2023 Xingyun Awards Winners

The 14th annual Xingyun awards for Chinese science fiction were presented by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association on May 13, 2023 in Guanghan, Sichuan, China.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Once Upon a Time in Nanjing, Tianrui Shuofu (China Citic Press)
  • The Red Stone, Jiang Bo (Sichuan Science & Technology Publishing House / Science Fiction World)
  • The Apocalypse, Yan Leisheng (New Star Press / Eight Light Minutes)
  • The
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New Leaf Literary & Media Controversy

The Authors Guild released a statement regarding reports that New Leaf Literary Agency had “dropped one of its agents’ authors by email over the weekend, including some who were in the middle of contract negotiations, without warning or explanation.” The Guild went on to say, “New Leaf should have assigned the writers to other agents instead of simply dropping them. The Authors Guild strongly believes that every agent needs to ...Read More

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2023 Colorado Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2023 Colorado Book Awards have been announced, including their SF/F category.

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • Demon Riding Shotgun, L.R. Braden (Belle Bridge)
  • Denver Moon: The thirteen of Mars, Warren Hammond & Joshua Viola (Hex)
  • Conscious Designs, Nathaniel White (Miami University)

Other finalists of genre interest include Bizarre Bazaar: A Collection of Stories from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers edited by Amy Drayez & Veronica R. Calisto, eds.

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2023 British Book Awards Winners

The Bookseller announced the winners for the 2023 British Book Awards. Awards recipients of genre interest included Babel by R.F. Kuang (HarperVoyager) in the Fiction category and Tyger by SF Said, illustrated by Dave McKean (David Fickling), in the Children’s Fiction category. As previously announced, the shortlist featured a number of authors and titles of genre interest.

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Banwo Wins OCM Bocas Prize

When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (Doubleday/Hamish Hamilton) is the overall winner of the 2023 One Caribbean Media Bocas Prize. Banwo was honored during the three-day Bocas Lit Fest, held April 28-30, 2023. The even is “Trinidad and Tobago’s premier annual literary festival: a lively celebration of books, writers, writing, and ideas, with a Caribbean focus and international scope.” The award includes a $10,000 prize.

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Staff Changes at Tor UK

According to The Bookseller, Sophie Robinson has been named editorial director at Tor UK, leaving Titan Books. Lydia Gittins has also moved to Tor UK from Titan, taking the title of publicity manager. Both will work under publisher Bella Pagan.

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2022 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced winners of the 2022 Nebula Awards at the 58th Annual Nebula Banquet during the 2023 SFWA Nebula Conference.


  • WINNER: Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree (Cryptid; Tor)
  • Spear, Nicola Griffith (Tordotcom)
  • Nettle & Bone, T. Kingfisher (Tor; Titan UK)
  • Nona the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)
  • The
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2023 Williamson Lectureship

The 46th Williamson Lectureship, held April 13-15, 2023 in Portales NM, was a chance for the event’s committee to try a few new things, including a student display of science fiction artwork inspired by author Jack Williamson’s work and the screening of student genre films.

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2023 Aurora Awards Ballot

The 2023 Aurora Awards ballot for works by Canadians has been announced. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected, with additional works included when there was a tie for fifth place.

Best Novel

  • The Embroidered Book, Kate Heartfield (HarperVoyager)
  • All the Seas of the World, Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Canada)
  • The Void Ascendant
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Photo Story: Rainforest Writers Retreat

The annual Rainforest Resort Village writers retreat, hosted by Patrick Swenson and Fairwood Press, took place at Lake Quinault WA with three sessions: Feb 22-26, 2023; March 1-5, 2023; and March 8-12, 2023. For more, see their website.


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Westercon 75 Canceled

Arlene Busby, chair of Westercon 75, has announced that Westercon 75 is canceled.

The Westercon 75 staff and I regret that we cannot fulfill our plans to hold the event which had been scheduled for June 30 – July 3, 2023, in Anaheim, CA. It saddens us to do this, but a cascade of circumstances won’t allow it to happen.

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2022 Australian Shadows Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2022 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”


  • The Stone Road, Trent Jamieson (Erewhon)
  • Red Ruin, Ian J. Middleton & Denver Grenell (self-published)
  • The Path of Thorns, Angela Slatter (Titan)
  • Denizen, James McKenzie Watson (Viking)


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New Imprint: Second Sky

Bookouture, a digital publishing division of Hachette UK, has launched a new SF and fantasy imprint, Second Sky.

