It’s getting to be that time of year again, when award eligibility and recommended reading lists begin to crop up around the internet. And if people are posting them, it means it’s time for me to start collecting them! This has been a hard year for folks, for a multitude of reasons, but there are still plenty of things to celebrate, like all the wonderful books, short stories, poems, essays, and art made and consumed throughout the year. I am a huge proponent of authors and artists sharing the award-eligible work they produced during the year, and I personally find it immensely helpful as a reader for catching stuff I missed. So please, creators, do let people know what you made and where to find it!
As in years past, this post is designed to help folks find work to nominate for various awards, or simply work to enjoy. The post is divided into three sections – author/artist/publication eligibility posts, recommendation posts, and general resources/review sites. I will update the post regularly over the next several months, so if you don’t have a post yet, don’t worry, there’s plenty of time!
If and when you do create an eligibility or recommendation post, I definitely want to see it! Please ping me on twitter (@ac_wise), drop a note in the comment, or email me at a.c.wise [at] hotmail.com to share links, and I will add them here. If you’ve never done an eligibility post and aren’t sure what they should look like, check out what some of the other authors on the list have done this year, or in years past. As an extra bonus, you may find some new work to read while you’re at it! Cat Rambo also maintains a list of eligibility posts, which you can find here/a>, so do check that out as well, and make sure she gets your links too. Now, lets get on with sharing the links and sharing the love!
ETA: The SF Awards Database is a handy resource for authors, publishers, and editors wanting to research what awards their work might be eligible for. The list is fairly comprehensive, and includes links to individual award pages with rules and eligibility requirement.
This list contains eligibility posts from authors, editors, artists, and publications, listing award-eligible work published in 2020. Wherever possible, I will note authors who are also eligible for the Astounding Award for Best New Writer with an *.
Allen, B. Morris
Apparition Literary Magazine
Astounding Award Eligibility List
Cipri, Nino (includes recommended works as well)
Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora
Duckworth, Jonathan Louis
Ekpeki, Oghenechovwe Donald
Gibbon, Emma J.
Glitchy Pancakes Podcast
Gunnell Lee, Eileen
Hugo Eligibility Database (lists eligible work by category, crowdsourced, anyone can add work to the list)
Hudson, Andrew D.
Lu, S. Qiouyi
Lundoff, Catherine (includes Queen of Swords Press author eligibility as well.)
MacGriogair, M. Evan
Moore, Elisabeth R. *
Ndlovu, Yvette Lisa
Neon Hemlock Press
Prasad, Vina Jie-Min
Rappaport, Jenny Rae
Salazar Macia, Malena*
Sand, R.P. *
Tobler, E. Catherine
Yeager Rodriguez, Karlo
This list includes various year-end round-ups, recommendation posts, favorite reads, and year’s best lists.
Book Riot’s Best of 2020
Andy Duncan Recommended Reading from 2020
The Guardian’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2020
Library Journal Best Horror Books of 2020
Library Journal Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2020
NPR Favorite Speculative Fiction Books of 2020
NYPL Best Books of 2020
Jenny Rae Rappaport Recommended Reading Thread (Scroll down.)
SFWA Nebula Reading List (SFWA members can add their own recommendations as well.)
Stoker Award Recommended Reading List
Time Magazine’s 100 Must Read Books of 2020
Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: Best Books of 2020
Washington Post Best SFFH of the Year
Westport Library Best of 2020 Staff Picks
Reviews and Resources
This list includes websites and publications that regularly review speculative fiction/media, along with publishing other speculative fiction-relevant content. Not all of the work reviewed or discussed will necessarily be award eligible in 2020, but they can be a useful resource/starting place for finding work. (Note, some links go to a specific instance of a monthly column with multiple installations.)
It’s a Jumble/Vanessa Fogg Reviews
Lady Business/Short Business
Maria Haskins Monthly Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Short Fiction Round-Up
A.P. Howell Recommendation Thread
Quick Sip Reviews
Shiny Shorts (reviews by yours truly)
Strange Horizons/Short Fiction Treasures Quarterly
The Book Smugglers
The Coil Magazine/Reviews and Weekly Indie Reading Recommendation Round-Ups
Vernacular Books/Paul Jessup’s Monthly Short Fiction Round-Up
All images in this post are COZero/No Rights Reserved images drawn from various museum collections. In order, they are:
Interrupted Reading, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1870, Art Institute of Chicago
Reading, Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, 1822, Art Institute of Chicago
Young Woman Reading, Alexandre-Louis-Marie Charpentier, 1896, Cleveland Museum of Art
Just a Couple of Girls, Henry Wilson Watrous, 1915, Brooklyn Museum
Dancer Reading, Charles Felix Gir, Date Unknown, Brooklyn Museum
Two Young Women Reading, Suzuki Harunobu, 1767, Art Institute of Chicago