2021 Neffy Awards

The National Fantasy Fan Federation Speculative Fiction Awards for 2021, known as the Neffys, have been announced.

The 2021 winners are:

BEST NOVEL

(tie)

  • Hussar by Declan Finn
  • Machine by Elizabeth Bear

YOUNGER READERS

(tie)

  • The Unbearable Heaviness of Remembering by L. Jagi Lamplighter
  • The Shadows of Alexandrium by David Gerrold

BEST COMIC/MANGA/ANIME

  • The Cosmic Warrior

BEST TV SHOW

  • Stargirl

BEST MOVIE

(tie)

  • 2067
  • Vivarium

BEST PRO ARTIST

  • Brad Fraunfelter

BEST BOOK EDITOR

  • Toni Weisskopf

BEST LITERARY-CRITICAL OR FAN-HISTORICAL WORK

  • First Fandom Annual 2020 Celebrating Robert Madle by John Coker and Jon Swartz

BEST FAN WRITER

  • Jeffrey Redmond

BEST FAN ARTIST

  • Alan White

BEST FAN WEBSITE

  • Fanac Fanhistory Project

BEST FAN EDITOR

  • Justin E.A. Busch

BEST NON-N3F FANZINE

  • Event Horizon

BEST N3F FANZINE

  • Origin

N3F President George Phillies said: “Three cheers for the winners! As always, to avoid invidious comparisons, we do not announce vote totals or the order of finish other than for first place.”

2021 ENnie Awards

The 2021 ENnie Awards and Judges Spotlight winners were announced online from Gen Con on September 17.

The ENnie Awards are an annual, fan-based juried award system for all tabletop RPGs. The ENnies were created in 2001 as an annual award ceremony, hosted by the leading D&D/d20 system fan site, EN World in partnership with Eric Noah’s Unofficial D&D 3rd Edition News.

JUDGES’ SPOTLIGHT WINNERS

BEST ADVENTURE

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST AID/ACCESSORY – DIGITAL

Gold Winner

  • DNGNGEN, Stockholm Kartell & Ockult Örtmästare Games

Silver Winner

BEST AID/ACCESSORY – NON – DIGITAL

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST ART, COVER

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST ART, INTERIOR

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST CARTOGRAPHY

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST ELECTRONIC BOOK

Gold Winner

  • Brancalonia – Spaghetti Fantasy Setting Book, Acheron Games
      Authors: Mauro Longo, Andrea Macchi, Max Castellani, Edoardo Cremaschi, Giovanni De Feo, Luca Mazza,
    Mala Spina, Alessandro Savino, Jack Sensolini, Umberto Spaticchia.

Silver Winner

BEST FAMILY GAME / PRODUCT

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST FREE GAME / PRODUCT

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST GAME

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST LAYOUT AND DESIGN

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST MONSTER/ADVERSARY

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST ONLINE CONTENT

Gold Winner

  • DNGNGEN, Stockholm Kartell & Ockult Örtmästare Games

Silver Winner

BEST ORGANIZED PLAY

Gold Winner

  • A Rough Guide to Glamour, Jonstown Compendium
    Authors: Chris Gidlow, Mike Hagen, Nick Brooke, Michael O’Brien, Jeff Richard, Greg Stafford

Silver Winner

BEST PODCAST

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST PRODUCTION VALUES

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST RPG RELATED PRODUCT

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST RULES

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

 BEST SETTING

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

  • Brancalonia – Spaghetti Fantasy Setting Book, Acheron Games
      Authors: Mauro Longo, Andrea Macchi, Max Castellani, Mauro Longo, Andrea Macchi, Max Castellani, Edoardo Cremaschi, Giovanni De Feo, Luca Mazza, Mala Spina, Alessandro Savino, Jack Sensolini, Umberto Spaticchia

BEST SUPPLEMENT

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

BEST WRITING

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Gold Winner

Silver Winner

Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2021 Finalists

The judging panel’s choices for the 2021 Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2021 finalists have been announced at Parsecs and Parchment.

BEST SHORT FICTION

  • You Perfect, Broken Thing by CL Clark
  • Yellow and the Perception of Reality by Maureen F. McHugh

BEST NOVELLA

  • The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
  • Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark

BEST SERIES

  • Dominion of The Fallen by Aliette de Bodard
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

BEST DEBUT

  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

BEST BLURRED BOUNDARY

  • The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

BEST SCIENCE FICTION

  • Goldilocks by Laura Lam
  • The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

BEST FANTASY

  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
  • The Midnight Bargain by CL Polk

The book critics responsible for this set of honors are –

McIlvanney Prize 2021

The 2021 McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year were presented on September 17 at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling, Scotland.

McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year

  • Craig Russell, Hyde

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.

Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year

  • Robbie Morrison, Edge of the Grave

Similar to the McIlvanney Prize, Scottish roots are a must, either being born in Scotland or living there, and setting their books there.

The winner is awarded £500 and a trophy sponsored by The Glencairn Glass.

2021 Ignyte Awards

The 2021 Ignyte Awards winners were announced at FIYAHCON on September 18 in an online ceremony hosted by Ashia Monet.

