2017 Stabby Awards

Stabby Award

Reddit’s r/Fantasy group has chosen the winners of the 2017 Stabby Awards.

BEST NOVEL OF 2017

WINNER: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

BEST SELF-PUBLISHED / INDEPENDENT NOVEL OF 2017

WINNER: Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe

BEST DEBUT NOVEL OF 2017

WINNER: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

BEST ACTIVE r/FANTASY PROFESSIONAL

WINNER: Author Mark Lawrence

BEST ANTHOLOGY / COLLECTION / PERIODICAL OF 2017

WINNER: Evil is a Matter of Perspective edited by Adrian Collins

BEST TV SERIES / MOVIE OF 2017

WINNER: Stranger Things Season 2

BEST SHORT FICTION OF 2017

WINNER: The Mad Lancers by Brian McClellan

BEST FANTASY SITE OF 2017

WINNER: The Weatherwax Report

BEST GAME (ANY FORMAT) OF 2017

WINNER: Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

BEST RELATED WORK OF 2017

WINNER: Michael Kramer and Kate Reading Narration of Oathbringer

BEST ARTWORK RELEASED IN 2017

WINNER: The Endpapers Character Portraits (Oathbringer) by Dan Dos Santos and Howard Lyon

BEST SERIALIZED FICTION OF 2017

WINNER: Twig by Wildbow

r/FANTASY BEST COMMUNITY MEMBER OF 2017

WINNER: /u/esmerelda-weatherwax

BEST POST OR COMMENT ON r/FANTASY IN 2017

WINNER: /u/Esmeralda-Weatherwax Death Will have to wait — I ATENT DEAD

BEST r/FANTASY ORIGINAL REVIEW

WINNER: /u/HiuGregg’s NSFW review of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane

The r/Fantasy mods also recognized “individuals who contributed to the community in 2017 and who simply stood out as excellent members”:

2017 r/FANTASY MOD CHOICE AWARDS

  • /u/CoffeeArchives – For running one of our r/Fantasy book clubs, helping with the read along, constantly putting out book reviews, and being awesome at every turn
  • /u/JosiahBancroft – For contributing as an author and community member with class, humility, and stepping into a leadership role as a contributing writer

 

2017 Tiptree Fellowships

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has selected two new Tiptree Fellows: H. Pueyo and Ineke Chen-Meyer.

The Tiptree Award celebrates voices that have always been talking — but haven’t always been heard by the wider science fiction community. Now in its third year, the Tiptree Fellowship program seeks out creators who are striving to complete new works, particularly creators from communities that have been historically underrepresented in the science fiction and fantasy genre and those who are working in media other than traditional fiction.

H. Pueyo, a South American writer and occasional comic artist, focuses on bringing Latin American culture and realities to a broader, international audience through speculative and sometimes literary fiction.

Pueyo writes that her “ambitions with writing genre fiction are mostly focused on bringing Latin American culture and realities to a broader, international audience inside the speculative (and sometimes literary) fiction market.” She notes that her writing themes vary, “but usually include subjects close to home, such as multiculturalism in Latin America, uncomfortably violent things, multiracial backgrounds, and her family’s spiritual beliefs”. Her work has been published in several comic anthologies, and magazines such as Mad Scientist Journal, Luna Station Quarterly, FLAPPERHOUSE, and Bourbon Penn, among others. Her fellowship will support improvements to her workspace, which will improve her quality of life and ability to freelance and write.

Ineke Chen-Meyer, an Australian by way of Malaysia and New Zealand, writes genderbending historical fiction about Chinese emperors, Mongol warriors, and tormented eunuch generals. And sometimes she writes about lesbians in space.

An Australian by way of Malaysia and New Zealand, Chen-Meyer is currently finishing her first novel, She Who Became the Sun, which she describes as “a genderbending alt-history that takes male-centered, male-authored Chinese imperial history and makes it defiantly queer.” She writes:

First and foremost, I wrote this book for myself and people like me. It is a story for members of the English-speaking Chinese diaspora who so rarely see respectful portrayals of themselves in Western-published speculative fiction. It is for queer audiences who have been denied queerness in the global phenomenon of East Asian TV dramas. And it is for Western audiences who might only have experienced the Asian crossdressing trope in Disney’s Mulan, but are compelled by the thought of the epic rise to power of a queer protagonist.

