100 Year Starship Announces 2023 Canopus Award Winners

100 Year Starship presented the 2023 Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Writing in seven categories on February 2 during the 100YSS Nexus 2023 held in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Canopus Award recognizes the finest fiction and non-fiction works that engage broad audiences and enhance the understanding, excitement, and knowledge of interstellar space exploration and travel. This year’s theme was “Who Owns Space?” Writers were invited to explore the possible paths ahead in space, to help identify how various actions, technology focuses, policies, individuals, and communities, and even the stories we tell over the next ten years may indelibly fix space exploration objectives, gatekeepers, and benefits for decades into the future.

Published Long-Form Fiction

  • Sentient by Jeff Lemire and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, 2019 (TKO)

Published Short-Form Fiction

  • “The Hind” by Kevin J. Anderson and Rick Wilber, 2020, originally published in Asimov’s Science Fiction

Published Long-Form Nonfiction

  • A Traveler’s Guide to the Stars by Les Johnson, 2022 (Princeton University Press)

Published Short-Form Nonfiction

  • “Language Development During Interstellar Travel” by Alex McKenzie and J. Punske, 2020, originally published in Acta Futura

Published Digital Presentation

  • Ixion by Bulwark Studios, 2022, (Kasedo Games)

Original Short-Form Fiction

  • “The Living Archaeologist” by Jamiella Brooks

Original Local Short-form Fiction

  • “Gumbojena” by Chioniso Tsikisayi, Zimbabwe

[Thanks to Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki for the story.]

Robson Added as World Fantasy Awards Judge

Peter Dennis Pautz of the World Fantasy Awards Administration announced today that Kelly Robson has been added to the panel for this year’s awards. (The full slate of judges is listed in File 770’s updated post here.)

  • Kelly Robson, 315 – 96 Saint Patrick Street; Toronto, ON CANADA; M5T 1V2;

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Robson replaces Mary Anne Mohanraj who stepped down due to personal circumstances in January.

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2023 Shortlist

The 2023 Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award finalists have been posted. The award, sponsored by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year.

• N. K. Jemisin: Kivinen taivas (The Stone Sky, Translated into Finnish by Mika Kivimäki, Jalava)

• Heikki Kännö: Ihmishämärä (Sammakko)

• Jens Liljestrand: Vaikka kaikki päättyisi (Originally published in Swedish. Translated into Finnish by Jaana Nikula, WSOY)

• Emily St. John Mandel: Asema 11 (Station Eleven, Translated into Finnish by Aleksi Milonoff, Tammi)

• Richard Powers: Hämmästys (Bewilderment, Translated into Finnish by Antero Tiittula, Gummerus)

The nominees were selected by a jury composed of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Kaisa Ranta. The winner will be announced in April-May.

Prix Bob Morane 2023 Finalists

The 2023 Prix Bob Morane shortlist was announced on January 23.

The Prix Bob Morane is a French literary prize named for a fictional adventurer created by Belgian writer Henri Vernes in the 1950s. 

ROMANS FRANCOPHONES / FRENCH NOVELS

  • Tom Clearlake : Signatures, Moonlight
  • Eva Dequard : Gemina, Auto Edition
  • Laurent Genefort : Les temps ultramodernes, Albin Michel
  • Philippe Le Roy : Aliana, Cosmopolis
  • Xavier Massé : 30 secondes, Taurnada
  • Olivier Paquet : Composite, L’Atalante

ROMANS ÉTRANGERS / FOREIGN NOVELS

  • P. Djeli Clark : Maître des Djinns, L’Atalante (A Master of Djinn. Translated into French by  Mathilde Montier)
  • Anthony Doerr : La cité des nuages et des oiseaux, Albin Michel (Cloud Cuckoo Land. Translated into French by  Marina Boraso)
  • Paul J. McAuley : Austral, Bragelonne (Austral. Translated into French by  Sébastien Baert)
  • Francis Stevens : La fiole au cerbère, Marie Barbier (The Heads of Cerberus. Translated into French by  Michel Pagel)

NOUVELLES / SHORT STORIES

  • Jean-Marc De Vos : La dernière machine, Auto Edition
  • Jean-Marc Ligny : Dix légendes des âges sombres, L’Atalante
  • Estelle Tharreau : Digital way of life, Taurnada

Future Worlds Prize Announces 2023 Judges, Extends Submission Deadline

Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour today announced its judging panel for the 2023 prize. Also, the submission deadline has been extended to February 20.

This year’s judges are:

  • Syima Aslam – founder of Bradford Literature Festival
  • Ben Bailey Smith – actor, author, comedian and rapper
  • Aliette de Bodard – author and winner of three Nebula Awards, an Ignyte Award, a Locus Award, a British Fantasy Award and five British Science Fiction Association Awards
  • Nikita Gill – poet and author of seven volumes of poetry and one novel in verse
  • Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson – inaugural winner of Future Worlds Prize.

Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour aims to find new talent based in the UK writing in the SFF space, from magical realism and space operas to dystopia and more. The winner will receive a prize of £4,000, the runner-up £2,000 and up to six additional shortlisted authors will each receive £800. All shortlisted writers, the runner-up and the winner will also receive mentoring from one of the prize’s publishing partners. The prize is in its third year, and is funded by author Ben Aaronovitch and Bridgerton actor Adjoa Andoh. 

The prize has extended its submission window to Monday February 20 at 23:59 GMT.

Sylma Aslam, founder and artistic director of the Bradford Literature Festival (BLF), which she established in 2014, said: “Platforming early-career writers of colour is a vital step to ensuring all voices are included in the national conversation and that they are heard. As the founder of the UK’s most diverse and inclusive literary festival, I am delighted to join the judging panel for this year’s Future Worlds Prize.”

