence, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
- The Book of Form & Emptiness, Ruth Ozeki (Viking)
The prize celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.”
The winner will be announced on June 15, 2022, and will receive £30,000
Westercon has announced that as of the April 15th deadline, there have been no bids filed to host Westercon 76. The Site Selection is now open, and those interested in bidding can still file until July 2, 2022 to be eligible as a write-in bid.
If there are no eligible bids, the site selection will fall to the Westercon Business Meeting on July 3, 2022.
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According to The Bookseller, Eleanor Teasdale has been promoted to publisher and Gemma Creffield has been promoted to commissioning editor at Angry Robot. Teasdale was previously commissioning editor, and Creffield was managing editor, both joining Angry Robot in 2019.
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Winners of the 2022 Oregon Book Awards were announced by Literary Arts on April 25, 2022. What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad (Knopf) won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. Judges for the category were Alexandra Kleeman, Robin Wasserman, and Charles Yu. Courtney Gould’s The Dead and the Dark (Wednesday Books) won the Young Adult category; judges were Zan Romanoff, Francisco X. Stork, and Shelley Tanaka.
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The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (JFA) announced appointments for its new editorial collective. Mailyn Abreu Toribio is Reviews Editor-in-Chief, Cat Ashton is Project Editor-in-Chief, Novella Brooks de Vita is Acquisitions Editor-in-Chief, and Jude Wright is Managing Editor-in-Chief. The restructuring of JFA staff was announced last year, along with an open call for applications. The collective “will be taking over the duties of previous Editor Brian Attebery, for ...Read MoreRead more
The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced that it has granted the Maine Humanities Council $250,000 to teach people about Afrofuturism.
Says Samaa Abdurraqib, Associate Director of the Maine Humanities Council:
People have been really intrigued by these texts that they’ve maybe never heard about before… Or maybe they’ve been curious about sci-fi, and they’ve never read sci-fi by Black and brown authors before.
The program will include Reader’s ...Read MoreRead more
The 2022 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction is open, and the judges for 2022 have been announced: Aamer Hussain, Shiv Ramdas, and Paul Tremblay, with Wendy N. Wagner as Reviewing Editor.
The annual award is open to original fiction of 10,000 words or fewer written in English by authors who must be “currently residing in Pakistan, or be of Pakistani birth/descent.” Submissions are open through July 31, 2022.
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The shortlist for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize features titles and authors of genre interest, including:
- “The Last Diver On Earth”, Sofia Mariah Ma
- “Losing Count”, Alexandra Manglis
- “How to Operate the New Eco-Protect Five-in-One Climate Control Apparatus”, Charlie Muhumuza
- “Slake”, Sarah Walker
The Commonwealth Short Story Prize recognizes the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words) and is open to translated fiction. The overall winner receives £5,000,
PRISCILLA TOLKIEN, 92, died February 28, 2022 after a brief illness. She was the youngest, and last surviving, child of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s, and was vice president of the Tolkien Society from 1986.
Priscilla Mary Anne Reuel Tolkien was born June 18, 1929 in Oxford, England, where her father taught. She had a stuffed teddy bear named Bingo as a child, and in early drafts of The Lord of ...Read MoreRead more
The winner for the 2022 Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction was announced as part of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes:
- WINNER: Spirits Abroad, Zen Cho (Small Beer Press)
- Light From Uncommon Stars, Ryka Aoki (Tor)
- The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, Mariana Enriquez (Granta)
- The World Gives Way, Marissa Levien (Redhook)
- Sorrowland, Rivers Solomon (MCD)
The prize is sponsored by ...Read MoreRead more
UK bookstore chain Waterstones has arranged to acquire academic bookseller Blackwell’s, which has 18 stores in the UK and also runs Heffers in Cambridge. Waterstones recently acquired bookstore chain Foyles, and the hedge fund that owns Waterstones, Elliott, also owns Barnes & Noble.
See this listing and more like it in the April 2022 issue of Locus.
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Lauren Groff is the winner of the 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize. The award honors “mid-career authors in fiction,” and the winner receives a $50,000 prize from the New Literary Project.
Oates says of Groff:
Lauren Groff is an audacious writer of tremendous range and depth: most recently, treating modern American marriage in her novel Fates and Furies, exploring contemporary paradoxes and mysteries through the continually surprising stories in ...Read MoreRead more
Finalists have been announced for the 2022 Prix Imaginales, honoring the best works of fantasy published in France.
- Montės, Isabelle Bauthian (Editions Actusf)
- La Descente ou la chute, Basile Cendre (Les Moutons Électriques)
- Capitale du sud, tome 1, Le Sang de la cité, Guillaume Chamanadjian (Editions Aux forges, Vulcain)
- A cause de l’éternité, Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud (Editions Grasset et Fasquelle)
- L’Empire s’effondre tome 1, Sébastien Coville
The Omega Sci-Fi Awards has announced the finalists for its Tomorrow Prize short story competition:
- “House on Sand”, Angel Bran
- “They’re Coming”, Amy Cervantes
- “Genetic Slumber”, Tais Cortez
- “Backstitching”, Madison Kay
- “The Mechanical Planet”, Luna Prieto
Honorable mentions were given to the following stories:
- “Your Case is Quite Unique”, Sloane Corddry
- “Idiosyncrasy”, Nancy Duran-Lopez
- “Final Breath”, Nyn Kim
- “Gone”, Christine Wu
The Tomorrow Prize is open to Los Angeles County
“Over and Away Again” by Gina McGuire is the winner of the 2021 Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award. The $1,000 prize is given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) to “emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.”