Chen-Meyer will use her fellowship to access formal language studies to gain a strong understanding of Chinese grammar to inform the dialogue in her work.

The Fellowship Committee also awarded honorable mentions to Julian K. Jarboe and Lilliam Rivera.

Each Fellow receives $500 to help in their efforts. The work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Tiptree Award. Over time, the Fellowship program will create a network of Fellows who can build connections, provide mutual support, and find opportunities for collaboration. This effort will complement the on-going work of the Award — that is, the celebration of speculative fiction that expands and explores gender roles in thought-provoking, imaginative, and occasionally infuriating ways.

The members of the 2017 Tiptree Fellowships selection committee were Mia Sereno, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Pat Schmatz, and Gretchen Treu. For more on the work of the latest Tiptree Fellows (and on the work of past fellows), visit the Tiptree website.

2017 RT Book Reviews Awards Nominees

RT Book Reviews has announced their 2017 Reviewers’ Choice award nominees.

Here are the finalists in the categories of genre interest.

PARANORMAL/URBAN FANTASY

Urban Fantasy Novel

  • The Ghoul Vendetta by Lisa Shearin
  • Hungry Ghosts by Stephen Blackmoore
  • Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
  • Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn
  • White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland
  • All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault by James Alan Gardner

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding

  • Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel José Older
  • Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
  • Bound by Benedict Jacka
  • Blade Bound by Chloe Neill
  • Snared by Jennifer Estep

Indie Press/Self-Pub Urban Fantasy

  • Blue Blooded by Amanda Carlson
  • A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron
  • Godkiller by Colleen Vanderlinden
  • Volatile Bonds by Jaye Wells
  • Midnight Labyrinth by Elizabeth Hunter

Paranormal Romance

  • Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank
  • Bound Together by Christine Feehan
  • Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost
  • Red Wolf by Jennifer Ashley
  • Booke of the Hidden by Jeri Westerson

Paranormal Worldbuilding

  • The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston
  • Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole
  • Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
  • The Demon Prince by Ann Aguirre

Fantasy Romance

  • Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
  • Wardance by Elizabeth Vaughan
  • The Sea King by C.L. Wilson
  • Heart Sight by Robin D. Owens
  • The Kingpin of Camelot by Cassandra Gannon

Futuristic Romance

  • Born of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews
  • Sky Raiders by Michelle Diener

SCI-FI/FANTASY

Sci-Fi Novel

  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  • The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
  • Tomorrow’s Kin by Nancy Kress
  • Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
  • The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer

Fantasy Novel

  • Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire
  • Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys
  • Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan
  • The Long Past & Other Stories by Ginn Hale

Epic Fantasy Novel

  • Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind
  • The Queen of Swords by R.S. Belcher
  • The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams
  • The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

Fantasy Adventure

  • Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
  • The Sapphire Manticore by Marie Andreas
  • Ruins & Revenge by Lisa Shearin
  • The Dreamer’s Song by Lynn Kurland

YOUNG ADULT

Young Adult Paranormal/SF

  • Freeks by Amanda Hocking
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  • Loved by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
  • Body Parts by Jessica Kapp
  • The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave by C.C. Hunter

2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards Finalists

The 2018 BBC Audio Drama Awards shortlist includes these categories with works of genre interest —

Best Single Drama

  • Dangerous Visions: Culture by Al Smith, producer Sally Avens, BBC Radio Drama London
  • The Music Lesson by Hannah Silva, producer Melanie Harris, Sparklab Productions
  • The Red by Marcus Brigstocke, producer Caroline Raphael, Pier Productions

Best Audio Drama (Series or Serial)

  • Black Eyed Girls by Katie Hims, producer Sasha Yevtushenko, BBC Radio Drama London
  • Dangerous Visions: Resistance by Val McDermid, producer Sue Roberts, BBC Radio Drama North
  • Home Front by Katie Hims and Sarah Daniels, producer Jessica Dromgoole, BBC Radio Drama Birmingham

Best Adaptation

  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, producer Gary Brown, BBC Radio Drama North
  • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, adapted by Ayeesha Menon, producers Tracey Neale and Emma Harding, BBC Radio Drama London
  • Terrible Beauty by Gerald Doyle, adapted and produced by Bernard Clarke, RTE Lyric FM