Ben Bailey Smith, rapper, TV and film actor, stand up, screen writer and children’s books author, said: “Hyped to be a part of the judging panel for the Future Worlds Prize, not just because I’m a judgey guy, but more because to see writers of colour tackling science fiction is incredibly exciting to a brown sci-fi nerd like me. Can’t wait to see what the prize has up its sleeve this year, if prizes can have sleeves.”

Aliette De Bodard said: “Having once been a young writer of colour in the industry, I’m very keenly aware of how important visibility and support are early on, and how fortunate I was to benefit from both. I’m thrilled to be part of Future Worlds Prize, and to be able to pay it forward.”

Nikita Gill, an Irish-Indian writer and illustrator, said: “Stories are the lifeblood of the universe, they give us a place to find hope, challenges and fortitude. The Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction will bring us the very brightest and best of storytelling, and I look forward to reading the entries and escaping into the worlds invented by brilliant minds, the stranger, the better!”

Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, co-founder of Impact of Omission, a campaign to make Black history a compulsory part of the national curriculum, said: “I cannot wait to read this year’s wonderful submissions for the Future Worlds Prize – a truly phenomenal initiative that takes concrete, meaningful steps to address the inequality present in SFF publishing, by supporting and championing incredible writers with beautiful stories to tell. Good luck everyone!”

The 2021 prize was won by M. H. Ayinde, for her story “A Shadow in Chains.” The runner-up was Salma Ibrahim for her story “Frankincense”.

For submission details and more on the prize, visit its online presence at website, Twitter, or Instagram.

[Based on a press release.]

Clarkesworld 2022 Reader’s Poll Finalists

Editor Neil Clarke has announced the finalists for the 2022 Clarkesworld Magazine Reader’s Poll for best story, novelette/novella and cover art.  

Clarke commented:

…As the voting progressed, several stories and covers traded places at the top of the ballot for each category. This continued down to the final hours and at the buzzer, we were once again left with several ties. As per tradition, ties in the top five progress to the final round. Each category had a small cluster of ties just one vote shy of making the final ballot. We’ve added honorable mentions to this year’s results to recognize the quality of their work as well…

The public is invited to pick the winners. Go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/clarkesworld2022poll Voting will close on February 15 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and the winners will be announced in the March issue.

FINALISTS: BEST SHORT STORY

Runners Up: Short Story

FINALISTS: BEST NOVELETTE/NOVELLA

Runners Up: Novelette/Novella

FINALISTS: BEST COVER ART

Runners Up: Cover Art

2023 Romantic Novel Awards Shortlists

The Romantic Novelists Association has released the shortlists for the 2023 Romantic Novel Awards.

The awards celebrate excellence in romantic fiction in all its forms, and this year includes a new category, the Christmas / Festive Holiday Romantic Novel Award.  The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on March 6.

The nominees of genre interest follow. The complete list is here.

The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award

  • Hidden in the Mists, Christina Courtenay, Headline Review
  • I Let You Fall, Sara Downing, Quilla Books (TCK Publishing)
  • Skip to the End, Molly James, Quercus
  • Impossible, Sarah Lotz, HarperCollins
  • Ocean’s Echo, Everina Maxwell, Orbit UK

The Rathbones Folio Prize 2023 Shortlist

The 2023 Fiction Shortlist for the Rathbones Folio Prize announced January 31 includes three works of genre interest.

  • Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Scary Monsters by Michelle de Kretser
  • Pure Colour by Sheila Heti

The other two shortlisted works are Emergency by Daisy Hildyard and Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout.

The Prize is given “to celebrate the best literature of our time, regardless of form.”  The winner receives a £30,000 prize.

The 2023 judges are author Ali Smith (Chair), poet, novelist and non-fiction writer Jackie Kay, and novelist Guy Gunaratne.

2023 Dublin Literary Award Longlist

There are 70 books from 30 countries nominated by libraries for the 2023 Dublin Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council. The award, worth €100,000, is the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English. The complete longlist is here.

Longlisted works of genre interest include:

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
  • Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
  • How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu
  • Kurangaituku by Whiti Hereaka
  • Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher
  • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
  • She’s a Killer by Kirsten McDougall
  • The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Clockwork Girl by Anna Mazzola
  • The Forests by Sandrine Collette
  • The Morning Star by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • The Sentence, A Novel by Louise Erdrich

Nominations include 29 novels in translation, originally published in Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, Hindi, Korean, Slovene, Icelandic and Japanese. If the winning book has been translated, the author receives €75,000 and the translator receives €25,000.

ALA Announces 2023 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the 2023 Youth Media Award winners — the top books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience in New Orleans.

Award-winning genre books included:

Schneider Family Book Award, middle grade

  • Hummingbird, written by Natalie Lloyd

The Schneider Family Book Awards “honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.”

Alex Awards

  • Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution, by R. F. Kuang
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess, by Sue Lynn Tan
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society, by John Scalzi

The Alex Awards are adult books w/appeal for teen readers.

Also of genre interest are runners-up to the medalists, designated honor books.

Newbery HonorThe Last Mapmaker, written by Christina Soontornvat

Printz Honor: Scout’s Honor, written by Lily Anderson

Printz Honor, Stonewall and Sydney Taylor Award: When the Angels Left the Old Country, written by Sacha Lamb

Coretta Scott King Author Honor:  Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler, written by Ibi Zoboi

The Sydney Taylor Book Award is “presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience,” Newbery awards and honors the best children’s books, Printz awards and honors the best YA books, Coretta Scott King awards and honors the best books for children and young adults that reflect the African-American experience. 

Thanks to N. for identifying the works of genre interest. The complete press release containing all the award winners follows the jump.

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