It’s that time of year again! Editors, publishers, and authors’ minds turn toward Year’s Best list, and awards. Which also means it’s time for said authors, editors, and publishers to get out there and self-promote. It can feel icky or uncomfortable, but it’s a valuable service to those who nominate for awards, and those who just want to catch up reading what they might have missed during the year. So step forward, take a deep breath, and shout about what you wrote this year. While you’re at it, shout about the things you loved too! No one can read everything that comes out in a given year, but together we can help each other find excellent things to read, and perhaps even nominate.
As I have in the past, I’m gathering award eligibility posts here as a handy reference. Cat Rambo also maintains such a list, so please do check out her blog, and reach out to her with your own eligibility links. If you have a link for me to add, or a correction to make, feel free to drop a note in the comments, tag me on twitter (@ac_wise) or email me at a.c.wise [at] hotmail.com. I also have sections below for recommendation posts and for general resources like review sites. But first off, the eligibility links!
Oh, and I will update this post regularly, so please check back often!
Author/Editor/Publisher Award Eligibility Posts
Allen, B. Morris (Note: Includes eligible stories published at Metaphorosis Magazine as well.)
Brothers, Laurence Raphael
Carpenter, Thomas K.
Daly, Raymond Peter
Donald, Ekepeki Oghenechovwe
Eichenlaub, Anthony W.
Gidney, Craig Laurence
Harrow, Alix E.
Hollis, Audrey R.
Jones, Heather Rose
Lu, S. Qiouyi
Marcade, Jei D.
Mondal, Mimi (Includes recommendations of others’ works as well.)
Price, Laura E.
Rappaport, Jenny Rae
Rodriguez, Karlo Yeager
St. George, Carlie (Includes recommendations of works by others as well.)
Stufflebeam, Bonnie Jo
Tobler, E. Catherine
Wilde, Fran (Note: Includes recommended reading as well.)
* Indicates author who is eligible for the Astounding Award (formerly known as the Campbell Award)
Amazon Best Books of 2019
Goodreads Best Books of 2019 (open for voting)
Kirkus Best Books of 2019
Library Journal Best Horror of 2019
Library Journal Bet SF/Fantasy of 2019
Publishers Weekly Best SFFH of 2019
SFWA Nebula Reading List (crowd-sourced, open to additions by SFWA members)
Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice Best Books of 2019
Washington Post Best Horror of 2019
Review Sites and Resources
1000 Year Plan – short fiction reviews
Antler Review (Meg Elison) – short and long fiction reviews (link goes to the most recent post)
Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi Blog – short and long fiction reviews, SFFH articles
Black Gate Magazine – book reviews, SFFH articles, etc.
Dark Matter Zine – a review site focusing on Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Diversity
The Fandomentals – SFFH reviews, articles, etc.
Ginger Nuts of Horror – horror book and media reviews, articles, etc.
Maria Haskins – short fiction reviews
Horror Bound – horror reviews
Hugo Eligibility Spreadsheet – crowd-sourced eligibility spreadsheet organized by category. Open for additions.
It’s a Jumble (Vanessa Fogg) – short and long fiction reviews
Kirkus Reviews – book reviews
Locus Magazine – short fiction reviews, book reviews, media reviews, SFFH articles and interviews
Miskatonic Review – weird fiction/Lovecraftican reviews
More2Read – multi-genre book reviews
Nerds of a Feather – short and long fiction reviews, SFFH articles and interviews
NPR Book Reviews (Amal El-Mohtar) – book reviews
Publishers Weekly – book reviews
Quick Sip Reviews (Charles Payseur) – short fiction reviews
SFF Reviews – short fiction reviews
Squee & Snark – short fiction reviews and discussion
This Is Horror – horror book reviews, news, articles, etc.
Tor.com – short and long fiction reviews, articles, interviews, etc.
All images in this post are public domain works from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Top to bottom: An Interesting Story (Miss Ray), William Wood, 1806
A skeleton wearing a bishop’s mitre reading a book (vignette for the feast of dead), Jose Guadalupe Posada, 1890-1910
Reading by Lamplight, James McNeil Whistler, 1859
Woman in Robes Reading a Book, Julia Margaret Cameron, 1870
The Courtesan Hanazuma Reading a Letter from the series Beauties Compared to Flowers, Kitagawa Utamaro, 1790s
Study in a Wood, Daniel Huntington, 1861