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YA Endowment from HWA

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the “Young Adults Write Now” endowment program to fund teen writing events in libraries:

The Young Adults Write Now fund will provide up to five endowments of $500 each per year for selected libraries to establish new, or support ongoing, writing programs. The program is currently open to United States libraries, but will be expanded in the future to include other countries, as part of the HWA’s global presence. Membership in the HWA is not a requirement.

The application period each year will run from September to December, with recipients selected in January by the HWA’s Library & Literacy Program team. For a complete list of rules, visit the Horror Scholarships website.

Lemonade Award

Nalo Hopkinson announced May 29, 2016, during her WisCon 40 guest of honor talk, that she is creating the Lemonade Award to recognize those “who perform small and large actions of kindness” in the SF field. In her speech, she said:

I’m starting an award, an annual kindness award to recognize five people and groups who in the previous year have done something that makes positive change in science fiction community. It might take the form of printed certificates, awarded and announced with little pomp or ceremony; perhaps via a press release. There need not be a monetary award, but it’d be nice to give the recipients a tangible token of recognition. Should enough people commit to donating a few dollars every year, such that there is an annual pot of $2,000, that would be enough for five monetary awards of $300 each, with $500 left over for administration. $3,000 per year would be enough for each recipient to receive in addition a physical award.

The announcement was reprinted June 6, 2016 on the Strange Horizons blog. For more information, contact Donations are being handled via the Speculative Literature Foundation.

2016 Sunburst Awards Longlist

The jury’s selections for the 2016 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic were announced June 8, 2016:

Adult Fiction

Young Adult Fiction

Short Story

  • “With One Shoe”, Karen Abrahamson (Playground of Lost Toys)
  • “La Héron”, Charlotte Ashley (F&SF 3-4/15)
  • “The Glad Hosts”, Rebecca Campbell (Lackington’s #7)
  • “Carnival of Colours”, Evelyn Deshane (Only Disconnect)
  • “Stuck in the Past”, Mike Donoghue (Abyss & Apex #54)
  • “The Harsh Light of Morning”, David J. Fuller (Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen)
  • “The Zzzombie Apocalypse”, Mark Hill (The Time It Happened)
  • “Person to Person”, Patrick Johanneson (Daily Science Fiction 5/18/15)
  • “Hide and Seek”, Catherine A. MacLeod (Playground of Lost Toys)
  • “Lacrimosa”, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Nightmare 11/15)
  • “Goodbye is a Mouthful of Water”, Dominik Parisien (Playground of Lost Toys)
  • “Spider Moves the World”, Dominik Parisien (Lackington’s #6)
  • “Two-Year Man”, Kelly Robson (Asimov’s 8/15)
  • “Two Steps Forward”, Holly Schofield (Scarecrow)
  • “Get the Message”, Peter Wendt (Second Contacts)

Finalists will be announced July 5, and winners on September 14.  Each winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a hand-crafted sunburst medallion. The jurors for the 2016 award are Timothy Anderson, Sylvie Bérard, Virginia O’Dine, Dale Sproule, and Myna Wallin.

For more information, see the Sunburst Award Society.

Rivera Wins SLF Grant

Lilliam Rivera won the 2016 Working Class Writers Grant, presented by the Speculative Literature Foundation. The $750 grant may be for any purpose “the writer determines will best assist his or her work.” The grant is “awarded annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers.”

Rivera is a 2015 Clarion graduate with a YA novel, The Education of Margot Sanchez (Simon & Schuster), forthcoming early next year. She was chosen by a six-judge panel, which also awarded honorable mentions to L.L. Madrid, Michael Strayer, and Nemma Wollenfang. There were a total of 12 applicants this year. For more about this grant, and other SLF grants, see

2016 Chesley Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2016 Chesley Awards, given by the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA), have been announced:

Best Cover Illustration – Hardback Book

  • Richard Anderson for The Dinosaur Lords, Victor Milán (Tor)
  • Lius Lasahido for Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction, Hannu Rajaniemi (Tachyon)
  • Todd Lockwood for Voyage of the Basilisk, Mark Brennan (Tor)
  • Cynthia Sheppard for Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
  • Sam Webber for Dune, Frank Herbert (The Folio Society)