Their list includes “both debut authors and established writers, and covers a wide range of sub-genres within SFF, from epic fantasy to paranormal thrillers, from fantasy romance to time travel.”

For more information, see their website.

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2023 Anthony Awards Nominees

Bouchercon has announced nominees for the 2023 Anthony Awards, honoring the best in crime fiction. Authors and works of genre interest include:

Best Hardcover Novel

  • The Devil Takes You Home, Gabino Iglesias (Mullholland)
  • Secret Identity, Alex Segura (Flatiron)

Best First Novel

  • Shutter, Ramona Emerson (Soho Crime)

Best Humorous Novel

  • Scot in a Trap, Catriona McPherson (Severn)

Best Historical Novel

  • In Place of Fear, Catriona McPherson (Mobius)
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2022 HWA Lifetime Achievement and Service Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced Elizabeth Massie, Nuzo Onoh, and John Saul as recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually by the Board of Trustees to “individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.”

Undertow Publications won the Specialty Press Award, given “to a publisher whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.”

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2023 Future Worlds Prize Shortlist

The Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour has announced its eight-title shortlist:

  • “Firstborn of the Sun”, Michael Anson
  • “Dawn in Arborellum”, Ama Josephine Budge
  • “What the Crew Wants”, Mahmud El Sayed
  • “The Archer and the Oracle”, Anne Elicaño-Shields
  • “Light at Midnight”, Ali Mahdi
  • “The Taste of a Planet”, Arianne Maki
  • “The Breath of Silence”, Melanie Reynard
  • “Wisteria Chumleigh”, Calah Singleton

The judges are Syima Aslam,

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Photo Story: Salam Award Writers’ Workshop

The inaugural Salam Award Writers’ Work­shop was held March 5-11, 2023 at Lahore University of Management Sciences in La­hore, Pakistan. The workshop brought in 14 international writers, with instructors Eliza­beth Hand and Mary Anne Mohanraj, for daily workshops, evening panels, and tours of the city. Organizers say “this week-long residency was the first of its kind in the country.” Attendees included former winners and finalists of the Salam Award, given ...Read More

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2023 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners

Winners of the 2023 Kurd Laßwitz Preis for the best German science fiction works and translations have been announced.

Best German SF Novel

  • Neongrau – Game Over im Neurosubstrat, Aiki Mira (Polarise)

Best German SF Short Story

  • “Die Nachrichtenmacher”, Uwe Hermann (Exodus 44)

Best Foreign SF Work Published in German

  • Die Galaxie und das Licht darin [The Galaxy and the Ground Within], Becky Chambers (Fischer
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2023 SERAPH Winners

The 2023 SERAPH awards were announced April 27, 2023 at the Leipzig Book Fair. Theresa Hannig won Best Book for Pantopia (Fischer Tor). Christopher Abendroth won Best Indepedent Book for Der salzige Geschmack unserer Freiheit ‎ (Eigenverlag). Best Debut Book went to Lucia Herbst for Medusa: Verdammt lebendig (Piper Wundervoll).

For more information, see the announcement.

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2023 Women’s Prize Shortlist

The six-title shortlist has been announced for the 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction, and includes Pod by Laline Paull (Corsair).

“The Women’s Prize Trust’s mission is to change the world through books by women, opening up pathways into reading and writing for the storytellers and booklovers of tomorrow.” The winner will be announced on March 7, 2023, and will receive £30,000 and a bronze “Bessie” trophy. The 2023 judges are

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2023 Tomorrow Prize Finalists and Green Feather Winner

The Omega Sci-Fi Awards has announced the finalists for its Tomorrow Prize short story competition:

  • “What Lies Beyond”, Rafael Chavez
  • “Burn the World, Build with the Ashes”, Barrie Komsky
  • “Nights in the City”, Evin Manlapaz
  • “Obsolete”, Jasmine Sov

Honorable mentions were given to the following stories:

  • “Ocean Crash”, Acaju Gastelum
  • “Oh Kanada”, Isaac Graham
  • “Gehenna’s Sanctum”, Sadika Mahmud
  • “Time”, Luis Martinez
  • “Digital”, Natalie Martinez
  • “Valiente”, Valery Rodriguez

The Tomorrow Prize

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Exhibit Honors Toni Morrison

Princeton University is currently hosting “Toni Morrison: Sites of Memory”, an exhibit featuring diary entries, letters, drafts of novels, and preserved pages rescued after Morrison’s house burned down in 1993. The exhibition “will be the center of a community-wide exploration of how Morrison’s archive continues to influence the past, present, and future.”

