Help Pick the 37th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

Voting is open in the 37th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Award Ballot. The online ballot is at the link. The deadline to vote is February 1, 2023.

From short stories and novellas to novelettes and poems – and even best covers! – let us know your Asimov’s favorites this year.  Winners join the pantheon of Asimov authors who represent the Who’s Who of science fiction writers over the past thirty years.

For brief synopses of Asimov’s 2022 fiction and cover art, see editor Sheila Williams’ article “2022 in Review.”

Asimov’s 36th Annual Readers’ Awards Winners

The winners of the Asimov’s 36th Annual Readers’ Awards Poll were named earlier this month by editor Sheila Williams.

BEST NOVELLA 

  1. A blessing of Unicorns; Elizabeth Bear
  2. A Rocket for Dimitrios; Ray Nayler
  3. Glitch; Alex Irvine
  4. Light Up the Clouds; Greg Egan
  5. The Realms of Water; Robert Reed

BEST NOVELETTE 

  1. Table Etiquette for Diplomatic Personnel, in Seventeen Scenes; Suzanne Palmer
  2. Año Nuevo; Ray Nayler
  3. Billie the Kid; Rick Wilber
  4. Philly Killed His Car; Will McIntosh
  5. The Hazmat Sisters; L.X. Beckett

BEST SHORT STORY 

  1. MUALLIM; Ray Nayler
  2. My Heart Is at Capacity; T.J. Berry
  3. Alien Ball; Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  4. Flowers Like Needles; Derek Künsken
  5. (tie) Bread and Circuits; Misha Lenau
  6. (tie) Sentient Being Blues; Christopher Mark Rose          

BEST POEM 

  1. Mars Rover, Curiosity; Jane Yolen
  2. When I’m Thirty I Receive a Box Full of Your Steel Bones; Avra Margariti
  3. In the Library Annex; Bruce Boston
  4. Your Memories Are Sponsored by a Fossil Fuel Company; Matt Thompson
  5. Chalk and Carbon; Marissa Lingen

BEST COVER

  1.  January/February; Donato Giancola
  2. September/October; Eldar Zakirov
  3. November/December; Maurizio Manzieri
January/February 2021
Donato Giancola

Asimov’s 36th Annual Readers’ Awards Finalists

The top choices for Asimov’s 36th Annual Readers’ Awards Poll are online. There are links that will allow you to read all the finalists. The winners chosen by readers will be revealed at a later date.

BEST NOVELLAS

BEST NOVELETTES

BEST SHORT STORIES

BEST POEMS

BEST COVERS

January/February 2021
Donato Giancola

September/October 2021
Edar Zakirov 

November/December 2021
Maurizio Manzieri

Help Pick the 36th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

Voting is open in the 36th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Award Ballot. The online ballot is at the link. The deadline to vote is February 1, 2022.

From short stories and novellas to novelettes and poems – and even best covers! – let us know your Asimov’s favorites this year.  Winners join the pantheon of Asimov authors who represent the Who’s Who of science fiction writers over the past thirty years.

For brief synopses of Asimov’s 2021 fiction and cover art, see Sheila Williams’ editorial “Looking Backward.”

2021 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

The winners of the Asimov’s 35th Annual Readers’ Awards Poll have been announced. Emily Hockaday says a future awards event to celebrate the 2020 and 2019 winners will be held when it’s safe to do so.

BEST NOVELLA

  • Take a Look at the Five and Ten by Connie Willis (November/December 2020)

BEST NOVELETTE

  •  “The Hind” by Kevin J. Anderson & Rick Wilber (November/December 2020)

BEST SHORT STORY

  •  “GO. NOW. FIX.” by Timons Esaias (January/February 2020)

BEST POEM

  •  “Ode to Cassini” by Jane Yolen (May/June 2020)

BEST COVER

  • March/April 2020 – John Picacio

 [Via Asimov’s Science Fiction.]

2021 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Finalists

The top choices for Asimov’s 35th Annual Readers’ Awards Poll are online. There are links that will allow you to read all the finalists. The winners chosen by readers will be revealed at a later date.

BEST NOVELLA

BEST NOVELETTE

BEST SHORT STORY

BEST POEM

BEST COVER

  • March/April 2020 – John Picacio
  • September/October 2020 – Maurizio Manzieri
  • November/December 2020 – Eldar Zakirov

[Via Asimov’s Science Fiction.]

2019 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

The Analog Science Fiction and Fact’s AnLab Awards and Asimov’s Science Fiction’s Readers’ Awards were presented today in a virtual award ceremony featuring editors and authors. The video is available on YouTube.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory Winners

Best Novella

  • The Gorilla in a Tutu Principle or, Pecan Pie at Minnie and Earl’s—Adam-Troy Castro (September/October 2019)

Best Novelette

  • Bonehunters—Harry Turtledove (May/June 2019)

Best Short Story

  • All Tomorrow’s Parties—Phoebe North (July/August 2019)

Best Fact Article

  • The Venus Sweet Spot: Floating Home—John J. Vester (May/June 2019)

Best Poem

  • Sequoias and Other Myths—Stanley Schmidt (September/October 2019)

Best Cover

  • January/February—Donato Giancola

Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Award Winners

Best Novella

  • Waterlines—Suzanne Palmer (July/August 2019)

Best Novelette

  • In the Stillness Between the Stars—Mercurio D. Rivera (September/October 2019)

Best Short Story

  • Sacrificial Iron—Ted Kosmatka (podcast) (May/June 2019)

Best Poem

  • A Street Away—Jane Yolen (January/February 2019)

Best Cover

  • July/August — Maurizio Manzieri

Here is the video:

2020 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Finalists

The top five choices for Asimov’s 34th Annual Readers’ Awards Poll are online. There are links that will allow you to read all the finalists. The winners chosen by readers will be revealed at a later date.

BEST NOVELLAS

BEST NOVELETTES

BEST SHORT STORIES

BEST POEMS

BEST COVER

  • January/February 2019 – Michael Whelan
  • March/April 2019 – Eldar Zakirov
  • May/June 2019 – NASA
  • July/August 2019 – Maurizio Manzieri
  • September/October 2019 – Dominic Harman
  • November/December 2019 – Donato Giancola

[Via the loveliness that is Locus Online.]

Help Pick the 34th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

Voting is open in the 34th Annual Asimov’s Readers’ Award Ballot. The online ballot is at the link. The deadline to vote is February 1, 2020.

From short stories and novellas to novelettes and poems – and even best covers! – let us know your Asimov’s favorites this year.  Winners join the pantheon of Asimov authors who represent the Who’s Who of science fiction writers over the past thirty years.

BEST NOVELLA

BEST NOVELETTE

BEST SHORT STORY

BEST POEM

BEST COVER

[Via Locus Online.]

2019 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

Cover by Eldar Zakirov

The winners of Asimov’s 33rd Annual Readers’ Awards Poll were revealed on May 18.

BEST NOVELLA

BEST NOVELETTE

BEST SHORT STORY

BEST POEM

BEST COVER

  • Eldar Zakirov (1-2/18)

[Via Locus Online.]