Sidewise Awards Delayed to 2021

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History will not be presented in 2020 as a result of the current pandemic the judges have announced.

Instead, two years’ worth of awards will be presented at DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon in Washington, D.C. Instructions for submitting for consideration works published in the eligibility years of 2019 or 2020 can be found here.

“It’s disappointing that global circumstances have forced us to delay our awards selection process this year, but that is just the timeline that we’re in,” Sidewise Award founder Steven H Silver said. “We considered cancelling this year’s award, but determined that the best course of action was to delay the awards so that we could ensure that great works continue to be recognized.”

The award takes its name from Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story “Sidewise in Time,” in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines. To be considered, a work must have either first English-language publication or first American publication in the calendar year prior to the year in which the award is to be presented. Two awards are usually presented each year, one for works of fewer than 60,000 words and one for works in excess of 60,000 words.

“Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the first Sidewise Awards, which were presented at the 1996 Worldcon in Los Angeles,” Silver said. “We look forward to celebrating the award’s silver anniversary next year and anticipate finding excellent examples of alternate history literature in the future.”

The organization also announced a new member of the awards jury. Canadian fan and blogger Olav Rokne will join the current panel of Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

“For more than 20 years, I’ve been reading books and stories when they appear on the Sidewise shortlist. This award was my road map to alternate history fandom,” Rokne said. “It is an honor to be asked to serve on this awards jury, and to help make the great works of alternate history better known to the world.”

Works published in 2019 and 2020 should be sent to all of the judges (non-DRM e-copies in MOBI, EPUB, and PDF may be sent to Steven H Silver at shsilver@sfsite.com for distribution to all the judges). Addresses for shipping physical books can be found at here. The judges read throughout the year and ask that copies be sent as early as possible.

2018 Sidewise Awards

The winners of the 2018 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were announced October 15.

Sidewise Award for Best Long Form Alternate History

  • Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars (Tor Books)
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Sidewise Award for Best Short Form Alternate History

  • Oscar (Xiu) Ramirez & Emmanuel Valtierra, Codex Valtierra

Special Achievement Sidewise Award

  • Eric Flint

for his ongoing encouragement of the genre of alternate history through his support of the community and writers developed around his 1632 series In 2000, Eric Flint published the novel 1632. Following the publication of the novel, Flint has encouraged an extensive on-line community to expand on his vision and explore the ramifications of alternate history through discussion and publication of fiction and non-fiction that builds off his original work, resulting in dozens of stories and novels and helping to launch the careers of many authors.

The judges for the 2018 awards included Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were first given in 1996. The award takes its name from Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story “Sidewise in Time,” in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.

[Thanks to Steven H Silver and Mark Hepworth for the story.]

2018 Sidewise Awards Finalists

The finalists for this year’s Sidewise Awards have been revealed.

The winners will be announced on-line on October 15.

Short Form

  • Rick Wilber: “The Secret City,” Asimov’s, 9/10, 2018
  • Oscar (Xiu) Ramirez and Emmanuel Valtierra, Codex Valtierra, 2018

Long Form 

  • Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars, Tor, 2018
  • Hannu Rajaniemi, Summerland, Tor, 2018
  • Charles Rosenberg, The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington, Hanover Square, 2018
  • Lavie Tidhar, Unholy Land, Tachyon Publications, 2018

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were first given in 1996. The award takes its name from Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story “Sidewise in Time,” in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.

[Thanks to Steven H Silver and Mark Hepworth for the story.]

2017 Sidewise Awards

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were presented August 19 at Worldcon 76 in San Jose. The Sidewise Awards recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction.

Nominees Gregory Benford, Brent A. Harris, Alan Smale, Harry Turtledove, and Bryce Zabel, as well as former judge Moshe Feder and founder, judge, and administrator Steven H Silver were in attendance.

Following a thirty-minute discussion of alternate history, Feder announced the winner of the short form award and Silver announced the winner of the Long Form Award.

Short Form

  • Harry Turtledove, “Zigeuner,” Asimov’s, 9-10/17

Long Form

  • Bryce Zabel, Once There Was a Way, Diversion Books, 2017

This year’s awards judges were Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were conceived in late 1995 to honor the best allohistorical genre publications of the year. The first awards were announced in summer 1996 and honored works from 1995. The award takes its name from Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story “Sidewise in Time,” in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.

[Thanks to Steven H Silver for the story.]

2017 Sidewise Award Nominees

The shortlists for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been released.

The Sidewise Awards recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction.

The winners will be announced at Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA the weekend of August 16-20.

