What Have You Done, What Have You Loved? 2021

Hello, lovelies! I can hardly believe it, but we’re almost at year-end, which makes it the perfect time to look back on what we accomplished and the things that we loved. As I’ve been doing for several years now, I am once again compiling links to author/editor/publication eligibility posts, year-in-review posts, year’s best lists, and general reviews and resources. These posts serve several purposes – to help those who nominate works for awards to remember what eligible works have come out during the year and what category they fall into; to help readers find work they might have missed and might love; and for creators to reflect on the amazing things they accomplished over the year. If you are an author, editor, publisher, artist, poet, etc., I highly recommend making a post of your own, and if you do, please let me know! I’ll be putting together my own lists of my favorites of the year, along with what I published, at some point as well.

I’ve divided the post into a few hopefully helpful categories, and I will continue to update with new links as I receive them. Please do spread the word, tag me with your posts on twitter (@ac_wise), drop me an email at a.c.wise@hotmail.com, or drop links in the comments. I look forward to seeing what you made this year and what work you loved!

Note: Cat Rambo maintains a similar list, and they were kind enough to set up a webform to gather information for our posts. Please feel free to use the form as well and that will get both of us your information.

nullEligibility Posts

Links to authors/editors/publishers posting their award-eligible work, organized alphabetically. (** denotes an author eligible for the Astounding Award.)

Ajeigbe, Oluwatomwia

Alexander, Phoenix

Allen, B. Morris

Allen, Skye

Anasuya, Shreya Ila

Anderson, G.V.

Aoki, Betsy

Apex Magazine

Appel, John

Argentino, Joe

Arthurs, Bruce

Bailton, Adria

Bangs, Elly

Barb, Patrick

Barber, Jenny

Barlow, Devan**

Barrant Klein, Annika**

Bartles, Jason

Barton, Phoebe

Becard, Avery

Beckett, L.X.

Bell, E.D.E.

Bernardo, Renan

Bhatia, Gautam**

Blackwell, Laura

Bleu, Gabrielle

Booth, Die

Bradley, Lisa M.

Brewer, Steven D.

Brothers, Laurence Raphael

Brown, Jen

Buchanan, Andi

Burton, Rebecca**

Cahill, Martin

Calabria, Erin

Campbell, Chris

Campbell, Rebecca

Chan, Grace**

Chan, L.

Chand, Priya

Chng, Joyce

Cho, Jessica

Chronister, Kay

Chrostek, John

Clark, C.L.

Clarke, Jeannine

Cleveland, Kristin

Cobbe, Elizabeth

Coleman, Kel**

Cornetto, Holley

Cossmass Infinities

Costello, Rob

Crighton, Katherine

Criley, Marc A.

Crilly, Brandon

Croal, Lyndsey

Croke, Marie

Czerneda, Julie

de Anda, Victor

de Haan, Laura

de Winter, Gunnar

Daley, Ray

Damken, Maggie

Dandenell, Karl

Das, Indrapramit

Datlow, Ellen

Day, Sarah**

The Deadlands

Deeds, Marion

Demchuk, David

Dewes, J.S.

Dheada, Shiksha

Diabolical Plots

Dila, Dilman

Dinesh, Varsha

Divya, S.B.

Donohue, Jennifer R.

Doocy, Maiga

Dotson, J. Dianne

Duckworth, Jonathan Louis

Duerr, Laura

Dunato, Jelena

Duncan, R.K.

Dunlap, Margaret

Ebenstein, Alex

Ekpeki, Oghenechovwe Donald

Emel?mad?, Ch?k?d?l?


Farrenkopf, Corey

Feistner, Victoria

Felapton, Camestros

Feldman, Stephanie

Fields, C.M.

Fitzgerald, Elizabeth

Fogg, Vanessa

Forest, Elizabeth

Forrest, Francesca

Fox, Emily

Francia, Kate**

Frohock, T.

Fullerton, HL

Garcia, Rhonda J.

Key, Justin C.

Gale, Ephiny

Garcia Ley, K.

Garcia, R.S.A.

Garcia-Rosas, Nelly Geraldine

Gardner, Benjamin

Genova, Barbara

George, JL

Goldfuss, A.L.**

Grauer, Alyson

Gray, Lora

Greenblatt, A.T.

Ha, Thomas

Haber, Elad

Harn, Darby

Haskins, Maria

Haynes, Michael

Heijndermans, Joachim

Heike, Sylvia

Henry, Veronica G.

Hewitt, Alexander

Hilton, Alicia

Hoffmann, Ada

Hopkinson, Nalo

Houser, Chip

Howell, A.P.

Hudak, Jennifer

Hudson, Andrew Dana

Hughes, Louise

Hugo Eligibility Database

Husky, Azure

If This Goes On

Iriarte, José Pablo

Ize-Iyamu, Osahon

Jain, Sid**

Jiang, Ai

Jones, Shelly

Kasley, Vivian R.

Reading by LamplightKatsuyama, Umiyuri

Katz, Gwen C.

