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 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.
Nerds of a Feather also has a handy “How To” guide for the Hugo Awards for those considering voting for the first time, or those who need a refresher!
Links and Deadlines
Stoker Awards (Must be HWA member to vote) – deadline for voting on the Preliminary Ballot February 15, 2021
Nebula Award (Must be a SFWA member to nominate and vote) – nominating deadline February 28, 2021 Voting deadline April 30, 2021.
Aurora Awards (Must be a member of CSFFA to list eligible works, nominate, and vote) -
deadline to list eligible works February 28, 2021; nomiation deadline April 24, 2021
Hugo Awards (Must be a member of WorldCon 2020 or 2021 to nominate and vote) – nominating deadline March 19, 2021
WSFA Small Press Award (Juried award, but authors, editors, and publishers can submit work for consideration) – deadline to submit work for consideration March 31, 2021
Locus Award (Anyone can vote) – voting deadline April 15, 2021
Ignyte Awards (anyone can vote) – voting deadline May 21, 2021.
World Fantasy Award (Must be a member of World Fantasy Convention to vote) – deadline to submit works for consideration (membership not required for this stage) – June 1, 2021
British Fantasy Society Awards (Must be a member of the British Fantasy Society or member of FantasyCon) – deadlines TBD
Philip K. Dick Award (Now reading science fiction works published in paperback in 2021 for next year’s awards. Authors/editors/publishers can submit work to listed judges for consideration.)
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
Allen, Mike (includes Mythic Delirium Publishing)
Apparition Literary Magazine
Astounding Award Eligibility List
Best Editor Short Form Eligibility List (compiled by File770)
Brothers, Laurence Raphael
Choi, Charles Q.
Cipri, Nino (includes recommended works as well)
Das, Indra (includes recommended reading as well).
de Bodard, Aliette (included recommended reading)
Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora
Duckworth, Jonathan Louis
Ekpeki, Oghenechovwe Donald
Gale, Ephiny (includes recommended reading)
Gibbon, Emma J.
Gidney, Craig Laurence
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.
If This Goes On
Jones, Rachael K.
Katz, Gwen C.
Kinney, Benjamin C.
Little Badger, Darcie
Lu, S. Qiouyi
Lundoff, Catherine (includes Queen of Swords Press author eligibility as well.)
MacGriogair, M. Evan
Malik, Usman T.
Moore, Elisabeth R. *
Myer, Ilana C.
Ndlovu, Yvette Lisa
Neon Hemlock Press
Nerds of a Feather
Odell, Sandra M.
Prasad, Vina Jie-Min
Queen of Swords Press
Rappaport, Jenny Rae
Richardson, Endria Isa*
Salazar Macia, Malena*
Sand, R.P. *
Space Cowboy Books/Jean-Paul L. Garnier
St. George, Carlie (includes recommended reading and eligibility)
Tales from the Trunk
Thomas, Sheree Renée
Ticknor, M. Elizabeth
Tobler, E. Catherine
Tordotcom Short Fiction
Treasure, Rebecca E.
Ventura, Morgan L.
Vilar Madruga, Elaine*
White, M. Douglas
Wolfmoor, Merc Fenn
Yeager Rodriguez, Karlo
Zorko, Filip Hajar Drnovšek*
This list includes various year-end round-ups, recommendation posts, favorite reads, and year’s best lists.
Aardvarkian Reviews Year in Books
The Atlantic 15 Best Books of 2020
Carina Bissette Best Books of the Year
Books and Books Favorites of 2020
Book Riot’s Best of 2020
Eric M. Bosarge Top TV Shows of 2020
British Science Fiction Association Long List 2020
Laurence Raphael Brothers Recommended Reading
Alex Brown 2020 Year in Review
Karen Burnham Year in Review 2020
Buzzfeed Best YA Spec Fic of 2020
Buzzfeed Best Books of 2020
M.L. Clark Recommended Reading
Comic Years Top 10 Fantasy Books of the Year
Crime Reads Best Gothic Fiction of 2020
Den of Geek Best Books of 2020
Aidan Doyle Favorite Novels and Novellas of 2020
Andy Duncan Recommended Reading from 2020
Entertainment Weekly 10 Best Books of 2020
The Guardian’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2020
Paula Guran Year in Review 2020
Edward Austin Hall Recommended Reading
Maria Haskins Recommended Reading 2020
Rich Horton Year in Review 2020
Gabino Iglesias Favorite Horror of the Year 2020
iHorror News Top Horror of 2020
Paul Jessup Best Short Fiction of 2020
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020
Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Paranormal Books of 2020
Lady Business (Bookgazing) Favorite Short Stories Read in 2020 (note, not all stories are 2020 publications)
John Langan Year in Review 2020
Russell Letson Year in Review 2020
Library Journal Best Horror Books of 2020
Library Journal Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of 2020
The Line-Up Best Horror Books of 2020
Marissa Lingen Recommended Reading
Lit Reactor Best Books of 2020 Part 1 & Part 2 and Part 3
Locus Recommended Reading List 2020
Joe M. McDermott’s Best Books of 2020
Ian Mond Year in Review 2020
Colleen Mondor Year in Review 2020
Mother Horror (Sadie Hartmann) Favorite Horror Anthologies, Collections, and Short Stories of 2020
Locus Year in Review Magazine Summary
Nebula Award Finalists
Nerds of a Feather (Joe) Top 9 Books of 2020
Nerds of a Feather Hugo Recommendations: Fiction Categories
Nerds of a Feather Hugo Recommendations: Visual Categories
Nerds of a Feather Hugo Recommendations: Individual Categories
Nerds of a Feather Hugo Recommendations: Institutional Categories
NPR Favorite Speculative Fiction Books of 2020
NYPL Best Books of 2020
Tim Pratt Year in Review 2020
Quick Sip Reviews Best Short Fiction of 2020
Jenny Rae Rappaport Recommended Reading Thread (Scroll down.)
SFWA Nebula Reading List (SFWA members can add their own recommendations as well.)
Simon and Schuster Best Books of the Year
Sleeps With Monsters/Liz Bourke Best Books of 2020
Graham Sleight 2020 Year in Review
Arley Sorg 2020 Year in Review
Stabby Award Nominees 2020
Stoker Award Recommended Reading List
Jonathan Strahan Year in Review 2020
Table of Contents for the Year’s Best Science Fiction edited by Jonathan Strahan
Strange Horizons Reviewer Recommendations
Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot
Time Magazine’s 100 Must Read Books of 2020
Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: Best Books of 2020
Tor.com’s Best YA Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror of 2020
Eugenia Triantafyllou Recommended Reading
Vanity Fair Best Books of 2020
Vox Best Books of 2020
Washington Post Best SFFH of the Year
Westport Library Best of 2020 Staff Picks
John Wiswell Recommended Reading
Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror Vol. 2 Table of Contents
Caroline Yoachim Recommended Reading
James Yu Recommended Reading
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro Non-Fiction Year in Review 2020
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