2021 Scribe Award Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the winners for the 2021 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Winners and nominees of genre interest follow.

Original Novel — Speculative

  • WINNER: Star Trek Discovery: Die Standing, John Jackson Miller (Gallery)
  • Marvel’s Avengers: The Extinction Key, Greg Keyes (Titan)
  • Firefly: The Ghost Machine, James Lovegrove (Titan)
  • Star Trek: More Beautiful Than Death, David Mack
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Publishing News, July 2021

Dave Eggers’s upcoming novel The Every (McSweeney’s), sequel to The Circle, is being published on October 5, 2021 as a hard­cover exclusively available from indie bookshops and the publisher’s website. Eggers explained the decision, in an email to Publishers Lunch: “I don’t like bullies. Amazon has been kicking sand in the face of independent bookstores for de­cades now.” Trade paperback and ebook editions published by Vintage will follow on ...Read More

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2021 SFWA Nebula Conference Report

The 2021 SFWA Nebula Conference was an online event, held June 4-6. There were 812 attending members from 27 countries, up slightly from 2020’s online event, which had 808 members from 33 countries. 2019’s in-person event in Los Angeles had seen a record-breaking 475 registered members.

Thirty panels were offered over the course of three days, with 111 program participants. Early online programming began on March 15, before the event ...Read More

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2021 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

Finalists for the eighth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:

  • “The Codes of Binding”, C. Jonah Abbott
  • “Shadows of the Children”, Jacob Barlow
  • “The First”, Dale Cozort
  • “Soulshifters”, Charles Dib
  • “Absinthe & the Alchemist”, Stephanie Kraner
  • “The Teardrop Harvest”, J.D. Lars
  • “Reverse the Clock”, Ari Officer
  • “Blood and Ashes”, Grant Riddell
  • “War Painting”, Elise Stephens
  • “Echoes of Meridian”, M. Elizabeth Ticknor

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Kowal to Chair Worldcon

The Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association (BWAWA) has announced Mary Robinette Kowal as the new chairperson of DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, following Bill Lawhorn’s resignation in June.

Because Kowal is a finalist in two categories, DisCon III intends to keep a full firewall between the chair (and any other Hugo finalists working on the convention) and the voting and administration of the 2021 Hugo Awards. One of ...Read More

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Charlton Wins Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

Wranglestone by Darren Charlton (Stripes/Little Tiger) has won the 2021 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the Older Readers category. Winners were also announced in the Illustrated Books and Younger Readers categories, with each category winner receiving £2,000, and an overall Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year title winner received an additional £3,000.

For more information, see the Waterstones website.

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2020 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees

The 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards nominees have been announced. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.


  • Plain Bad Heroines, Emily M. Danforth (Morrow)
  • Sisters, Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • Death in Her Hands, Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin)
  • True Story, Kate Reed Petty (Viking)
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2021 Clarke Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 35th Arthur C. Clarke Award has been announced:

  • The Infinite , Patience Agbabi (Canongate)
  • The Vanished Birds, Simon Jimenez (Titan)
  • Vagabonds, Hao Jingfang (Head of Zeus)
  • Edge of Heaven, R.B. Kelly (NewCon)
  • The Animals in that Country, Laura Jean McKay (Scribe)
  • Chilling Effect,  Valerie Valdes (Orbit)

The 2021 judges are Phoenix Alexander, Nicole Devarenne, Stewart Hotston, Nick Hubble, and Alasdair Stuart, ...Read More

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LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest

LeVar Burton Reads podcast, in partnership with Fiyah magazine, has announced a new short story writing contest with the theme “Origins & Encounters”. Submissions will be open August 1-31 with the winner announced on October 15, 2021. Submissions “must include speculative or fantastical elements.” Judges include LeVar Burton, L.D. Lewis, and Diana M. Pho.

First prize is $500, second prize $250, and third prize $100, with the winning story to ...Read More

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2020 and 2021 REH Foundation Awards Winners

Winners of the 2020 and 2021 REH Foundation Awards were announced during Robert E. Howard Days, held June 11, 2021 in Cross Plains TX.

2020 Winners

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

  • WINNER: Weird Talers: Essays on Robert E. Howard and Others, Bobby Derie (Hippocampus)
  • Silken Swords: An Informal Guide to the Women in the Fiction of Robert E. Howard, Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero)
  • History in Robert
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2020 Analog AnLab Awards Winners

Results of the 2020 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards have been announced.