Keane, Paula

Khalid, Kehkashan

Khanna, Rajan

Kh?ré? Magazine

Kiggins, Mike

Kim, Isabelle J.

Kimbriel, K.E.

Kindred, LP

King, Scott

Kinney, Benjamin C.

Kobb, Shawn

Koch, Joanna

Kornher-Stace, Nicole

Kraner, Steph

Krishnan, M.L.

Kuhn, M.J.

Kulski, K.P.

Kurella, Jordan

LaFaro, Brennan

LeBlanc, Ann

Laban, Monique

Lakshminarayan, Lavanya

Lasser, John

Lavalle, Daria

Lavigne, C.J.**

Lee, Eileen Gunnell

Lee, PH

Leitch, Stina

Lévai, Jessica**

Lewis, L.D.

Lin, Monte

Lingen, Marissa

Louise, A.Z.

Low, P.H.**

Lowd, Mary E.

Lu, Lark Morgan

Luiz, Dante

McCarthy, J.A.W.

McConvey, J.R.

McGill, C.E.

McLeod, Lindz**

Ma, Ewen

Madden, Anna

Madrigano, Clara

Magariti, Avra

Mahamed, Maryan

Malik, Usman T.

Mamatas, Nick

Manney, PJ

Manusos, Lyndsie

Martino, Anna

Mehrotra, Rati

Mermaids Monthly

Miles, Jo

Miller, Janna

Mingault, Reed**

Mohamed, Premee

Moher, Aidan

Moore, L.H.

Moore, Nancy Jane

Morrison, Diane

Mudie, Timothy

Murray, Meg

Napier, Kali

Navarette Diaz, Tato

Nason, Derek

Nayler, Ray

Nerds of a Feather

Neugebauer, Annie

Nikel, Wendy

Ning, Leah**

Nirav, Hanna A.

Nogle, Christi

Ogden, Aimee

Ogundiran, Tobi

Okungbowa, Suyi Davies

Osawaru, Praise

Othenin-Girard, Léon

Palestinian Speculative Fiction (various authors eligible work listed)

Palumbo, Suzan

Parker-Chan, Shelley

Pauling, Sarah

Payseur, Charles

Pearce, C.H.

Pennington, Latonya

Petricone, E.A.

Pichette, Marisca

Picknard, Mikyuki Jane

Pinsker, Sarah

Piper, Hailey


Povanda, Jared

Psfetakis, Victor

Queen of Swords Press

Ragland, Parker

Sybil ReadingRajotte, Mary

Rambo, Cat

Ratnakar, Arula

Reynolds, Jeff

Riddle, Aun-Juli

Ring, Lauren**

Rios, Julia

Rose, Christopher

Rountree, Josh

Royce, Eden

St. George, Carlie

Sadiq, Abu Bakar

Saini, Kiran Kaur

Salcedo, Sarah

Sand, R.P.**

Sayre, A.T.**

Schrater, Maria

Sehgal, Divyansha

Seiberg, Effie

Seidel, Alexandra

Serrano, Arturo

Sharma, Iona Datt

Shirey, Austin

Shiveley, Jordan

Singh, Amal

Smith, Chloe

Sommerberg, Katalina

Space Cowboy Books

Speculatively Queer

Stanley, Nelson

Stelliform Press

Stemple, Adam

Stephens, Elise

Stewart, Andy

Stewart, Jade

Stuart, Julian

Sulaiman, Sonia

Sutherland, K.A.

Takács, Bogi

Taft, Eve

Talabi, Wole

Tales from the Trunk

Taylor, Jordan


Ten, Kristina

Thayer, A.P.

Theodoridou, Natalia

Thomas, Richard

Ticknor, M. Elizabeth

Tighe, Matt

Toase, Steve

Tobler, E. Catherine

Tomoras, Joseph

Tordotcom Short Fiction and Books

Treasure, Rebecca E.**

Treehouse Writers (multiple authors sharing eligible work)

Triantafyllou, Eugenia

Tsamaase, Tlotlo

Uncanny Magazine

Undertow Books

Van Alst, Jr., Theodore C.

Vaishnav, Minoti

Ventura, Morgan L.

Victoria, Ricardo

Wade, Juliette

Wagner, Wendy N.

Wang, Yilin

Ward, Caias

Ward, Antonia Rachel

Wasserstein, Izzy

Weimer, Paul

Wellington, Joelle

White, Gordon B.

White, M. Douglas

White, Shaoni C.

Wigmore, Rem

Wilde, Fran

Willsey, Kristiana

Wilson, Lorraine

Wiswell, John

Wolfmoor, Merc Fenn

Wolverton, Nicole M.

Yates, April

Yates, Pauline

Yeager Rodriguez, Karlo

Yoachim, Caroline M.

Young, Eris

Zerby, Christopher

Zorko, Filip Hajdar Drnovšek

Favorites/Recommendation Lists

What did reviewers love this year? What books are your peers seriously digging? Click through the links below to find various recommended reading lists and various best of the year lists.