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2023 Writers & Illustrators of the Future

The 39th Writers of the Future Awards and 34th Illustrators of the Future Awards gala event took place on April 28, 2023 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles CA.

The Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award went to David Henrickson for the story “White Elephant”, and the Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Dao Vi for the illustration of “The Last History.” Each Golden Award ...Read More

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2023 Salam Award Opens

The 2023 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction is open, and the judges for 2023 have been announced: Samit Basu, Mohammed Hanif, and Arley Sorg.

The annual award is open to original fiction of 10,000 words or fewer written in English by authors who “must either be currently residing in Pakistan, or be of Pakistani birth/descent.” Submissions are open through July 31, 2023.

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2023 REH Foundation Awards Winners

The Robert E. Howard (REH) Foundation has announced the Winners for the 2023 Robert E. Howard Awards.

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • WINNER: Robert E. Howard in the Pulps, Dennis McHaney, ed. (self-published)

The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay

  • WINNER: “‘Is That Robert E. Howard?’: A Look at Two Photographs”, John Bullard & Bill Cavalier (Adventures Fantastic 6/19/22)
  • “Gender Performativity in Howard’s ‘Sword Woman’”, Nicole Emmelhainz (New
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Lee Harding (1937-2023)

Australian author and fan Lee Harding, 86, died April 18, 2023 in Perth, Australia.

Lee John Harding was born February 19, 1937 in Colac, Victoria, Australia. He was active in Australian fandom starting in the early ’50s under the names Leo Harding and LJ Harding, producing fanzines Perhaps: The International Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Wastebasket.

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Applications Open For 2023 Fiyah Grants

Fiyah has opened applications for this year’s Fiyah Grants, which include $1,000 and $500 awards in five categories: Rest, Emergency, Study, Craft, and Editorial. The grants are “intended to assist Black writers of speculative fiction in defraying costs associated with honing their craft,” and all except the Emergency Grant will be awarded as part of Juneteenth.

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2023 Locus Awards Top Ten Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2023 Locus Awards. These results are from the February 1 to April 15 voting, done by readers on an open public ballot. Congratulations to all of the finalists!

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2023 Edgar Awards Winners

The 77th Annual Edgar Awards were presented April 27, 2023, at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square. The Awards are given by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), “honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television.” Winners of genre interest follow.

Or Else by Joe Hart (Thomas & Mercer) won in the Best Paperback Original category, Aggie Morton Mystery Queen: The Seaside Corpse by Martha Jocelyn (Tundra) won ...Read More

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Butler Awarded Inaugural Infinity Award

Octavia E. Butler has been named the recipient of the Inaugural Infinity Award. The award is presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) to “posthumously honor acclaimed creators who passed away before they could be considered for a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. This new award aims to recognize that even though those celebrated worldbuilders, storytellers, and weavers of words are no longer with us, their ...Read More

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2023 Seiun Awards Nominees

Sci-con2023, the 61st Japan Science Fiction Convention, has announced the finalists for the 2023 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan.

Best Translated Novel

  • Foundation series, Isaac Asimov, translated by Yasuko Kaji (Sogen SF Bunko)
  • The Redemption of Time, Baoshu, translated by Nozomi Oomori, Wan Chai, and Sakura Mitsuyoshi (Hayakawa Shobo)
  • NSA: National Security Agency
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2023 Roswell Finalists and New Suns Winner

The 2023 finalists for the Roswell Award have been announced, along with the winner of the New Suns Climate Fiction Award.

The Roswell Award Finalists

  • “Philanthropy”, Cecilia Evans
  • “The Ripples Read Outward”, Karin Hullati
  • “First Plantings”, Elizabeth King
  • “Breathing for Two”, Rich Larson
  • “You’re Hired”, Lexus Ndiwe
  • “Plastic Dragon”, Lucy Zhang

The Roswell Award Honorable Mentions

“The Fading Colour of Tea Leaves”, Mof Afdhall “The Last Violin”, Sam Bohlken-Hern “Curved”,

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