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Archive for November, 2015

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: Night Broken, Patricia Briggs (Ace) METAtropolis: The Wings We Dare Aspire, Jay Lake & Ken Scholes (WordFire) Our Lady of the […]

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. […]

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 A Play of Shadow, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW) The Peripheral, William Gibson (Penguin Canada) The Future Falls, Tanya Huff (DAW) My Real Children, Jo Walton (Tor) Echopraxia, Peter Watts (Tor) Best YA Novel (tie) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]


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