Best Novella

  • 1st place: “Draiken Dies“, Adam-Troy Castro (9-10/20)
  • 2nd place: “Flyboys“, Stanley Schmidt (7-8/20)
  • 3rd place: “Moral Biology“, Neal Asher (5-6/20)

Best Novelette

  • 1st place: “Minerva Girls“, James Van Pelt (9-10/20)
  • 2nd place: “The Quest for the Great Grey Mossy“, Harry Turtledove (1-2/20)
  • 3rd place: “The Offending Eye“, Robert R. Chase (7-8/20)
  • 4th place: “Sticks and Stones“,
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2021 Colorado Book Awards Winners

Winners for the 2021 Colorado Book Awards have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • WINNER: Once Again, Catherine Wallace Hope (Alcove)
  • Tower of the Four: The Champions Academy Episodes 1-3 [The Quad, The Tower, The Test], Todd Fahnestock (F4)
  • White Trash Warlock, David R. Slayton (Blackstone)

Additionally, Molly Tanzer’s Creatures of Charm and Hunger (John Joseph Adams Books) won the Historical ...Read More

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2021 Wellman Award Shortlist

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) has announced the shortlist for the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • Queen of None, Natania Barron (Vernacular)
  • Sword of the Seven Sins, Emily Colin (Blue Crow)
  • Legendborn, Tracy Deonn (McElderry)
  • Carved from Stone and Dream, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • Impervious, A.J. Hartley
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2021 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners in each category of the 2021 Locus Awards on June 26, 2021, during the virtual Locus Awards Weekend. Connie Willis MCed the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events included readings and panels with leading authors.


  • WINNER: Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)
  • Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga; Gollancz)
  • Attack Surface, Cory Doctorow (Tor; Ad Astra)
  • Unconquerable Sun, Kate
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Indigenous Voices Awards Winners

Ghost Lake by Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler (Kegedonce Press) won the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for the Published Prose in English: Fiction category, announced June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, in a virtual gala. Other categories included Unpublished Prose in English, Published Poetry in French, Published Work in an Indigenous Language, and many others.

Established in 2017 “to support and nurture the work of Indigenous writers in lands claimed by ...Read More

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Dream Foundry Contests

Dream Foundry has announced the return of their “contests for beginning professionals.”

The writing contest, for “writers who are relatively new to paid or incoming-earning publication of speculative short fiction in English,” is coordinated by Vajra Chandrasekera and J.D. Harlock, with Chandrasekera and Premee Mohamed as judges.

The art contest, for “artists who are relatively new to paid illustration work for speculative publications in English,” is coordinated by Dante Luiz, ...Read More

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Lawhorn Resigns As Worldcon Chair

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held December 15-19, 2021 in Washington DC, announced that Bill Lawhorn has resigned as chairperson, effective immediately.

The Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association (BWAWA) has begun the process of finding a permanent replacement. Until the position is filled, the DisCon III Division Heads and staff will continue with the business of the convention.

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2020 Kitschies Shortlists

Finalists for the 2020 Kitschies, awarded for “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining fiction that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • A Tall History of Sugar, Curdella Forbes (Canongate)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Lost Future of Pepperharrow, Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury)
  • The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson
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Hugo Administration Team Resigns

The 2021 Hugo Awards administration team — consisting of Kathy Bond, Kat Jones, Cassidy Riddlebarger, Marguerite Smith, and Nicholas Whyte — released a statement announcing their resignation:

The 2021 Hugo Administration team came on board, at short notice, at the start of this year. we were committed to the words in the 12 January statement by the DisCon III chair, Bill Lawhorn: “The Hugo Awards exist to celebrate and honor ...Read More

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NPR Summer SF/F Poll Open

NPR‘s summer reader poll 2021 is now open to nominations of science fiction and fantasy novels. Readers can nominate up to five titles from the past decade through an online form. A top 50 list will be curated by Amal El-Mohtar, Ann Leckie, Fonda Lee, and Tochi Onyebuchi, and announced later in the year.

For more information, see the NPR website.

