The whirlwind continues!
The Starlit Wood book is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award!
That means the book has been nominated for the Locus Award, the British Fantasy Award, the World Fantasy Award, and it won the Shirley Jackson Award.
In addition, Amal El-Mohtar’s story “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, which has already been nominated for a ton of awards and won the Locus and Nebula Awards, is a finalist for Best Short Story! I’m glad to see she’s up against Brooke Bolander and Maria Dahvana Headley, both of which had great stories this year.
It’s quite a lovely list of nominees. I’m particularly pleased with the books in the anthology section: terrific anthologies by Mike Allen, Jack Dann, Ellen Datlow, and Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams. Starlit has some hefty competition.
I’m so happy to see Mishell Baker’s Borderline in the novel section. Michelle wrote a fantastic book, and I take no small pleasure in the fact that my co-editor Navah was Mishell’s editor on that book.
Tor.com dominated the Best Long Fiction category, which isn’t surprising. They’ve been publishing some superb work, and I’m particularly pleased with the nominees here. I thought the stories by Victor Lavalle, Kij Johnson, Seanan McGuire, and Kai Ashante Wilson were very strong. (I haven’t read the Paul F. Olson yet.)
For Best Collection, I love that Ken Liu and Jeffrey Ford are nominated – those were some truly excellent collections. I haven’t read the L.S. Johnson book, but I’ve read a number of stories from her and she’s very talented.
The Special Award – Professional section is also looking good. Glad to see Joe Monti nominated again for his contributions to the genre, and he will have some stiff competition (Kelly Link!). It’s a great category. Same goes for the Non-Professional award. I’m particularly happy to see Uncanny Magazine and Fireside here along with the always excellent Beneath Ceaseless Skies.