SFWA Announces the 58th Nebula Awards Finalists

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) today announced the finalists for the 58th Annual Nebula Awards® to be given in recognition of the excellent works published in 2022. 

The awards will be presented in a virtual ceremony on Sunday, May 14, 2023, that will stream live as it is held in-person in Anaheim, CA, as part of the 2023 Nebula Conference Online. Winners in each category will be determined by the vote of Full, Associate, and Senior members of SFWA.

Here is the complete list of finalists:

Nebula Award for Novel

  • Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree (Cryptid; Tor)
  • Spear, Nicola Griffith (Tordotcom)
  • Nettle and Bone, T. Kingfisher (Tor; Titan UK)
  • Babel, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Nona the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)
  • The Mountain in the Sea, Ray Nayler (MCD; Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Nebula Award for Novella

  • A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)
  • “Bishop’s Opening”, R.S.A. Garcia (Clarkesworld 1/22)
  • I Never Liked You Anyway, Jordan Kurella (Vernacular)
  • Even Though I Knew the End, C.L. Polk (Tordotcom)
  • High Times in the Low Parliament, Kelly Robson (Tordotcom)

Nebula Award for Novelette

  • “If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You”, John Chu (Uncanny 7–8/22)
  • “Two Hands, Wrapped in Gold”, S.B. Divya (Uncanny 5–6/22)
  • “Murder by Pixel: Crime and Responsibility in the Digital Darkness”, S.L. Huang (Clarkesworld 12/22)
  • “A Dream of Electric Mothers”, Wole Talabi (Africa Risen)
  • “The Prince of Salt and the Ocean’s Bargain”, Natalia Theodoridou (Uncanny 9/22)
  • “We Built This City”, Marie Vibbert (Clarkesworld 6/22)

Nebula Award for Short Story

  • “Destiny Delayed”, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (Asimov’s 5–6/22)
  • “Give Me English”, Ai Jiang (F&SF 5–6/22)
  • “Rabbit Test”, Samantha Mills (Uncanny 11–12/22)
  • “Douen”, Suzan Palumbo (The Dark 3/22)
  • “Dick Pig”, Ian Muneshwar (Nightmare 1/22)
  • “D.I.Y”, John Wiswell (Tor.com 8/24/22)

Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

  • Ruby Finley vs. the Interstellar Invasion, K. Tempest Bradford (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
  • The Scratch Daughters, H. A. Clarke (Erewhon)
  • The Mirrorwood, Deva Fagan (Atheneum)
  • The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester, Maya MacGregor (Astra Young Readers)
  • Every Bird a Prince, Jenn Reese (Henry Holt)

Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Andor: “One Way Out”, Beau Willimon, Tony Gilroy (Lucasfilm, Disney+)
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once, Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (A24, AGBO, IAC Films)
  • Nope, Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures)
  • Our Flag Means Death, David Jenkins, Eliza Jiménez Cossio, Zadry Ferrer-Geddes, William Meny, Maddie Dai, Alyssa Lane, John Mahone, Simone Nathan, Natalie Torres, Zackery Alexzander Stephens, Alex J. Sherman, Jes Tom, Adam Stein, Yvonne Zima (Dive, HBO Max)
  • The Sandman: Season 1, Neil Gaiman, Lauren Bello, Vanessa Benton, Mike Dringenberg, Sam Kieth, Catherine Smyth-McMullen, Heather Bellson, Jim Campolongo, Jay Franklin, Austin Guzman, Alexander Newman-Wise, Ameni Rozsa, David Goyer, Allan Heinberg (DC Entertainment, Netflix)
  • Severance, Dan Erickson, Chris Black, Andrew Colville, Amanda Overton, Anna Ouyang Moench, Helen Leigh, Kari Drake, and Mark Friedman. (Endeavor Content, Red Hour Films, Apple TV+)

Nebula Award for Game Writing

  • Elden Ring, Hidetaka Miyazaki, George R.R. Martin (FromSoftware, Bandai Namco)
  • Horizon Forbidden West, Ben McCaw, John Gonzalez, Annie Kitain, Ariadna Martinez, Nick van Someren Brand, Andrew Walsh, Adam Dolin, Anne Toole, Arjan Terpstra, Ben Schroder, Dee Warrick, Giles Armstrong (Guerilla Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Journeys through the Radiant Citadel, Ajit A. George, F. Wesley Schneider, Justice Ramin Arman, Dominique Dickey, Basheer Ghouse, Alastor Guzman, D. Fox Harrell, T.K. Johnson, Felice Tzehuei Kuan, Surena Marie, Mimi Mondal, Mario Ortegón, Miyuki Jane Pinckard, Pam Punzalan, Erin Roberts, Stephanie Yoon, Terry H. Romero (Wizards of the Coast: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Ed.)
  • Pentiment, Kate Dollarhyde, Zoe Franznick, Märten Rattasepp, Josh Sawyer (Obsidian Entertainment, Xbox Game Studios)
  • Stray, Steven Lerner, Vivien Mermet-Guyenet, Colas Koola (BlueTwelve Studio, Annapurna Interactive)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Sins of the Sires, Natalia Theodoridou (Choice of Games, Paradox Interactive)

[Based on a press release.]

10 thoughts on “SFWA Announces the 58th Nebula Awards Finalists

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  2. Glad to see our winner for the Cybils Award (in the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category), The Mirrorwood, is among the nominees for the Andre Norton Award. Strange that the Cybils Award short list and the Andre Norton short list are otherwise completely different. Cybils.org

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  4. Quite an interesting novel and Ray Bradbury selection.

    The Bradbury field is so strong that I wouldn’t know who to vote for!

    (I’d have an easier time with the novels, but only because I’m a fanatically cheering fan of one of the selections. If it weren’t on the list, the choice would be just as hard.)

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