Amazon’s Best Books of 2021

Autostraddle Best Queer Books of 2021

Barnes & Noble Book of the Year Finalists

Die Booth Recommended Reading List

Alex Brown: Year in Review (Locus)

Karen Burnham: Year in Review (Locus)

Christopher M. Cevasco Recommended Reading

Kel Coleman Recommended Reading

Vanessa Fogg Favorite Books of 2021

Phillip Fracassi’s Year in Horror Fiction

Goodreads Choice Best Books of 2021

Guardian Best SFF of 2021

Paula Guran: Year in Review (Locus)

Maria Haskins Recommended Reading

A.P. Howell Recommended Reading Thread

Rich Horton: Year in Review (Locus)

Gabino Iglesias: Year in Review (Locus)

José Pablo Iriarte Recommended Reading Thread

Kirkus Best SFF of the Year

Russell Letson: Year in Review (Locus)

Library Journal Best Books of 2021

LitHub Best Books of 2021

Locus Recommended Reading List 2021

Adrienne Martini: Year in Review (Locus)

Sam J. Miller Recommended Reading

Ian Mond: Year in Review (Locus)

Colleen Mondor: Year in Review (Locus)

Nebula Recommended Reading List

Nerds of a Feather Best Books of 2021

Nerds of a Feather Hugo Recommendation List Part 1: Fiction Categories

Nerds of a Feather Hugo Recommendation List Part 2: Visual Categories

Nerds of a Feather Hugo Recommendation List Part 3: Individual Categories

Nerds of a Feather Hugo Recommendation List Part 4: Institutional Categories

NPR Favorite Speculative Fiction Books of 2021

NYPL Best Books for Adults 2021

NYT Best Books of 2021

NYT Best SFF of 2021

Oprah Daily Favorite Books of 2021

Anthony Panegyres Recommended Reading

Tim Pratt: Year in Review (Locus)

Publisher’s Weekly Best Books of 2021

Quick Sip Reviews Recommended Reading

Lauren Ring Recommendation Thread

Shelf Awareness Favorite Books of 2021

Graham Sleight: Year in Review (Locus)

Arley Sorg Recommended Reading

Arley Sorg: Year in Review (Locus)

Stoker Recommended Reading List

Strange Horizons Recommended Reading/Year in Review

Tangent Online Recommended Reading List 2021

Teen Vogue’s Best Books of 2021

Time’s 100 Must Read Books of 2021

To Hell with Awards Season Highlights of 2021

E. Catherine Tobler Recommended Reading

Tor Reviewers’ Choice Best Books of 2021

Tor/Nightfire Best Horror Collections and Anthologies of 2021

Track of Words (Lora Gray) Favorite Reads of 2021

Eugenia Triantafyllou Recommended Reading

Waterstones Best Books of the Year Shortlist

Gary K. Wolfe: Year in Review (Locus)

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro: Year in Review (Locus)

Review Sites and Resources

Looking for yet more recommendations of things to read? The links below will help you find reviews, news, interviews, and more!

Lady Business

Lightspeed Magazine Reviews

Locus Magazine

Maria’s Reading

Nerds of a Feather

Nightmare Magazine Reviews

Quick Sip Reviews

Strange Horizons Fiction Reviews


Vanessa Fogg’s It’s a Jumble

Award Info

What awards are out there? Who can nominate works? What are the various deadlines? The links below may help answer your questions!

Aurora Awards – Eligibility lists are now open to CSFFA Members to suggest work.

British Fantasy Awards – Suggested reading/eligibility list is open for additions until March 31, 2022

BSFA Awards – The longlist has been posted. Voting is open until February 21, 2022.

Hugo Awards – The nomination period is open until March 15, 2022. Instructions on how to nominate work can be found on the Chicon site.

Ignyte Awards – Public voting opens April 18, 2022.

Locus Awards – Public voting is open through April 15, 2022 (link at the bottom of the page.)

Nebula Awards  – Nebula nominations are open to SFWA Members through February 28, 2022.

Science Fiction Awards Database

Stoker Awards – The Final Ballot is open to HWA Members for voting until March 15, 2022.

WSFA Small Press Awards – authors and editors may submit work originally published in 2021 for consideration through March 31, 2022.

World Fantasy Awards – authors, editors, and publishers may submit work originally published in 2021 through June 1, 2022. Members of the 2020, 2021, or 2022 World Fantast Convention may submit nomination ballots through June 1, 2022.

Image Credits:

Girl Reading, Artist/Maker Unknown, c. 1932, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Reading by Lamplight, Wanda Gág, c. 1927, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sybil Reading, Attributed to Ugo da Carpi, c. 1517-18, Philadelphia Museum of Art


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3 Responses to What Have You Done, What Have You Loved? 2021

  1. Pingback: Round-up of Awards Posts by F&SF Writers, Editors, and Publishers for 2021 | The World Remains Mysterious

  2. I have my year-end eligibility post in the inaugural issue of my newsletter, available on the web here: https://buttondown.email/spyscribe/archive/hello-and-welcome-3202/