2021 MacArthur Fellowships

The 25 MacArthur Foundation Fellows have been announced for 2021, and include two creators of genre interest: Daniel Alarcón (author of 2006 fantasy story “Abraham Lincoln Has Been Shot”), and Alex Riveria (a filmmaker whose work includes 2008’s Sleep Dealer).

Each “genius grant” recipient receives a no-strings-attached “stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Fellows are chosen by “a constantly changing pool of invited ...Read More

Read more

2021 Roswell Award and Tomorrow Prize Open for Submissions

Light Bringer Project and Omega Sci-Fi have opened submissions for the Roswell Award for short SF by adults living anywhere, and for the Tomorrow Prize for short SF by Los Angeles County high school students. Two special awards are included: The Green Feather Award recognizing “an outstanding science fiction short story by a teen author [or team of authors] that centers on overcoming today’s environmental challenges,” and The Feminist Futures ...Read More

Read more

2021 First Novel Prize Shortlist

The City of Good Death by Priyanka Champaneri (Restless Books) and Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith (Random House) are on the seven-title shortlist for the 2021 First Novel Prize, given by the Center for Fiction “to honor the best debut fiction of the year.”

The shortlist and winners are chosen by “a committee of distinguished American writers.” The winner will be announced during the Center’s Annual ...Read More

Read more

2021 Kindle Storyteller Award Shortlist

A Thousand Li: The Second Sect by Tao Wong (Starlit) is on the five-title shortlist for the 2021 Kindle Storyteller Award. The award, launched in 2017, includes a £20,000 prize and “is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing” on Amazon.co.uk.

The winner will be announced in October after the shortlist is judged by a jury panel.

For more information, ...Read More

Read more

Delany Fellowship Accepting Applications

CatStone Books is currently accepting applications for their inaugural Samuel R. Delany Fellowship, which will provide a $10,000 stipend for “one author from a community that has traditionally been marginalized in speculative fiction. This can include authors of color, LGBT+ authors, female authors, authors with disabilities, and authors living an immigrant experience.”

Applications are due October 31, 2021. The shortlist will be announced November 15, and the winner on December ...Read More

Read more

People & Publishing Roundup, September 2021


DOMINICA PHETTEPLACE has been chosen for the Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency. She will spend two weeks writ­ing at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, working on her novel Robot Country, “a dystopian sci­ence fiction novel which imagines robots as the agents of the next wave of American colonization and forced resettlement.” For details see the website.

Writers LAUREN DIXON & DALLAS TAYLOR were married July 31, 2021. ...Read More

Read more

McKay Wins Clarke Award

The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay (Scribe) won the 35th Arthur C. Clarke Award. McKay receives a check for £2,021 and an engraved bookend.

Other finalists were:

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

The 2021 judges were Phoenix Alexander, Nicole ...Read More

Read more

Readercon 32 Postponed to 2023

The Readercon board has announced that Readercon will not be held in 2022. Readercon 32 will instead take place July 13–16, 2023 at the Marriott Boston Quincy hotel in Quincy MA.

The announcement says

We just need some time to recharge and get our house in order.

The last two years have been a doozy for everyone. We all need some rest. And Readercon as an organization needs an opportunity ...Read More

Read more

2021 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners for the 2021 British Fantasy Awards:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
  • WINNER: The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook)
  • Threading the Labyrinth, Tiffani Angus (Unsung Stories)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Dark River, Rym Kechacha (Unsung Stories)
  • The Bone Shard Daughter, Andrea Stewart (Orbit)
  • By Force Alone, Lavie Tidhar (Tor)
...Read More Read more

Premio Imaginación y Futuro Award

Mexicona, the first Mexican virtual convention of speculative fiction, presented the Premio Imaginación y Futuro (Imagination and Future Award) “to celebrate, recognize and uplift speculative works created by people of Mexican origin” and to “strengthen and build a more diverse and vibrant SFF community in Mexico and Latin America.” The winners were announced September 24, 2021.