The awards “seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre.”

BEST NOVEL – ADULT

  • Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse (Gallery Books/Saga Press)

BEST NOVEL – YA

  • Legendborn – Tracy Deonn (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

BEST IN MG

  • Ghost Squad – Claribel A. Ortega (Scholastic)

BEST NOVELLA

  • Riot Baby – Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom)

BEST NOVELETTE

  • The Inaccessibility of Heaven – Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny Magazine)

BEST SHORT STORY

  • “You Perfect, Broken Thing” – C. L. Clark (Uncanny Magazine)

BEST IN SPECULATIVE POETRY

  •  “The Harrowing Desgarrador” – Gabriel Ascencio Morales (Strange Horizons)

CRITICS AWARD

  • Stitch @ Stitch’s Media Mix

BEST FICTION PODCAST

BEST ARTIST

BEST COMICS TEAM

  • Parable of the Sower – Written by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy, illustrated by John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts)

BEST ANTHOLOGY/COLLECTED WORKS

  • A Phoenix First Must Burn – ed. Patrice Caldwell (Viking Books for Young Readers)

BEST IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

THE EMBER AWARD

For unsung contributions to genre

  • Dhonielle Clayton

THE COMMUNITY AWARD

For Outstanding Efforts in Service of Inclusion and Equitable Practice in Genre

  • #PublishingPaidMe – L.L. McKinney & Tochi Onyebuchi

The winners were chosen by an open public vote on a shortlist selected by the Ignyte Awards Committee, 15 BIPOC+ voters made up of FIYAHCON staff and previous award winners, of varying genders, sexualities, cultures, disabilities, and locations throughout the world.

Submissions Period Opens for Speculative Literature Foundation 2021 Working Class Writers Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation is now accepting applications for the Working Class Writers Grant. Applications will be open through September 30, 2021.

The $1,000 Working Class Writers 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. Grant funds can be used as each writer determines will best assist his or her work. For more information about the Working Class Writers Grant, or to apply, click here.

Each grant is intended to support the SLF’s mission of promoting literary quality in speculative fiction. Grants are awarded by a jury of SLF staff on the basis of merit. Additional information about all of the SLF’s grants, including specific application guidelines, can be found at speculativeliterature.org/grants. Grant applications are open to all: you do not need to be a member of SLF to apply for or receive a grant.

Founded in January 2004 to promote literary quality in speculative fiction, the all-volunteer Speculative Literature Foundation is led by Mary Anne Mohanraj and 30 other committed volunteers. The Foundation maintains a comprehensive website offering information for readers, writers, editors and publishers of speculative fiction, develops book lists and outreach materials for schools and libraries, and raises funds for redistribution to other organizations in the field, as well as five awards made annually to writers. For more information, visit speculativeliterature.org.

The SLF is a 501(c)3 non-profit, entirely supported by community donations. To become involved as a member, see speculativeliterature.org/membership.

The Speculative Literature Foundation is partially funded by a grant from the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Village of Oak Park, Illinois Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.

2021 Diana Jones Award

The winner of the 2021 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming was announced on September 15.

  • Nibcard Games, a game publisher/manufacturer. This Nigerian board game company is helping to build a sustainable tabletop industry in Nigeria and producing AB Con (African Boardgame Convention), the first tabletop-game convention in West Africa.

Nibcard is the multi-faceted company at the heart of the nascent Nigerian games industry. It designs and publishes its own games but also manufactures for other companies, mentors new designers, evangelizes games as a hobby, and runs Nigeria’s first games cafe and annual convention. All this is down to its founder, the tireless Kenechukwu “KC” Ogbuagu and his vision of “telling Nigerian stories through board games.” Nibcard is much more than a local company doing well. It’s a strong and original voice in publishing, creating a community of new makers and players across Africa and setting an example to the rest of the world of how to use games to make a difference.

The award is given to the person, product, company, event or any other thing that has, in the opinion of the Diana Jones committee, best demonstrated the quality of ‘excellence’ in the world of tabletop gaming in the previous year. The award website discusses each nominee in detail here.

The Diana Jones Award committee has also announced the winner of the inaugural Diana Jones Emerging Designer Program, seeking “to highlight rising and impactful talent in the analog tabletop game industry.”

  • Jeeyon Shim — The co-creator of Field Guide to Memory, Jeeyon is a groundbreaking game designer, multimedia artist, and outdoor educator based in California.

Jeeyon Shim is a second generation Korean American game designer, multimedia artist, and outdoor educator based in California. Her work is defined by her lyrical prose, innovative mechanics, and ability to create lasting connections between players and the world around them. Jeeyon’s games have been featured on Polygon, Shut Up and Sit Down, and Dicebreaker, among other publications. 

The 2021 Diana Jones Award ceremony was held in Indianapolis the night before the opening of Gen Con, the world’s largest tabletop games convention.

Omega Sci-Fi Awards Are Taking Entries

The Lightbringer Project is taking submissions for its four Omega Sci-Fi Awards – the Roswell Award, Feminist Futures Award, Tomorrow Prize, and Green Feather Award – until December 21.

THE ROSWELL AWARD. The Roswell Award is an international short science fiction story competition from writers age 16 and older. The complete guidelines are here.

