Minnesota Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Minnesota Book Awards, given by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, have been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest.

Genre Fiction

  • Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin)

Middle Grade Literature

  • Louisiana’s Way Home, Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
  • Otherwood, Pete Hautman (Candlewick)
  • The Key to Every Thing, Pat Schmatz (Candlewick)
  • The Collectors, Jacqueline West (Greenwillow)

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StokerCon 2020 Mistress of Ceremonies Announced

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced AK Benedict as the Mistress of Ceremonies for StokerCon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK.

For more information, see the StokerCon UK website.

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2019 ALA Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of several awards during their Midwinter Meeting at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle WA, January 25-29, 2019.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen) won the Michael L. Printz Award for “excellence in literature written for young adults” and the Pura Belpré Author Award for a Latinx writer whose “books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.” Damsel

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2019 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has named the finalists for the 2019 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, “for best classic literary works of liberty.”

  • “Sam Hall”, Poul Anderson (Astounding 8/53)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (London 3-4/1912)
  • “Conquest by Default”, Vernor Vinge (Analog 5/68)
  • “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut (F&SF 10/61)
  • Schrödinger’s Cat: The Universe Next Door, Robert Anton Wilson (Pocket)

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2019 PEN America Finalists

Finalists for the PEN America Literary Awards have been announced, and include several works of genre interest.

PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner)
  • The Overstory, Richard Powers (Norton)

PEN/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel

  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
  • Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

PEN Translation Prize

  • Nevada Days, Bernardo Atxaga, translated by Margaret Jull Costa (Graywolf)
  • Disoriental, Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover (Europa Editions)
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The New Yorker Best Books of 2018

Katy Waldman of The New Yorker compiled her list of the nine best books of 2018, with a few works of genre interest: Confessions of the Fox, Jordy Rosenberg (One World); Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead); Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove). For the complete list, see the New Yorker website.

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Readers’ Polls Open

Readers’ polls for several SF/F magazines are now open to public voting:

Voting for Analog‘s Analytical Laboratory Readers’ Award (AnLab) is open until February 1, 2019 to nominate the best novella, novelette, short story, science fact article, poem, and cover of 2018.

The 33rd Asimov’s Readers’ Award is accepting nominations until February 1, 2019 for the best novella, novelette, short story, poem, and cover.

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Stephen King Library Wins Digital Book World Award

Stephen King Library, a voice-activated book recommendation tool available on Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa devices, received the Digital Book World Alexa Skill of the Year Award for Storytelling at the 2019 Alexa Conference, held January 15-16, 2019 at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga TN.

The Stephen King Library program asks users a series of questions and then offers reading recommendations from 56 of Stephen King’s books. For more ...Read More

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2019 Edgar Awards Nominations

Several authors and works of genre interest made the MWA (Mystery Writers of America) 2019 Edgar Awards shortlist, including:

Best Novel

  • Down the River Unto the Sea, Walter Mosley (Mulholland)
  • A Treacherous Curse, Deanna Raybourn (Berkley)

Best Paperback Original

  • Under My Skin, Lisa Unger (Park Row)

Best Critical/ Biographical

  • The Metaphysical Mysteries of G.K. Chesterton, Laird R. Blackwell (McFarland)

Best Short Story

  • “Paranoid Enough for Two”, John Lutz (The Honorable
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2019 Baen Memorial Contest Open

The 2019 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest is open until February 1, 2019. Co-sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, the contest focuses on stories of near-future space exploration.

The grand prize includes publication on the Baen website at professional rates, an engraved award, an assortment of Baen books, free admission to the 2019 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, ...Read More

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2018 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the preliminary ballot for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel
  • The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus (Feiwel and Friends)
  • Dark Mary, Paolo Di Orazio (Independent Legions)
  • The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam)
  • The Outsider, Stephen King (Scribner)
  • Glimpse, Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin’s)
  • Unbury Carol, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
  • Naraka, Alessandro Manzetti (Independent Legions)
  • Hazards of Time
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Oates Wins Jerusalem Prize

Joyce Carol Oates won the $10,000 Jerusalem Prize, awarded by the Jerusalem International Book Forum every two years “to a writer whose work best expresses and promotes the idea of ‘freedom of the individual in society.'” Oates will be recognized at the forum, during the International Writers Festival of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, May 12-16 in Jerusalem. Prior winners include Jorge Luis Borges and Haruki Murakami.

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SFWA Pro Rates and Election News

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the minimum pay rate for qualifying professional short fiction markets will be raised from six cents per word to eight cents, effective September 1, 2019. For more information, see the SFWA site.

In addition, the official call for SFWA Board of Directors candidates was announced January 15, 2019. This year, the president, secretary, and three director-at-large positions are open for ...Read More

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Yolen Wins Golden Kite Award

Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen (Philomel) won the 2019 Golden Kite award in the Young Adult Fiction category, given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for “excellence in children’s literature.”

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen) was named a Golden Kite honor book in the same category.