Imago by Rakel Hoyos won the Short Story Collection Prize. Entre las grietas by ...Read More

Read more

Judi B. Castro (1963-2021)

Author and fan JUDI B. CASTRO, 58, died July 15, 2021 following a brief illness. Judi Beth Goodman was born February 4, 1963 in Miami FL, and attended Florida State Uni­versity. Castro contributed to collaborative hoax novel Atlanta Nights (2005), a deliberately bad book created to expose a purported ‘‘traditional publisher’’ as a vanity press and later published under the name Travis Tea, with proceeds going to the SFWA ...Read More

Read more

2021 Academy of British Cover Design Winners

Winners of the 2021 Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) Awards have been announced. A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker, designed by Jack Smyth (Head of Zeus) and The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black, designed by Nick Stearn (Hot Key) won the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. by Joyce Carol Oates, designed by Jamie Keenan and photographed by Jeff Cottenden (Fourth Estate) won the ...Read More

Read more

HWA 2021 Election Results

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the results of the election for its open officers’ positions. Meghan Arcuri was re-elected Vice President. Maxwell Gold was elected Treasurer. Gabino Iglesias, Lisa Kröger, Brian W. Matthews, and Angela Yuriko Smith were elected to the Board of Trustees.

The election team volunteers were Jamal Hodge, Nicole Givens Kurtz, and Angel Leigh McCoy. The election verifiers were Lindy Ryan and Sumiko Saulson. For

...Read More Read more

Word Horde To Open Emporium

Ross E. Lockhart’s publishing company Word Horde is opening The Word Horde Emporium of the Weird & Fantastic, a brick and mortar store in Petaluma, CA. The Emporium will feature “objects that complement the Word Horde philosophy and aesthetic,” including books from various publishers, games, “curiosities, jewelry, stickers, and so much more.” Lockhart said, “I’ve long daydreamed about building my own store, stocking it with my favorite things, and on ...Read More

Read more

2021 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2021 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: The Sign of the Dragon, Mary Soon Lee (JABberwocky)
  • Second Place: A Collection of Dreamscapes, Christina Sng
...Read More Read more

Russell Wins McIlvanney Prize

Hyde by Craig Russell (Constable) won the 2021 McIlvanney Prize, given by the Scottish writing festival Bloody Scotland “to the best Scottish Crime book of the year.” Russell receives a £1,000 prize. Judges were Ayo Onatade, Karen Robinson, and Ewan Wilson.

For more information, see the Bloody Scotland website.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. We rely on reader ...Read More

Read more

SF Opera Premieres

A new 20-minute opera, Stars Between, with a libretto by SF writer E. Lily Yu and music by Steven K. Tran, is now available on the Seattle Opera website. The opera tells the story of the Voyager space probes, following them “into the interstellar unknown, exploring death, beauty, wonder, space, and time.”

The opera was created as part of the inaugural year of the Jane Lang Davis Creation Lab: ...Read More

Read more

2021 Neffy Awards Winners

The winners of the 2021 National Fantasy Fan Federation Speculative Fiction Awards (the Neffys) have been announced on Facebook.

Best Novel (tie)

  • Machine, Elizabeth Bear (Saga)
  • Hussar, Declan Finn (Silver Empire)

Younger Readers (tie)

  • “The Shadows of Alexandrium”, David Gerrold (F&SF 9-10/20)
  • The Unbearable Heaviness of Remembering, L. Jagi Lamplighter (Silver Empire)

Best Book Editor

  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Pro Artist

  • Brad Fraunfelter

Best Non-N3F Fanzine

  • Event Horizon
...Read More Read more

Ron Weighell (1950-2020)

Author RON WEIGHELL, 70, died December 24, 2020, a few weeks after suffering a stroke. Born 1950, Weighell began publishing genre fic­tion in 1986, with stories appearing in magazines and anthologies, including year’s best volumes. Most of his work was supernatural horror, and his major inspirations include M.R. James and Arthur Machen. Some of his short fiction is collected in The Greater Arcana (1994), The White Road (1997), The ...Read More

Read more

2021 Ignyte Awards Winners

The FIYAHCON 2021 committee has announced the winners for the 2021 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.” Winners were presented at an online ceremony on September 18, 2021.

Best Novel — Adult

  • WINNER: Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
...Read More Read more

2021 Working Class Writers Grant Open

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) is accepting applications for its $1,000 Working Class Writers Grant, “awarded annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers.” Applications are open until September 30, 2021. The winner will be announced November 15, 2021.

For more information, see the SLF website.

While you are here, please take a moment to support ...Read More

Read more

2021 National Books Awards Fiction Longlist

The National Book Awards Fiction 10-title longlist has been announced, including works of genre interest:

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster)
  • Bewilderment, Richard Powers (Norton)

There were 415 books submitted for the 2021 Fiction category. The judges are Alan Michael Parker, Emily Pullen, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Luis Alberto Urrea (chair), and Charles Yu.

