World Fantasy Judges

The judges for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2014, have been announced. Works should be sent to them prior to June 1, the earlier the better. The judges are Gemma Files, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman. Copies should also be sent to Administrator Peter Dennis Pautz. The awards will be presented at this year’s World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY the weekend of November 5-8.

SAG Nominations

The Nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below. The winners will be announced on January 25.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • Boardwalk Emprie
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Modern Family
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire
  • Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones
  • Woody Harrelson in True Detective
  • Matthew McConaughey in True Detective
  • Kevin Spacey in House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Ty Burrell in Modern Family
  • Louis C.K. in Louie
  • William H. Macy in Shameless
  • Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory
  • Eric Stonestreet in Modern Family

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

  • Fury
  • Get On Up
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Unbroken
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

  • 24: Live Another Day
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • The Walking Dead

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Rhysling Winners

The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented for speculative poetry by the SFPA, have been announced.

  • Short Poem: “Turning the Leaves,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Long Poem: “Interregnum,” by Mary Soon Lee

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SLF Diversity Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winner of its first Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. Both grants were won by Madhvi Ramani, who grew up in London and currently lives in Berlin. Each grant is for $500. The Diverse Writers Grant offers support to new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing/publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is presented for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background. Ramani submitted her story “Zafir, the Saudi Superhero” for consideration.
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Ignotus Awards

The winners of this year’s Ignotus Awards were announced at Hispacon, held this year in Montcada i Reixac, a suburb of Barcelona. The Award presentation was on December 7.

  • Novel: Memoria de tinieblas (Memory of Darkness), by Eduardo Vaquerizo
  • Novella: “Detective,” by Rodolfo Martínez
  • Short Story: “El aeropuerto del fin del mundo” (“The Airport at the End of the World”), by Tamara Romero
  • Anthology: Terra Nova, Vol. 2, edited by Mariano Villarreal & Luis Pestarini
  • Non-Fiction: La 100cia ficción de Rescepto (The Hundredth Fiction of Respect), by Sergio Mars (Cápside)
  • Article: “La ciencia ficción española” (“Spanish Science Fiction”), by Mariano Villarreal
  • Illustration: The cover of Eduardo Vaquerizo for Memoria de tinieblas (Memory of Darkness)
  • Audiovisual Material: “Los VerdHugos,” by Miquel Codony, Pedro Román, Elías F. Combarro & Joseph María Orio
  • Magazine: Scifiworld
  • Translated Novel: Embassytown, by China Miéville
  • Translated Short Story: “El hombre que puso fin a la historia: documental” (“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary”), by Ken Liu
  • Website: (tie) “Cuentos para Algernon”; La tercera fundación
  • Premio Especial Ignotus (Premio Gabriel): Antoni Garcés
  • Premio Domingo Santos: La oscura majestad de la Dama Cuervo, de Juan Ángel Laguna Edroso

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(ETA: Tie in website category)

Rotsler Goes to Mason

English fan Sue Mason has been named the winner of the 2014 Rotsler Award for best fan artist. Mason has previously been won the Hugo Award twice and has been active in Plokta, She has won the Nova seven times. Some of her work may be seen in the chapbook I Want to Be a Celtic Death Goddess When I Grow Up. The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests. Established in 1998, the award carries an honorarium of US$300. Claire Brialey, Mike Glyer, and John Hertz served as this year’s judges.

Nova Award Winners

The Nova Award winners were announced the weekend of November 14 at Novacon. The Nova Awards are presented to recognize excellence in British fanzine publishing and writing.

  • Fanzine: Vibrator, edited by Graham Charnock
  • Fanwriter: Christina Lake
  • Fanartist: D West

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ISFiC Writers Contest Winner

Siobhan Duffey won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Under the Hill.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Duffey won a membership at Windycon, room nights, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.

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Endeavour Award Winners

Ramez Naam and Ken Scholes tied for this year’s Endeavour Award for Naam’s novel Nexus and Scholes’s novel Requiem. The winners were announced at Orycon and the award comes with a $1,000 prize and an engraved glass plaque. The Endeavour Award was established to recognize works of SF by authors working and living in the Pacific Northwest. The judges for the 2014 Award were Catherine Asaro, Scott Edelman, and Matthew Johnson.

World Fantasy Awards

Two World Fantasy Awards were presented at the annual banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in Arlington, VA on November 9. In introducing the awards, Gordon van Gelder addressed the controversy regarding the award’s physical appearance and noted that the administrators are listening to arguments from all sides and held a poll at the event, but have not yet made any decisions about the trophy. This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams.

  • Novel: A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar
  • Novella: “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
  • Short Story: “The Prayer of Ninety Cats,” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Anthology: Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Artist: Charles Vess
  • Special Award—Professional: (tie) Irene Gallo, for art direction of Tor.com; William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press
  • Special Award—Non-professional: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, and Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards: Ellen Datlow; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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