Short Form

  • Tom Anderson & Bruno Lombardi, “N’oublions Jamais,” Altered Europa, edited by Martin T. Ingham, Martinus Publishing, 2017
  • Dave D’Alessio, “The Twenty Year Reich,” Altered Europa, edited by Martin T. Ingham, Martinus Publishing, 2017
  • Nisi Shawl, “Sun River,” Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales from Egypt, edited by Matthew Bright, Twopenny Books, 2017
  • Harry Turtledove, “Zigeuner,” Asimov’s, 9-10/17

Long Form

  • Gregory Benford, The Berlin Project, Saga Press, 2017
  • Brent Harris, A Time of Need, Insomnia Publishing, 2017
  • Elan Mastai, All Our Wrong Todays, Dutton, 2017
  • Alan Smale, The Clash of Eagles trilogy (Clash of Eagles, Eagle in Exile, Eagle and Empire), Del Rey, 2015-2017
  • Bryce Zabel, Once There Was a Way, Diversion Books, 2017

This year’s panel of judges was made up of Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were conceived in late 1995 to honor the best allohistorical genre publications of the year. The first awards were announced in summer 1996 and honored works from 1995. The award takes its name from Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story “Sidewise in Time,” in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.

[Thanks to Steven H Silver for the story.]

2016 Sidewise Awards

The winners of the 2016 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History have been announced.

Short Form

(Tie)

  • Daniel Bensen, “Treasure Fleet,” Tales from Alternate Earths, Inkling Press
  • Adam Rovner, “What If the Jewish State Had Been Established in East Africa,” What Ifs of Jewish History

Long Form

  • Ben Winters, Underground Airlines, Mulholland

This year’s award judges were Stephen Baxter, Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

2016 Sidewise Award Finalists

The nominees for the 2016 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History have been announced.

Short Form

  • Anna Belfrage, “The Danish Crutch,”  1066 Turned Upside Down, Amazon
  • Daniel Bensen, “Treasure Fleet,” Tales from Alternate Earths, Inkling Press
  • Brent A. Harris & Ricardo Victoria, “Twilight of the Mesozoic Moon,” Tales from Alternate Earths, Inkling Press
  • G. K. Holloway, “The Battle of London Bridge,” 1066 Turned Upside Down, Amazon
  • Adam Rovner, “What If the Jewish State Had Been Established in East Africa,” What Ifs of Jewish History
  • Bruce Sterling, Pirate Utopia, Tachyon Press

Long Form

  • Richard Beard, Acts of the Assassins, Harvill Secker (a.k.a. The Apostle Killer, Melville House)
  • Ben Winters, Underground Airlines, Mulholland
  • Nick Wood, Azanian Bridges, NewCon Press

This year’s award judges are Stephen Baxter, Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

The Sidewise Award winners will be announced on August 20.

2015 Sidewise Awards

The winners of the 2015 Sidewise Award for Alternate History are:

Long Form

  • The Big Lie, by Julie Mayhew, Hot Key Books

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Short Form

  • “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” by Bill Crider, in Tales of the Otherverse, edited by James Reasoner, Rough Edges

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The juried award has been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. This year’s judges were Stephen Baxter, Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

The 2015 winners were announced after the 20th Anniversary Sidewise Award Panel on Saturday, August 20. The panel included former winners Ken Liu, Rick Wilber, Alan P. Smale, Brendan DuBois, and Walter Jon Williams. It was moderated by Sidewise founder and administrator, Steven H Silver.

2015 Sidewise Award Shortlist

The nominees for the 2015 Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been announced.

The juried award has been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. This year’s judges were Stephen Baxter, Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

The winners will be revealed at MidAmeriCon II on August 20.

Short Form

  • Eneasz Brodski, “Red Legacy,” Asimov’s, 2/15
  • Eric Cline, “Elizabethtown,” Galaxy’s Edge 17
  • Bill Crider, “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” Tales from the Otherverse, Rough Edges Press
  • Rev Dicerto, “Losing Amelia,” Deco Punk: The Spirit of the Age, Pink Narcissus Press
  • Ken Poyner, “The Last of Time,” Daily SF, 11/05/15
  • James Reasoner, “The Hero of Deadwood,” Tales from the Otherverse, Rough Edges Press

Long Form

  • Julie Mayhew, The Big Lie, Hot Key Books
  • Tony Schumacher, The British Lion, William Morrow
  • Harry Turtledove, Joe Steele, Roc

The Sidewise Award takes its name from Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story “Sidewise in Time,” in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.

2014 Sidewise Awards

The winners of the 2014 Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been announced. The award recognizes excellence in alternate historical fiction.

The winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of Stephen Baxter, Evelyn Leeper, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

Short Form

  • Ken Liu, “The Long Haul: From the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009” (Clarkesworld Magazine, 11/14)

Long Form

  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch, The Enemy Within (WMG Publishing)

Kristine Kathryn Rusch previously won the Sidewise Award for her story “Recovering Apollo 8” in 2007. She has won two Hugo Awards and a World Fantasy Award. Rusch was one of the founders and editors of Pulphouse Publishing and spent six years as the editor of The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Ken Liu has won two Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award, and a World Fantasy Award. This is his second nomination for the Sidewise Award. His first novel, Grace of Kings was published in 2015. Liu has been working to translate science fiction by Chinese authors into English, including Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem.

The Sidewise Awards have been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. The award takes its name from Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story “Sidewise in Time,” in which a strange storm causes portions of Earth to swap places with their analogs from other timelines.