SFWA Call For Grants

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) posted a call for grant proposals on September 1, 2017.

SFWA encourages programs supporting and promoting fantasy and science fiction writing and writers to apply for a 2017 grant. We look for non-profit, diverse projects that span a range of ages and publishing approaches and that reach a large group of individuals.

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Jay Kay Klein Photographs Digitized

UC Riverside and the California Digital Library have digitized nearly 6,000 photographs from the Jay Kay Klein archive, part of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The archive includes photographs that Klein took while attending science fiction conventions between 1950 and 1994. The UCR library plans on making the digitized photos available to the public through Calisphere.

For more information, see the UC Riverside website. ...Read More

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Worldcon News

Several amendments to the World Science Fiction Society constitution were ratified during Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland:

  • “Best Series”: makes the Best Series Hugo Award permanent
  • “Young Adult Award”: creates a new award category for Best Young Adult Book
  • “December Is Good Enough”: moves the deadline for Hugo nominations from January 31 of the current year to December 31 of the previous year
  • “Two Years Are Good Enough”: limits nomination
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Tracy K. Smith Named Poet Laureate

The Library of Congress named Tracy K. Smith as its 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry on June 14, 2017. Smith’s collection Life on Mars (Graywolf) contains science fiction and speculative themes and won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

As part of their responsibilities, “the Laureate gives a reading to open the Library’s annual literary series and a lecture to conclude the series, the oldest in the Washington area ...Read More

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World Fantasy 2018 Guests of Honor

The 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) has announced the addition of special guest Aliette de Bodard, joining Guests of Honor Michael J. Walsh and Tom Kidd.

WFC 2018 will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”

Attending memberships are currently $175. For more, see the World Fantasy Convention 2018 website. ...Read More

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Treu Joins Tiptree Motherboard

Bookseller Gretchen Treu has joined the Tiptree Motherboard. She joins current Motherboard members Debbie Notkin, Jeanne Gomoll, Alexis Lothian, Jeffrey D. Smith, and founders Karen Joy Fowler and Pat Murphy.

The James Tiptree Literary Award Council, a nonprofit corporation, “was designed to be run by a ‘motherboard’ (we love the pun!) of five or more people who make financial, process, and other practical decisions for the award.”

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Comments from the 2017 Locus Poll and Survey

Here are comments, very lightly edited and presented anonymously, submitted by voters in this year’s Locus Poll and Survey. Results of the poll will be published in the magazine’s July issue; survey results will appear in August issue.

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A link to a sample of each entry would help, if it’s a book we haven’t tried yet. There are so many it’s bound to happen. Especially for artists.

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Gaiman to Read Cheesecake Factory Menu for Charity

As part of a fundraising campaign being organized by writer and comedian Sara Benincasa to benefit world refugees, bestselling author Neil Gaiman has agreed to do a live reading of the entire Cheesecake Factory menu if fans raise $500,000 for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Benincasa hopes to reach the funding goal by World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017 and notes that

According to UNHCR, “An ...Read More

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Game Writing Nebula Category

Beginning with the 2018 Nebula Awards (for works published in 2017), there will be a new award category: Best Game Writing.

SFWA President Cat Rambo says “all forms of game writing will be eligible.” SFWA expects to have the game writing versions of their suggested reading list and new release newsletter available this week.

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Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 2017 Hugo Voter Packet is available for download by members of Worldcon 75. “Messages have gone out to voters, including personalized links and information on how to access the packet. Anyone who has not received it should contact hugohelp@worldcon.fi.”

The packet does not contain all the nominated works in their entirety, but there is some free material in most categories. The voting packet will be available for download ...Read More

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Yang Withdrawn from Hugos

Mansik Yang has been removed from the Best Fan Artist category for the 2017 Hugo Awards. His place will be taken by Elizabeth Leggett. Paper ballots will be reissued, and the online ballot will be amended.

In a statement released May 17, 2017, Worldcon 75 administrators said:

As the packet was being assembled, Mansik Yang, who had been previously announced as a finalist in the Best Fan Artist category, informed ...Read More

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Tor Books to Launch New Imprint

Tor Books is launching a new serialized fiction podcast imprint, Tor Labs, which will focus on “experimental approaches to genre publishing, beginning with original dramatic podcasts.” Tor Labs will be helmed by senior editor Marco Palmieri and editor Jennifer Gunnels.