Five finalists will be announced October 5, 2021, and winners on November 17, ...Read More

Read more

2021 NBA Translated Literature Longlist

The National Book Awards Translated Literature 10-title longlist has been announced, including works of genre interest:

  • Waiting for the Waters to Rise, Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox (World Editions)
  • On the Origin of Species and Other Stories, Bo-Young Kim, translated by Joungmin Lee Comfort & Sora Kim-Russell (Kaya)
  • When We Cease to Understand the World, Benjamín Labatut, translated by Adrian Nathan West (Pushkin)
  • Rabbit Island,
...Read More Read more

Headley Wins Translation Award

Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley (FSG) is the winner of the $1,000 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, which recognizes “a published translation of poetry from any language into English that shows literary excellence.” The 2021 judge was Indran Amirthanayagam.

For more information, see the official website.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. We rely on reader ...Read More

Read more

Imagine 2200 Short Story Winners


Fix, Grist‘s “solutions lab,” has announced three winners for their Imagine 2200 Short Story Contest. The contest aimed “to envision a clean, just future… [and] create stories of life in that future.” The theme was “Climate fiction for future ancestors.” Winners are:

    • First Place: “Afterglow”, Lindsey Brodeck
  • Second Place: “The Cloud Weaver’s Song”, Saul Tanpepper
  • Third Place: “Tidings”, Rich Larson

Other finalists were:

  • “When It’s Time to Harvest”, Renan
...Read More Read more

New Afrofuturism Exhibit at Hatfield House

Hatfield House in Philadelphia PA has announced a new exhibit by Afrofuturist group Black Quantum Futurism. The exhibit “Ancestors returning again / this time only to themselves” was created by Rasheeda Phillips and Camae Ayewa, with nods to artists who influenced Afrofuturism, including Octavia E. Butler and Sun Ra. It includes the debut of video and sound installation Write No History:

Write No History features found and archival footage ...Read More

Read more

Jemisin On Time‘s 100 Most Influential List

Time has named author N.K. Jemisin as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 in the “Artists” category. Jemisin is the award-winning author of The City We Became, the Broken Earth trilogy, the Inheritance Trilogy, and more.

For the full list and more details, see the Time article.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. We rely ...Read More

Read more

2021 HWA Scholarship and Grant Recipients

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2021 scholarships and diversity grants.

Eugen M. Bacon, Jonathan Kincade, Tonya Liburd, Somto Ihezue Onyedikachi, and Juan Manuel Pérez are winners of the $500 Diversity Grants, given to “underrepresented, diverse people who have an interest in the horror writing genre, including, but not limited to writers, editors, reviewers, and library workers.”

Shannon DeAnne Lawrence won the $2,500 Horror Writers Association ...Read More

Read more

2021 NBA Young People’s Literature Longlist

The National Book Awards Young People’s Literature 10-title longlist has been announced, including titles of genre interest:

  • A Snake Falls to Earth, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • Home Is Not a County, Safia Elhillo (Make Me A World)
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club, Malinda Lo (Dutton BFYR)
  • Too Bright to See, Kyle Lukoff (Dial)
  • The Mirror Season, Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel and Friends)

The judges ...Read More

Read more

2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Grant Recipients

The Ladies of Horror Fiction (LOHF) have announced the winners of their annual Writers Grant:

  • T. L. Bodine
  • Ariell Cacciola
  • Chelsea Davis
  • Jules Gachs (writes as J.V. Gachs)
  • Marissa James
  • Naching T. Kassa
  • Nicole Givens Kurtz
  • Catherine Lundoff
  • Caitlin Marceau
  • Antonija Mežnarić
  • Eva Roslin
  • Sumiko Saulson
  • Christina Sng
  • Katalina Watt
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich

Each will receive $100. The grants are “inclusive to all women who have reasonably demonstrated a commitment

...Read More Read more

Inaugural Feminist Futures Award

The Omega Sci-Fi Awards have announced the creation of the Feminist Futures Award. The Feminist Futures Award will be co-presented by Artemis Journal, and “will be awarded to a distinct winner for an outstanding feminist sci-fi story.”

This award recognizes a science fiction story that embraces feminist themes. Top entries will exemplify excellence in feminist storytelling. We encourage stories that capture the complexities and other aspects of identity, as well ...Read More

Read more

2021 Booker Prize Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced, and includes Bewilderment by Richard Powers (Norton).

The £50,000 prize is “open to works by writers of any nationality, written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.” This year’s judges are Horatia Harrod, Maya Jasanoff (chair), Natascha McElhone, Chigozie Obioma, Rowan Williams.

Shortlisted authors receive £2,500 and a “specially bound edition of their book.” Winners will be

...Read More Read more