The judge for 2021 was Andrea Hairston. Submissions for 2022 are currently open until December 1, 2022. For more information about the ...Read MoreRead more
The shortlist for the 2022 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2021, has been announced:
- Citadins de demain, Claire Duvivier (Aux forges de Vulcain)
- Nous sommes les chasseurs, Jérémy Fel (Rivages)
- Vivonne, Jérôme Leroy (La Table ronde)
- La Nuit du faune, Romain Lucazeau (Albin Michel)
- Feminicid, Christophe Siébert (Au diable vauvert)
- Les Maîtres enlumineurs
Author and editor Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki has announced the new Emeka Walter Dinjos Memorial Awards to “provide assistance for disabled speculative fiction writers struggling with various maladies, and to encourage the representation of disability in speculative fiction.”
There will be two $250 prizes: one for “a writer of speculative fiction for their representation or portrayal of disability in a world of speculative fiction, whatever their health status” and another for ...Read MoreRead more
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the winners of the 2022 Jack L. Chalker Young Writers’ Contest:
- 1st Place: “Dispatch From A Dying Solar System”, Gwendolyn Taylor
- 2nd Place: “Hamilton: Bronze Pioneer”, Roshan Rao
- 3rd Place: “Just a Test”, Johan Shattuck
Honorable Mentions were given to “Rebelling Metal” by Camilla Florence Carrera, “He’ll Be Here for A While” by Vincent Reynolds, and “Water Day” by Allison Xu.
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Demi-vie by Magali Laurent (De Mortagne) won the 2022 Prix jeunesse des univers parallèles — Parallel Universe “Youth” (Young Adult) Prize — for SF/F written for young people. The winner receives $2,000CAD and is honored on the first day of the Salon international du livre de Québec. The award is administered by nonprofit Passeport pour l’imaginaire.
For more information, see the official website.
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Finalists for the 2022 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ).
- Gateway to Dark Stars, Kate Haley (self-published)
- Butcherbird, Cassie Hart (Huia)
- Silent Sorrow, Russell Kirkpatrick (IFWG)
- The King of Faerie, A.J. Lancaster (Camberion)
- A Force of Nature, Janna Ruth (self-published)
- Foxhunt, Rem Wigmore (Queen of Swords)
Best Youth Novel
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The Ignyte Awards Committee has announced the finalists for the 2022 Ignyte Awards, which “seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre.”
Best Novel — Adult
- Light From Uncommon Stars, Ryka Aoki (Tor)
- Black Water Sister, Zen Cho (Ace; Macmillan)
- The Unbroken,
The winners of the 2021 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards have been announced. This year included the launch of a new category, Best Book for Younger Readers.
- WINNER: Shards of Earth, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
- A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine (Tor)
- Green Man’s Challenge, Juliet E. McKenna (Wizard’s Tower)
- Purgatory Mount, Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
- Skyward Inn, Aliya Whiteley (Solaris)
- Blackthorn Winter,
Dead Space by Kali Wallace (Berkley) won the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished original science fiction paperback published for the first time during 2021 in the US, announced at Norwescon on April 15, 2022. A special citation was given to The Escapement by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon).
Other finalists were:
- Defekt, Nino Cipri (Tordotcom)
- Plague Birds, Jason Sanford (Apex)
- Bug, Giacomo Sartori, translated by Frederika Randall (Restless)
- Far from the
Hachette Book Group has announced their latest plan for employees to return to the New York offices on April 25, 2022. Offices elsewhere have return dates in April and May. They will begin a six-month pilot, following ‘‘a hybrid model, with all fully vaccinated office-based staff members required to work from the office two days per week.’’
Macmillan is launching a ‘‘hybrid/remote-friendly’’ pilot on April 4, to run through October: ...Read MoreRead more
JOANNE HARRIS was re-elected as the chair of the Society of Authors board. She ran unopposed for her second two-year term.
CELIA NERI is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS has been awarded a star on the Palm Springs Walk of the Stars, which was founded in 1992 and runs through the commercial district of Palm Springs CA. Burroughs lived in Palm Springs ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association have announced more than 200 scholarship opportunities to help “members of underserved communities to attend” the 2022 Nebula Conference Online, being held virtually May 20–22, 2022. The deadline for applications is May 1, 11:59pm Pacific Time. Opportunities include:
- Scholarship for Black and/or Indigenous Creators: This scholarship is open to Black and/or Indigenous creators in the United States and abroad. (quantity: 80)
- Scholarship for
In partnership with Den of Geek, Tor Books, Forge Books, Tordotcom Publishing, Tor Teen, and Nightfire have announced TorCon, a virtual convention to be held June 9, 2022.
TorCon will feature panels and presentations with ten authors, including Olivie Blake, Nghi Vo, Catriona Ward, Rita Woods, and Neon Yang.
TorCon is free, but registration is required to watch each panel. For registration links and more information, see their event page. ...Read MoreRead more
The CoFUTURES prize is open to submissions in three categories: The Creation Prize for speculative fiction in any media, The Vision Prize for non-fiction works and studies of speculative fiction, and The Inception Prize for doctoral dissertations “in futurisms, futures, and speculative media.” The winner in each category will receive $500. Submission deadline is November 1, 2022.
CoFUTURES is “an international research group working on contemporary Global Futurisms headquartered in ...Read MoreRead more