What Have You Done, What Have You Loved? 2020

Interrupted Reading, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1870It’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.

Award Eligibility

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 *.

Reading by Jean-Pierre Prudhon
Aikawa, Eisuke*
Allen, B. Morris
Anderson, G.V.
Apparition Literary Magazine
Astounding Award Eligibility List
Atthis Arts
Baltazar, Jason
Barb, Patrick
Barton, Phoebe
Bhatia, Gautam*
Broaddus, Maurice
Bryski, K.T.
Casson, H.E.
Cerridwen, Minerva
Chen, Mike
Cipri, Nino (includes recommended works as well)
Claybourne, Z.Z.
Cossmass Infinities
Crilly, Brandon
Cuinn, Carrie
Daley, Ray
Dawson, J.R.
Deng, Ashley
Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora
Young Woman Reading PaintingDonohue, Jennifer
Duckett, Katharine
Duckworth, Jonathan Louis
Dudak, Andy
Duncan, R.K.
Ekpeki, Oghenechovwe Donald
Evans, Louis
Farrenkopf, Corey
Ferreria, Illmani*
Fitzwarer, A.J.
Gibbon, Emma J.
Glitchy Pancakes Podcast
Greathouse, J.T.
Greenblatt, A.T.
Greene, R.W.W.
Gunnell Lee, Eileen
Ha, Thomas
Haber, Elad
Haskins, Maria
Heartfield, Kate
Heijndermans, Joachim
Hernandez, Carlos
Howell, A.P.
Hugo Eligibility Database (lists eligible work by category, crowdsourced, anyone can add work to the list)
Reading Girl PaintingHudak, Jennifer
Hudson, Andrew D.
Jain, Sid
Josephs, Anya
Kajifune, Keishi*
Katsuyama, Umiyuri
Knight, Zelda
Kobb, Shawn
Koch, Joanna
Lavigne, C.J.
Lemberg, R.B.
Lu, S. Qiouyi
Lundoff, Catherine (includes Queen of Swords Press author eligibility as well.)
MacGriogair, M. Evan
McCarthy, J.A.W.
Manusos, Lyndsie*
Miller, Lawrence
Mills, Samantha
Mohamed, Premee
Moore, Elisabeth R. *
Nayler, Ray
Ndlovu, Yvette Lisa
Neon Hemlock Press
Nogle, Christi
Ogrundian, Tobi
Dancer ReadingPalmer, Suzanne
Piper, Hailey
Prasad, Vina Jie-Min
Rajotte, Mary
Rappaport, Jenny Rae
Rambo, Cat
Ratnakar, Arula*
Reynolds-Ward, Joyce
Ring, Lauren*
Roanhorse, Rebecca
Robson, Kelly
Rountree, Josh
Rowat, Frances
Salazar Macia, Malena*
Sanford, Jason
Sand, R.P. *
Siddiqui, Sameem*
Sayre, A.T.*
Siebert, T.R.
Starling, Caitlin
Stelliform Press
Strandberg, Mats
Sulaiman, Sonia
Takács, Bogi
Taylor, Jordan
Ten, Kristina
Theodore, R.J.
Tobler, E. Catherine
Tordotcom Publishing
Triantafyllou, Eugenia
Uncanny Magazine
Vance, Marcus
Wasserstein, Izzy
Wilde, Fran
Williams, Brittany
Yeager Rodriguez, Karlo
Yoachim, Caroline

Recommended Reading

Two Women Reading Harunobu PrintThis 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
Locus Magazine
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


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