The editorial staff of the Italian prozine Urania has announced the finalists for their two awards.
PREMIO URANIA 2021
The novels up for the Premio Urania 2021 were revealed on March 29.
Here are the finalists in alphabetical order by author:
- Catabase di Andrea Cattaneo
- Spine di Franci Conforti
- Protocollo Uchronia di Nikolas Dau
- Afterlife di Paolo Euron
- Utopian Symphony di Antonino Fazio
- Il protocollo Scilla di Fulvio Gatti
- Progetto Sync Hope di Andrea Montalbò
- DaV_Id di Fulvio LC Rex
- Spirito di Napa Tei di Lars Schlichting
- L’avvicinamento di Franco Veronese
The winner will be announced before summer, and released in October.
PREMIO URANIA SHORT 2022
Urania’s staff declared these three stories the “winners” of the Premio Urania Short 2022, rather than calling them “finalists” as in previous years. The stories will be published as an appendix to the issue of Urania that also will host the winning novel of the Premio Urania. The public will then be able to vote for the overall winner of the competition.
- RoB-E1R9T di Luigi Brasili ed Enrico Giustiniani
- L’ultimo abbraccio della Terra di Emiliano Maramonte
- La causa fantasma di Alessandro Montoro
Urania also issued the statement shown below, rendered in English by Google Translate.
The editorial staff of “Urania”, after having read and carefully evaluated the stories that participated in the sixth edition of the Urania Short Award (2022 edition), selected the three winning works that will be published in the Urania issue of October 2022 , together with the ballot form that all readers will be able to fill in to vote for their favorite story (each card will give the right to a single preference).
The counting of the ballots that will arrive in the editorial office by 31 December 2022 will designate the absolute winner, which will be communicated on all accessible media.
Fabio Aloisio’s short story Mercy is the winner of the Premo Urania Short.
His was one of three stories released by Italian publisher Urania last November, in the appendix of the Premia Urania winning novel by Francesca Cavallero. The other two stories were Elia Gonella’s Sei mesi in una notte and Axa Lydia Vallotto’s Reboot. The winner was decided by a vote of the readers.
Aloisio, from Trieste, engineer, was also a finalist in the Premio Robot.
Mondadori’s new Premio Urania Short will recognize Italian short sff fiction, as the Premio Urania for novels has been doing for three decades.
The judges received 190 entries, and say the quality of the submissions led them to increase the number of finalists from five to fifteen.
The inaugural finalists are:
- La prima volta by Fabio Aloisio
- Metallo by Roberto Bommarito e Alessandro Napolitano
- Ascensione negata by Lorenzo Davia
- Magister by Francesco De Filpo
- Saltare avanti by Linda De Santi
- Il margine by Eros Fratini
- Il gemello by Dario Giardi
- L’occhio del futuro by Elia Gonella
- Oxygen by Lorenzo Iacobellis
- Umani, troppo umani by Enrico Lotti
- Vedere insieme le stelle by Damiano Lotto
- Disconnessione by Emiliano Maramonte
- Madri by Diego Matteucci
- Rumore vuoto by Andrea Montalbò
- Un giorno perfetto by Simonetta Olivo
The judges also gave honorable mention to these stories: Fino all’ultimo ricordo by Luigi Boccia, Viaggi su Marte by Sauro Ciantini, I piloti non sanguinano by Alessandra Cristallini and Andrea Pomes, Per una corretta interpretazione dei dati by Giorgio Burello, L’errore by Marco Eletti, Non la Terra by Fabio Maria Emery, L’amico immaginario by Cristiano Fighera, Entropia inversa by Valentino Poppi, La donna invisibile by Fabio Vaghi, Caligine by Emanuela Valentini, and Stringa numero 18 by Antonio Varchetta.
The judges are Urania’s curator Giuseppe Lippi and editor Franco Forte. The winner will be announced at Stranimondi 2017 in Milan on October 14-15, and be published (without payment) in the magazine’s December 2017 issue.