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Lake Wins 2015 Endeavor Award

Last Plane to Heaven (Tor) by the late Jay Lake won the 16th Endeavour Award. Lake, who died in June 2014, was honored at Orycon 37 in Portland OR on November 20, 2015.

Other finalists were:

The Endeavor Award is given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, and comes with an honorarium of $1,000. The 2015 judges were Russell Davis, Esther Friesner, and Fran Wilde. The deadline to submit titles for the 2016 award is February 15, 2016. For more information, see the official Endeavor Award website.

World Fantasy Award Trophy Submissions

The World Fantasy Awards administration is accepting submissions for a new trophy design. In an announcement they said,

The Administration has decided that it is time to change the trophy for the World Fantasy Awards. We appreciate Gahan Wilson’s design in use for more than four decades and his contributions to the World Fantasy Convention and the Awards.

Between now and April 2, 2016 the World Fantasy Awards Administration will welcome submissions from artists within the arts community proficient in the three-dimensional form, for a new physical trophy for the World Fantasy Award. The ideal design will represent both fantasy and horror, without bearing any physical resemblance to any person, living or dead.

Inquiries should be emailed to

For more information about the World Fantasy Convention, see their official website.


2015 Aurora Awards Winners

The 2015 Aurora Awards winners have been announced, celebrating the “best works and activities done by Canadians in 2014.”

Best Novel

Best YA Novel (tie)

Best Short Fiction

  • “Crimson Sky”, Eric Choi (Analog 7-8/14)

Best Poem/Song

  • “The Machine”, David Clink (Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen)
  • “The Perfect Library”, David Clink (If the World were to Stop Spinning)
  • “The New Ways”, Amal el-Mohtar (Uncanny 11/14)
  • “Aversions”, Helen Marshall (Goblin Fruit 10/14)

Best Graphic Novel

  • It Never Rains, Kari Maaren (
  • Treadwell, Dominic Bercier (Mirror)
  • Raygun Gothic Vol. 2, GMB Chomichuk (Alchemical)
  • Cassie & Tonk, Justin Currie & GMB Chomichuk (Chasing Artwork)
  • Trillium, Jeff Lemire (Vertigo)

Best Related Work

  • On Spec (The Copper Pig Writers’ Society)

Best Artist

  • Dan O’Driscoll
  • James Beveridge
  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk & Steve Fahnestalk
  • Erik Mohr
  • Derek Newman-Stille

There were also nominees in fan categories. Winners were honored at Canvention 35, hosted by SFContario 6 in Toronto, Ontario, November 22, 2015. For more information, and complete nominees:

Spanton Leaves Gollancz

Simon Spanton, associate publisher at UK SF imprint Gollancz, has stepped down as of November 20th, 2015 “by mutual agreement.” Spanton joined Orion in 1996, later became co-editorial director of Gollancz with Jo Fletcher, and was promoted to associate publisher in 2013.

Almond Wins Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

David Almond has won the 2015 Guardian children’s fiction prize for A Song for Ella Grey (Delacorte). Running for almost 50 years, the award comes with a £1,500 cash prize. The award is “the only children’s book prize judged by authors” and is accompanied by the young critics competition, where “ten children and teens and one school won prizes for 500-word reviews of the books longlisted for the prize.”

For more information, see the official announcement.

Shusterman Wins National Book Award

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (HarperTeen) won the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category, presented at a ceremony in New York on November 18, 2015.

For more, including winners in all categories, see the National Book Award site.


Manchester Writing Competition Shortlist

SF writer Richard W. Strachan’s “Zero Moment Point” is one of five shortlisted stories for the 2015 Manchester Writing Competition.

The competition, “designed to encourage new work and seek out the best creative writing from across the world,” includes £10,000 prizes and has both poetry and fiction categories. The winners will be honored in a ceremony on November 27, 2015 in Manchester. For the full shortlist, and to read the shortlisted works, see the official website.

Aruguete Wins ISFiC Contest

“Catamount” by M. Aruguete won the 2015 Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago (ISFiC) Writers Contest for previously unpublished works of SF/F. Aruguete received a membership to Windycon 42 (November 13-15, 2015 in Chicago), paid accommodations, and a $300 prize.

Judges this year were Richard Chwedyk, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull. For more, see the ISFiC website.

Hugo Base Competition

MidAmericon II, the 74th Worldcon, held August 17-21, 2016 in Kansas City MO, has opened the competition to design the base for the 2016 Hugo Award.

Designs should “have a theme highlighting Kansas City and/or the themes and aesthetic feel of MidAmeriCon II.” Proposals should be submitted to the MidAmericon II committee by January 18, 2016.

The winner will receive a membership to MidAmeriCon II and will take part in the public unveiling at the opening ceremonies.

For more information, see the official MidAmericon II website.

Orbit Expansion

Hachette Book Group has announced a significant expansion of their Orbit SF/F imprint. Beginning in fall 2016, they will increase the number of titles published by about 50%, to around 90 titles per year. They plan to recruit new editorial, marketing, and design staff to handle the expansion.

Orbit publisher and HGB senior vice president Tim Holman says, “There is a huge and diverse audience for SF and fantasy out there, and it’s the perfect time to be expanding the list.”

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