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2016 DUFF Winner

Clare McDonald-Sims has won the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF), a travel grant funded by and for fans, and will attend MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, the 74th Worldcon.

For more information, see SF Site and The Down Under Fan Fund website.

Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction

The first annual Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award) will be presented at Dragon Con, to be held September 2-5, 2016. in Atlanta GA. The award celebrates “the best in innovative fiction” and honors writer and editor Eugie Foster, who died in 2014. Speculative short stories published in 2015 are eligible for the award, with nominations made by a panel of editors, reviewers, and select readers, and the winner chosen by a jury. A list of five finalists will be announced before the winner.

For more information, visit

Tomorrow Winner and Roswell Shortlist

“Rock Star” by Matilda Berke (Polytechnic School) has won the 2016 Tomorrow Prize for Short Fiction, Sci-Fest L.A.’s award for best SF story written by a Los Angeles high school student. Berke received a $1,000 scholarship at a ceremony held  May 14, 2016.

Sci-Fest L.A.’s Roswell Award short story writing contest finalists have also been announced:

  • “In the hammock of his ribs”, Tom Aschmann
  • “First Encounter”, Larry Herbst
  • “Tribbulations”, Liam Hogan
  • “Constant Change”, Diana M.
  • “Savepoint”, Tom O’Brien
  • “Humans ‘N’ Hot Dogs” by Melissa Yuan-Innes

The winner will receive a $1,000 prize, and nominees will be honored at Sci-Fest L.A.’s Roswell Award Reading & Awards ceremony on May 22, 2016 at the ACME Theater in Hollywood.

For more information, visit the Sci-Fest LA website.

2016 SFWA Election Results

On May 14, 2016 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the following election results at their business meeting:

  • Vice President: M.C.A. Hogarth, re-elected, unopposed
  • CFO: Bud Sparhawk, re-elected, unopposed
  • Director at Large: Justina Ireland
  • Director at Large: Lawrence M. Schoen

Elections are for two-year term positions. A vote to admit game writers into SFWA was also confirmed, and membership criteria will be established with consultation from the game writing committee.

2016 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2016 Edge Hill Short Story Prize has been announced. Nominees of genre interest include:

The prize is awarded annually “for excellence in a published single author short story collection.” Authors born or residing in the British Isles are eligible for the award. This year’s judges include Kirsty Gunn, Cathy Galvin, and Billy Cowan.

The winner will be announced on July 5 and will receive a £10,000 award. A £1,000 Readers’ Prize judged by BA Creative Writing students and a £500 prize for a rising talent in Edge Hill University’s own MA Creative Writing program will also be awarded. For more information, and the complete nominees, see the Edge Hill Short Story Prize website.

Wilde Wins 2016 Compton Crook Award

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the winner for the 2016 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award:

The award honors the best first SF/fantasy/horror novel of the year, and “includes a framed award document and, for the novel’s author, a check for $1,000 and an invitation to be the Compton Crook Guest at Balticon for two years.” The award will be presented to Wilde on May 27, 2016 during the opening ceremonies at Balticon 50. Selection is by vote of the BSFS membership.

2016 Audie Awards Winners

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2016 Audie Awards winners, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Winners of genre interest include:

Audio Drama


Middle Grade

  • Echo, Pam Muñoz Ryan, read by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews & Rebecca Soler (Scholastic Audio)

Multi-Voiced Performance

  • Illuminae, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, read by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe & Jonathan McClain (Listening Library/Penguin Random House Audio)


Science Fiction

  • Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton, read by Scott Brick (Brilliance Audio)

Young Adult

  • Lair of Dreams, Libba Bray, read by January LaVoy (Listening Library/Penguin Random House)

Young Listeners

Excellence in Design

  • The Hunger Games Trilogy Collection, Suzanne Collins, design by Kathlyn Miller (Scholastic Audio)

Excellence in Marketing

  • Locke & Key, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez, read by Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and a full cast (Audible Studios)

Excellence in Production

The winners were announced at BookExpo America, held May 11, 2016, at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

2015 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

The 2015 Analog AnLab Awards and the Asimov’s Readers’ Awards were presented at a breakfast celebration on May 14, 2016 at the Lockwood Restaurant during the Nebula Awards Weekend in Chicago IL.

The Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards winners are:

Best Novella

  • “Builders of Leaf Houses”, Catherine Wells (12/15)

Best Novelette

  • “Racing to Mars”, Martin L. Shoemaker (9/15)

Best Short Story

  • “The Museum of Modern Warfare”, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (12/15)

Best Fact Article

  • “Challenges of Manned Interstellar Travel: An Overview”, Nick Kanas (5/15)

Best Poem

  • “The Impending Apocalypse Helps Me Maintain Perspective”, Steven Dondlinger (3/15)

Best Cover

  • May 2015, Donato Giancola

The Asimov’s Readers’ Awards winners are:

Best Novella

  • “Inhuman Garbage”, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (3/15)

Best Novelette

  • “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters—H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town!”, Michael Swanwick & Gregory Frost (4-5/15)

Best Short Story

  • “Tuesdays”, Suzanne Palmer (3/15)

Best Poem

  • “1,230 Grams of Einstein”, Robert Frazier (6/15)

Best Cover Artist:

  • Maurizio Manzieri

Hugo Awards Voting Open

Voting for the 2016 Hugo Awards and the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards is now open. Votes for both awards can be cast online at or by paper ballot.

A Hugo finalist packet will be available online by May 23, 2016, with the Retro finalist packet available soon after. Voting for both ballots will close July 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT.

2015 Bram Stoker Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the winners of the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards. The winners are…

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

 Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • “All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck”, Kate Jonez (Black Static 7-8/15)
  • The Algernon Effect, Gene O’Neill (White Noise)
  • “Sing Me Your Scars”, Damien Angelica Walters (Sing Me Your Scars)
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, Alyssa Wong  (Nightmare 10/15)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • It Follows
  • Crimson Peak
  • Penny Dreadful: “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”
  • Penny Dreadful: “Nightcomers”
  • What We Do in the Shadows

Voting was open to active and lifetime HWA members. Winners were announced May 14, 2016 at a gala held in the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas NV during the first annual StokerCon. For more information, see the HWA website.

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