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback Book

  • Julie Dillon for The Very Best of Kate Elliott, Kate Elliott (Tachyon)
  • Tyler Jacobson for Beyond the Pool of Stars, Howard Andrew Jones (Tor)
  • Jeffrey Alan Love for Wolfhound Century, Peter Higgins (Gollancz)
  • David Palumbo for Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (
  • John Picacio for Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jack Finney (Simon & Schuster)

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine

  • Maurizio Manzieri for Asimov’s (10-11/15)
  • Reiko Murakami for Lightspeed #63 (8/15)
  • Tran Nguyen for Uncanny #4 (5-6/15)
  • Greg Ruth for Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird #1 (Dark Horse Comics 12/15)
  • shichigoro-shingo for Clarkesworld #109 (10/15)

Best Interior Illustration

  • Galen Dara for “Tuesdays with Molakesh the Destroyer”, Megan Grey (Fireside 1/15)
  • Marcel Mercado for Southlands Bestiary (Pathfinder RPG) (Kobold Press)
  • Peter Mohrbacher for Angelarium: Book of Emanations, Eli Minaya & Peter Mohrbacher (Magnetic)
  • Tran Nguyen for “Transition Management Survey” (Chief Investment Officer 9/15)
  • Sam Weber for Dune, Frank Herbert (The Folio Society)

Best Color Work – Unpublished

  • Joseph Bellofatto for “Star Ship” (oil)
  • Donato Giancola for “Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingal and Melian” (oil)
  • Wayne Haag for “Desert Wreck” (oil)
  • Jessica TC Lee for “Enchanted” (digital)
  • Elizabeth Leggett for “After Hours” (digital)
  • Mark Poole for “Memories” (oil)
  • Eric Velhagen for “Felines” (oil)

Best Monchrome Work – Unpublished

  • Rovina Cai for “Cold Wind”
  • Jeremy Enecio for “Progeny” (graphite on moleskin)
  • Travis Lewis for “Symbiosis” (graphite)
  • Mark Molchan for “The Return” (graphite)
  • Ruth Sanderson for “Invoking the Dragon” (ink & scratchboard)
  • Chris Seaman for “Family Portraithausen” (acrylic)
  • Allen Williams for “Bound” (graphite & gold leaf accent)

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Devon Dorrity for “Flight of the Merrow” (clay & bronze)
  • Thomas Kuebler for “Adelpha and Her Sister” (mixed)
  • Stelios Mousarris for “Inception Coffee Table” (wood)
  • Forest Rogers for “The Morrigan” (mixed)
  • Virginie Ropars for “Okunoshima” (mixed)
  • Vincent Villafranca for “Dark Day for the Metal Heads” (bronze)

Best Product Illustration

  • Linda Adair for “Adolescence” (IlluXcon 8 promo art)
  • Mitchell Bentley for Mitchell Davidson Bentley 2015 Calendar (Albon Lake & Atomic Fly Studios)
  • Rovina Cai for “Black Hole” (Cosmos Tarot & Oracle Deck illustration from The Light Grey Art Lab)
  • Jacob Murray for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (2nd ed. box art, Fantasy Flight Games)
  • John Picacio for “El Arbol” (Loteria card illustration, Lone Boy)
  • Magali Villeneuve for George R.R. Martin: Song of Ice and Fire 2016 Calendar (Bantam)

Best Gaming – Related Illustration

  • Clint Cearley for “Mind Rot” (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Vincent Proce for “Guardian Automaton” (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Anna Steinbauer for “Blessed Spirits” (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Ryan Yee for “Fruit of the First Tree” (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Min Yum for “Sandblast” (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Art Director

  • Neil Clarke for Clarkesworld
  • Irene Gallo for Tor
  • Jeremy Jarvis for Wizards of the Coast
  • Elizabeth Leggett for Lightspeed
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit & Muddy Colors contributor
  • Betsy Wollheim & Sheila Gilbert for DAW

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • David A. Hardy
  • Gregory Manchess
  • Iain McCaig
  • Wendy Pini
  • Drew Struzan

The winners will be announced at the Chesley Awards ceremony during MidAmericCon 2, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, August 17-21, 2016 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City. For more, see the ASFA website.

