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2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winner

Winners for the third annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced:

  • Grand prize: “The Lavender Paladin”, Shawn Snider
  • First runner-up: “Gunfight at the Thornmount Colossus”, Anthony Lowe
  • Second runner-up: “Watching the Door”, Joel & F.I. Goldhaber


  • “Fox-Sign”, Stewart C. Baker
  • “Deck of Shadows”, Thomas K. Carpenter
  • “Raisin”, Jason A. Holt
  • “Wish In One Hand and Hit With the Other”, D. Thourson Palmer
  • “Tamarac and the Stone”, Timothy Reynolds
  • “Trial by Combat”, J.P. Sullivan
  • “Twelve Views of Motherhood, Monsters and War”, Brian Trent

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 was honored at the Writer’s Symposium at Gen Con, August 6, 2016, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis IN.

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

2016 Aurora Awards Winners

The 2016 Aurora Awards winners have been announced, celebrating the “best works and activities done by Canadians in 2015.”

Best Novel

Best YA Novel

Best Short Fiction

  • “Waters of Versailles”, Kelly Robson ( 6/10/15)

Best Poem/Song

  • “Origami Crane / Light Defying Spaceship”, Naru Dames Sundar (Liminality #5)
  • “Elegy for WLC”, David Clink (The Dalhousie Review 94:3)
  • “Portrait”, David Clink (On Spec #99)
  • “Typhon & Echidna: A Love Story”, Sandra Kasturi (Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary)
  • “Venice Letting Go”, Sandra Kasturi (Postscripts to Darkness #6)

Best Graphic Novel

Best Related Work

Best Artist

  • Erik Mohr
  • James Beveridge
  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk
  • Jeff Minkevics
  • Dan O’Driscoll

Best Visual Presentation

  • Orphan Black, Season 3
  • Bitten, Season 2
  • Continuum, Season 4
  • Dark Matter, Season 1
  • Killjoys, Season 1

There were also winners in fan categories. Winners were honored at Canvention 36, hosted by When Worlds Collide in Delta Calgary South, Calgary, August 12-14, 2016. For more information, and complete winners, see the Aurora Awards website.

2016 Dragon Awards Shortlist

Dragon Con has announced the shortlist of nominees for the inaugural Dragon Awards. Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website, and winners will be announced at Dragon Con, September 2-5, 2016 in Atlanta GA.

Best Science Fiction Novel

Best Fantasy Novel

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Best Alternate History Novel

Best Apocalyptic Novel

Best Horror Novel

Best Comic Book

  • Astro City
  • Civil War II
  • Daredevil
  • DC Universe: Rebirth
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Providence
  • Saga

Best Graphic Novel

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Daredevil
  • Doctor Who
  • The Expanse
  • The Flash
  • Game of Thrones
  • Jessica Jones
  • Outlander

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Crimson Peak
  • Deadpool
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Finalists in various gaming-related categories were also announced. For more information, visit the Dragon Awards website.

2016 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2016 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction were announced August 9, 2016.

  • “The Art of Deception”, Stephanie Burgis (Insert Title Here)
  • “Headspace”, Beth Cato (Cats in Space)
  • “Leashing the Muse”, Larry Hodges (Space and Time 5/15)
  • “Cat Pictures Please”, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld 1/15)
  • “Burn Her”, Tanith Lee (Dancing Through the Fire)
  • “The Haunting of Apollo A7LB”, Hannu Rajaniemi (Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction)
  • “The Empress in Her Glory”, Robert Reed (Clarkesworld 4/15)
  • “Today I Am Paul”, Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld 8/15)
  • “Leftovers”, Leona Wisoker (Cats in Space)

The award, recognizing the “best original short fiction” published by small presses in the previous year, will be presented at Capclave in Gaithersburg MD at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg on October 7-9, 2016. The winner will be chosen by members of WSFA. For more information, see the WSFA Small Press Award site.

Le Guin Feminist SF Fellowship

The 2016 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship is open to applications until 5 p.m. September 2, 2016. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, Robert D. Clark Honors College, and University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), the $3,000 award “supports travel for the purpose of research on, and work with, the papers of feminist science fiction authors housed in SCUA.”

For more information, including application requirements, see the official website.

2016 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2016 Mythopoeic Awards winners at Mythcon 47, August 7, 2016, at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade in San Antonio TX.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

Joss and Wilburn Awarded SLF Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) has awarded the 2016 Older Writers Grants to Oregon writer Sharon Joss and career counselor Debra Wilburn. Both writers will receive $500.

The Older Writers Grants were founded by the SLF “to support writers who are 50 years of age or older at the time of their application, and who are just beginning to professionally publish their work.” Honorable mentions went to Jean Butterfield, Holly Schofield, and Thaddeus Howze.

For more information, visit the Speculative Literature Foundation website.

Heinlein Scholarship Recipients

Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for academic year 2016-2017 were announced July 7, 2016 (Heinlein’s 109th birthday). This year’s winners are Elias Anderson, Carson Butler, and Charles Hanson. The scholarship awards a $1,000 to each recipient.

Elias Anderson is a repeat winner from the previous year, and is the first multi-year winner of the scholarship. Carson Butler is the inaugural winner of the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Charles Hanson is the first winner from outside the United States. He is majoring in Mathematics at the University of Alberta.

The scholarship contest is open to residents of any country who are enrolled as full-time students at an accredited four-year university and majoring in math, engineering, the physical sciences, or science fiction as literature. Applicants must submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of the provided topics.

The winners were selected by a committee comprised of Pauline Bennett, Marie Guthrie, Keith Kato, Jerry Pournelle, Geo Rule, Michael Sheffield, and Betsey Wilcox.

For guidelines and more information, visit The Heinlein Society.

Hugo Awards Voting Deadline This Weekend

The 2016 Hugo Awards voting closes Sunday, July 31, 2016, 11:59 PM PDT (Monday, August 1, 2016, 2:59 AM EDT; 7:59 AM BST; 4:59 PM AEST). You need to be a member of MidAmeriCon II to be eligible to vote. More information about voting can be found at the MidAmeriCon II site.

Gill Named Executive Editor at Tor/Forge

Diana Gill has joined Tor/Forge as executive editor. Gill managed Harper Voyager US for twelve years before moving to the Berkley Publishing Group in 2014.

President and publisher Tom Doherty announced hiring Gill along with several staff promotions and hires on July 28, 2016.

For Tor, Liz Gorinsky and Miriam Weinberg have both been promoted to senior editor, Jennifer Gunnels and Diana Pho were promoted to editor, Christopher Morgan has been promoted to junior associate editor, and Melissa Singer has been named manager of editorial operations.

At Forge, Bess Cozby has been made editor and Elayne Becker has been made junior associate editor.

For Tor Teen, Whitney Ross was promoted to senior editor and Amy Stapp was promoted to editor.

Anita Okoye and Kirsten Brink were hired as assistants for Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky respectively, and Amy Sefton was hired as designer.

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