Best Actor

  • Paapa Essiedu, Wide Open Spaces
  • John Hurt, The Invisible Man Chapter 1
  • Nikesh Patel, Midnight’s Children

Best Debut Performance

  • Andrew Leung, Prime Cut
  • Kate Phillips, Gudrun’s Saga
  • Sabrina Sandhu, Black Eyed Girls

Best Use of Sound

  • Dangerous Visions: Kafka’s Metamorphosis, sound by Nigel Lewis, producer James Robinson, BBC Cymru Wales
  • Midnight’s Children, sound by Peter Ringrose, Anne Bunting, Jenni Burnett, producers Tracey Neale and Emma Harding, BBC Radio Drama London
  • War of the Worlds, sound by Cal Knightley, Mike Etherden, Alison Craig, producer Marc Beeby, BBC Radio Drama London

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, London, on January 28. Each category is judged by a team of industry experts including actors Ruth Jones and Paterson Joseph, Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, and writer David Eldridge.

2018 Annie Awards Nominees

The finalists for the 45th Annie Awards have been announced The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood.

At the awards ceremony to be held February 3 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, the following special awards also will be presented:

Winsor McCay Awards for career contributions will be presented to British character animator James BaxterSpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg and Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby & Amanda Forbis.

The Ub Iwerks Award for technical advancement will recognize TVPaint.

A Special Achievement Award will be presented to Studio MDHR Entertainment for its 1930s-inspired video game Cuphead.

The June Foray Award for charitable impact will be awarded to animation historian Didier Ghez.

A Certificate of Merit will be presented to David Nimitz, friend and caretaker of veteran voice actress June Foray, who died in July at the age of 99.

There are 30 awards categories – the list of finalists follows the jump.

Continue reading

HWA Taking Applications for 2018 Scholarship From Hell

The Horror Writers Association is accepting applications for its Scholarship From Hell until January 29. Click for a full list of rules and application link.

The winner of the scholarship will receive travel to and from StokerCon 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island, March 1-4, 2018, as well as accommodation, convention membership, and entry to all classes in the convention’s Horror University programming. Open to residents of the 48 contiguous United States.

Membership in HWA or StokerCon is not necessary in order to apply. Enter using the form here.

The scholarship winner will be announced February 1.

Horror University has 20 different sessions and other options this year, conducted by these notable authors and editors:

  • A SENSE OF DREAD: EMPLOYING THE SENSES TO EVOKE SUSPENSE AND CHARACTER EMPATHY IN FICTION, Instructors: Douglas Wynne and Bracken MacLeod
  • BUILD A BETTER MONSTER, Instructor: Tim Waggoner
  • DONE TO DEATH: AVOIDING CLICHES IN HORROR AND FANTASY, Instructor: Tim Waggoner
  • DRILLING DOWN: GETTING HONEST WITH YOUR HORROR, Instructor: Grady Hendrix
  • GOAL SETTING FOR YOUR WRITING CAREER (OR HOBBY), Instructor: Nicole Cushing
  • GRAB THE READERS AND NEVER LET THEM GO, Instructor: Kate Jonez
  • HOW TO WRITE KILLER POETRY, Instructor: Stephanie Wytovich
  • PICTURING FEAR: WRITING HORROR COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS, Instructor: James Chambers
  • RESEARCH AND WRITE HORROR NON-FICTION, Instructor: Kevin Wetmore, Jr.
  • RESUME WRITING AND JOB SEARCHING FOR WRITERS—HOW TO GET THAT DAY JOB, Instructor: JG Faherty
  • SAYING MORE WITH LESS, Instructor: Patrick Freivald
  • SET THE HOOK! HOW TO KEEP THEM READING INTO THE NIGHT, Instructor: Hank Schwaeble
  • SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR WRITERS, Instructor: Stephanie Wytovich
  • STARTING YOUR HORROR WRITING CAREER: SHORT STORIES FOR BEGINNERS, Instructor: Kevin Wetmore, Jr.
  • TAKE YOUR WRITING TO ANOTHER LEVEL, Instructor: Jason V Brock
  • WOMEN AND VIOLENCE: UNLEASHING YOUR FEMALE CHARACTERS’ DARK SIDES, Instructors: Heather Herrman and Dr. Lauren Genovesi
  • WORKING WITH EDITORS, Instructor: Sandra Kasturi
  • MAKING THE READER SQUIRM, Instructor: Michael Arnzen
  • LOVECRAFT TOURS! A WALKING TOUR of H.P. LOVECRAFT’S PROVIDENCE, Instructor: Darrell Schweitzer
  • SCREAM QUEENS: THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN SLASHER FILMS, Instructor: Stephanie Wytovich

Everyone else who is interested can purchase admissions to the individual sessions here.

