2019 Nebula Award Finalists

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) have announced the finalists for the 55th Annual Nebula Awards, including the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. The awards will be presented in Woodland Hills, CA at the Warner Center Marriott during a ceremony on the evening of May 30.


  • Marque of Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK)
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey; Jo Fletcher)
  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing)
  • A Song for a New Day, Sarah Pinsker (Berkley)


  • “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom”, Ted Chiang (Exhalation)
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015, P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Saga)
  • Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water, Vylar Kaftan (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Deep, Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes (Saga)
  • Catfish Lullaby, A.C. Wise (Broken Eye)


  • “A Strange Uncertain Light”, G.V. Anderson (F&SF 7-8/19)
  • “For He Can Creep”, Siobhan Carroll (Tor.com 7/10/19)
  • “His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light”, Mimi Mondal (Tor.com 1/23/19)
  • “The Blur in the Corner of Your Eye”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 7-8/19)
  • Carpe Glitter, Cat Rambo (Meerkat)
  • “The Archronology of Love”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed 4/19)

Short Story

  • “Give the Family My Love”, A.T. Greenblatt (Clarkesworld 2/19)
  • “The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power”, Karen Osborne (Uncanny 3-4/19)
  • “And Now His Lordship Is Laughing”, Shiv Ramdas (Strange Horizons 9/9/19)
  • “Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island”, Nibedita Sen (Nightmare 5/19)
  • “A Catalog of Storms”, Fran Wilde (Uncanny 1-2/19)
  • “How the Trick Is Done”, A.C. Wise (Uncanny 7-8/19)

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, Carlos Hernandez (Disney Hyperion)
  • Catfishing on CatNet, Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)
  • Dragon Pearl, Yoon Ha Lee (Disney Hyperion)
  • Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions, Henry Lien (Holt)
  • Cog, Greg van Eekhout (Harper)
  • Riverland, Fran Wilde (Amulet)

Game Writing

  • Outer Wilds, Kelsey Beachum (Mobius Digital)
  • The Outer Worlds, Leonard Boyarsky, Megan Starks, Kate Dollarhyde, Chris L’Etoile (Obsidian Entertainment)
  • The Magician’s Workshop, Kate Heartfield (Choice of Games)
  • Disco Elysium, Robert Kurvitz (ZA/UM)
  • Fate Accessibility Toolkit, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (Evil Hat Productions)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Avengers: Endgame, Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Marvel Studios)
  • Captain Marvel, Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Marvel Studios)
  • Good Omens: “Hard Times”, Neil Gaiman (Amazon Studios/BBC Studios)
  • The Mandalorian: “The Child”, Jon Favreau (Disney+)
  • Russian Doll: “The Way Out”, Allison Silverman and Leslye Headland (Netflix)
  • Watchmen: “A God Walks into Abar”, Jeff Jensen & Damon Lindelof (HBO)

The Nebula Awards will be presented during the annual SFWA Nebula Conference, which will run from May 28-31 at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills. The Awards Ceremony will be held on the evening of May 30.

Mass Autographing: On May 31, a mass autograph session will take place, which is free and open to the public.

The Nebula Finalist Assistance Fund exists to help defray the costs of travel to the Nebula Conference for Nebula Award finalists (including Norton, Bradbury, and Game Writing finalists) who would otherwise be unable to attend. Donations may be made at: www.sfwa.org/donate  — choose Nebula Finalist Assistance in the drop down menu.

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13 thoughts on “2019 Nebula Award Finalists

  1. Looks like a good ballot. I’ve read or have three of the novels, one of the novellas and two of the novelettes.

  2. Congratulations to the finalists! I have read 4/6 of the novels, and 4/6 of the novellas. Looking forward to checking out anything I haven’t read yet!

  3. Oddly enough, I spent some time filling out my Hugo ballot this morning before these nominees were announced.

    I’ve read 4 1/2 of the novel nominees. Only one of them (the Martine) is on my Hugo ballot, but I did think the Harrow and the Muir were very good. As it happens, I just finished the Harrow yesterday. I didn’t especially care for the Moreno-Garcia, and I dnfed the Pinsker — love her shorts, but at novel-length it bored me.

    I’ve only read one of the nominated vellas so far, but it’s a killer. Y’all know the one I’m talking about!

    And I’ve only read one of the YA nominees so far — the Lee — and only thought it was okay. I’ve been trying to read a bunch of YA this year, so I’m disappointed that I don’t seem to have caught more nominees in my TBR!

  4. Congratulations to all the nominees!

    So far I’ve read 4/6 novels, 3/6 novellas, 4/6 novelettes, and 3/6 short stories. Looks like all of the short stories are from the free-to-read online magazines, so it should be easy enough to read all of them.

    The novel list in my view is particularly strong, at least judging by the ones I’ve read. (Although last year was, I think, just a good year for novels — I’m having a hard time cutting down my Hugo longlist.)

  5. Well I don’t think I’ve read any of the fiction nominees—my to-read list just got a little longer!

  6. @Contrarius, re: YA novels … have you read Minor Mage by Oor Wombat? (I don’t recall offhand if it’s a T. Kingfisher or an Ursula Vernon book).

  7. I’ve only read a few. Finished “ Gods of Jade and Shadow” earlier this week. Great book, deserving nominee imo.

  8. @Cassy B — No, I haven’t read it. I do almost all my “reading” through audiobooks, and that one doesn’t seem to have an audio edition yet!

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