Meacham to Retire

Tor/Tom Doherty Associates announced that executive editor Beth Meacham will be retiring at the end of 2020. Meacham joined Tor in 1984 as editor-in-chief. Tor president and publisher Fritz Foy said,

We’re delighted that Beth will continue to edit a small number of projects for us on a consulting basis. But most of her list will be moving to other editors as she prepares for her retirement.


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Jemisin Wins Genius Grant

N.K. Jemisin is one of 21 MacArthur Foundation Fellows selected for 2020. Each “genius grant” recipient receives a no-strings-attached “stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Jemisin is broadening the spectrum of participants in speculative fiction’s creation and surrounding fandom through her published works as well as her world-building workshops, frequent interviews, and active presence on social media. While engaging readers with grippingly paced narratives, ...Read More

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2020 National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Young People’s Literature, and Translated Literature categories have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

The Fiction category includes Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco), A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet (Norton), and Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon).

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ISFiC Writers Contest Opens

The 2020 Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago (ISFiC) short fiction contest for unpublished writers of science fiction and fantasy is open to submissions through November 13, 2020. First prize includes $300, publication in the Windycon 47 program book and on the ISFiC website, and membership and accommodations for Windycon 47. Up to two honorable mentions will each receive an “American 1 oz. Silver Coin.”

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2020 ESFS Awards Winners

The European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) Hall of Fame Awards, Achievement Awards, and Chrysalis Award winners were announced during Futuricon, the 2020 Eurocon, held online October 2-4, 2020.

European Grand Master

  • Franz Rottensteiner (Austria)

Hall of Fame Awards:

Best Author

  • WINNER: Milena Benini (Croatia)
  • Philippe Curval (France)
  • Marc Elsberg (Austria)
  • Anna Kańtoch (Poland)
  • Maura McHugh (Ireland)
  • Claude Peiffer (Luxembourg)
  • Victor Pelevin / Виктор Пелевин (Russia)
  • Gheorghe Sasarman (Romania)
  • Johanna Sinisalo
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Butler on Bestseller List

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower (Grand Central), first published in 1993, appeared on the New York Times bestseller list at #14 on the paperback fiction list for the week ending August 29, 2020 (printed September 13, 2020). It was her first appearance on the list. Butler, who died in 2006, was a MacArthur Fel­low and winner of numerous literary and genre awards.

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Diversity in Publishing Initiatives

Penguin Random House US released the results of company’s demographic analysis. CEO Madeline McIntosh says, “I don’t think any of us is likely to be surprised by the data, which show that our company, like our industry, is far too homogeneous. But seeing what we generally know to be true documented this way is hard: the distance we have to travel to become a truly diverse company feels all the ...Read More

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2020 HWA Rocky Wood Fund Recipients

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced Howard David Ingham and Claire Fitzpatrick as recipients of the 2020 Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship for Non-fiction Writing. The fund committee is empowered annually to award a “flexible amount.” The fund is named for a former president of HWA who died in 2014.

Most of the other HWA scholarships were previously announced.

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2020 Diverse Book Awards Shortlist

The inaugural shortlist for the Diverse Book Awards, created “to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK during 2019, both traditionally and self-published,” has been announced. Works of genre interest follow.

Best Children’s

  • Tin Boy, Steve Cole, illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Barrington Stoke)

Best Young Adult

  • The Tunnels Below, Nadine Wild-Palmer (Pushkin Children’s)

Best Adult

  • Do You Dream of Terra-Two?, Temi Oh (Saga)
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Powell’s New CEO

Powell’s Books has named Patrick Bassett as its new CEO. Bassett is a business consultant and was previously working with Powell’s as an adviser.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Powell’s permanently closed its store location at Portland International Airport. The store in Beaverton OR is the only Powell’s location to have fully reopened since shutting in March 2020. Its main store in downtown Portland OR remains partially open, and the ...Read More

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2020 First Novel Prize Shortlist

Temporary by Hilary Leichter (Coffee House) and How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead) are on the seven-title shortlist for the 2020 First Novel Prize, given by the Center for Fiction “to honor the best debut fiction of the year.”

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2020 BAMB Readers Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2020 Books Are My Bag (BAMB) Readers Awards have been announced, including titles and authors of genre interest in the following categories:


  • Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, Cho Nam-joo (Scribner)
  • The Devil and the Dark Water, Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury)


  • Sylvanian Family, Summer Young (Bad Betty)

Children’s Fiction

  • Gargantis, Thomas Taylor (Walker)

Young Adult Fiction

  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance, Tomi Adeyemi
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2020 Salam Award

The winner, finalists, and honorable mentions for the 2020 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced:


  • “The Smokecense of Pluvistan“, Nihal Ijaz Khan


  • “Door One-Seventy-One”, Hira Awais
  • “Into The Light”, Zunaira Nadeem

Honorable Mentions

  • “Visions of Host”, Eman Kamran
  • “Jinns”, Mehak Khan
  • “Of Sweet Seas and Starlight”, Zahra Mukhi

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Patterson Donates $2.5 Million to Teachers

James Patterson is continuing the Patterson Partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs for a sixth year, this time pledging $2.5 million to libraries in classrooms. He will give 5,000 teachers grants of $500 each (with Scholastic Book Clubs offering matching funds in the form of bonus points) to buy books for the classroom. The 5,000 winners were chosen from over 100,000 entries.