2018 Elgin Award Nominations Being Accepted

Suzette Haden Elgin

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association is taking members’ nominations for the Elgin Award through May 15.

Named for SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, the awards are presented in two categories, Chapbook and Book. To be considered, chapbooks must contain 10-39 pages of poetry and full-length books must contain 40 or more pages of poetry. The books must have been published in 2016 or 2017.

E-books and self-published books are eligible, as well as print.

Books must be in English, but translations are eligible. In the case of translations that also contain the poems in the original language, those pages will not count toward the total page count.

Books that won first–third place in the previous year’s Elgin Awards are ineligible, but an eligible title may be nominated two years in a row.

Josh Brown

Josh Brown returns as the 2018 Elgin Awards Chair with the endorsement of SFPA President Bryan Thao Worra: “Josh Brown was a talented and effective chair of the Elgin Awards in 2017, helping to organize one of our biggest nominating periods to date. We have no doubt that he will be just as capable as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association observes our 40th anniversary this year. We are grateful to have his services for this important award for our community.”

2018 FAAn Awards Voting Opens

Nic Farey, 2018 FAAn Awards Administrator has distributed The Incompleat Register, which serves as an eligibility guide to 2017 fanzines and fanwriters, and includes the 2018 FAAn awards ballot and procedures.

Says Nic —

This is being sent out to faneditors, the Corflu 35 chairs (Corflu 35 is where the awards will be announced), efanzines, File770 and others.

Wider distribution (and publicity in your zine) is encouraged.

The awards will be given for work published for the first time in the calendar year 2017. Other than this, there are no voting restrictions or requirements other than an interest in fanzines and their contributors.

Voting opens immediately, and the deadline is midnight PST, March 15, 2018.

Stephen King To Receive PEN America Literary Service Award

At the 2018 PEN America Literary Gala, Stephen King will receive the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award. The award is presented annually to a critically-acclaimed author whose work embodies PEN America’s mission to oppose repression in any form and to champion the best of humanity.

Among his many accolades are the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts presented by Barack Obama. His depictions of horror and violence have also earned him a title as one of the most banned or challenged authors in recent decades. King is an impassioned advocate of freedom of expression, literacy, and access to information, which he and his wife Tabitha support through their philanthropy. King’s Haven Foundation also provides unique and generous support to writers and other freelancers in the arts who have suffered personal hardship. His outspoken defense against encroachments on free speech and pointed public criticism of policies that infringe on this and other rights have resulted in his being blocked by President Trump on Twitter.

Andrew Solomon, President, PEN America, comments —

No stranger to the dark side, Stephen King has inspired us to stand up to sinister forces through his rich prose, his generous philanthropy, and his outspoken defense of free expression. Stephen has fearlessly used his bully pulpit as one of our country’s best-loved writers to speak out about the mounting threats to free expression and democracy that are endemic to our times. His vivid storytelling reaches across boundaries to captivate multitudes of readers, young and old, in this country and worldwide, across the political spectrum. He helps us all to confront our demons—whether a dancing clown or a tweeting president.

The Bangor, Maine resident’s new novel The Outsider is being published on May 22, the date of the PEN America award presentation.

[Thanks to Cat Eldridge for the story.]

Baen Short Story Contest Deadline 2/1

Entries in the Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award writing contest are being accepted through February 1, 2018. See rules and specifications at the site.

Judging will be by Baen Books editors Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel, David Afsharirad, and best-selling Baen author David Drake.

Ten finalists will be announced no later than March 8, 2018.

The Grand Prize winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and its author paid the going rate. The winner will receive, in addition, an engraved award, free entry into the 2018 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise. The second- and third-place entries will receive lesser prizes.

The winners will be honored at the 2018 International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, CA, May 24-27 2018.