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Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Nominees

Finalists for the second annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:

  • “Saurs”, Craig DeLancey
  • “Unfound”, Rhiannon Held
  • “Shell Game”, Joseph L. Kellogg
  • “Victor the Sword”, Robin Lupton
  • “Trappists”, Katherine Monasterio
  • “Burning Savannah”, Alexander Monteagudo
  • “Kiss from a Queen”, Jeff Provine
  • “An Old Dragon’s Treasure”, Robert Russell
  • “The Triton’s Son”, Keith Taylor
  • “Adroit”, Dave Williams

The contest focuses on adventure fantasy short stories. The grand prize includes publication on the Baen website, an engraved award, and an assortment of Baen books. The winner will be honored at the Writer’s Symposium at this year’s Gen Con, July 30 -August 2, 2015.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the Baen Books website.

2015 Eisner Awards

The 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 10, 2015. Winners of SF/F interest include:

Best Short Story

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)

  • Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers, Evan Dorkin & Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series

  • Saga, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Limited Series

  • Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, Eric Shanower & Garbriel Rodriguez (IDW)

Best New Series

  • Lumberjanes, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

  • The Zoo Box, Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke (First Second)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

  • El Deafo, Cece Bell (Amulet/Abrams)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

  • Lumberjanes, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson & Brooke A. Allen (BOOM! Box)

Best Anthology

  • Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl & Chris Stevens, eds. (Locust Moon)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint

  • Through the Woods, Emily Carroll (McElderry Books)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at least 20 years old)

  • Winsor McCay’s Complete Little Nemo, Alexander Braun, ed. (TASCHEN)

Best Writer

  • Gene Luen Yang, Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse) and The Shadow Hero (First Second)

Best Penciller/Inker

  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)

  • J. H. Williams III, The Sandman: Overture (Vertigo/DC)

Best Publication Design

  • Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, designed by Jim Rugg (Locust Moon)

Eisner Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Marjorie “Marge” Henderson Buell (creator of Little Lulu)
  • John Byrne
  • Chris Claremont
  • Denis Kitchen
  • Frank Miller
  • Bill Woggon (creator of Katy Keene)

For more information, and the complete list of winners, see the Comic-Con website.

2015 Endeavor Award Nominees

Finalists for the 17th Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, have been announced.

The 2015 judges are Russell Davis, Esther Friesner, and Fran Wilde. The winner will be announced November 20, 2015 at Orycon 37 in Portland OR.

2015 Scribe Awards Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers announced the winners of the 2015 Scribe Awards at Comic Con international held in San Diego, CA on July 10, 2015. The Scribe Awards honor excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Recipients of genre interest follow.

Speculative Novel Original (tie)

  • Fringe: Sins of the Father, Christa Faust (Titan)
  • Pathfinder: The Redemption Engine, James Sutter (Paizo)
  • Star Trek: Foul Deeds Will Rise, Greg Cox (Pocket/ Star Trek)
  • Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, Keith R. A. DeCandido (Broadway)
  • Star Trek: Disavowed, David Mack (Pocket/ Star Trek)
  • Grimm: Chopping Block, John Passarella (Titan)
  • Grimm: The Killing Time, Tim Waggoner (Titan)

Novel Adapted

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Alex Irvine (Titan)
  • Noah, Mark Morris (Titan)
  • War of the Worlds: Goliath, Adam Whitlach (Retro Rocket)


  • Doctor Who: Iterations of I, John Dorney (Big Finish)
  • Dark Shadows: The Darkest Shadow, Nev Fountain (Big Finish)
  • Blake’s 7: Fortuitas, George Mann (Big Finish)
  • Dark Shadows: The Devil Cat, Mark Thomas Passmore (Big Finish)
  • Pathfinder Legends: The Skinsaw Murders, Cavan Scott (Big Finish)

Short Stories

  • It’s in the Book, Max Collins & Mickey Spillane (Open Road)
  • “Written in the Wind”, Jennifer Brozek (No True Way: All New Tales of Valdemar)
  • “Stargate: Perceptions”, Diana Dru Botsford (Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis: Far Horizons)
  • “Queen Sacrifice”, Steven Savile (
  • “Hunter’s Folly”, Josh Vogt (

Young Adult

  • Battletech: The Nellus Academy Incident, Jennifer Brozak (Catalyst Game Labs)
  • Spirit Animals: Book 3: Blood Ties, Garth Nix & Sean Williams (Scholastic)

2015 Prometheus Award Winner

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the winner of the Prometheus Award, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2014.

Best Novel 

  • Influx, Daniel Suarez (Dutton)
  • The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin (Tor)
  • Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)
  • A Better World, Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer)

All members of the Libertarian Futurist Society were eligible to vote. The award will be presented August 21, 2015 in a ceremony during Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, to be held August 19-23, 2015 in Spokane WA.

2014 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2014 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced on July 12, 2015 at Readercon 22 in Burlington MA. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.