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2020 Imadjinn Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Imadjinn Awards, including several titles of genre interest, were announced on September 27, 2020, the last day of the Imaginarium 2020 Virtual Conference and Convention.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Harvest Day, R. Kyle Hannah (Jumpmaster)
  • Things They Buried, Amanda K. King & Michael R. Swanson (Ismae)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • WINNER: Things They Buried, Amanda K. King & Michael R. Swanson (Ismae)
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Clark Named SFWA Blog Editor

C.L. Clark has been named the new blog editor for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), taking over from Todd Vandermark. The role “is responsible for soliciting and publishing online content to support SFWA’s goals of informing, supporting, promoting, defending, and advocating for writers of SF/F.” Clark is currently a co-editor of PodCastle.

SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal said,

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Sunburst Awards on Hiatus

The Sunburst Award Society has announced that the Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic will be on hiatus in 2021, as a consequence of the COVID-19 shutdown:

The Sunburst Awards Society members plan to use this time to re-imagine the most effective means available to them for continuing to highlight the stellar work done by Canadians in the field of speculative literature.

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Adeyemi On Time‘s 100 Most Influential List

Author of the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, Tomi Adeyemi has been named one of the 100 most influential people of 2020 by Time Magazine. Categories include Artists, Leaders, and more; Adeyemi is listed among Pioneers.

For more information, including the full list, see the Time article.



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2020 JCB Prize Shortlist

Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu (Simon & Schuster) and Moustache by S. Hareesh (HarperCollins India) are on the five-title shortlist for the 2020 JCB Prize.

The Rs 25-lakh prize is “presented each year to a distinguished work of fiction by an Indian author.” This year’s judges are Aruni Kashyap, Tejaswini Niranjana, Ramu Ramanathan, and Deepika Sorabjee.

Shortlisted authors receive Rs 1 lakh, and their translators, where applicable, receive Rs 50,000.

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Artist Relief Grants

The Artist Relief initiative, created in April 2020 to support artists “facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19,” has announced that it will extend its grant distribution through December 2020. The initiative distributes unrestricted $5,000 grants and has so far given over $13.5 million to more than 2,700 individual artists. It has raised nearly $20 million since its inception, including $1 million from individual donations. Grants are distributed each Friday, ...Read More

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2020 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2020 Elgin Awards, presented for the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin.

Best Full-Length Collection
  • First Place: Soft Science, Franny Choi (Alice James)
  • Second Place: Elemental Haiku, Mary Soon Lee (Ten Speed)
  • Third Place
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The Old Drift Wins Clarke Award

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth US & UK) won the 34th Arthur C. Clarke Award, announced online. Serpell receives a check for £2,020 and an engraved bookend.

Other finalists were:

  • The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • The Light Brigade, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Cage of Souls, Adrian Tchaikovsky
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2020 Kindle Storyteller Award Shortlist

Of the Blood by Cameo Renae (self-published) is on the five-title shortlist for the 2020 Kindle Storyteller Award. The award, inaugurated in 2017, comes with a £20,000 prize and “is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing” on

For more information, see the award page.

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2021 ICFA Going Virtual

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) announced that ICFA 42, scheduled for March 17-20, 2021, will be held as an online-only event, instead of in person. This is the first 2021 virtual-only announcement we’ve seen for the con circuit.

Dale Knickerbocker, president of the IAFA, said,

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Toon Wins McIlvanney Prize

Pine by Francine Toon (Doubleday) has won the 2020 McIlvanney Prize, given by the Scottish writing festival Bloody Scotland “to the best Scottish Crime book of the year.” Toon receives a £1,000 prize “and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.” Judges were Stuart Cosgrove, James Crawford, and Karen Robinson.

For more information, see the Bloody Scotland website.

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2020 National Book 5 Under 35

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang (One World) and How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead) are among the honorees of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, “a se­­lection of five fiction writers under the age of 35 whose debut work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Each winner receives $1,000 and will be honored in an online ceremony on October 20, ...Read More

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2020 Ditmar Winners

The winners of the 2020 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF were announced in an online ceremony on September 18, 2020:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG)
  • Claiming T-Mo, Eugen Bacon (Meerkat)

Best Short Fiction

  • WINNER: “Whom My Soul Loves”, Rivqa Rafael (Strange Horizons 11/11/19)
  • Into Bones Like Oil, Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Shorts)

Best Collected Work

  • WINNER: Collision, J.S. Breukelaar (Meerkat)
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ABA Board Changes

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has appointed Jake Cumsky-Whitlock of Solid State Books in Washington DC and Melanie Knight of Books Inc. in San Francisco CA to the board, to serve until board elections in April 2021. This follows changes to bylaws which “bring the number of board members to 13 (from 11) and that require the board to include at least four booksellers who are Black, Indigenous, or People ...Read More

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2020 National Book Awards Longlists

Longlists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Young People’s Literature, and Translated Literature categories have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

The Fiction category includes Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco), If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan (Norton), A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet (Norton), and Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon).

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Voice of the Heartland Award

Publisher Two Dollar Radio won the 2020 Voice of the Heartland Award, given “to individuals and organizations who uphold the value of independent bookselling and who have made a significant contribution to bookselling in our combined regions.” The award is given by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA). Nominating bookseller Gary Lovely of Book Loft in Columbus, OH called them “a shining ...Read More

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Constelación Magazine Launches

Co-editors Coral Alejandra Moore and Eliana González Ugarte announced the creation of Constelación Magazine, “a bilingual magazine of speculative fiction.”

Publishing quarterly, each themed issue will feature original artwork. Stories can be submitted in either English or Spanish; selections will be translated and published in both. Submissions for the first issue open in October, concurrent with the launch Kickstarter.

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