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2015 Sidewise Awards Finalists

The nominees for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been announced. The awards will be presented at MidAmeriCon II, Worldcon, at the Kansas City convention center in Kansas City MO on August 20, 2016. The Sidewise Awards have been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. This year’s panel of judges comprises Stephen Baxter, Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

Short Form

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2016 Gemmell Award Shortlist

The 2016 David Gemmell Awards finalists have been announced:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

  • Kerem Beyit for the cover of The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
  • Jason Chan for the cover of The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
  • Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for the cover of Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia (Baen)
  • Raymond Swanland for the cover of Archaon: Lord of Chaos by Rob Sanders (Black Library)
  • Paul Young for the cover of Ruin by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan)

The winners will be announced September 24, 2016 at Fantasycon, held at the Grand Hotel and the Royal in Scarborough UK.

2016 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize Longlist

The Guardian recently announced the longlist for the Children’s Fiction Prize on its website. The list includes two titles of genre interest:

The 50-year-old award comes with a £1,500 cash prize, and is “the only children’s book prize judged by authors.” It is accompanied by the young critics competition, where “ten children and teens and one school won prizes for 500-word reviews of the books longlisted for the prize.” The judges for this year’s prize are David Almond, SF Said, and Kate Saunders. The winner will be announced November 17, 2016.

2016 Endeavour Award Nominees

Finalists for the 18th Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, were announced at Westercon 69, held July 1-4, 2016 at the Portland Doubletree Hotel in Portland OR.

The 2016 judges are Jack McDevitt, Michaela Roessner, and Gordon Van Gelder. The winner will be announced November 18, 2016 at Orycon38 in Portland OR, and will receive a $1,000 prize.

2016 Wollheim Memorial Scholarship Winners

The New York Science Fiction Society has announced the winners of the 2016 Donald A. & Elsie B. Wollheim Memorial Scholarships. Taimur Ahmad of New York NY was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Clarion West Writer’s Workshop, and Matthew Dunn of Stewart Manor NY was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2016 Odyssey Writing Workshop. Both scholarships were in the amount of $300.

The purpose of the Wollheim scholarships is “to help beginning science fiction and fantasy writers from the New York Metropolitan area… attend either the Clarion, Clarion West or Odyssey science fiction and fantasy writers workshops.” Awards may total $2,000 a year, with flexibility in the number of recipients each year.

For more information, visit the Lunarians website.

2016 SFRA Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association announced the winners of the SFRA Awards at the 2016 Science Fiction Research Association conference, June 27-30, at the University of Liverpool, UK.

Pioneer Award (Best Critical Essay-length Work)

“‘Shutter-Stop Flash-Bulb Strange’: GMOs and the Aesthetics of Scale in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl“, Scott Selisker (Science Fiction Studies 11/15)

Pilgrim Award (Lifetime Contributions to SF/F Scholarship)

Mark Bould

Thomas D. Clareson Award (Outstanding Service & Promotion of SF/F)

Farah Mendlesohn

Mary K. Bray Award (Best Essay, Interview, or Extended Review in SFRA Review)

Amy Ransom

Student Paper Award (Best Student Paper Presented at Previous SFRA Conference)

Dagmar Van Engen

The SFRA Awards Committee remarks and acceptance speeches will be published in a forthcoming SFRA Review. For more information, visit the SFRA website.

Sawyer Receives Canadian Honor

Robert J. Sawyer has been appointed to the Order of Canada, one of that country’s highest civilian honors, in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Sawyer was invested as a Member of the Order “for his accomplishments as a science-fiction writer and mentor and for his contributions as a futurist.” The full list of recipients was released by Governor-General David Johnston on June 30, 2016 and can be viewed here.

2016 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Locus Awards on Saturday, June 25, 2016 during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA.

Science Fiction Novel

Fantasy Novel

Young Adult Book

First Novel


  • Penric’s Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold (self-published)
  • ‘‘The Citadel of Weeping Pearls’’, Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 10-11/15)
  • ‘‘The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred’’, Greg Egan (Asimov’s 12/15)
  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (


Short Story


  • Old Venus, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Bantam)



  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • File 770


  • Tor
  • Baen
  • Gollancz
  • Orbit
  • Subterranean


  • David G. Hartwell
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan


  • Michael Whelan
  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio


Art Book


The Locus Awards are chosen by a survey of readers in an open online poll that runs from February 1 to April 15. We welcome and invite everyone to vote in the poll. Our recommended list for 2015 can be found here.

Connie Willis was MC for the awards ceremony. Weekend events included author readings with Willis and Stephen Graham Jones; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Paul Park, Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket holders, and special guests; panels with leading authors; an autograph session with books available for sale courtesy of University Book Store; and a lunch banquet with the annual Hawai’ian shirt contest, all followed by a Locus party on Saturday night.

For more information about the Locus Awards please visit the 2016 Locus Awards Information Page.

2016 Eugie Award Finalists

Finalists for the inaugural Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award), which “honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain,” have been announced:

  • “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight”, Aliette De Bodard (Clarkesworld 1/15)
  • “The Deepwater Bride”, Tamsyn Muir (F&SF 7-8/15)
  • “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild”, Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 1 & 3/15)
  • “Pocosin”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/15)
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)

The winner will be honored 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.

For more information, visit

2016 Rhysling Award Winners

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


First Place
“Time Travel Vocabulary Problems”, Ruth Berman (Dreams and Nightmares 100)

Second Place
“Tech Support for the Apocalypse”, F. J. Bergmann (Dreams and Nightmares 101)

Third Place
“An Introduction to Alternate Universes: Theory and Practice”, Sandra J. Lindow (Gyroscope Review 16:1)


First Place (tie)
“It Begins With A Haunting”, Krysada Panusith Phounsiri (Dance Among Elephants)

“Keziah”, Ann K. Schwader (Dark Energies)

Second Place
“Chronopatetic”, F. J. Bergmann (Dreams and Nightmares 100)

Third Place (tie)
from “Sunspots”, Simon Barraclough (Poetry 12/15)

“The White Planet”, Albert Goldbarth (Boulevard 31:1)

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 often reprinted in the annual Nebula Awards Anthology.

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