  • “The End of the End of Everything”, Dale Bailey ( 4/23/14)


  • “Wendigo Nights”, Siobhan Carroll (Fearful Symmetries)
  • “Candy Girl”, Chikodili Emelumadu (Apex 11/14)
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted”, Garth Nix (Fearful Symmetries)
  • “The Fisher Queen”, Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5-6/14)




Tom Piccirilli (1965-2015)

Writer Tom Piccirilli, 50, died July 11, 2015.

Thomas Edward Piccirilli was born May 27, 1965. He published over a dozen ambitious and accomplished crime and horror novels, notably Stoker Award winner The Night Class (2003) and The Cold Spot (2008), a finalist for the Edgar Award for best paperback original mystery. He was an accomplished author of bleak and quirky short fiction as well, with many collections, including World Fantasy Award finalist Deep into that Darkness Peering (2000). His story “The Misfit Child Grows Fat on Despair” (2002) won a Stoker Award. Piccirilli was also a prolific poet who produced many volumes, among them Stoker Award winners A Student of Hell (2000) and Forgiving Judas (2014). He edited and co-edited numerous anthologies, including Stoker Award-winning poetry anthology The Devil’s Wine (2004).

Piccirilli was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012, and suffered a stroke in 2014. He is survived by his wife, writer Michelle Scalise.

See the August issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

2015 World Fantasy Awards Ballot – Revised

The World Fantasy Awards Ballot for works published in 2014 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, November 5-8, 2015 in Saratoga Springs NY. The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper, and were announced earlier this month.

A correction to the ballot was posted on July 11, 2015, moving the Wilson title to Novella, and adding “Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon to Short Fiction.

The World Fantasy Awards finalists are:


  • The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
  • City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway; Jo Fletcher)
  • The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Random House; Sceptre)
  • Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff VanderMeer (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • My Real Children, Jo Walton (Tor; Corsair)


  • We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
  • “Where the Trains Turn”, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen ( 11/19/14)
  • “Hollywood North”, Michael Libling  (F&SF 11-12/14)
  • “The Mothers of Voorhisville”, Mary Rickert ( 4/30/14)
  • “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)”, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’14)
  • “The Devil in America”, Kai Ashante Wilson (, 4/2/14)

Short Fiction:

  • “I Can See Right Through You”, Kelly Link,  (McSweeney’s 48)
  • Do You Like to Look at Monsters?, Scott Nicolay (Fedogan & Bremer)
  • “Jackalope Wives”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/14)
  • “Death’s Door Café”, Kaaron Warren (Shadows & Tall Trees 2014)
  • “The Fisher Queen”, Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5-6/14)


  • Fearful Symmetries, Ellen Datlow, ed. (ChiZine)
  • Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, Rose Fox & Daniel José Older, eds. (Crossed Genres)
  • Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, Michael Kelly, ed. (Undertow)
  • Monstrous Affections, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, ed. (Candlewick)
  • Rogues, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Bantam; Titan)


  • Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
  • They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
  • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
  • Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)


  • Samuel Araya
  • Galen Dara
  • Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Erik Mohr
  • John Picacio

Special Award – Professional:

  • John Joseph Adams, for editing anthologies and Nightmare and Lightspeed magazines
  • Jeanne Cavelos, for Odyssey writing workshops
  • Sandra Kasturi & Brett Alexander Savory, for ChiZine Publications
  • Gordon Van Gelder, for F&SF
  • Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press

Special Award – Nonprofessional:

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Matt Cardin, for Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti (Subterranean)
  • Stefan Fergus, for Civilian Reader (
  • Ray B. Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
  • Patrick Swenson, for Fairwood Press

World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Winners

The World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards winners for 2015 are Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper. The awards are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field.

The World Fantasy Awards winners will be announced at this year’s World Fantasy Convention, to be held November 5-8, 2015, in Saratoga Springs NY. This year’s guests of honor are Steven Erikson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, with special guests Glen Cook, David Drake, Rick Lieder, and Kathe Koja.

2015 Rhysling Awards Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the annual Rhysling Awards for science fiction, fantasy, and horror poetry, short and long form. This year’s winners are:


First Place
“Shutdown”, Marge Simon (Qualia Nous)

Second Place
“Science Fiction (with apologies to Marianne Moore’s “Poetry”)”, Ruth Berman (Dreams and Nightmares 98)

Third Place (Tie)
“I Imagine My Mother’s Death”, Bryan D. Dietrich (The Pedestal Magazine 74)
“The Peal Divers”, Francesca Forrest (Strange Horizons 3/17/14)
“Extinction”, Joshua Gage (Star*Line 37.3)
“After the Changeling Incantation”, John Philip Johnson (Strange Horizons 2/3/14)


First Place
“100 Reasons to Have Sex with an Alien”, F.J. Bergmann (2014 SFPA Poetry Contest)

Second Place
“Six Things the Owl Said”, Megan Arkenberg (Goblin Fruit, Spring)

Third Place
“The Perfect Library”, David Clink (If the World Were to Stop Spinning)

Poems are chosen by the membership of the SFPA, who vote on a list of nominations made by individual members and published in the Rhysling Anthology. Winners are regularly reprinted in the annual Nebula Awards Anthology.

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