2016 British Fantasy Award Nominees

The British Fantasy Society website has announced the shortlist for the 2016 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

Best Novella

Best Short Fiction

  • “When the Moon Man Knocks”, Cate Gardner (Black Static 10-11/15)
  • Strange Creation, Frances Kay (Tenebris Nyxies)
  • “The Blue Room”, V.H. Leslie (Skein and Bone)
  • “Dirt Land”, Ralph Robert Moore (Black Static 11-12/15)
  • “Hippocampus”, Adam Nevill (Terror Tales of the Ocean)
  • “Fabulous Beasts”, Priya Sharma ( 7/27/15 )

Best Collection

Best Anthology

Best Independent Press

  • The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards)
  • Angry Robot (Marc Gascoigne)
  • Fox Spirit (Adele Wearing)
  • Newcon (Ian Whates)

Best Non-Fiction

Best Magazine / Periodical

  • Beneath Ceasless Skies
  • Black Static
  • Holdfast Magazine
  • Interzone

Best Artist

  • Ben Baldwin
  • Vincent Chong
  • Julie Dillon
  • Evelinn Enoksen
  • Sarah Anne Langton
  • Jeffrey Alan Love

Best Comic / Graphic Novel

  • Bitch Planet (#2-5), Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Robert Wilson IV & Cris Peter (Image)
  • Red Sonja (#14-18), Gail Simone & Walter Geovani (Dynamite)
  • Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
  • Saga (#25-32), Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol 2: Generation Why, G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt & Adrian Alphona (Marvel)

Best Film/Television Production

  • Inside No. 9: The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge
  • Jessica Jones: “AKA WWJD?”
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Midwinter of the Spirit
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)

Winners will be chosen by jury, except for the special award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award) which is chosen by the BFS committee. Winners will be announced September 25, 2016 during an awards ceremony at FantasyCon 2016 at the Grand and Royal Hotels in Scarborough, England.

2016 Mythopoeic Award Finalists

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2016 Mythopoeic Awards finalists. Winners will be announced at Mythcon 47, August 5-8, 2016 held at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade in San Antonio, Texas.

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

Worldcon and NASFiC Site Bids

Two bids have been formally filed to host the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in 2018: New Orleans LA and San Jose CA.

Louisiana fan organization the Tricentennial Science Fiction Convention Fandom proposes to hold the Worldcon at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans August 23-27, 2018. For more information, see their bid website.

San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (doing business as “San Jose in 2018”) proposes to host the Worldcon at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose August 16-20, 2018. For more information, see their bid website.

Two bids have also been filed to host the 2017 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). NASFiC happens whenever a Worldcon occurs outside of North America (as in the case of Worldcon 75, which will be held in Helsinki, Finland). The bids for the 2017 NASFiC are San Juan PR and Valley Forge PA.

The Latin American Literary Society proposes to hold the NASFiC at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino in San Juan July 6-9, 2017. For more information, see their bid website.

Valley Forge 2017 proposes to hold the NASFiC at the Valley Forge Convention Center August 17-20, 2017. More information is available at their bid website.

All attending and supporting members of MidAmeriCon II who have paid the Advanced Supporting Membership fee are eligible to take part in the site selection process. Ballots may be submitted by mail or in person at the convention. More details can be found at the MidAmeriCon II website.

2016 DUFF Winner

Clare McDonald-Sims has won the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF), a travel grant funded by and for fans, and will attend MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, the 74th Worldcon.

For more information, see SF Site and The Down Under Fan Fund website.

Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction

The first annual Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award) will be presented 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. A list of five finalists will be announced before the winner.

For more information, visit

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