  • Selected finalists will be chosen to have their stories read in their honor by celebrity guests during the Culminating Event on May 21, 2022.
  • First, Second, and Third place Roswell Award winners will receive $500, $250, and $100 cash prizes.
  • The First Place Roswell Award winner will receive a UCLA Extension Writers’ Program sponsored 11-week or shorter online course.

FEMINIST FUTURES AWARD. The Lightbringer Project has announced a new feminist prize they are co-presenting with Artemis Journal — the Feminist Futures Award. The complete guidelines are here.

The Feminist Futures Award is an additional special prize category for a feminist themed sci-fi story. The winning story will be published by co-presenter Artemis Journal.

THE TOMORROW PRIZE. Los Angeles County high school students are invited to submit their short science fiction stories to The Tomorrow Prize. Full guidelines are here.

  • Selected finalists will be chosen to have their stories read in their honor by celebrity guests during the Culminating Event on May 22, 2022.
  • First, Second, and Third place Tomorrow Prize winners will receive $250, $150, and $100 USD cash prizes.
  • The First place Tomorrow Prize winner will be published in L.A. Parent Magazine

THE GREEN FEATHER AWARD. The Tomorrow Prize partner, the Nature Nexus Institute is co-presenting The Green Feather Award, which highlights an environmentally focused sci-fi story. For more details see the submission guidelines here.

  • The Green Feather Award is an additional special prize category for an environmentally focused sci-fi story. The winner will receive $250.00 & online publication by the Nature Nexus Institute.

2021 Ngaio Marsh Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel, the New Zealand crime fiction award, was announced September 15.

BEST NOVEL

  • The Murder Club (Nikki Crutchley, Oak House Press)
  • Sprigs (Brannavan Gnanalingam, Lawrence and Gibson)
  • The Tally Stick (Carl Nixon, RHNZ Vintage)
  • The Secrets of Strangers (Charity Norman, A&U)
  • Tell Me Lies (J P Pomare, Hachette)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

  • The Girl in the Mirror (Rose Carlyle, A&U)
  • The Beautiful Dead (Kim Hunt)
  • Where the Truth Lies (Karina Kilmore, S&S)
  • For Reasons of Their Own (Chris Stuart, Original Sin)
  • While the Fantail Lives (Alan Titchall, Devon Media)

BEST NONFICTION (BIENNIAL)

  • Weed: A New Zealand story (James Borrowdale, Penguin)
  • Rock College: An unofficial history of Mount Eden Prison (Mark Derby, Massey University Press)
  • From Dog Collar to Dog Collar (Bruce Howat)
  • Gangland (Jared Savage, HarperCollins NZ)
  • Black Hands: Inside the Bain family murders (Martin Van Beynen, PRHNZ).

INAUGURAL PRIZE FOR NOVEL FOR YOUNGER READERS

  • Katipo Joe (Brian Falkner, Scholastic NZ)
  • Red Edge (Des Hunt, Scholastic NZ)
  • A Trio of Sophies (Eileen Merriman, Penguin)
  • Deadhead (Glenn Wood, OneTree House).

The winners will be revealed during an online event in association with WORD Christchurch on October 30.

Imagine 2200 Story Contest Winners

Grist’s “Fix” has announced the winners of its short story contest Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors, which “encouraged entrants to envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress.”

The three winning stories and nine finalists “create intersectional worlds in which no community is left behind.” 

FIRST PLACE: Afterglow by Lindsay Brodeck, tells the story of Talli and her refusal to abandon the Earth.

SECOND PLACE: The Cloud Weaver’s Song by Saul Tanpepper, follows Semhar Ibrahim and her defiant journey to save her people.

THIRD PLACE: Tidings by Rich Larson, travels through several decades and shows the climate impacts that tie generations together.

OTHER FINALISTS

Tory Stephens, Fix New England Network Weaver, tells “How Imagine 2200 came to life”.

…It was connecting, rather than storytelling, that we had in mind in the spring of 2020 when we invited climate and justice leaders to a retreat focused on envisioning a pathway to our climate future. With pandemic lockdowns taking effect, our gathering migrated to Zoom, and over the course of three days the group charted the next 180 years of climate progress. This assembly visualized a complete societal transformation: a dissolution of political parties and borders. Reparations. The return of land to Indigenous and Black stewardship. Restorative justice replacing prisons. Granting rights to the Earth and non-human kin. Food sovereignty and heirloom seeds triumphing over monoculture farming. An economy built on ecological restoration, mutual aid, and care work. The pursuit of right relationships in all our systems and designs. 

Out of that visioning came a new idea: a climate-fiction contest to create stories of life in that future — not to just describe a better world, but to truly build it within our imaginations. Fix has largely focused on nonfiction storytelling, so an initiative to create imagined worlds would be a first for Grist and, as a network weaver now setting off to launch this new project, for me as well….

The contest judges were Adrienne Maree Brown, Morgan Jerkins, Kiese Laymon, and Sheree Renée Thomas. Story reviewers were Tobias Buckell, Andrew Dana Hudson, and Sarena Ulibarri.

[Via Locus Online.]