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SFPA Changes Name

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) announced on March 21, 2017 that they “will henceforth and forevermore (at least until the next member vote) be known as: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association.” The decision was made through a vote of 134 members of the organization, who also elected to retain the original SFPA acronym.

For more information, including a complete breakdown of the votes, see the SFPA’s official SpecPo blog.

Australian Shadows Awards Finalists

The shortlists for the 2016 Australian Shadows Awards were announced March 16, 2017. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) and “celebrates the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australian or New Zealander.”

Best Short Fiction

  • “D Is for Death”, Pete Aldin (C is for Chimera)
  • “Midnight in the Graffiti Tunnel”, Terry Dowling (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Protege”, Anthony Ferguson (Monsters Among Us)
  • “No Other Men in Mitchell”, Rose Hartley (Nightmare 2/16)
  • “Selfie”, Lee Murray (SQ Mag 5/16)
  • “What the Sea Wants”, Deb Sheldon (SQ Mag 2/16)
  • “Uncontainable”, Helen Stubbs (Apex 12/16)
  • “All Roll Over”, Kaaron Warren (In Your Face)
  • “Fade to Grey”, Janeen Webb (Dreaming in the Dark)

Best Collected Works

Best Edited Work

Best Novel

Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction

There were no nominees in the Comics/Graphic Novels or Rocky Wood Award for Non-Fiction and Criticism categories this year.

For more information, see the AHWA website.

Fiscus Wins SFWA Award

Jim Fiscus has been awarded the 2017 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award for “his outstanding work on behalf of the organization.” Fiscus has been involved with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since he began volunteering in 1990.

The award will be presented during SFWA’s 51st Annual Nebula Conference, May 18-21, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh PA.

For more information, see the SFWA website.

2016 This Is Horror Awards Winners

Winners of the This Is Horror Awards 2016 were announced March 20, 2017. Winners were chosen by open vote through the This Is Horror website.

Novel of the Year

Novella of the Year

Short Story Collection of the Year

Anthology of the Year

  • Winner: Autumn Cthulhu, Mike Davis, ed. (Lovecraft eZine)
  • Runner-up: Gutted, Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, eds. (Crystal Lake)

Fiction Magazine of the Year

  • Winner: The Lovecraft eZine
  • Runner-up: Nightmare Magazine
  • Apex Magazine
  • Black Static
  • The Dark Magazine
  • Strange Aeons

Publisher of the Year

  • Winner: Word Horde
  • Runner-up: Crystal Lake
  • Dark Regions
  • Grey Matter
  • Journalstone
  • Perpetual Motion Machine

Fiction Podcast of the Year

  • Winner: Pseudopod
  • Runner-up: The Other Stories
  • The Black Tapes
  • Small Town Horror
  • Tanis
  • Welcome To Night Vale

Nonfiction Podcast of the Year

  • Winner: The Lovecraft eZine Podcast
  • Runner-up: The Know Fear Cast
  • Booked.
  • The Faculty of Horror
  • The Grim Tidings Podcast
  • The Horror Show with Brian Keene

2017 Baen Memorial Contest Winner

Baen Books has announced the winner of the 2017 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Grand Prize: “Feldspar”, Philip A. Kramer
  • First runner-up: “Bullet Catch”, Stephen Lawson
  • Second runner-up: “An Economy of Air”, M.T. Reiten

Other finalists include:

  • Stewart C. Baker
  • S.B. Divya
  • Susan Forest
  • C. Stuart Hardwick
  • Bart Kemper
  • Harry Lang
  • Angus McIntyre

The winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a trophy, paid a professional rate, and receive free admission into the 2017 International Space Development Conference and a year’s membership in the National Space Society, as well as an assortment of Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise. Awards will be presented on May 26, 2017 during the International Space Development Conference, held at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis MO.

For more information, including the lists of past winners, see the official award webpage.

Bernie Wrightson (1948-2017)

Artist Bernie Wrightson, 68, died March 18, 2017 in Austin TX of brain cancer. Wrightson is best known for his comics, including the creation of DC Comics character Swamp Thing (1971, with writer Len Wein), and for his horror illustrations.

Bernard Albert Wrightson was born October 27, 1948 in Dundalk MD. He started work as a newspaper illustrator in 1966, and in 1968 began freelancing for DC Comics. His first professional comic story, “The Man Who Murdered Himself”, appeared in 1969 in DC’s House of Mystery, and he went on to work for Marvel, DC, and other comics companies throughout his career. In 1975 he joined artists’ collective “The Studio” with Jeffrey Jones, Michael Kaluta, and Barry Windsor-Smith. He extensively illustrated Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, culminating in landmark book Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein (1983). He illustrated the comic book adaptation of Stephen King’s Creepshow in 1983 and later did illustrations for King’s books Cycle of the Werewolf, The Stand, and Wolves of the Calla. He also illustrated work by L. Sprague de Camp and David J. Schow, among others, and did conceptual art for numerous films. He was twice nominated for Chesley Awards (in 1998 and 2003), and his illustrated narrative “Spuds” (2000) was a Bram Stoker Award finalist.

Wrightson was diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent multiple surgeries before announcing his retirement in late January 2017, when he could no longer travel or produce new art. Wrightson was predeceased by first wife Michele Wrightson in 2015, and is survived by second wife Liz Wrightson, two sons from his first marriage, and a stepson.

2017 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists

The shortlists for the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book and the Kate Greenaway Medal for best illustrations in a children’s book were announced March 16, 2017. Titles of genre interest follow.

Carnegie Medal

Greenaway Medal

The awards are presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The winners will be announced June 19, 2017 in a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. For full lists, see the Carnegie Greenaway website.

HWA Lifetime Achievement Awards

Dennis Etchison and Thomas F. Monteleone will be awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Horror Writers Association (HWA).

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to “individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.” The awards will be presented during StokerCon 2017, held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach CA, April 27-30, 2017. For more information, see the HWA website.

Weimer Wins 2017 DUFF Fund

Paul Weimer has won the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF).

The 2017 fund is intended to send fans from North America to attend Continuum 13, the 56th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, to be held at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne on June 9-12, 2017.

DUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of the previous year. Candidates for a northbound trip must be residents of Australia or New Zealand.

For more information, see the Oz Fan Funds site.

29th Annual Lambda Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation announced finalists for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating excellence in LGBTQ literature in a wide variety of categories. Nominees of genre interest follow.


Also of genre interest are The Midnight Star, Marie Lu (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) in LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult and Coils, Barbara Ann Wright (Bold Strokes) in Lesbian Romance.

The awards will be presented at the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony held June 12, 2017 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

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