Tor Labs plans to debut on August 2, 2017, beginning with a weekly original science fiction audio drama written by Mac Rogers and produced in partnership with Gideon Media. The ...Read More

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Call for Aurealis Judges

The Aurealis Awards announced they are seeking judges for the 2017 awards process in the following categories:

  • Science Fiction Novel
  • Science Fiction Short Story/Novella
  • Fantasy Novel
  • Fantasy Short Story/Novella
  • Horror Novel/Novella/Horror Short Story
  • Young Adult Novel/Young Adult Short Story
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Collection/Anthology
  • Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel

The only qualifications are that applicants must be residents of Australia and demonstrate “knowledge of and interest in their chosen category.” Deadline for applications is ...Read More

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Martin Funds Odyssey Horror Scholarship

George R.R. Martin announced on April 26, 2017 that he will fund a horror-writing scholarship for the Odyssey Writing Workshop, held every summer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH. The “Miskatonic Scholarship” will be awarded once a year to a writer of Lovecraftian fiction and will cover tuition, fees, and lodging. Winners will be selected “solely on the basis of their story samples” by a panel of three judges. ...Read More

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2016 Bram Stoker Awards Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the winners for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards on April 29, 2017 at a gala held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach CA during StokerCon 2017.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

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2017 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists, Revised

The Hugo Awards ballot entry for best fan artist was revised April 21, 2017 due to nominee Alex Garner being disqualified. He was replaced by Steve Stiles.

The revised Hugo Awards Ballot and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer are below, as announced by Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, August 9-13, 2017.

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Garner Withdrawn from Hugos

Alex Garner has been removed from the Best Fan Artist category for the 2017 Hugo Awards.

In a statement released April 21, 2017, Hugo Awards Administrator Nicholas Whyte said:

Alex Garner, who was announced as a finalist in the Best Fan Artist category for the 2017 Hugo Awards on 4 April, has notified the Hugo administrators that in fact the entirety of his published 2016 work was professional and not ...Read More

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Philip K. Dick Award Judges Announced

The five judges for next year’s Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. Works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2017 are eligible for the award.

  • Robert Onopa, 1040 Manuawili Loop, Kailua HI 96734-4621
  • Deborah J. Ross, 14775 Virginia Avenue, Boulder Creek CA 95006-9314
  • James Stoddard, 67 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ransom Canyon TX 79366-2406
  • Amy Thomson, 1505 SW Alaska Street, Seattle WA 98106-1510
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Ytterbium Wins Eastercon Bid

Ytterbium won their bid to host the 2019 British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon), in voting held at Eastercon 2017, Innominate. The convention will be held over Easter weekend, April 19-22, 2019 at the Park Inn in Heathrow, UK.

Guests of honor will include “DC”, Frances Hardinge, Sydney Padua, and John Scalzi.

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2017 Best Translated Book Awards Finalists

The shortlists for the 2017 Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) in fiction and poetry were announced April 18, 2017. The fiction category includes Wicked Weeds by Pedro Cabiya, translated by Jessica Powell (Mandel Vilar).

Founded in 2008 by Three Percent at the University of Rochester, the BTBA offers a $5,000 cash prize to each winning author and translator. Winners will be announced May 4, 2017 at The Folly ...Read More

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Anathema Launch

Anathema: Spec from the Margins, an online “tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by queer POC,” launched its first issue on April 4, 2017. Michael Matheson & Andrew Wilmot are co-editors-in-chief. Chinelo Onwualu is non-fiction editor.

The first issue features fiction by Stephanie Chan, Brent Lambert, S. Qiouyi Lu, Ayodele Olofintuade, and Tony Pi, as well as non-fiction by Alexis Teyie. Anathema currently pays C$50 for fiction and non-fiction.

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Waters Wins NAFF

Fe Waters is the winner of the 2017 National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) and will attend Continuum 13, the 56th Australian National Science Convention (NatCon), to be held at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, June 9-12, 2017.

The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created in 2001 to facilitate fans traveling across Australia to attend NatCon. NAFF covers the cost of airfare and accommodation, ...Read More

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Purcell Wins TAFF

John Purcell is the winner of the 2017 Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) and will attend Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, in Helsinki Finland, August 9-13, 2017. In the second round, he received 68 votes out of a total of 135 votes.

The Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) was created in 1953 to facilitate science fiction fans traveling to conventions on both sides of ...Read More

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New World Fantasy Awards Trophy

The World Fantasy Awards Administration and the Board of the World Fantasy Convention announced a new design for the World Fantasy Awards trophy after a year-long public competition. The winning design was created by artist Vincent Villafranca, and replaces the bust of Lovecraft trophy designed by Gahan Wilson.

In an announcement, the administrators said:

As the competition was still in progress during the WFC in Columbus, OH, the ...Read More

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Dr. Lindgren Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced that Dr. Kjell Lindgren, the astronaut who “flew to the International Space Station on Soyuz TMA-17M in 2015 to serve as part of ISS Expedition 44 and 45,” will be Toastmaster at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference to be held May 18-21, 2017, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh PA.

In addition to the Nebula Awards, ...Read More

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