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JQ-Wingate Prize Shortlist

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (Putnam) and Eternal Life by Dara Horn (Norton) are on the six-title shortlist for the 2019 JQ-Wingate Literary Prize. The award gives £4,000 “to the best book, fiction or non-fiction, to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader.” Judges for 2019 are Arifa Akbar, Shoshana Boyd Gelfand (chair), Thomas Harding, and Francesca Simon. The winner will be announced February 25, 2019 at the ...Read More

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2019 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

The 2019 Philip K. Dick Award nominees have been announced:

  • Time Was, Ian McDonald (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Body Library, Jeff Noon (Angry Robot)
  • 84k, Claire North (Orbit)
  • Alien Virus Love Disaster, Abbey Mei Otis (Small Beer)
  • Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman (Europa)
  • Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories, Vandana Singh (Small Beer)

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the

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2019 Hugo Awards Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, to be presented at Dublin 2019—An Irish Worldcon, August 15-19, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. Members with an attending or supporting membership of Worldcon 76 or who have purchased membership to Dublin 2019 before December 31, 2018 are eligible to nominate. The nomination period closes ...Read More

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Hugo Awards Designers Announced

Dublin 2019—An Irish Worldcon has announced Jim Fitzpatrick as the designer of the 2019 Hugo Award base, and Eleanor Wheeler as the designer of the 1944 Retro-Hugo Award base. Additionally, Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) president Sara Felix will design the 2019 Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book.

Dublin 2019 will be held August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.

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Benford Wins 2019 Heinlein Award

Gregory Benford is the winner of the 2019 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space,” recognizing his body of work, including 22 novels, more than 180 short stories, and many non-fiction articles.

The winner was chosen by a committee of SF authors chaired by Michael F. Flynn, and will receive a plaque, a sterling silver ...Read More

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Tolkien Exhibit at the Morgan

The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City will host Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, “the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations.” The exhibition includes “family photographs and memorabilia, Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion” drawn from the Tolkien archives at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, the Marquette University Libraries in ...Read More

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Gaiman Wins Writers for Writers Award

Neil Gaiman will be presented with the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award at the Poets & Writers annual dinner, March 7, 2019 at 583 Park Avenue in New York NY. The award “celebrates authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community.” Gaiman is being recognized “for advocating for freedom of expression worldwide and inspiring countless writers.”

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Larry Eisenberg (1919-2018)

Larry Eisenberg, 99, died December 25, 2018 in a Lincoln MA hospice of complications from leukemia. Eisenberg published dozens of SF stories in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, beginning with “The Mynah Matter” (1962), and is best known for his sequence of humorous SF stories about Emmett Duckworth, many collected in The Best Laid Schemes (1971).  Story “What Happened to Auguste Claro?” appeared in Dangerous Visions (1967).

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Gibson Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named William Gibson the 35th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

SFWA president Cat Rambo said Gibson “forged a body of work that has played a major part in the coalescing of the cyberpunk movement, influencing dozens of writers of cinema, fiction, and games, among other creatives…. Gibson continues to produce taut, evocative works that reflect the ...Read More

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Turton Wins Costa First Novel Award

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven) has won the 2018 Costa First Novel award.

The Costa Book Awards recognizes “some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” Each winner in the five individual categories receives £5,000. The Costa Book of the Year, an award accompanied by a £30,000 prize, will be selected from the category winners ...Read More

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2019 WSFA Small Press Award Open

The Washington Science Fiction Association is now accepting nominations of “works published for the first time in the English language in 2018” for its Small Press Award, given annually to an outstanding story of “imaginative literature” (17,500 words or fewer) published in the small press. Authors and small-press publishers are among those eligible to nominate, and need not be members of WSFA. Finalists are selected “by a committee of five ...Read More

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Fantastic Dublin Fund Announced

Dublin 2019 — An Irish Worldcon has announced the “Fantastic Dublin Fund” to increase diversity among fans and program participants. Donated funds and memberships will go towards helping Irish fans of limited financial means, the Irish Traveller community, people of color via Con-or-Bust, program participants from marginalized communities, and participants of color.

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2018 Cybils Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest are listed below:

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • Pitch Dark, Courtney Alameda (Feiwel & Friends)
  • Mirage, Somaiya Daud (Flatiron)
  • Tess of the Road, Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Summer of Salt, Katrina Leno (HarperTeen)
  • Not Even Bones, Rebecca Schaeffer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • This Mortal Coil, Emily
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New Year’s Honours 2019

Several writers of genre interest are on the 2019 New Year’s Honours list which “recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.”

For services to literature, Margaret Atwood was named a Companion of Honour, Julia Donaldson was named Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and Philip Pullman was knighted. Chris Riddell was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) ...Read More

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SF in Translation Award

Rachel Cordasco, founder of SFinTranslation.com, has launched the inaugural “Favorite SF in Translation” poll for non-Anglophone speculative fiction that has been translated into English and published between January 1 and December 31, 2018. Winners will be chosen by a readers’ survey, open for voting until March 1, 2019.

Cordasco said, “Hopefully this will encourage more readers to learn about non-Anglophone speculative fiction, and thus, the global trends in a genre ...Read More

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Publishing News

Hachette Book Group is reor­ganizing. The Hachette Books non-fiction line will be folded into Perseus Books with the departure of founder Mauro DiPreta. Da Capo Press, a Per­seus imprint, is in turn becoming part of Hachette Books, with Da Capo publisher John Radziewicz retiring. Susan Weinberg will be acting publisher until a new publisher is chosen. “Several positions” are being eliminated as part of the consolidation.

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Audible Best of 2018

Audible.com has announced their Best of 2018 lists, selected by their editorial team. Titles of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Hachette)


  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Random House)


  • Circe, Madeline Miller (Hachette)

Young Adult

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Macmillan)

Customer Favorite

  • The Land: Raiders: A LitRPG Saga, Aleron Kong (Tamori)

For more information, including complete winners and runners-up, see Audible.com.

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Australian Shadow Awards Open

The 2018 Australian Shadow Awards are now open for entries through February 28, 2019. The Shadow Awards are given by the Australasian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.” Winners in each category will receive a trophy and will be announced at Continuum 15, to be held July 7-10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

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