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2021 Munsey Award Nominees

PulpFest has announced the nominees for the 2021 Munsey Award, given “to an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, with the winner selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners. The nominees are:

  • Airship 27 Productions
  • John Betancourt
  • Richard Bleiler
  • Gene Christie
  • William Contento
  • Rich Harvey
  • Chris Kalb
  • Rick Lai
  • Gary Phillips
  • Sheila Vanderbeek
  • Howard
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Uncanny Nonfiction Editor Search

Uncanny Magazine nonfiction editor Elsa Sjunneson will be stepping down after issue #42 (September/October 2021) to focus on other projects. The magazine is seeking applicants to fill the position, which will begin in August 2021 and includes a modest stipend.

We’re looking for someone with a deep love and knowledge of science fiction and fantasy, and some experience in editorial work and publishing. The Nonfiction Editor position will allow opportunities ...Read More

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Publishing News, June 2021

The merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has been approved in the UK by the Competition & Markets Authority. Simon & Schuster’s UK division had 2019 sales of £41.5 million. The merger is still under review by the Department of Justice in the US.

Arc Manor Publishing now has two speculative fiction imprints: Phoenix Pick produces print-on-demand work, while CAEZIK SF & Fantasy has traditional distribution via ...Read More

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Publishers Plan Reopening

As vaccination be­comes more widespread and the pandemic seems to be on the wane in the US and UK, major publishers in in both countries have begun planning to return to the office, but they’re not just going back to the way things used to be.

Madeline McIntosh, CEO of Penguin Random House, wrote to staff that the company is “planning for the next normal,” and expects to reopen some ...Read More

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Lacey Wins Young Lions Award

The New York Public Library announced Pew by Catherine Lacey (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) as the winner of its Young Lions Fiction Award for 2021. Temporary by Hilary Leichter (Coffee House) was one of the five finalists.

The $10,000 prize is awarded “each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories” by a panel of judges. 2019’s winner was Ling Ma’s Severance ...Read More

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2021 Premios Kelvin Winners

Winners of the 2021 Premios Kelvin 505 Awards have been announced, honoring the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror novels published in Spain.

Mejor Novela Original (Best Original Novel)

  • WINNER: Newropía, Sofía Rhei (Minotauro)
  • Subsolar, Emilio Bueso (Gigamesh)
  • Los dioses muertos, José Antonio Fideu (El Transbordador)
  • Malasangre, Michelle Roche (Anagrama)

Mejor Novela Juvenil (Best YA Novel)

  • WINNER: El asesino de Alfas, Patricia García-Rojo (SM)
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2021 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners

Winners of the 2021 Kurd Laßwitz Preis for best German science fiction works and translations have been announced:

Best German SF Novel

  • Eines Menschen Flügel, Andreas Eschbach (Lübbe)

Best German SF Short Story

  • “Marslandschaften”, Angela & Karlheinz Steinmüller (Exodus #41)

Best Foreign SF Work Published in German

  • Tales from the Loop, Simon Stålenhag (Fischer Tor)

Best SF Translation Into German

  • Die groβe Stille [The Broken Earth], N.K. Jemisin,
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People & Publishing Roundup, June 2021


TOBIAS S. BUCKELL has joined Bluffton University in Bluff­ton OH as a full-time member of the creative writing faculty. He will be teaching writing and American Literature classes, and directing literary magazines Shalith and The Bridge. “I’ve ordered a jacket with leather patches, and expect your mental image of me to be updated accordingly!”

DAVID CRAIG is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.



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Fireside Staff Changes

Fireside interim editorial director Brian J. White has announced several changes to the magazine’s management and policies. White will no longer be editorial director, and Pablo Defendini has stepped down from all duties at Fireside Fiction Company.

LeKesha Lewis will take over as publisher, and Chelle Parker will be managing editor. These changes stem from Defendini’s “publication of a racist audio recording” last year.

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Reynolds Wins 2021 Carnegie Medal

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (Knights Of) has won the 2021 Carnegie Medal for best children’s book, announced June 16, 2021 during a ceremony at the British Library in London. Other finalists of genre interest included:

  • The Girl Who Speaks Bear, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
  • The Girl Who Became a Tree, Joseph Coelho (Otter-Barry)
  • On Midnight Beach, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber)

The awards are presented by the Chartered

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2021 Geffen Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew have been announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins, translated by Yael Achmon (Kinneret Zmorah-Dvir)
  • Vox, Christina Dalcher, translated by Yoav Katz (Dani Sfarim)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss, translated by Hamutal
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